|Posted in Food & Health on 14 May 2014||
No excuses, now. It's easy to spruce up your diet with these readily available and easy-to-cook supermarket superfoods.
Not all superfoods have unpronounceable names and cost the same as your entire week's grocery bill. Nope, the humble egg is one of the most nutritious, cheapest and misunderstood foods out there.
If you're still avoiding eggs out of fear they'll raise your cholesterol, you'll be pleased to know that old myth has been debunked and we now know that eating eggs actually raises good cholesterol in the body. Additionally, they're a great source of protein and help keep you fuller for longer than other foods.
Best of all, you can incorporate them into just about any meal, whether you like eating breakfast omelets, munching on pancakes for dessert or slicing them into salads. There must be a million and one ways to eat eggs.
Good news chocolate lovers, you can have your cake and eat it too. Dieters with a sweet tooth should all keep a bag of cacao handy in their cupboard. Better than cocoa by a mile, this sweet superfood is a powerful antioxidant that's rich in magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and zinc and helps to lower insulin resistance, reduces blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease, and boosts your mood. It also makes a brilliant addition to smoothies and feels seriously indulgent despite its healthy profile.
Any Paleo fans out there will already be familiar with ‘cauliflower rice' as an alternative to traditional grain rice. While that's just one way to pack more of the veggie into your diet, this white veg often gets overlooked in the superfood stakes in favour of more richly coloured varieties. But skipping your cauliflower is skipping a hefty dose of vitamins C, K and B6 as well as folate and omega 3 fats.
Cauliflowers can be more versatile than simply being served as a steamed side dish; try mashing it with garlic, herbs ad a little salt to make a guilt-free mashed potato substitute.
An avocado a day keeps the doctor away, right? Or at least, that should be the saying. Avocados have long received a bad rap because of their high fat and calories content, but these fruits are chock-full of vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, B-vitamins, vitamin C and D, riboflavin, manganese and folic acid, as well as being high in omega 3. Phew!
As well as helping to regulate blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack, avocados also help keep your skin and hair looking their best. Not to mention, they're delicious. At 400 calories each, you'll want to go easy on them, but they make a satiating and tasty addition to salads and smoothies.
If you drop into conversation that you add flax seeds or chia seeds to your meals, you get instant points with the ‘clean eating' crowd. While they're not very tasty to munch alone, they make a nutrient-packed addition to muffins and cookies, muesli or even smoothies.
For the most bang for your buck, blend them up first because they're better digested this way. But, if cooking isn't your forte, you can always just take flaxseed oil, which is packed with the manganese, B1, omega 3 and antioxidants that make the seed a popular choice for those looking to lower their risk or diabetes, cancer and heart disease.