A phrase that seems to be everywhere at the moment, superfoods shout at us from supermarket aisles and trendy eateries with promises of wholegrains, antioxidants and other incredible dietary benefits; but what are they? Unfortunately they aren’t quite as sensational as an aubergine in a red cape, but are still pretty special!
Everything that we eat gives our bodies energy and nutrition to keep us going, but superfoods go above and beyond the call of duty to pack a heavier punch than your average snack. At Natural Balance Foods, we are all about getting the most from your food so we thought we would take a quick look into what foods we think are super! They aren’t fancy,but they are amazingly nutritious.
The humble banana is an unsung superfood hero and has high levels of antioxidants, dietary fibre, calcium, vitamin B6 and potassium. Popular amongst fitness enthusiasts, Vitamin B6 contributes towards healthy digestion and helps to turn carbohydrates into energy rather than storing them as fat. Potassium plays an important part in overall growth and maintenance of the body, also helping to regulate water retention and energy levels.
One of the most popular berries and now a breakfast favourite, blueberries are among some of the top antioxidants available in the fresh produce aisle today. They play a major role in maintaining and optimising your health, specifically targeting your nervous system and brain cells. To get the best out of your blueberries eat them raw, sprinkled over some wholesome porridge - you'll feel much better eating that, than one of those sugary muffins!
A staple food for all the vegans out there, beans are a brilliant source of nutrition. Containing complex carbohydrates, fibre and high levels of protein, beans take a long time to digest and pack a respectable nutritional punch. With so many different types out there, finding ways to fit them around your normal diet is really easy!
Of course, the above foods are just a few examples – there are a whole bunch of possibilities out there such. Available at any supermarket, incorporating these into an everyday diet is a cinch; odds are you already do, so keep it up! Check out our dietary needs articles for more tips on healthy eating and as always, feel free to get in touch if you have anything to add!