Superfoods tell us their secrets: 8 hidden champions for your nutrition
Superfoods are the talk of the nation: suddenly a handful of ingredients are conquering the supermarkets and food blogs. What is the reason for this newfound love for these well-known and exotic plants, nuts and spices? Which ones should you really include in your diet and why? Keep reading to find out!
What are superfoods?
Superfoods are nutrient-rich to the point of offering more than a couple of extra vitamins and minerals at the cost of just a few calories. Their anti-aging and energy-boosting properties make them particularly valuable for a healthy and well-balanced diet. They might even help prevent chronic diseases and reduce the risk of developing cancer along the way.
Here’s the catch: there are no official definitions or labeling regulations for the use of this term. Understandably, there is some confusion about what qualifies as one and what doesn’t. So we compiled a short superfood list to help you orient yourself.
Along with other nuts and seeds, almonds not only come with a handful of minerals and healthy fats, but also a high dose of calcium and vitamin E. Almonds are calorie-dense though, so a small handful is enough to act as a quick snack or a salad topping.
Luscious, smooth and rich in monosaturated fats, vitamins C and K, as well as folate and potassium: an avocado is an indulgent ingredient that is good for the heart and the soul. Spread it on toast, chop it up for a salad or make a guacamole. It also serves as a perfect taco topping!
These blazing blue berries are also packed with vitamins, antioxidants and flavonoids. The latter are known to help reduce the risk of heart condition in young women. So gobble a handful down as a quick snack or top yoghurts or salads with this sweet mighty superfood.
Flavorful, sweet-and-spicy and oh so good for you! Just a little sprinkle of cinnamon over oatmeal, smoothies or yoghurt will provide you with valuable antioxidants known to fight cholesterol and high blood sugar.
This newly re-discovered leafy vegetable lives up to the high expectations, since it is the most nutrient-rich plant known to us! It has a whole alphabet of vitamins and minerals as well as enough iron to replace beef. Read up on preparation tips in our article “How to cook kale”.
Omega-3 fatty acids contained in this heart-healthy fish might lower the risk of stroke and heart disease, as well as improve your cognitive performance. Along with sardines and mackerel these make great dinner centerpieces or sandwich ingredients.
7. Sweet potato
Skip the butter, salt and cream and enjoy the naturally smooth and sweet flavor of this potato relative. It is an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, A and D for healthy immune system, elastic skin and strong bones. Opt for crispy sweet potato chips or add them to a filling and colorful salad.
Wheatgrass is the final and probably the most obscure item on our superfood list. Yet, it is nutritiously dense and packed with particles fighting free radicals and inflammation. Harvested from young wheat plants, it can be eaten raw, juiced or added to smoothies for a boost of calcium, iron and magnesium.