We know you’re super just the way you are but to make sure you maintain your fabulousness for years to come, get on the bandwagon and add some superfoods to your diet. Put simply, superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease and prolong life, and people who eat more of them are often healthier than those who don’t. There are numerous exotic mix-ins and add-ins that help boost your immune system and ward off cancer, cholesterol and heart disease, but there are countless common foods that fall into the “superfood” category, many of which you may already be eating! No wonder you look and feel so marvellous!
If you eat a balanced diet – or at least try your best – you’re probably already consuming many of the best superfood vegetables. Sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, broccoli, spinach, radishes, artichokes and even humble parsley are all superfoods. Eaten raw or lightly cooked, you’re on the superfood track with these vegetables. Baked beans are also on the list as a low GI food that prevents certain types of cancer.
Bananas, apples, blueberries, cherries, grapes, strawberries, and all citrus fruits are on the superfood list. Besides being packed with fibre, vitamins, and other nutrients, these sweet treats from nature give you energy and one or two servings a day will keep the doctor away. Pomegranates and pomegranate juice are also highly touted superfoods found in many supermarkets.
From the Sea
Omega-3s are most dominant in fatty, cold-water fish. Treat yourself to a wild salmon steak or filet two or three times a week. If salmon isn’t your thing, eating similar amounts of herring, mackerel, or even canned tuna will satisfy your superfood quota.
Yoghurt is a luscious treat any time of day and is the creamiest superfood around. Like dark chocolate? You can eat a few bites a day for your health, as dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and can also lower blood pressure. Now that’s “super” sweet – and guilt free!
Mixing It Up
If you don’t fancy the selections on the superfoods list, you can use supplements that provide the same benefits. Acai in dried, powdered form (around $25.00 AUD / 100g) or raw cacao powder (about $12.00 AUD for 220g) can easily be added to smoothies. Goji berries are easy to mix into cereal or yoghurt and provide the same benefits as leafy green vegetables and carrots. Spirulina, a type of blue algae, is an excellent superfood supplement that can be mixed into any beverage. It’s up to 70 percent protein and helps your body build bones, skin, and muscle as well as repair damaged tissue. Along with eggs and lean meat, soybeans and nuts are good food sources of protein.
Now that you know how easy it is to incorporate superfoods into your daily meals, make a new shopping list that includes superfoods that could keep you healthy and add a few years to your life. It can be more economical to buy actual food packed with superfood components but for convenience, the supplements work just as well. What matters is that you get enough superfood benefits in your diet to improve your health and keep you feeling healthy and energetic day after day and give you enough vim and vigor to party all night!