Top 5 Surprising Superfoods
Everyone knows that fruit and vegetables are good for you. You may also be aware that broccoli, bananas and salmon are superfoods; equally there may be no surprise that seeds serve as an excellent source of nutrition. There are, however, superfoods out there that you might not expect. Superfoods can become part of puddings, grab and go lunches, and even the heart of a Christmas dinner. Within this article, we’ve put together a list of surprising superfoods, and linked you to some of our favourite recipes, in the hopes you’ll be inspired enough to add a super-powered health kick to your diet.
These versatile little wonders pack a greater punch than you might expect. They’re chock full of alpha-linolenic acids – an omega-3 fat that has been proven to enhance coordination and memory. They also have cardiovascular benefits too, helping to reduce cholesterol and can even lessen your risk of clotting and inflammation. This superfood is great when roughly chopped and added to your favourite salad – and can even be added to your favourite desserts. Don’t believe us? Check out this sumptuous avocado and walnut crust cheesecake recipe then.
Not only are olives an effortlessly fashionable and a sophisticated snack, they’re also very much a superfood. Packed full of vitamin E, olives are beneficial for you in lots of ways. Olives can help prevent both heart disease and various forms of cancer. Black olives also contain polyphenols, which may ease the pains of arthritis and asthma. Research indicates that black olives may even fight inflammation the same way that drugs like Ibuprofen do. Not bad for a pizza topping.
A single can of sardines contains more things that are amazing for your body than it really has any right to. One portion will give you more than 100% of your daily requirement of vitamin D. On top of that you get a generous helping of calcium, iron and protein. All that at a cost of only 200 calories. We gladly confess then that sardines are a superfood, and on toast with tomato sauce, a childhood favourite of ours – only then we didn’t realise we were being duped into devouring something so healthy.
4. Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter, a superfood? Surely not…it’s delicious after all. But yes, in fact, peanut butter is good for you. It’s got the lot: magnesium for your bones; potassium for your muscles; and vitamin B6 to give your immune system a boost. It also contains monounsaturated fat, which sounds bad, but it turns out is in fact the good kind that your heart will thank you for. Peanut butter is also great for making you feel full for a long time, so it’s a perfect option for dieters too. In any case, peanut butter is a superfood that deserves a place in your life, especially in pancake form.
5. Turkey Breast
Turkey breast contains less calories – 150 per 100g to be exact – than almost any other cut of meat. It is also low in saturated fat, making it great at maintaining a healthy cholesterol level. On top of that, protein, B vitamins and selenium (which maintains the health of hair and nails) can be found in abundance in turkey breast meat. Wonderfully, is also so interchangeable with chicken that you can substitute it into many of your regular meals. With Christmas approaching too, turkey is likely to be on the mind, but here is a great curry recipe that shows how this superfood can be used all year round.
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is key to a fit and active lifestyle. Superfoods are a great way of maximising the output of your meals to keep you going on better fuel for longer. As it turns out, you don’t have to sacrifice on taste either. There really is nothing stopping you from making superfoods part of your daily routine.
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