5 Superfoods To Bring Into Your Diet
What exactly is the definition of a superfood? You hear about superfoods so often, whether it’s in newspapers, television, or simply mentioned in certain recipes.
In a nutshell, a superfood is a type of food that is rich with nutrients, as well as compounds such as fibre, vitamins, and antioxidants. Superfoods are like fuel for your body and they are highly beneficial for your health. Luckily, there is a whole variety of superfoods out there, so read on if you want to find out the five different superfoods to bring into your diet.
Chia seeds are one of the top superfoods out there, and this is no surprise as they are absolutely packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and are a brilliant source of calcium and iron. The fibre in these seeds are instrumental in making you feel more full, and are low in calories, making it a weight-loss friendly food too.
These small black seeds can easily be incorporated into your daily meals, and will spruce it up in the most delicious way! You can add them to porridge, yogurt, cereal, or even some of your rice dishes. You could even use them to make tortillas, or create a type of crust for your meaty dishes, which will not only make your meals tastier, but much more nutritious too!
Leafy greens are excellent as they are such a broad group of superfood, and you can include them in any meal of the day!
They include spinach, kale, watercress, collard greens, chard, and microgreens - so much variety!
Leafy greens are particularly beneficial as they are low in calories, and contain an array of fibre, vitamins, and nutrients. They are also an excellent food if you’re looking for something that supports healthy aging and skin health. Chard happens to contain plenty of vitamin A which is an important nutrient for healthy skin. In addition to this, leafy greens are brilliant for your memory and cognitive functioning, making it the perfect dietary addition for children and students in particular.
In recent times, avocados have become such a popular preference for people to include in their breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
The green pear-shaped fruit is a highly nutritious superfood, filled with fibre and minerals such as copper, iron, and potassium, and is also an excellent source of vitamin E. It has also been suggested that avocados are beneficial for your eyes too, as they contain antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin which are crucial for your eye health.
Avocados are also something you can seamlessly incorporate into your daily diet as they are so versatile in how you can eat them! You can have it on toast, mix it in with scrambled eggs, create an avocado-based salad, or even use as a substitute for mayonnaise!
If your diet is lacking in fruit and vegetables, it is worthwhile beginning with berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. They can be eaten on its own, and they cause absolutely no fuss in terms of preparation and mess. And not to mention they are absolutely delicious and sweet!
They are anti-inflammatory, they are packed with antioxidants, and they can greatly reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. There is even some evidence that berries are good for your skin, as the vitamin C and anthocyanin in berries can help your body build up more collagen, which is the key for healthy skin.
As you already know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not incorporate a superfood into it, in the form of oats? It is incredibly simple to add oats into your diet, with the most popular being porridge!
Oats are a completely natural superfood, and are packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and fibre. They also help to reduce the speed at which cholesterol is absorbed into the bloodstream, meaning that they are excellent for the heart, especially if you have high cholesterol.
To fully gain the advantages of oats, it is best to eat them on a regular basis. For example, you could include them in smoothies to thicken it up, you could whip up some oatmeal pancakes, or you could mix oats with natural yoghurt and fruit. One brilliant thing about oats is that they tend to fill you up properly, which will prevent you from snacking on something unhealthy and you will feel satisfied.
Combining a healthy diet with your exercise routine is key to your fitness journey!
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