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Have you heard the term ‘superfoods’? It’s increasingly used to refer to all kinds of ingredients, but what exactly does it mean and which foods truly count as super? In essence superfoods are those that are so packed full of healthy nutrients that they can really help boost your health. They’re the opposite of junk foods or high cholesterol foods to avoid. Instead these are the best things to reach for if you want to cook delicious, longevity-promoting meals. Here are three important superfoods along with some easy ways to get them into your diet.
Superfood 1: Blueberries
Blueberries are a great superfood. Not only are they very tasty and low calorie, they are also stacked full of vitamins such as C and K as well as important antioxidants. Blueberries are also a great source of magnesium which is vital to lots of different bodily processes.
Blueberry bircher mueseli: Mix 30g oats, two tablespoons of greek yogurt, 50ml apple juice, 20g raisins and a handful of blueberries together in a large bowl. Leave the mixture in the fridge overnight and by morning it’ll make the perfect healthy breakfast treat.
Superfood 2: Broccoli
Our second superfood is broccoli, that common, rather humble veg that’s actually not so humble once you start looking at its nutritional profile. Broccoli has an impressive array of health benefits including high levels of vitamins A and E and is a good source of fibre. Some research even suggests it can help prevent heart diseases making it a great alternative to high cholesterol foods.
Ginger steamed broccoli: Peel and chop a one inch section of ginger plus two cloves of garlic and set aside. Take one large head of broccoli and chop into small pieces. In a large pan gently sauté the ginger and garlic then add the broccoli and stir so it’s covered in the juices. Add 100mls of boiling water and put on the lid. Let it steam for approximately 5 minutes or until the broccoli is cooked, but not soft. Eat immediately.
Superfood 3: Almonds
Our third favourite superfood is almonds. Their skyrocketing popularity over the last few years is for good reason. Almonds are an excellent source of antioxidants that can help you live a long, healthy life. They provide good fats which reduce cholesterol and are full of protein, the building blocks of life.
Almond butter toasts: Take 200g of almonds and place in a blender with a pinch of salt. Blender until smooth – this sometimes takes a while. It might form grains first but keep blending until a paste starts to form, adding a little oil if required. In the mean time toast a piece of ryebread. When the almond butter is ready spread on the toast, adding a few slices of fresh banana if you prefer.
Those are our three top superfoods. Bought in bulk they aren’t too expensive and can have positive benefits for your healthy. Remember, instead of junk and high cholesterol foods opt for fresh, nutritious ingredients like these and you’ll soon start to notice the difference.