BY KAVITA SHYAM
There has been a lot of talk about healthy foods, more about superfoods of late! From the fitness freaks, from new-age working women to teenagers—everyone seems to be swearing by the superfoods—organic foods which have immense health benefits, preventing high-risk diseases like cancer, heart troubles, diabetes, and increasing metabolism and energy levels. Superfoods help keep the lifestyle diseases at bay. They have large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Hence, it makes good sense to pop in these essential health foods into your grocery bag! After all, what we eat has a positive effect on the health of our skin, hair, and body.
Here are the top five superfoods the world is talking about, which are a powerhouse of nutrients.
Oats – Full of fiber, oatmeals are slow to digest and full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, magnesium, Phosphorus, zinc and phytonutrients for improved brain function. Start your day with oats as your breakfast to give you energy for the day.
Seeds – Seeds are great sources of healthy fats, vegetarian protein, fiber and antioxidant.
Chia seeds, Flaxseeds, Hemp Seeds, have protein, omega-3, and fiber. They help curb appetite. Sunflower, Sesame and Pumpkin seeds contain Omega-6 fats, protein, Vit E, and stress-fighting antioxidants, and essential brain-boosting minerals. Add seeds to salads, yogurt, oatmeal and smoothies.
Kale – Kale is among the most nutrient-dense foods. Eating more kale is a great way to dramatically increase the total nutrient content of your diet. It contains abundant vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, including lutein.
Berries – Indulge in blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries for antioxidants. This benefit can protect against cancer, heart disease, arthritis, etc. Berries are low in calories yet rich in several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C and manganese, Vitamin K1, Copper and Folate. They taste awesome. Goji berries are packed with antioxidants and provide the elixir of youth.
Quinoa – Quinoa is a whole grain and it is an excellent protein profile, plus minerals and B vitamins and ideal for vegetarians. Quinoa has a high fiber content compared with other grains and is also a good source of iron, antioxidants and helps meet manganese requirements.
Sonia Narang, Nutritionist-Dietitian, says, “Add berries in your diet, as it is a good source of fiber and antioxidant which will help to keep your mind fresh. It increases the body’s antioxidant high enough as compared to any other fresh food. To make it more interesting, you can blend it with smoothies or can add in yogurt for morning breakfast. Spinach is the superfood in all the superfoods. It loaded with the “n” number of health benefits. For having healthy eyes, wrinkle and dark circle free skin spinach is the best choice due to its high levels of vitamin C and K. Not only this, it will make you feel more energetic and help in cleansing your body. Make a habit of green tea; it contains polyphones which help to reduce the risk of pimples and help to boost metabolism, works as stress buster medicine, and makes your skin glowing and supple! We all know eggs are the best option for everyone and are the best food for every age group. Adding eggs to your diet will help to keep your skin looking fresh and glowing, also gives extra conditioning to your hair. Yogurt is the best addition to your diet, ideal food to maintain your body shape as it packed with good bacteria that helps to reduce the unhealthy bacteria which causes bloating. Add a bowl of yogurt to your daily breakfast routine, and it will help give you the desired flat tummy.”