What are Super Foods?
This is relatively a new term referring to food items packed with nutrition! Of course, one of these alone can’t replace everything in your diet, however, these are full of minerals and vitamins, and if you increase the consumption of these foods in your diet, you will definitely feel better and be able to lead a much healthier life!
Here is a list of a few that you can right away incorporate in your diet;
These contain nutrients that can fight diseases, are extremely high in fiber and are a natural powerhouse full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. To top it off, they are also naturally sweet and taste amazing!
These reduce the risk of heart diseases, digestive issues, cancer and immunity related disorders.
Some berries you see around you are:
Eat them dry or include them in your yogurt or smoothies and enjoy a healthy, fresh snack!
2. HEALTHY GREENS
These greens are high in all sorts of vitamins. They also contain high levels of iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Full of fiber and water, these will not only help you gain the energy you need but will also help you fight constipation.
Some common leafy greens include:
- Turnip Greens
Include them in beef or chicken salads, put them in your soups or just fry them with a little oil and have as a side!
3. NUTS AND SEEDS
These contain plant proteins and mono saturated fats which can help you regulate your weight! Having them as snacks and replacing them with junk can also act as a protection against heart diseases.
Some of the common nuts and seeds include:
This is an extremely efficient way of slowly removing all those chips and Pringles from your life. This is your new snack! Go get it!
4. WHOLE GRAINS
An excellent way to lower your cholesterol level, whole grain foods contain minerals, vitamins and lots of fiber which will also help reduce the risk of heart diseases. These are packed with the nutrients needed for your body to grow.
Some common Whole Grain foods are;
- Whole wheat Pasta
- Whole wheat Flour
For a start, try replacing white rice and bread with brown rice and brown bread. Once you’re successful in making this journey, try looking for all these products searching for the word ‘Whole Wheat’. Seems a little difficult at first, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll love the changes that come along with it!
Legumes are a strong source of plant protein and are packed with nutrients. They are also a rich source of Vitamin B, fiber and minerals. Legumes help fight diseases including diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Some common legumes include:
You can include these in your diets by making spreads out of them, by including them in salads or even eating them directly! They’re filling and can easily replace all the fatty food we eat.
6. SWEET POTATOES
Naturally sweet and full of fiber and Vitamin A, sweet potatoes can easily replace the normal potatoes we eat. They are full of nutrition and have an abnormally long life. If you’re looking for those healthy carbs, this is the thing you need! A plus point? They’re also gluten free and an excellent alternative for celiac patients.
Some foods in which you can include sweet potatoes:
- Curry in Sweet Potatoes
- Brown Rice and Boiled Potatoes
- Baked, roasted or steamed served as a side
- With fried Chickpeas
Include these super foods in your diet and feel the difference yourself! With time, it’ll become more of a hobby than a chore and that, is when, you’ve successfully entered the sustainable health zone ☺
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Written by: Wajeeha Sabih