HIS & HERS TAKES A LOOK AT WHICH FOODIE TRENDS COULD GENUINELY GIVE YOUR HEALTH A BOOST…
Determining which food is and isn’t good for you can often be difficult. Recent years have seen a rise in popularity of the likes of sweet potato, kale, and quinoa. However, sometimes healthy eating can be costly and we find ourselves asking, is it actually worth the extra money you spend? And what exactly is a superfood? Well, in simple terms, a superfood must provide a high quantity of nutritional value and antioxidants.
Are avocados in your diet?
There’s a current craze around avocados. It’s becoming more of a major player in restaurant menus due to how easily it can be adapted to suit different dishes. It offers a host of vitamins, including A, C, D, E and K, as well as folic acid, magnesium, potassium, Omega 3, lutein, and fibre.
With the ability to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to add this fruit to your shopping list. The oil of avocados can be used instead of butter or oil when cooking and the actual flesh can also be used to create hair and face masks. Super, right?
Depending on what type of food you like, there’s always room for avocado — think soup, salad, smoothies and on toast!
Are sardines in your diet?
Don’t be afraid to take sardines into the office, because your body will thank you for them. The little nutrient powerhouse may provide a strong scent that smacks you in the face, but they can go a long way in helping to reduce inflammation and promoting bone, heart, and skin health.
As well as this, sardines have more calcium than a glass of cow’s milk. They are also high in vitamin D and, like avocados, have a great omega 3 fatty acid profile. Some of their great qualities include immune-boosting properties due to their high amount of selenium. This is normally found on its skin, so don’t go skinning this fish! The skin also helps your skin, aiding conditions such as psoriasis.
As well as being cheap to buy, sardines are also very filling. A recipe to rely on could be fresh sardines on toast with sweet pickled red onion.
Do you have mango in your diet?
Did you know that mangos are a quick-digesting carbohydrate? They’re bursting at the seams with over 20 vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and are thought by many to be one of the tastiest ways to support a healthy lifestyle. The fruit can rapidly boost your energy at a time when your body needs it.
Adding the fruit to a salad could also be a great way to get the most out of the mango in a tasty, light and cheap dinner.
Do you have sweet potato in your diet?
You can’t go wrong with sweet potato. Jam-packed with carbohydrates, minerals and antioxidants, this orange tuber is a great source of potassium. This, according to studies, aids muscle tissue repair and can help prevent fatigue in your muscles. Their fibre content is higher than the average potato and, when combined with the likes of magnesium, the sweet potato can help improve your digestion. Elsewhere, they are an effective remedy to curing congestion of the nose, which can help relieve asthma and treat bronchitis. Other benefits are said to include a boosted immune system, helping to cure stomach ulcers, and maintaining the body’s water balance.
Considered making a shepherd’s pie with sweet potato? Simply replace the normal mashed potato topping with sweet potato and you’re onto a winner! Alternatively, use seed potatoes.
With so much goodness to offer, superfoods don’t have to be part of an expensive recipe and by researching meals, you can incorporate into your diet without adding too much cost to your weekly shop.
We’re very proud to bring you this feature in association with Suttons Seeds.
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