You’ve probably heard the term “super foods” by now. Maybe your friend told you she had to head home soon to eat some super foods before she collapsed, or maybe your boss told you the reason he is able to work 560 hours a week is because he’s turbocharged by super foods.
But what exactly are they?
Super foods are so termed because they’re essentially the swiss-army knife of the food world. Stuffed with essential nutrients and powerful antioxidants, they fight disease, promote healthier hair, make you stronger, and give you a boost in energy. Basically, they’re nature’s greatest marvel that will turn you into a hugely better version of yourself, both mentally and physically.
So join us, as we take a look at the top 10 fabulous super foods that will make you stronger and healthier.
When I was a kid, my grandma used to look after me during the summer holidays when my parents were working. One of the best things we did together was go berry picking in the fields. I loved it, and I loved the berries – and I still love them today.
Berries are available in all kinds of different colours and flavours, and include raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. But the best thing of all about them is that they’re super healthy.
Berries are rich in dietary fibre, which is a micronutrient that far too few of us are getting enough of. Fibre keeps you feeling full for longer, which prevents overeating. As such, berries promote weight loss.
Berries are also rich in anticancer agents, as well as vitamin C.
Eggs got a bad reputation throughout the nineties when they were associated with bad cholesterol. But such theories have since been refuted, and eggs are very much a super food that we should all eat more of.
Eggs are rich in top-notch protein, which gives you a bit more staying power. This is particularly useful in the morning, as this staying power could stop you from loading up on snacks to keep you going until lunch.
Studies have indeed show that scrambled eggs on toast at breakfast are so satisfying that they aid weigh loss. And although egg yolks got tarnished by the bad cholesterol rumours in the nineties, they’re rich in powerful antioxidants that promote eye health.
And the best thing about eggs? You can cook them in so many ways!
Popeye used to eat spinach whenever he needed extra strength, and although the show’s creators actually over-estimated how strong this dark leafy grain will make you, it’s still a fab super food that is rich in all kinds of micronutrients, including iron.
Beans are one of the most versatile plant-based foods you can eat. They’re also super healthy, and a fantastic source of iron, an essential mineral that does a grand job at transporting more oxygen from your lungs to your cells.
There is a caveat, though: The iron found in beans is actually kinda difficult for your body to absorb! Oh no! For this reason, I suggest that you add food that is rich in vitamin C to your plate, such as lemon juice or sweet potatoes. Food rich in vitamin C will encourage better iron absorption.
Beans are also notoriously rich in fibre, with just a half a cup containing an astonishing seven grams!
Before you pack your candy bars as part of your work snacks tomorrow, consider opting for nuts instead. Nuts are a super food snack that are stuffed with unsaturated fats that are good for cardiovascular health.
Studies have shown that those who eat nuts have a chance of living at least two years longer than those who don’t. Walnuts in particular are the show-stealers, thanks to their amazing omega-3 fatty acid content, as well as their huge amount of alpha-linolenic acid.
As well as looking after your heart, nuts also boost mood, leaving you feeling super!
Oranges are easily my favourite fruit in the whole world. I love their vibrant colour, and they always remind me of sunshine, sweetness and happiness. Basically, you can’t eat an orange and feel sad. For this reason, oranges have the psychological edge over all over fruits.
But as well as that, oranges are also an important source of vitamin C, with just a single orange containing your entire daily recommended amount. Vitamin C is crucial because it produces the antibodies and white blood cells your body needs to battle infections. It also protects your cells from being damaged by pesky free radicals, and slows down the ageing process.
From the sweetness of oranges to the sourness of onions. Can two extremely opposite foods seriously both be super? You bet!
Onions might not be to everyone’s taste, and while they won’t exactly boost your chances of getting a kiss on a first date, they work wonders for your health. Rich in a potent antioxidant called quercetin, they boost good cholesterol levels, while simultaneously reducing high blood pressure and thinning your blood.
Tea is a healthier alternative to coffee, because it contains less caffeine. It still makes you nice and alert, and it also contains L-theanine, which relaxes your mind and body by lowering cortisol, the villainous stress hormone.
Over a longer period, you might also be doing your heart plenty of favours if you drink three cups of tea a day.
Where’s the kettle …
Dieticians and health experts are in unanimous agreement that garlic should be added to at least one of your meals each day. Why? Because this bulbous food produce stimulates the production of white cells, which in turn enhances your immune function.
Garlic has also been shown to slow down the growth of fungi, yeasts and harmful bacteria, and while wild garlic is certainly an option, it’s important that you at least always opt for fresh garlic from the supermarket, as opposed to garlic in a tube. Just no.
Salmon is a fantastic brain food that will also make you stronger, thanks to its high protein and omega-3 fatty acid contain. The fish is also a good source of vitamin D, and it’s recommended that you eat it at least twice a week.