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Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Everyday Superfoods we should be eating




 
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You might have heard the term “super food” being bandied about. It seems that every week there’s a new food on the market that will keep us healthy, keep us trim, help us to fly, and so on. However, we don’t have to look to such exotic foods to get everything we need to stay healthy. There are plenty of overlooked everyday foods that you could be including as part of your diet. Time to throw away that junk food and head to the supermarket….


Fruit and Veg


All fruit and veg will do good things for you, but some fruit and veg are better than others. The old adage ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ might have been said in more hope than expectation, but now we have the data to back it up. For starters, apples are an outstanding source of vitamin C - and they’re better than taking vitamin C tablets because they also have powerful antioxidants in the skin, which has bags and bags of benefits. Eating more bananas, meanwhile, will give you more energy than you can shake a stick at and help to reduce blood pressure. Also: berries, any berries. They’ve got superfood qualities running through their delicious taste.

Oily Fish


Alas, by fish we don’t mean a battered version from your local takeaway. We mean real fish, fish that tastes like it has come straight from the ocean. A few of the best are fresh anchovies, salmon, and tuna. These three are loaded with Omega-3, which keeps our hearts healthy, keeps our brains sharp, and generally keeps us in sound all round shape. Some fish is an acquired taste - especially anchovies - but it’s all a matter of finding the freshest and best version you can find. There are also plenty of great dishes you can create with fish, but the best bit? Most fish has all the taste already locked inside it, so it needs next to no preparation anyway. Salmon is one of my favorite fish to cook for this exact reason, little to no effort yet seriously delicious!

Eggs


Eggs, I hear you cry as you spit your coffee out over your keyboard. Yes, that’s right: eggs! They’ve had a bit of a topsy-turvy reputation over the years, and there’s definitely an argument to be made that you probably shouldn’t go wild and eat a dozen a day. However, eating one egg a day can have plenty of benefits, specifically by improving your intake of lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which have shown in studies to keep our eyes healthy and protect our skin from UV damage. Not so much an issue in England...but you’ll feel the benefits when you’re on your travels!

Avocados


God bless the humble avocado, is there anything it can’t do? It’s tasty, it’s fun to look at, and...it’s really good for you. Just having one avocado is enough to give you a full third of your daily requirement of vitamins K, B6, C, and also boosts your cholesterol levels. Spread on your toast, add some chopped tomato and basil, and eat yourself healthy!Way before Avocado became a ‘trend’ I would enjoy this when I was younger as my nan and Grandad had an avocado tree in their garden so our meals were never short of a slice of avocado.


 What's your favorite superfood?

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