6 Superfoods That Can Boost Your Health (And Aren’t Boring)
It’s cold and flu season here in Vancouver (and maybe everywhere else in the world?). Case in point, my very popular, social butterfly of a BFF, who has more friends than people I’ve met in my entire life actually had to downsize her birthday reso because too many people were stuck at home sick, lamenting their red stuffy noses.
The term “superfoods” is not new. It’s also not just one of those trendy throw around wellness words that doesn’t live up to its name. Certain foods are so packed with vitamins and nutrients that they essentially contain everything the body needs to thrive … and survive the cold and flu season, unscathed. The problem with many superfoods is that they aren’t particularly exciting or tempting. Like, kale, romaine lettuce, and parsley in a smoothie? Ummm, thanks but no thanks. Fortunately, not all superfoods are boring. Here are just a few superfoods you’ll actually want to eat.
1. Dark chocolate
If you’re looking for a perfectly valid excuse to indulge in some chocolate, well this is it.
Dark chocolate is a known superfood that is low in fat and sugar and packed with antioxidants — which are good for the blood and the heart — due to its high cacao content. The likes of Cadbury’s and Hershey's should probably be avoided as they pack their dark chocolate with sugar. Instead, opt for organic choices such as Lindt to get the full benefits.
Quick Rule of Thumb: The higher the percentage of cacao, the better it is for you.
2. Herbal tea
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a full-blown coffee-a-holic. And while I don’t believe caffeine is necessarily bad for me, per se, I do concur that I could probably stand to cut back my coffee consumption and mix in some herbal teas.
Many herbal teas have a low caffeine content and are packed with antioxidants that have been found to help fight cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. As with anything, some herbal teas are more healthy than others — it’s worth reading reviews such as this Skinny Bunny Tea review to get the most health benefits. Try to avoid adding sugar or sweeteners to herbal tea if you can.
Salmon contains more omega-3 than most other fish. This fatty acid has been linked to helping depression, heart disease, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease. Whilst more expensive, wild salmon is likely to be richer in this nutrient.
Garlic may make your breath smell, but it will keep the vamps away and also it’s powerful at fighting disease and lowering cholesterol. It’s thought to be a vital reason for why the Mediterranean diet is so healthy, despite the masses of cheese and pasta.
Pro Tip: Be careful not to overcook garlic as this could lead it to lose many of its nutrients.
Some people give avocado a bad rep by claiming that it’s full of fat. Whilst this is true, many people fail to realize that it’s a healthy fat — one that has been linked to lowering cholesterol and even reducing the risk of heart disease. Avocado can be great for making a salad more exciting or as an ever-trendy healthy topping on toast.
If you were to attempt to live on one food, scientists reckon that potatoes are your best bet. They are packed with carbs, however, they also contain many precious minerals such as potassium and vitamin C that can limit the chance of a stroke. They’re also low in fat and salt. Potatoes are best prepared boiled or mashed to get the healthiest result.
Spoiler Alert: Unfortunately fried versions such as potato chips and French fries do not fall into the “superfood” category.
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