Five superfoods to add to your diet
Written by Ayesha Khan
You’ve heard the word countless times: lately anything with a high concentration of much-needed nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants, from peanut butter to kale, has been dubbed a ‘superfood’. So, the next time you reach for a sugary iced latte or a bag of crisps, why not consider snacks that incorporate these five superfoods instead? Try a turmeric tea with almond milk, or a seed and nut blend with plenty of crunchy flax and chia – your body will thank you!
Similar to its equally ‘super’ cousin ginger, this root has numerous anti-inflammatory benefits that aid in an array of conditions from arthritis to ulcerative colitis. Some also believe that this potent plant has antidepressant qualities.
Packed with vitamins D and E, this non-dairy alternative has many of the benefits of its dairy counterpart but with none of the fat and a fraction of the calories. Almond milk also contains potassium, zinc, and magnesium, which are good for muscles, skin, and bones.
This delicious vegetable delivers a substantial dose of vitamin K, zeaxanthin, lutein, beta-carotene, and cancer-fighting phytochemicals. And at just four calories per cup, it won’t impact your waistline. Watercress adds a leafy crunch to egg-salad sandwiches and can, of course, be added to any salad.
Flaxseed and chia seed
Flaxseed is packed with plant omega-3s and particularly benefits women, protecting them from endometrial and ovarian cancer. Its Mexican counterpart, chia seed, is rich in fibre and calcium, and is useful in eliminating a nagging bloat. Sprinkle these crunchy seeds on yoghurt, in a smoothie, or on porridge.
Containing more potassium than bananas, and loads of ever-important monounsaturated fatty acids, this essential ingredient in delicious dishes like guacamole has also been known to lower cholesterol.