the best superfoods for energy
Hands up who feels tired? With everything from stress, late nights, fast food diets and lack of exercise, we can all feel tired and like we haven’t had enough sleep, so the first step is to look at our diets and add some green goodness, such as kale, avocados and chia seeds, more commonly labelled as super foods. There is no scientific definition of a super food, however they are normally those which contain a high level of vitamins and minerals, are a source of antioxidants and help to prevent disease and cell damage.
Both Avocados and Chia seeds are packed with omega 3 fatty acids and are high in fibre, however are high in calories and should therefore be eaten in moderation. Add them to a bowl of oats, a fruit smoothie or a salad for a simple superfood dish.
Another example is Seaweed, this is packed with omega 3 fatty acids and minerals such as calcium and magnesium, iron, potassium, iodine and zinc. Kale contains vitamins A, K, C, B6, manganese and calcium, is low in calories and has 4 and a half times more vitamins and minerals than spinach.
One superfood that we may not have heard of or assumed was healthy for us is Turmeric, this has anti inflammatory properties, aids wound healing, helps to detoxify the liver and has antibacterial qualities.
Superfoods don’t always come from green foods either, berries such as Acai, which are small purple berries located in South America claim to be a weight loss and anti-ageing aid and contain a high level of antioxidants, they are typically available in frozen form, tablets, powders and juices. Cacao powder, much like chocolate, contains flavonoids, which claims to help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow, is low in calories and contains almost no fat, however try to ensure the powder is not processed by choosing a raw powder.
With the variety of foods available for us to increase our superfood intake, we can all take control of diets, reduce our tiredness and give ourselves a health boost as well.
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