Superfoods are majorly known for their health benefits due to their phytonutrient content-plant compounds which are said to possess health-protecting and enhancing qualities. They are also known for their nutritious value and their ability to fight diseases. Adding superfood is a remarkable way for the ones seeking optimum health.

These superfoods have qualities that will not only help one lose weight but also keep away diseases like diabetes and hypertension that is mostly a product of unhealthy eating. Superfoods also help in detoxing one’s body from antioxidants thereby maintaining a steady metabolism.

Some superfoods that can be included in our daily diet are as follows:

Leafy greens:

Dark, leafy greens are said to be a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. Adding fibre into the diet, leafy vegetables leave a positive effect on the body.

How to include them:

Leafy vegetables include spinach, swiss chard, kale, collard greens, or mustard greens. Try incorporating them in salads or sauté them in a little olive oil. They can also be added to soups and stews.

Nuts

Nuts of all sorts: Hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans are said to be a good source of plant protein. They are also said to contain monounsaturated fats, which may be a factor in reducing the risk of heart disease.

How to include them:

Could be added to oatmeal or yoghurt, or can be in-taken as a snack. But since nuts are also considered calorically dense, one should limit them to a small handful. One can try the various types of nut butter such as peanut, almond, or cashew. Nuts are also a great accompaniment to cooked veggies or salads.

Olive oil

Olive oil is a good source of vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols, which in turn help reduce the risk of heart disease.

How to include it:

Could be used in place of butter or margarine in pasta or rice dishes. Drizzle over vegetables or when sautéing.

Whole grains

A good source of both soluble and insoluble fibre, whole grains are said to contain vitamin B, minerals, and phytonutrients. They lower cholesterol and provide protection against heart diseases and diabetes.

How to include them:

A bowl of oatmeal for breakfast can be a great start to a day. One can also substitute bulgur, quinoa, wheat berries, or brown rice for the usual baked potato. When buying bread at the supermarket, opt for the “100% whole wheat flour.”

Yoghurt

A good source of calcium and protein, yoghurt also contains ‘probiotics’ that protects the body from harmful bacteria.

How to include it:

Watch out for fruited or flavored yoghurts, which contain a lot of added sugar. Opt for plain yoghurt and add your own fruit. Look for yoghurts that have probiotics. One can also use yoghurt in place of mayonnaise or sour cream in dips or sauces. Store it in the ‘vario safe’ of Liebherr refrigerators and control the settings of temperature as per the yoghurt requirements using ‘control power cooling’ technology.

All in all, these superfoods are the appropriate go to options to replace the daily junk that one intakes.

Bon Appetite!


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