If you haven’t yet incorporated superfoods into your diet, you’re very, very late…
Chances are you’ve heard about superfoods at some point. If after that introduction you haven’t decided to make some small but powerful changes to your diet, then the benefits for your body and health at minimal investment (in the grand scheme of things) have not been explained to you properly.
Superfoods, natural superfoods
Superfoods are natural foods that are especially high in nutrients, particularly vitamins, minerals, natural fats or antioxidants. They are not only so highly valued for being incredibly beneficial, but they require little financial investment, contrary to popular belief. They are also easily accessible. You probably already consume some of these superfoods on a regular or at least frequent basis, but from now on you can do so consciously, and thus can enjoy them even more.
Inspiration for every real foodie
- Quinoa: one of the superfoods par excellence, a high-protein pseudocereal. It became popular because, as well as being very easy to cook, it has a high vitamin content and lots of fibre, which can improve your intestinal transit and help you eliminate toxins. Thanks to the prebiotics it contains, it helps the beneficial bacterial flora to grow and improves the health of your colon. Consuming Quinoa can also give you a powerful energy boost. And if that wasn’t enough, you might be interested to know that it is gluten-free, so it is suitable for coeliac. Have you ever wanted to prepare a good quinoa dish? Add it to your salads or make it the main course.
- Mushrooms: are increasingly present in the diets of real foodies, especially because of their high protein content. Among their many benefits are the fact that they promote good digestion, are antioxidants and promote extra energy. One of the best ways to incorporate these superfoods into your diet is in the form of mushroom powders (much more concentrated and convenient than fresh), as they can be incorporated into any smoothie, broth, milk or juice and keep for months. Needless to say, they are also very rich in iron, calcium, potassium and vitamins – and they help you stay in shape! That’s right, they’re low in calories, carbohydrates and fat and high in fibre, so you’ll find it very difficult to find something negative about them.
- Cocoa: we like good news and like almost everyone else, we are cacao lovers. As well as being delicious, it is also one of nature’s best antioxidants. Contrary to what many people may think, cacao is a superfood that is good for your health. It should not be confused with the classic concept we have of “chocolate”, which has a low percentage of cacao solids and a very high percentage of milk and sugar. Adding a few teaspoons of cacao to your daily diet can lower your cholesterol, help regulate your blood pressure and even prevent disease. How are these benefits possible, you might ask? Cacao contains more than 50 nutrients with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Avocado: there are many reasons to recommend avocado, and they have nothing to do with how tasty it is and how well it complements your salads, sauces and mid-morning toast. You should know that avocado is a superfood because it is rich in omega 3, which is beneficial for cholesterol management, high in vitamins C and E, which help the immune system and the skin, in fibre, which is very good for intestinal transit, and in folate, which is especially recommended for pregnant women. In addition, almost all good sportsmen and women consume it because its potassium content helps to keep muscles and tissues healthy.
- Blackberries: like all other berries, these tiny fruits are much more powerful than you might imagine. Thanks to their polyphenols, blackberries have potent antioxidant effects that help to improve health, prevent cardiovascular diseases and reduce the risk of cancer. And of course, it goes without saying that they are delicious and combine wonderfully with any yoghurt or healthy dessert that you prepare. What’s more, the fresher they are eaten, the more nutrients they provide.
Benefits of superfoods
As you have seen, consuming superfoods is very simple, as they are easily accessible and a pleasure to eat. And in case you’re still not convinced of their multiple benefits for body and mind, here’s a reminder:
- They contribute to allround better health
- Strengthen inner wellbeing
- They promote extra energy and vitality
- They are an important source of antioxidants
- They complement the diet with important vitamins, minerals and natural fats
- They are rich in fibre, necessary for a good intestinal transit
- They have anti-inflammatory properties
- They help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions
- They can contribute to better hydration
Take care of yourself!
What are you waiting for to increase superfoods in your diet? Our advice is to stock up on these foods and start planning how to include them in your meals. It’s all about including them and substituting them for other less beneficial foods, not just adding them without having removed others beforehand. Don’t get obsessed, start little by little and you’ll get the hang of it in the first few days. You’ll be hooked by how simple it is to put it into practice and fall in love with your superfoods as you’ll soon start to see results and feel better.
Congratulations, you’re already closer to being a superfoodie!