Turn your diet around with these superfoods, and become healthier while at it!
It’s time to switch to a healthier diet that doesn’t necessarily have terribly tasting foods. We get it – everyone is tired of the kale smoothie diet movement. In this article, we will be talking about superfoods that not only do your body a lot of good, but that your taste buds will love as well. These foods have immense benefits, and they greatly reduce your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and even some cancers.
We specially curated this list of superfoods to be accessible. None of them are ‘holy grail’ foods that only grow in specific regions or under certain conditions. These are foods that you can pick up during a quick market or superstore run. The goal is to eat more of these foods, and to use them as substitutes for some less healthy ingredients that already make up your diet.
Berries are such fun fruits! There are so many options to choose from, and they are so tasty and wholesome. They have a high fiber content, and are also packed full of antioxidants. This is evident in the rich colors they appear in. Berries can be eaten as a snack or blended into smoothies. They can be used as toppings for your yoghurts and cereals. Yum yum!
Almonds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, and walnuts are some great superfoods to add to your diet. They are fiber-rich foods that contain fats that are healthy for the heart. They can be eaten in so many ways – almond can be made into flour and milk, and chia seeds can be used as toppings for different meals.
Avocados are perfect for everything! Nutrition? Check! Hair care? Check! Skin care? Check! As a superfood, avocados are great for your body because they contain monounsaturated oleic acid, which happened to be the healthiest type of fat there is. Avocados have also been proven to reduce your risk of stroke, thanks to its folate and potassium content.
You’re most likely no stranger to fish in your diet, and we’re here to tell you that you’re on the right track! Fish is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and these help the body fight against heart disease. The best options for you are mackerel, trout, sardines, and herring.
Legumes, such as beans, lentils, peas, and peanuts, are nutritional powerhouses! They are packed full of nutrients that help the body prevent and fight a number of diseases. Fiber, protein, and vitamins are some of these amazing nutrients.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, they say! Apples are great for so many reasons. For one, they have a lot of fiber content, and don’t have as much sugar as other fruits.
A great alternative to rice, quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids your body needs. It can be cooked just like normal rice and incorporated into your jollof, fried, and coconut rice recipes. It’s fat-free and gluten-free as well!
Heart health, eye health, and immunity to certain diseases are improved by constant consumption of sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes also contain beta-carotene, which helps lower your risk of breast cancer.
Whole grains like wheat and oatmeal are great for your body! They’re a wonderful source of soluble and insoluble fiber, minerals, B vitamins, and phytonutrients. Replace white rice with brown rice, add oats to your breakfast menu, and replace white bread with wheat bread.
Swap out butter and margarine in your recipes for olive oil, and do yourself a ton of good! It contains vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyphenols. Apart from being used in the cooking of meals, it can also be used as a salad dressing or drizzled over veggies.
Diet and nutrition are never one-size-fits-all. On the DRO Health app, you can speak to a dietician who can help you craft meal plans with the most nutritious ingredients. Get started by downloading it on the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android)!
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