Superfoods are a quick, simple and convenient way to add additional health-boosting properties to your meals, drinks and smoothies.
Below are 8 superfoods that you can add into your diet to help pack a powerful nutrition boost!
Flaxseed has gained popularity as a superfood for good reason. It is not only high in fibre, but it is a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B1 and manganese. It is also a great source of the essential fatty acid omega-3.
Flaxseeds have been shown to have many health benefits such as lowering cholesterol. It is also an extremely versatile food and can be added into smoothies and baking for an easy fibre-boost.
Ground flaxseeds are a better option than the whole version as they are easier for the body to digest so that you can reap all the nutritional benefits associated with them!
Berries have long been on the super food list due to their amazing antioxidant content and nutritional properties such as being high in vitamin c and fibre. They are extremely versatile and are fantastic to add to smoothies to give an extra nutritional punch. They are also a brilliant stand alone snack, especially if you add in some protein such as Greek yoghurt to give them extra muscle building properties.
Berries are also low carb and low fat meaning they are a great addition to anyone’s day. Frozen berries are a great alternative to fresh, they tend to be cheaper, will last you longer as they will not go off!
Frozen berries also make a great alternative to ice in water and can add flavour to it if you leave them to infuse in your water bottle in the fridge for a while. Nutri Purples Fruit Blend is a convenient and delicious way to reap the benefits of berries! Add to smoothies, shakes, porridge, etc.
Raw cacoa powder makes a great addition to not just smoothies and shakes, but baking too. You can use it in mug cakes and even protein cookies or simply put a spoon into your oats to boost their nutritional value.
It is packed with calcium, magnesium and iron, with less than two grams per serving, this super power is a sure way to get some chocolate goodness into your life without all the extra calories.
Be warned, it has a strong flavour, so a little goes a long way!
#4 Oat bran
Oat bran has a well earned place on the super food list. It contains soluble fibre, and contains nearly double that of normal oats. Fibre has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol in the blood and also contributes to a healthy digestive system.
Oat bran is great used as a breakfast mixed in with normal oats, or even added to smoothies and used in baking. It is also a really filling food due to its high fibre content which makes it fantastic for anyone that is on a diet or simply trying to get more bang for their nutritional buck.
You can also add protein powder to it just as you can normal oats to increase its protein content, and oat bran can be prepared with milk or water when you are using it as a breakfast food.
Spirulina is a form of blue-green algae that grows in fresh water… but what can it do for you?
It is a great source of:
✓ Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
✓ Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
✓… And contains 4g protein per 7g(ish) serving!
It gives smoothies a great boost due to its high vitamin and mineral content, and you can even add it to a normal drink like diluted orange if you wish!
It is rich in:
✓ Vitamin E
Wheatgrass also contains calcium and a serving of this also will contain over a third of your recommended daily intake of iron.
Nuts have long been hailed a super food due to their high content of good fats and fibre alongside vitamin E.
Nut butters are great to add to smoothies and also make great snacks. They are also a good source of protein and can be used in baking.
Note: It is important to watch your portion size with nuts as they are high in calories.
#8 Coconut oil
Coconut oil has received a lot of attention lately, and rightly so as it is a great addition to a healthy diet.
It is heat stable which means it can be used for cooking and baking at high temperatures, and can also be used as a substitute for other oils.
It can be added to smoothies and contains healthy fats – it is a beneficial addition to any diet in moderation!