Superfoods, a term that most of us are hearing a lot lately.
But what is a superfood?
A superfood is actually a marketing term. It is used to describe a food, which is considered to have special benefits for the health and well-being.
Once in a while it seems like the market has discovered a new superfood, which everyone hypes about and everyone wants to buy and consume. Most of the time these products are much more expensive, than conventional products.
If it is the açaí berry or maca powder, many of the normal foods we can find in our supermarket have the same or even better nutritional value.
These are my personal 6 “superfoods” I eat (almost) every single day:
1) Sweet Potato
If you are scared of potatoes (how so many people are), you shouldn’t be!
Why I love sweet potatoes so much is that they are so versatile, are super tasteful naturally (no extra spices are needed) and they only have 87 calories per 100g.
Also, sweet potatoes are high in dietary fiber, which can help for weight loss.
2) Blueberries (vs. Açaí berries)
According to Dr. Michael Greger: “one cup of blueberries a day can improve cognition among older adults,[…].And the same thing with kids after just a single meal of blueberries.”
Blueberries are super rich in in vitamins, soluble fiber and phytochemicals.
Phytochemicals have an antioxidant effect. Antioxidants are chemical compounds produced by plants, which help protect our cells from free radicals. And as a result this may help prevent the development of certain types of cancer.
+other dark leafy greens such as swiss chard, collards, spinach and cabbages.
These foods are full of vitamin A, C and K, as well as fiber, calcium, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium.
Vitamins A and K (as well as D and E) are fat-soluble vitamins, which means they are better absorbed when a fat source, such as avocado, nuts, seeds, or oils are added to the meal.
Beans are the best source for low-fat protein. Legumes and beans are literally one of the healthiest food groups out there and we unfortunately don’t eat enough of it.
They are also loaded with fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients and they are also packed with iron and zinc, which are minerals you’d expect to be in meat. But beans are so much better for you, as they are naturally low in saturated fat, sodium and they have no cholesterol.
Dr.Michael Greger suggest eating beans and legumes 2-3 times a day.
Especially, if you are active, quinoa should be a staple in your diet. I always have this grain at home, as it is high in fiber and it is also considered to be a high quality protein (contains more protein than any other grain).
It is also perfect for those of you who can not eat gluten, as this super-grain is gluten-free.
I like to have a combo of both, the white and the red quinoa at home.
6) Hemp Seeds
Why I love hemp seeds is not only because of the seed being a high protein source, but it is also a great source of Omega 3. It is essential for us. Especially vegans might not consume a sufficient amount of it while at the same over-consuming on Omega 6 (these fats are available more often in food than Omega 3).
It is important to eat at a ratio of 5:1, 5 being Omega 6 and 1 being Omega 3. The smaller the ratio the better.
What is your favourite?