“Superfoods” are generally foods that have particularly high nutrient density and some are certainly more regarded than others, however with demand comes supply, and often at higher prices. For instance, some superfoods promise extraordinary health benefits, for a price, when there are actually cheaper alternatives that can yield similar results.
An example of this situation is kale, arguably one of the most famous superfoods, kale exploded into popular culture and now finds it home in blended smoothies being peddled by Instagram personalities. Yes, kale is highly nutritious, but did you know that spinach, a less famous superfood, is nutritionally comparable and cheaper? Coles generally sells spinach at $25 per kilo and kale at $33 per kilo for example. In fact, spinach actually trumps kale in folate content, which is especially important for child-bearing women. In addition to the spinach/kale comparison, there are still other commonly known superfoods that are fairly priced and worthy of your attention.
Lentils, the forgotten “Superfood”, lentils have taken a backseat to other superfoods, in recent times but are certainly still worth including in your diet as they are absolutely packed with nutrients. Cheap and convenient (you can buy them in a can for less than $4) lentils are full of protein and carbohydrates, giving you a long-lasting, slow burn of energy throughout the day. They are also packed with fibre to give your digestion a boost.
Another superfood that won’t burn through your life savings are flaxseeds (or linseeds), a 500g bag of flaxseed will only set you back $4.00 from Coles for example. In addition, a little goes a long way, just 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed (ground or whole) is the recommended amount. Flaxseeds are nutrient dense (98% of our daily magnesium intake for example) but high in fat so only need to be used in small portions, they are best enjoyed sprinkled on cereal or infused in smoothies.
That was just a couple of affordable superfoods that can easily be added to your diet but there any more, the key point to take away from this is that healthy eating needn’t chew a hole in your wallet. Understand what you’re eating and discover what foods are worth their price tag, dietitians absolutely love correcting misconceptions so if you’re lost come and talk to us at Sunshine Coast Dietetics.