You’ve probably heard a lot of people talking about superfoods…
Superfoods are foods that are packed full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that help your body to be it’s best.
But do you know which foods are superfoods?
Here are our top 20 Ultimate Superfoods:
These Amazonian berries are packed full of amino acids, antioxidants and omega fatty acids.
Add them to a breakfast yogurt for added nutrients and taste.
#2. Aloe Vera
The gel from this healing plant has many medicinal benefits. Aloe Vera can lower cholesterol, relieve muscle and joint pain, improve digestion and relieve constipation. It is also full of hydrating electrolytes that help to stabilise blood sugar levels.
Squeeze Aloe Vera gel from the leaves and add to your smoothies. The subtle taste will not affect the flavour.
These super fruits contain around 20 vitamins and minerals. They are also a natural source of healthy fats and fibre for your diet.
Home-made Guacamole is always a good idea! Or you could try adding avocado to salads and sandwiches.
Packed with protein and fibre beans are a great way to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. They’re also really filling and a great source of iron.
Consider switching from red meat to beans in some of your favourite recipes. Bean burgers and bean chilli are really tasty.
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cranberries are all full of antioxidants and vitamins.
Whip up an energy boosting smoothie or make a simple fruit salad for an at the desk snack.
#6. Chia Seeds
These Central American seeds are high in fibre and help reduce hunger pangs or food cravings. They gain superfood status due to their extremely high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids,
Give your regular protein shake a healthy twist by adding some Chia Seeds.
Full of proteins, vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Just one egg contains all the good fats you need as well as 6 grams of protein, all 9 essential amino acids,iron, phosphorous, selenium and vitamins A, B12, B2 and B5.
Mix up your eggs with some fresh veggies for an easy superfood omelette.
A great source of omega-3, high in fibre and protein and rich in antioxidants. Flaxseed has everything you need in a superfood!
Mix flaxseed into a pre workout smoothie for an awesome energy boost.
These little Chinese berries contain more vitamin C than a large orange. The also contain a long list of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Keep a handful nearby for a quick and easy superfood snack,
#10. Hemp Seeds
They won’t get you high but they are incredibly high in protein! They also contain all the essential amino acids, omega-6 and omega-3 fatty, magnesium, and potassium.
Add hemp seeds to hearty home-made soups for a nutrition boost.
#11. Kiwi Fruit
Full of fibre, vitamin C and Vitamin K. Kiwis are a healthy and refreshing fruit to snack on.
Kiwis always taste great in breakfast smoothies. We recommend mixing yoghurt,berries and kiwis for the ultimate superfood smoothie.
#12. Low-Fat Yoghurt
no added sugar yoghurt contains calcium for healthy bones and pro-biotic bacteria to look after your stomach.
If you’re craving a healthy dessert try yoghurt and fruit. It’s a great way to crush sugar cravings.
#13. Maca Powder
This Peruvian root improves energy and stamina.
Try adding Maca powder to shakes or smoothies to help fuel your work out.Of you could try Maca tea, it’s a great way to boost energy!
These rare fruits from South East Asia contain a mix of minerals, vitamins and nutrients that you may not find in other common fruit.
If you can get hold of them try keeping them as an exotic snack for when you get bored of apples and bananas!
All nuts are full of healthy fats and protein which makes them a great source of energy.
Almonds or walnuts are a great snack choice to stop you from picking at sweets or chocolate.
#16. Raw Cacao Powder
Unlike cocoa, raw cacao powder is made from un-roasted cacao beans which preserves more nutrients. Cacao is full of antioxidants, potassium, calcium and magnesium which are all needed as part of a healthy diet.
Add raw cacao powder to your protein shakes for extra flavour and nutrients.
#17. Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil may be a saturated fat but it’s by far the healthiest fat. Coconut oil is a great source of energy and a good alternative to refined oils.
Switch to cooking with coconut oil to see the benefits. Or try other coconut products in your daily diet.
This protein packed, plant based supplement is a super source of everything your body needs. Spirulina contains vitamins B, C and E, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc. (You can check out our great article about Spirulina here)
Try adding Spirulina powder into your routine to boost your vitamin intake.
Plants grown under the sea are full of omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium. Seaweed is also full of calcium, iron, potassium, iodine, and zinc.
Try using seaweed sheets to make sushi style rolls instead of filling up on sandwiches. “
This superfood fish is high in Omega-3 fatty acids which are great for joints and a healthy heart. Salmon also contains a high level of amino acids, protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus and vitamins A, B and D
Try cooking up some salmon and eggs for great superfood breakfast choice to kick-start your day.
Of course this is not the final list…
There are many, many more awesome superfoods out there for your to try and experiment with.
Let us know your favourite superfoods in the comments below…