Superfoods your body will love
Did you know that a few changes to your diet can make a big difference to your overall health and the way you feel each day? This can be as easy as sprinkling some superfoods into your meals — your mind and body will thank you.
While no single food can prevent disease or guarantee good health, we do know that you can’t go wrong with a variety of nutrient-dense foods in your diet. Superfoods are a great way to get your daily dose of important vitamins and minerals. Here are some of our favourites.
When it comes to greens, dark and leafy is the way to go. Why? They’re packed with all sorts of goodness, like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, and iron. Another huge bonus? Fibre. Getting enough fibre is important for lowering cholesterol and controlling blood sugar levels — and it will make your bowels less sluggish too!
The darkest greens, like kale, silverbeet and rocket, offer the most health bang for your buck. If you’re put off by their bitter taste, try mixing them into smoothies, blanching, or balancing the bitterness with citrus or salt.
They say good things come in small packages, and sesame seeds are no exception. These tiny powerhouses are a
good source of fibre and zinc, and their buttery, smooth texture adds a tasty crunch to salads.
If salads aren’t your jam, sesame seeds can be added to bread and smoothies. And they’re used to make tahini, which is a popular addition to many Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.
From sauerkraut and kimchi to yoghurt and kombucha, it’s clear that fermented foods are having a moment. That’s because they’re packed with probiotics — tiny microbes that can help support gut health, immunity and digestion.
Not sure what probiotics are? Put very simply, they’re the good bacteria that live in our gut. They can become depleted after a course of antibiotics (which wipes out all of your gut bacteria, even the good stuff). To restore balance, try eating and drinking probiotic-rich foods — it’s also a great way to support your overall health.
Take sauerkraut, for example, which is just fermented cabbage and salt. The good bacteria, which grow during the fermentation process, can make a big difference to your gut health. And it’s pretty tasty, too! Add it to salads, eat it on toast with cheese or just with a fork, straight out of the jar. Your gut will thank you.
There are thousands of mushroom species in the world, and a small number of them are tasty enough to fry up and eat. Every time you eat a mushroom, your body will thank you — they are great for b
oosting cognitive health, fighting infection, lowering stress and boosting the immune system.
Mushrooms are delicious in a stirfry, on toast with avocado or in a frittata. They are packed with protein, fibre and B vitamins; and they contain selenium, which is a powerful antioxidant that is also thought to reduce your risk of certain cancers, protect against heart disease, and help keep your mind sharp.
If edible mushrooms don’t appeal, powdered medicinal mushrooms are a great way to experience the benefits. They can be sprinkled onto just about anything, or stirred into a cuppa or smoothie.
Many people turn their noses up at sardines, but they’ve actually been identified as one of the world’s healthiest foods! Sardines are chock full of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. This means that they support heart and bone health, as well as overall health.
They’re easy to add to a soup, salad or sandwich and can also be eaten on toast or crackers as a tasty snack.
Sardines are also a sustainable, low-mercury seafood option, which means they’re as good for the earth as they are for your body.
For overall health
So-called superfoods are a great way to supplement your healthy lifestyle and give your health a boost. Remember to speak to your doctor about which foods are best for your specific needs. And be creative! There are so many ways to enjoy the foods we’ve listed — why not try out a brand new recipe?