The key to living a healthy life is to avoid the processed foods we are inundated with. But what do we go for instead?
Preparing your meals yourself is a rewarding experience, you know exactly what goes in and can really keep track of what’s going into your body. Knowing what type of foods deliver what vitamins and nutrients is highly beneficial.
We’ve compiled this list of superfoods to help get you started.
They’re packed full of everything your body needs and can be turned into limitless recipes.
Let us know if you’d add in anything else!
Contain a Health Fat that helps to absorb other nutrients.
Due to the way they’re prepared, the body digests them more slowly, keeping you full for longer.
An egg is packed with 6 grams of protein and is an excellent starter meal for the day.
Is packed with nutrients like vitamin A, zeaxanthin and lutein – Which keeps eyes healthy.
Are full of lycopene, which takes care of your heart and youths the skin.
Are loaded with plant chemicals – polyphenols, which stimulate bone-building cells and increase bone density.
Contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fat that improves memory and coordination.
Are full of cancer fighting glucosinolates.
Speaking of glucosinolates, Brussel Sprouts contain more of these than any other vegetable.
Increases the amount of antioxidants in your blood.
Is a huge source magnesium, which your body uses for building bones and over 300 more chemical reactions.
Are full of several types of healthy fiber, like resistant starch, which helps you lose weight.
Is packed with bone-building vitamin K and folate, which helps to prevent bloating.
Are packed with more potassium than a banana, which helps to lower blood pressure.
Is full of plant omega-3s, and has more lignans (endometrial and ovarian cancer preventing compound) than any other food.
Has 10 times more of the cancer-preventing compound glucoraphanin than regular broccoli.
Improve your memory boosting communication between brain cells and by protecting your brain from inflammation.
Contain vitamin E, which keeps your heart healthy and fights infection.
Reduce asthma related wheezing because of its high vitamin C content.
Are full of protein, fiber, and the antioxidant flavonoids, which helps your arteries stay relaxed and pliable.
Contain quercetin – a lung cancer preventing antioxidant.
Is filled with calcium and can ease PMS symptoms.
Is packed with heart protecting omega-3s.
Is loaded with vitamin K, which helps to blood clot and builds strong bones.
Is an incredibly healthy meat that is packed with protein.
Just as good as the pumpkin itself, they’re filled with natural cancer fighters alpha- and beta-carotene.
Are a top source of vitamin D and omega-3 fats.
Are full of iron, zinc and selenium, boosting your immune system.
Are packed with vitamin A, which protects your vision and immune system.
Are loaded with protein.
Are also full of protein and folate, which is a B vitamin that protects a woman’s unborn baby from neural tube defects.
Are full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
Has twice the protein of regular yogurt and stomach friendly probiotics that aid digestion.
Contain ellagitannins, which are phytochemicals that prevent cervical and colon cancers.
Is a huge source of vegetable protein, calcium and vitamin D.
Is packed with vitamin E and immune-boosting selenium.
Have as much vitamin D as a glass of milk.
Are packed with vitamin K.
Tea= Green and Black Tea
The Original Tea’s, prevent hardening of the arteries, and detox the body.
These legumes include arginine, an amino acid that keeps blood vessels healthy.
Have more antioxidants than strawberries, cranberries or blueberries.
Are a top source of resveratrol, which is the plant chemical that keeps the heart healthy.
Contain more selenium, to boost your immune system, than any other food.
Are jam packed with vitamin C and also contain calcium and folate.
Is loaded with vitamin K, zeaxanthin, lutein, beta-carotene and cancer-fighting phytochemicals.