What are Superfoods?
There is no concrete definition of what superfoods are, they’re just defined by what they do. Basically, they are foods that are packed full of nutrients that nourish the body, protect us, and fight against diseases. They are mostly delicious and most of them are easy to obtain, prepare, and can be easily incorporated into your meal plans.
What Should you be Eating?
While a few superfoods belong to a super elite class and are super exotic, expensive, and hard to get, most superfoods are the exact opposite. They are pocket-friendly, can be picked up in local markets or nearby stores, and adding them to your normal diet is super easy. The great thing about them is that adding them to your meals gives you the opportunity to eat healthy without expressly going on a diet.
Amazing everyday superfoods include:
Oats: Oats are super healthy and they lower the risk of heart disease thanks to their high fiber content. Everyone is familiar with oats because it’s one of the most popular breakfast foods in Nigeria. Apart from being a breakfast staple, people have recently started making “oat swallow”. It’s just like amala or eba, just replace the yam flour or garri with oats.
Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, you name it. All berries are amazing sources of fibre. Our bodies need fibre because it helps keep the digestive system healthy. Raspberries are also great for weight loss. Berries can be eaten solo as a snack, blended into smoothies, used as yoghurt or oats toppings, or made into purees. It’s delicious in any and every way.
Spinach: Spinach is one of the best superfoods out there. It is rich in folate and plant-based Omega-3s. As a result of this, it lowers the risk of stroke, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Believe it or not, spinach is even healthier than kale. It can be mixed into salads and scrambled eggs, used as a pizza topping, blended into smoothies, and even mixed with marinara sauce to create a dip for finger foods.
Eggs: Eggs are one of the most common and easily accessible superfoods. Egg yolks are packed full of zeaxanthin and lutein, which are two antioxidants that improve eye health.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes, especially the red ones, are simply amazing. They are rich in lycopene, which helps to decrease risk of bladder, skin, prostate, stomach, and lung cancer. Tomatoes can be eaten raw, cooked, or made into tomato juice.
Start eating these superfoods on a daily basis, and you’ll be glad you did.
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