If you’ve ever asked yourself “what are super foods?”, this will help to explain the answer. Super foods are foods that are rich in nutrients and fill you up without eating too many calories. These foods cannot make up a healthy diet on their own, but included in a diet with a wide variety of other nutritious foods and regular exercise they can leave you feeling amazing. Remember to take care with portion sizes when eating super foods because they can still cause you to gain weight if you eat too many of them.
The top super foods you should try and incorporate into your diet:
Low fat yogurt: Yogurt contains more calcium than some other dairy products and is also rich in nutrients such as protein and potassium. Yogurt can also be fortified with vitamin D and enriched with pro-biotics that balance the bacteria in your gut.
Nuts: Nuts contain good fats, fiber, protein and antioxidants. They are an excellent super food, but are also calorific and must be eaten in small portions to avoid weight gain.
Eggs: Eggs are a filling source of protein and contain 12 vitamins and minerals, including choline, which is believed to be good for memory and brain development.
Beans: High in fiber beans will help lower cholesterol while leaving you feeling full. They are a good source of energy, giving you protein and carbohydrates as well as magnesium and potassium. Soy beans also contain omega-3 fatty acids.
Broccoli: Raw or lightly cooked broccoli contains antioxidants such as vitamin C and folic acid, which is believed to help prevent heart disease.
Bananas: This high-energy fruit is full of energy and makes the perfect snack before, during or after exercise. Like other fruit and vegetables, bananas contain antioxidants and they are also packed with potassium that helps lower blood pressure and vitamin B6 for healthy skin and hair.
Tea: This popular hot drink will hydrate and makes an excellent source of antioxidants called catechins.
Wholegrain bread: Wholegrain and seeded breads tend to have a low GI which helps control weight and leaves you feeling fuller for longer. They are also a good source of fiber and seeds that contain good fatty acids and leave you feeling energized.
Salmon: Oily fish contain omega-3 fatty acids and are also an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Some studies link a diet rich in oily fish to a reduced risk of heart attack.
Blueberries: All berries are rich in antioxidants, but blueberries have a particularly high level. One cup of blueberries also contains 3.6g of fiber.