Constantly feel lethargic? Is getting up in the morning a continuous struggle for you? Your diet could be lacking essential nutrients it needs to keep ticking over. It’s amazing the impact a nutritious diet can have on your general wellbeing. Superfoods are a hot topic at the moment, gaining an excessive amount of press coverage and buzz.
So what exactly is a superfood?
It’s suggested that the term ‘superfood’ is merely a marketing term but it does however refer to foods that holds fantastic benefits to your health. You’ll often find these are packed with vital vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that are beneficial for your body.
What superfoods should I eat?
Good question. There are loads of amazing fruit and vegetables out there that all offer unique benefits. It’s hard to differentiate one berry from another, so here’s a handy guide to get you started, we’ve included the top superfoods that you shouldn’t have to look further than your local supermarket to source:
Kale is an amazing source of vitamins and is also a powerful antioxidant. As well as this it is also rich in iron, calcium, manganese and beta carotene – not bad hey? This is a mean green fighting machine and can help support weight loss as well as preventing diseases such as heart disease and arthritis.
Blueberries are a tasty and delightful snack, they’re also rich in vitamin C, E, A and K making them a jam packed little berry of pure goodness. They’re also praised for their high antioxidant abilities which support the body in vital disease protection.
Goji Berries are another great berry which are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. A great addition to your morning smoothie!
Eggs should never be underestimated! Just one egg contains vitamin b12, vitamin A, vitamin b2, vitamin b5, and 22% of your selenium RDA. On top of this they also include iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, zine, manganese and folate. Phew. That’s a lot of vitamins and proteins there!
Spinach is fantastic for promoting bone health and working as an anti-inflammatory. A mere one cup of spinach contains 12% of your recommended daily calcium intake. It’s also a great ingredient to use in juices too!
Salmon is extremely nutrient dense and is a fantastic source of protein! Oily fish can not only reduce your risk of heart disease but also help to prevent Alzheimer’s and autoimmune diseases include RA and MS. Try and include an oily fish into your diet at least once a week!
Seeds are also a surprising source of wellbeing. Chia, hemp and flax seeds all offer unique benefits. Chai seeds are particularly popular at the moment and can be used as a substitute for non-fish eaters providing essential omega 3.
Kiwis are ideal if you’re looking to keep your skin firm and maintain the healthiness of your bones and teeth. And who isn’t looking to do that? They’re also relatively cheap too, not to mention tasty!
Working these powerful foods into your diet shouldn’t be too hard! If you’re struggling to maintain and overall healthy style of living read my handy tips below:
·Plan your meals! It’s as the saying goes ‘failing to plain is planning to fail’ and it couldn’t be truer. It means that you do have to take a little time out of your day but think ahead and create a daily food planner.
·Seek out a specialist! I hold my hands up and say that much of my nutritional education and understand comes from my amazing personal trainer. Unlike regular gyms I am able to seek advice on my eating habits too, you can find some of their handy tips here.
·Invest in a juicer! It’s the easiest way to pack a load of great superfoods into one easy to consume juice.
A handy juice recipes to pack a superfood punch
A lean green machine:
2 cups of spinach or Kale or a mix!
Water or coconut water
3 cups of fruit – pick and mix from banana, berries, orange, apple, mango and avocado
Seeds for an extra boost of goodness – use chia, hemp or flax seeds
For further recipes you can seek websites such as Simple Green Smoothies for inspiration.
Good luck and remember to keep your eyes out the next time you head to the supermarket for some of these amazing superfoods!