Superfoods without the superExxxpense
A superfood usually comes with a super price tag because it is packed vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Plus superfoods provide health benefits like protecting against cancer and heart disease, lowering cholesterol, fighting off toxins and improving digestive health (no more bloating belly).
The following are my favourite go to superfoods that are accessible in price and easily found in supermarkets, or fresh produce markets. You might actually be surprised how many superfoods are already in your diet.
Oats (rolled wholegrain – not quick oats) Whole rolled oats contain high amounts of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals, which are great for providing sustained energy (this means you feel fuller for longer so you’re not eating as often). Also the fibre in oats can help lower cholesterol levels.
Avocado Ohhhhh if I were a food, it would be avocado!!! It is packed with fibre, antioxidants, vitamins C, A, K, E, B6, B5 as well as folate, potassium, healthy monounsaturated fats, oleic acid and glutathione. Eating avocadoes will help protect your body from inflammation, improve digestion, support against heart disease, cancer, degenerative eye and improve cognitive function.
Raw Almonds Almonds are packed full of B6, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Almonds are rich in antioxidant and healthy monounsaturated fats, which are effective in lowering cholesterol and reducing diabetes.
Organic Eggs Organic eggs are the super hero of superfoods as they have the highest nutritional quality protein, contain antioxidants, 11 different vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, E, B12 and folate. Plus they have the amino acid tryptophan, which helps the good mood promoter serotonin.
Fresh Coconut (oil, water and flesh) Fresh coconut is high in fibre and acts like a probiotic to help the good bacteria in your tummy to flourish. Fresh coconut is rich in electrolytes, ascorbic acid, B vitamins, and proteins. Coconut water aids in hydration, plus fresh coconut is great for your skin and good for immune support
Wild salmon (not farmed) Wild salmon means it is caught from the ocean, not farmed. It is much higher in Omega-3 and omega 6 - essential fatty acids that help fight against inflammation, help lower cholesterol and the risk of developing heart disease. Wild salmon is also lower in calories, high in protein and low in saturated fat.
Dark chocolate (with 70-85% cocoa) 100g of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains antioxidants (flavenols and polyphenols), which can help as an anti-aging, improve blood flow and reduce heart disease. It is also bountiful in fibre, magnesium and iron.