We all want to be as fit and healthy as possible. Most of us know that reducing intakes of saturated or unhealthy fats, minimising intake of refined sugars, limiting processed and prepared foods and exercising all help to achieve this goal.
What we often don’t know is that there are a range of “SUPER FOODS” – foods that are great to add to our diets that can also help achieve optimal fitness and health! Super Foods offer a range of health benefits, each quite specific to that food…
It is by no means essential that you add all these foods to your diet but you may just find that inclusion of one two does offer some benefit to you.
Here are just a couple of the many Super Foods:
CHIA SEEDS: these are the richest plant source of omega-3-fats which are essential for optimal functioning of the brain and heart. They are also a powerful anti-inflammatory and may help reduce pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Chia seeds are also packed with protein and contain dietary fibre – so they are a powerhouse in a small seed. They are great sprinkled over cereal, added to a smoothie or sprinkled in yoghurt. [Photo credit: Wikipedia]
QUINOA: pronounced keen-wa; contains more protein than other grains. It also contains a range of nutrients, such as B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and vitamin E. It has low GI and is great for diabetics and weight management. The rather nutty flavour is a great substitute for rice or couscous.
LSA: this ground mix of linseeds, almonds and sunflower seeds provides a hefty dose of omega-3-fats, as well as proteins, zinc and magnesium. It tastes great and can be added to cereal, muffin mixes or sprinkled over yoghurt.
KALE: this leafy green contains high levels of antioxidants and anti cancer nutrients in the form of glucosinolates. It also contains high levels of omega-3-fats and vitamins A and C, which are important for immune function. Kale is high in dietary fibre and can be eaten either raw in salads or cooked as a leafy green vegetable.
Try a Super Food today and see what you think!