So I was asked for my favourite superfoods….But I think superfood, superhyped and super over priced. I hear the word super food and the vision that comes to mind is some crazy new super miracle food that’s going to save the world one cellulite cell at a time…
In my opinion most foods are superfoods, if a food has powerful properties and nutrients for health and wellbeing then why is it too not allowed to be label super! You can have a well balanced diet without including the so called in store ‘superfoods’.
So today I want to share with you some just as healthy but very likely to be cheaper alternatives when it comes to ‘superfoods’
Kale – What cant you do with this plant?!
Juice it, Steam it, Bake it… Its squeezed into everything!
But do you know what at the end of the day this dark green veggies is just as good as the good old fashioned Spinach! There are very small variations to these two.
Coconut Oil – now don’t get me wrong I love this, but its because of the taste and the way it feels on my skin!
But did you know that the Mediterranean diet staple Extra Virgin Olive Oilis just as amazing! This oil is rich in monosaturated fats and has been shown to help us reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, reduce inflammation and oxidative damage.
Kombucha – that yummy alternative to ginger beer probiotic drink you find in most health food store fridges now. Its delisciousness comes at a hefty price!
Why not try Green Tea and Probiotic Organic Yoghurt which is also rich in antioxidants, probiotics and polyopheols. If dairy is a concern for you, you can take dairy free probiotic capsules.
Acai Berries – If you haven’t tried or at least heard of the famous Acai Bowl then you have been living under a rock.
These berries are extremely rich in antioxidants especially anthocyanins and have protective effects on our health but so do all Berries! Blueberries, Strawberries Raspberries… They just don’t have a cult following!
Super Green Powders – 1 scoop of these and you are provided with a billion nutrients. But you are missing out on the benefits you get from eating wholefoods. So dont base your whole diet around a powder, use it additionally.
All vegetables are great for health and the green and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage) have well known benefits thanks to their antioxidants, phytochemicals, Indole-3-carbinol and isothiocyanates.
So its up to you what you choose to do, superfoods or super healthy. Yes there are some great ‘superfoods’ out there so do enjoy them in moderation but just don’t find yourself getting caught up in the craze of foods that have been given the super food label. ‘Ordinary’ foods have just as many super qualities, they just don’t market as well! Just always make sure you eat a wide variety of real, wholefoods every day, which have a great mix of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that the body needs.
So to answer the question – My top 5 favourite superfoods at this point in time…
Fresh Wild Atlantic Salmon
Bee Pollen (yes this is a ‘superfood’)