7 Easy to find and easy to eat superfoods you can have everyday
The word superfood has become a fashionable one and for some reason seems to evoke hard to source rarities. Superfoods instead can be quite common and easy to find. We care for you, Honestly Healthy readers, regardless of your time availability and disposable income, so today's post is going to be on 7 easy-to-find, easy-to-eat superfoods that you can eat everyday. This time we want to push it a little further so we focused not only on the 'easy sourcing' bit, but also on the easy-to-eat element. For the purpose of this post we will also try to avoid the superfoods that one would consider exotic and that are great-tasting but that one would hardly want or be able to eat everyday. With all the things we need to remember every day, you certainly don't want another list of things you need to remember to eat once a week, so to make things simple we kept this post short and only focused on 10 easy to find and easy to eat super foods.
1) Berries You can really find them in any supermarket, out of season they can be a little expensive but not so much to be considered a luxury treat. Benefits: They are great for your skin and free radicals, a cup of them contains more than 100% of your daily recommended Vitamin C intake. Berries are also quite famous to contain anthocyanins and antioxidants.
2) Avocado You probably knew this already, but the very common and easy to find avocado is well worth the superfood badge. Benefits: Very high in Vitamin E, which is great for your skin and joints. It's packed with essential fatty acid (unsaturated fats) which are rebuilding and supporting your immune system. It's a high protein fruit, it has a calming effect on your mood and helps the digestive process while also preventing anaemia.
3) Pulses Especially for vegetarian and vegans, pulses are an incredibly important and valuable source of iron and plant-based proteins (up to 13 mg per 3/4 cup) Benefits: Iron is fundamental in our body. It's a mineral that transports oxygen from your lungs to the cells in your body (especially if you like your sports you can't lack this vital mineral). Because plant-based iron is not absorbed as well as meat- and poultry-sourced iron, we recommend you pair your beans consumption with Vitamin C packed foods like sweet peppercorn, sweet potato or lemon juice to boost your iron absorption. Needless to say, pulses are also a great source of fibre and benefit your blood cholesterol levels.
4) Nuts OK, we are being repetitive here, but you can't stress enough how good nuts are for our health. See our Honestly Healthy Hero Laura Bond video on the topic. Benefits: Nuts are a valuable source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats and they are rich in Omega-3. The spotlight stealers are walnuts for their high ALA (alpha-linoleic-acid). Did you know that nuts will also improve your mood other than your heart health?
5) Sweet Potatoes This type of potato is so brilliantly orange because it contains alpha and beta carotene. Our body converts these compounds into the active form of vitamin A, which have a positive effect on your eyes, bones and immune system. Benefits: These phytochemicals [alpha and beta carotene] operate as antioxidants as well, sweeping up disease-promoting free radicals. One medium sweet potato—or about 1/2 cup—provides nearly four times the recommended daily value of vitamin A, plus some vitamin C and B6, potassium, manganese and lutein and zeaxanthin, prompting the Center for Science in the Public Interest to call it one of the most nutritious vegetables in the land.
6) Broccoli Here we are again with broccoli check out this delicious soup recipe. Broccoli are literally a vitamin powerhouse with high levels of A, K and C vitamins. Benefits: There is a specific reason why broccoli often earns a top spot on the “superfoods” lists: it delivers a healthy dose of sulforaphane, a type of isothiocyanate that is thought to thwart cancer by helping to stimulate the body’s detoxifying enzymes.
7) Spinach Do you remember Popeye the Sailor Man? Well, that's it, just find it fresh - he was popping it out of a tin, we know better. Spinach is teeming with important nutrients: vitamins A, C and K—as well as some fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin E. Spinach is an easy, delicious and good source of folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that helps produce DNA and form healthy new cells, making it especially important for mothers-to-be.