A healthy diet is so important these days, particularly during a period where many of us actually don’t have one. There are plenty of staple items out there that can be adapted to all manner of recipes, all while providing you with all the nutrients you need.
We refer to these as “superfoods” and over the next 12 months, there are some you should certainly be adding to your shopping cart.
They’re so useful for all manner of reasons, from simply getting healthy, to helping with illness and even addiction treatment, with some foods scientifically proven to help ease cravings.
But what are the superfoods you should be adding to your diet?
Avocados are already hugely popular throughout the US, especially in the likes of California and Florida, and it’s with good reason. There are plenty of avocado recipes out there, and they all taste fantastic.
The great thing about avocados though is that they’re a fantastic source of monounsaturated fat (the good fat!), vitamin E and they’re a great source of folate.
Staying mentally strong and energized is mightily important, particularly when you are fighting the likes of addiction, or anxiety and depression, and berries can play a healthy part in that.
The likes of blackberries and strawberries have antioxidants that are low in calories and high in fibre and can help fight off illness, keep you strong and ensure that you’re looking after yourself both mentally and physically.
It’s not for everyone, but tofu is such a versatile ingredient that is packed full of goodness. Popular amongst the vegetarian and vegan communities, it’s a great meat substitute and is packed full of protein. It’s another ingredient that is often recommended to people suffering from addiction, as it can reduce cravings. But there’s more to it than that too, while you can also flavour it however you like.
There are so many recipes you can enjoy with tofu, from making curries to thai food, and even pies, replacing a regular steak pie for one packed with tofu and a meaty sauce replacement.
Broccoli is easy to get hold of all year round in the USA and it’s a food that can lower the risk of cancers and other diseases. Similarly, cauliflower, sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables can also have this effect, while also decreasing the chances of a stroke or heart attack. If that’s not reason to get it on your plate, we’re not sure what is.
Seafood is another food source that can often split opinion, but it is a huge source of omega-3 fatty acids which are good for your heart. Fish and seafood is heart healthy and omega-3 can also help with mental illness such as helping ease depression. What’s more, it’s easily accessible and there’s nothing better than some fresh fish on a summer’s day.
Hemp seeds are a superfood that is gaining popularity due to its many health benefits. They are a great source of plant-based protein, containing all nine essential amino acids that the body needs to function properly. They are also high in fiber, which can help with digestion and weight management. They are rich in essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3 and omega-6. These fatty acids are essential for brain function and can help reduce inflammation in the body. Additionally, they are a good source of vitamin E, which is important for healthy skin and hair.
Hemp seeds can be added to smoothies, salads, and oatmeal. They can also be used as a substitute for nuts in recipes.
Turmeric is a spice that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. It contains an active ingredient called curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin has been shown to help with conditions such as arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. It is also known to boost the immune system, which can help protect the body from infections and diseases. It has been used as a natural remedy for coughs, colds, and sore throats.
Turmeric can be added to curries, soups, and stir-fries. It can also be taken as a supplement.
Cacao is the raw form of chocolate and is a great source of antioxidants. It contains flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that can help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Cacao has been shown to improve heart health, lower blood pressure, and improve mood. What’s more, Cacao is also a good source of magnesium, which is important for healthy bones and muscles. It contains iron, which is important for healthy blood and energy levels. Cacao is also a good source of fiber, which can help with digestion and weight management.
Cacao can be added to smoothies, oatmeal, and yogurt. It can also be used in baking as a substitute for chocolate chips.
Quinoa is a grain that is rich in protein, fiber, and numerous vitamins and minerals. It contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. One of the main bonuses of the grain is that it’s a good source of iron, which is important for healthy blood and energy levels. It is also high in magnesium, which is important for healthy bones and muscles. Additionally, it contains zinc, which is important for a healthy immune system.
Quinoa can be used as a substitute for rice in recipes. It can also be added to salads, soups, and stir-fries.
Kimchi is a fermented vegetable dish that originated in Korea. It is made from cabbage, radish, and other vegetables, which are mixed with spices and allowed to ferment for several days. The Asian vegetable is also a great source of probiotics,which are beneficial bacteria that can help improve gut health. It has been shown to boost the immune system and improve digestion. Additionally, it is low in calories and high in fiber, making it a great food for weight management.
Kimchi can be eaten as a side dish or used in recipes such as stir-fries and omelets.