Super foods with super powers- the best for you before summer hits

October 25, 2016

We all heard the news last week, well according to Bernard Salt anyway, who penned a column saying that millenials (or anyone who enjoys brunch at the local café/trendy corner store) can’t afford to own their own home because of a love for over priced smashed avo on toast.

 

While it may be true, that the cost of brunch ain’t what it used to be, it can’t be argued that the humble avocado is both delicious and as it so conveniently happens, ridiculously nutritious.

 

Here, I have compiled a list of the top 10 super foods (that are both easy to find at the shops and use) which will help to benefit your body both on the inside and the outside, leaving you feeling fresh, reinvigorated, debloated and slim for the summer months ahead…

 

 

 

1. Acai- These berries come from the Acai Tree which is a specific type of palm tree indigenous to the Amazon rainforest. These berries are loaded with antioxidants, amino acids and omega fatty acids. Antioxidants are thought to be able to defend cells against free radical damage- find them at your nearest cafe, health food store or brunch bar and enjoy them as an acai smoothie bowl.

 

2. Kiwi fruit- Naturally high in Vitamin C and Vitamin K, which are vitamins that promote healthy skin, improved immune system performance and cardiovascular health. Kiwi fruit is also a great source of fibre and aids digestive health, eat as is by cutting in half and spooning out the delicious inner fruit.

 

3. Nuts- packed with heart-healthy fats, protein and vitamins and minerals, which makes them a great source of energy. Try activated nuts, which have been soaked and then dried to increase their nutritional value. Nuts are a great snack to package and chuck in your bag each morning before work.

 

4. Salmon- The fantastic fish is very high in Omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids and protein. Omega-3 fatty acids help in supporting heart health. Omega-3s are also good for joint health and can improve the appearance of skin and hair. Enjoy salmon raw or cooked in sushi, as a dish with vegetables and salad or as sashimi.

 

 

 

5. Beans- An easy way to pack protein into your diet! Beans are beneficial to people who might want to omit meat from their diet with sacrificing healthy protein levels. They are also high in fibre for healthy cholesterol levels and to help maintain bowel health.

 

6. Chia seeds- Native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala, these seeds are full of Omega-3 fatty acids and are most well known for helping to reduce food cravings due to their high soluble fibre content. Sprinkle them on your muesli, fruit, yoghurt or veggies and salad.

 

7. Avocados (of course)- They are nutrient-dense and contain healthy fats as well as dietary fibre. They contain almost 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients all beneficial to your diet. Avocadoes are particularly delicious with eggs on toast, in salads or as a half with salt and pepper.

 

8. Virgin coconut oil- Although coconut oil is largely a saturated fat, it’s made up of predominately medium chain triglycerides, which are believed to have many applications in healthy foods and skin care, as well as being a great source of energy. Use virgin coconut oil in all cooking as a substitute for other cooking oils.

 

9. Low fat yoghurt- Yoghurt not only contains calcium, which is important for healthy bones, but it is also high in probiotic bacteria, make sure that you choose yoghurt without added sugars for the maximum benefit to your digestive system.

 

10. Berries- Various berries including blue berries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries are wonderful for the body due to their high levels of antioxidants per gram as well as the vitamins they contain.

 

 

 

So begin your summer detox by adding these ten super foods into your diet and you will be well on the way to feeling amazing inside and out all summer long.

 

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