One of the main components of healthy living is eating right. Good food should satisfy an appetite, provide ample energy and lots of additional nutrients and minerals that have both short and long-term benefits to your health. There are many ways to get healthier foods into our diet, and one of the most effective ways is to eat more superfoods.
Superfoods are foods that are teeming with nutritional goodness. They are often more obscure than common foods found in the fridge or pantry, but the continued growth of healthy eating has seen their availability increase in recent times. A common misconception is that they must be extra expensive when compared to standard foods, which is simply untrue.
These foods are all natural and provide our bodies with everything they could hope for. They can be prepared in a hundred different ways from tasty smoothies to hearty meals.
Have a look at some of the most impressive superfoods out there that you should definitely be introducing to your diet.
Seeds are often great superfoods thanks to their small size but massive nutritional content, and chia seeds are no different.
These small seeds can be combined with your favorite smoothies or yogurts without any changes to taste as they are almost flavorless. While you won’t taste them too much, you will be gaining lots of healthy fatty acids such as those found in oily fish, helping to promote a healthy functioning brain.
Your heart also appreciates a dose of chia seeds too, as they have been shown to help fight against the likes of heart disease and high cholesterol. As if that wasn’t good enough, they pack a nutritional punch, containing protein, fiber, several vitamins, iron, amino acids and anti-oxidants.
Add three tablespoons to a meal and you are good to go!
Another seed, another helping of nutrition in the shape of fatty acids and fiber, is flax seeds. Omega fatty acids help to promote healthy function throughout the body, including in the cardiovascular system, the brain and your immune system.
A nice nutty taste can be added to a meal with just one tablespoon of flax seed.
No seeds this time, instead this superfood comes from a certain type of pond algae. Tasty.
While the taste leaves a lot to be desired, what should be desired are the high levels of protein and fatty acids. It comes as a health supplement, so you will need to find it from a health store usually. Vegetarians can benefit from the high-protein content found in Spirulina.
A few teaspoons into a smoothie is probably the best way to consume this superfood – it makes the taste a tad more appealing!
There are still a few superfoods worth checking out, so read on to find more!