May 15, 2016
‘Superfood’ is a term that has grown in stature since the 1990s and today it’s the buzzword of the food industry. So what’s so super? Superfoods are foods that are thought to contain high volumes of wonderful health-boosting nutrients, making them a valuable addition to your diet.
You may have seen news reports, fad diets or adverts touting the health benefits of the latest must-have additions to your fridge but if you’ve clocked the price of a bag of goji berries or a jar of mānuka honey, you may have come to the conclusion that superfoods are super-expensive and out of your weekly shop budget. However, your superfoods don’t need to have been cultivated from the depths of the Amazon rainforest to offer you the same powerhouse properties. Many of these foods are simple supermarket staples, easy and inexpensive to include in your diet.
Check out our list of favourite supermarket superfoods…
Dark green leafy vegetables are well known to have more vitamins and minerals than their lighter-coloured compatriots, and kale is no exception. Like spinach, kale has bucket-loads of iron, potassium and Vitamin K, as well as being rich in flavonoids that provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
More than a flavourful ingredient, garlic is a potent superfood. This humble blub helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, while possessing natural antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Many health benefits have been linked to green tea, from improved brain function and blood flow, to fat loss and protecting cells from damage. Plus it will provide that little elusive energy kick, so ditch the coffee and get on the GT train.
A true hero veg, not only will broccoli boost your immune system, it is at the top of the list for cancer-fighting foods. To boot, broccoli is rich in bone-building vitamin K, vitamin C and high in fibre.
The portable power snack, nuts pack a punch in monounsaturated fats, vitamin E and magnesium. Almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts are some of the elite nuts on offer in supermarkets that will help maintain a healthy heart, joints and bones. A good source of protein, nuts can also help stabilise blood sugar levels and prevent energy dips.
Brightly coloured berries in all their glory are rich in powerful antioxidants known as anthocyanins; they can boost immune health and prevent the build up of free radicals that can cause damage to the body.
If you’re looking for a protein fix, eggs are nature’s perfect protein and can keep you feeling satisfied and stave off hunger pangs. Packed with choline, an important B vitamin for brain health, antioxidant lutein for healthy eyes and B vitamins to facilitate energy production – what’s not to love?
Containing more potassium than bananas, avocados are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. This creamy, dreamy fruit contains stress-busting vitamins B5 and B6 and has the ability to lower dangerous cholesterol and triglyceride levels.