When it comes to boosting your daily diet, you’ll want to consume as many superfoods as possible in order to get the beauty and wellbeing effects that carry you through your daily lives. At the same time, we want to keep things exciting and not be daunted by unappetizing health foods. This is easy, as the list of superfoods is varied and versatile enough to keep us hooked!
Keep your superfoods list handy and pick 2-3 (or more) to squeeze in per day. To maintain your motivation, try rotating foods on a weekly or daily basis. Before you know it, you will notice skin, hair and even mood improvements! It does pay to eat well… short term and long term!
- SPINACH: We all know that dark green leafy vegetables are somewhere on the top of the list. Spinach is definitely on the top of my list! Not only is it easy to incorporate into our diets… I mean, we don’t even have to wash or chop it- (thanks to our local supermarkets)! The taste is very mellow, perfect for adding to salads and juice.
Spinach is packed with 23 vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants containing very high doses of Vitamin K (for brain health,dementia prevention, circulatory and bone health, tooth decay andcancer prevention), Vitamin A, Manganese (used in treatments for weak bones, anaemia and PMS), Folate (also referred to as Folic Acid; helps the body produce new cells for brain and nervous system health- fundamental in pregnancy), Magnesium (bone builder, hormone production and regulating heartbeat) and Iron (aids the transport of oxygen in the blood essential for providing energy).
- ALMONDS: Delicious in flavour and used in sweets (desserts or morning cereal) or savoury dishes (try adding to salads or veggies), or simply as a snack on their own. Indulge in a super tasty treat and spread almond butter on bread or crackers!
Benefits include reduction in risk of heart disease due to high level of monosaturated fats (same fats as olive oil) and high antioxidant content, diabetes combatant. Studies even show they lowered the rise in blood sugar and insulin seen after eating. They also assist in weight management: a study found people who ate nuts at least twice a week were much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never ate nuts.
Nutrients include Biotin (crucial role in metabolising carbos and fats, promotes health hair and nails), Vitamin E, B2, Manganese, Copper (oxygen transport for energy), Phosphorus (used by our bodies to make protein for growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues), Magnesium, Molybdenum (cancer fighter through cell protection) and Fibre.
Storage: purchasing in hermetically sealed containers means less exposure to heat, air and humidity which could spoil them. If you keep them in the fridge or freezer at home, they will enjoy an even longer shelf life.
- Greek YOGURT- Now this the most versatile and delicious treat! Have it as a morning snack, in smoothies or as a substitute in cooking for cream. Keep it handy for preparing healthy dips and impressing guests with homemade Tzatziki.
Packed with CALCIUM– Strengthen bones and teeth, keep your waistline in check by promoting more fat burnt and less fat stored, give PMS the cold shoulder by helping balance your estrogen and progesterone hormone levels.
Packed with PROTEIN and Amino Acids– Used by our bodies to produce and repair tissue, make enzymes and hormones. It is an essential building block of hair, nails, bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Amino Acids are broken down proteins, after a workout they help regenerate tissue and fibre damage.
Vitamin B12- Immune system booster, helps maintain adequate blood levels and promotes energy production for physical, emotional and mental requirements. Without it, we simply could not get through our day. A deficiency is also linked to depression, sleep problems, mental and cardiovascular diseases.
Iodine- Boost your daily energy levels and keep slim by promoting healthy thyroid activity to regulate your metabolism.
Other superfoods for your list to keep in mind for daily consumption:
Oats, berries, walnuts, lean red meant, salmon, broccoli, red capsicum, eggs, avocado, garlic, cranberries, ginger, watermelon, kale, green tea.