We’ve all heard the term ‘superfoods’ being thrown around, but do we really know what it means?
While it may be a word developed by the marketing world, the Oxford Dictionary defines it as “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”.
Basically, media gimmick or not, the foods that fit this group are definitely all kinds of healthy and nutritious. Throw in the possible added health benefits, and we can’t think of any reason not to include them in our diets. Here are seven of our top picks…
- Berries — These little treats are packed with all sorts of goodness. Raspberries are packed with fibre, while blueberries are rich in antioxidants that have been shown to improve brain function and reduce inflammation, and both have anti-cancer properties. Strawberries are full of goodness, too, and contain loads of vitamin C. The good news is that the frozen versions are just as good for you, too.
- Broccoli — Be sure to include these shrubby looking veggies in your dinner mix. They’re packed with magnesium and vitamins A, K and C, making these tiny trees a powerful immune booster that helps fight infections and viruses. They also contain a large amount of sulforaphane, which is thought to help prevent cancer.
- Spinach and kale — These leafy greens are incredibly rich in nutrients. With vitamins, calcium, fibre, magnesium, iron and potassium, a dose of these are all kinds of good for you. Plus, they contain folic acid, making them great for moms-to-be. If you make smoothies, definitely include a leaf or two for an instant vitamin boost.
- Fish — This is a great protein to regularly include in your diet, especially salmon. Filled with vitamins and minerals, as well as those fabulous omega 3 fats — great for its anti-ageing properties as well as brain, eye and nerve function — the benefits to eating fish are endless.
- Nuts — A handful of these as a mid-afternoon snack will do you wonders… as long as you choose the right nuts, that is. Almonds and walnuts are high in fibre and protein, as well as those good fats. But they are high in calories, so don’t overdo it portion wise!
- Avocado — These awesome little guys come with a huge range of health benefits… They’re full of healthy fats and a range of nutrients and vitamins, and can help protect your body against, heart, eye and brain diseases, as well as cancer. The great news is that avos taste amazing and work well with a huge range of dishes. Just be careful not to over-indulge, they’re still high in fat.
- Dark chocolate — Yes, a form of chocolate actually makes it onto the superfood list! Phew! Some of the benefits of eating this treat include helping lower blood pressure, increasing overall blood flow, and ultimately contributing to a healthy heart. But remember, these benefits only come with dark chocolate, and it doesn’t mean you can now binge on the stuff… a small block will do.