In our humble opinion all foods are ‘Super’ foods, but there are a particular few that are dubbed as such, for their spectacular health benefits. You can achieve a healthier heart, lower blood pressure and boast beautiful skin by packing your meals or smoothies with a selection of these healthy foods. Read on for our top ten list of delicious health boosting foods.
Lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, benefit from antioxidants provided by vitamin E, maintain healthy skin and hair, the list goes on and on. Snack on a small hand full of almonds, indulge in the sweet flavour now and reap the rewards later.
TIP: You can always have too much of a good thing, enjoy almonds in moderation as they are high in healthy fats.
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So soft and buttery, they almost seem indulgent, avocados are not only delicious but are known to help the body absorb essential nutrients. Spread them across whole-wheat toast or add to a salad with a dash of lemon and sea salt.
TIP: Unsure what to do with the rest of your salad ingredients? Mix 2 egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and half a ripe avocado, smooth the mixture through your hair, seal with a shower cap and relax for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water then wash and dry as usual. Voilà! Silky smooth locks and no waste!
Poor beetroot has had a bad rep, most of us remember it being generously used in its pickled form by our grandmothers, but the red vegetable has enjoyed a comeback, making it on to every health gurus must-eat list. With good reason too, beets contain Betacyanin, an anti-oxidant which possesses anti-cancerous properties, it can help to slow down the onset of Alzheimers and is a great detoxifier of the liver.
TIP: If you’re not a fan of dicing up fruit and veg for hours, the trick is to juice them instead. Juice 2 medium beets, 1 apple, 3 medium carrots and 1 teaspoon of chia seeds. Quick, easy and packed with nutrients.
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Blueberries are probably the most en vogue of the super foods mainly for their assistance in the fight against fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidants in the tangy purple berry, prevents cells from premature aging, Forget needles, pick up your Tupperware and bring on the berries.
TIP: Sprinkle over oats instead of sugar, for their zingy sweet flavour.
An unexpected vegetable on the list, garlic is one of the most underrated of the super foods. From warding of cardiovascular disease to the common cold, garlic is a must for flavour and health.
TIP: Add to a soup or stir-fry for an extra boost of flavour.
Although goji berries may seem like a relatively new fruit to our diet, they have been used for thousands of years in Tibet and China both as ingredients and medicinally. With 15 times the amount of iron as spinach, this tiny berry is the perfect medicine for those suffering from anaemia.
TIP: Make sure to source your goji berries from a reputable source, as they can be tainted by pesticides that might have an adverse effect.
7.Japanese Green Tea
Replace your cup of Joe with Japanese green tea, trust us you will never look back. The Theanine (or Teanin) in green tea relaxes the mind allowing you to focus and increase productivity. The small amount of caffeine also increases cognitive performance, which means you can skip the coffee jitters and still get your work done.
TIP: Green tea has antiseptic qualities, gargle green tea to prevent dental disease and bad breath.
Vitamin A, K, C, B6, Manganese, Calcium, omega-3 fatty acid and alpha linolenic acid. The list of nutrients speaks for itself, Kale is by far the king of the superfoods.
TIP: dress your kale with olive oil, chili powder, paprika and sea salt and bake, for the ultimate healthy snack of spicy kale crisps.
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Salmon is the ultimate brain food, filled with Omega-3 fatty acid DHA, it can reduce the occurrence of depression in adults and cognitive decline in elderly people.
TIP: Place a fillet of Salmon, cherry tomatoes and basil into lightly oiled foil, then wrap up the contents. Slow roast for the best results.
Not only does spinach contain anti-cancerous properties and promote gastrointestinal health it is also the most versatile of the superfoods, add to your egg white omelette, eat raw in a salad or throw it into a hearty soup.
TIP: Buy two packs of Spinach, this leafy green dramatically reduces in size when added to heat.
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