In order to reach and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you must consume good foods. Your diet should consist of a varied mix of foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, of which can be found in various ‘superfoods’. Although there is no scientific definition that officially outlines the properties of a ‘superfood’, they are generally believed to be rich in antioxidants and contain high levels of vitamins and minerals, and can even help protect the body from disease. It isn’t difficult to incorporate superfoods into your diet. In fact, you probably have many of them in your fridge already. We list the foods you should be consuming if you want to give your body the right amount of nutrients so that you can reach your health goals.
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods you incorporate into your diet. They are an excellent source of protein and are rich in Vitamin D, B6, B12, selenium, and contain minerals including iron, zinc and copper. Eggs also contain cholesterol and have been the subject of vilification due to their believed negative affect in increasing cholesterol levels. However, this is untrue – eggs do not raise the bad cholesterol in your body, and you can eat up to 3 a day and still stay healthy. Another bonus of eggs is their versatility: do you like yours scrambled, fried, poached, hard-boiled, on toast, in a salad…? The possibilities are endless, so if you really want to introduce them into your diet more frequently you won͛t get bored of them.
2. Dark Leafy Greens
Eating vegetables should be a lifestyle even if you’re not a vegetarian. Spinach, broccoli, kale or bitter leaf should become your best friends if you want to improve your overall health. They are rich in basically every good vitamin and mineral your body could need: they are high in fibre to aid digestion, iron and vitamins including A, B5, C, E and K. They also lower cholesterol, help with vision, improve bone health and reduce the risk of cancer. Plus, they boost brain power through Omega-3 fatty acids, boost immune health and improve heart health. If that doesn’t make you want to drop everything and go out and buy a bag of kale right now, what will? You can easily use kale and spinach in salads, or if you don’t like the bitter taste why not blend them up into a smoothie with some sweeter fruits like apples and bananas.
If you like to eat fish, you should definitely load up on your salmon intake. Not only is it delicious, but it has earned its superfood status by being packed with protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, B Vitamins, potassium and selenium. These properties together are said to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and help with weight maintenance. Why not put your salmon on a bed of kale and spinach leaves for that ultra-nutritious meal?
Nuts are the perfect healthy snack. They are filling and hold great health benefits. Brazil nuts, for example, raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. They are rich in antioxidants and help the body fight cancer and heart disease. They also prevent bone weakness and are rich in Vitamin E which protects the body from free radicals. Another superfood nut is the walnut. Walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids to help improve brain function. They also contain high amounts of Vitamin C which are great for the skin, and they also increase energy levels. What’s more, almonds are high in fibre, Vitamin E, potassium, iron and magnesium. So, get yourself an assortment of nuts to snack on throughout the day, and let them work magic on your health.
Blueberries and papaya (Pawpaw) are the two fruits that your kitchen should be stocked with all-year-round. Berries, especially blueberries, are filled with antioxidants, fibre, vitamin C and cancer-fighting compounds, and are even said to improve memory. Papaya is rich in flavonoids that protect against cancer cells. It also helps to prevent lung cancer, blood clots and helps to control blood pressure.
6. Green Tea
Green tea might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the health benefits are undeniable. It is incredibly rich in antioxidants and remedies cancer and heart disease. It is also great for your skin and is known to help clear acne and blemish-prone skin. Get yourself a mug, pronto.
7. Bone Broth
There is another food that healthy lifestyle junkies should become well-accustomed with: bone broth. Containing a whole host of amazing ingredients such as beef, apple cider vinegar, onions, leeks, carrots, bay leaves, rosemary, garlic and peppercorns, the list of benefits bone broth can have on your body never-ending. Known as nature’s multivitamin, bone broth is full to the brim of protein, collagen, calcium, magnesium and countless other essential minerals and vitamins. It aids your immune system, making you much stronger and able to overcome ailments. Plus, it aids your metabolism and injects you with more energy. It is also amazing for your gut health, and boots detoxification which leads to healthy skin, hair and nails. As a result, you feel great inside and you look younger and glowing on the outside. Bone broth is the ultimate superfood that everyone needs to incorporate into their diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whether you’re feeling a little under the weather or just wants to amp your overall health up a gear, you should rustle up some bone broth.
Make the above foods part of your “lifestyle diet”
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