10 superfoods that actually taste good
Next time your mother advises you to eat healthy, you don’t really have to make a face. Everything tasty is not always oily and makes you fat; we give you a reference list to prove ourselves correct!
10. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, unlike the potatoes that McDonald’s uses to fry its fries, are rich in calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Sweet potatoes are extremely nutritious against the white potatoes; also because sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index number and are the best source of beta carotene. Unlike what is widely believed and understood, the sweet potatoes can be used for any of the products just like the white potatoes- baked, boiled, fried, cut or mashed. Fancy restaurants use the product to create delicacies like sweet potato tofu pizza, sweet potato kale and even sweet potato pancakes with maple sage butter.
This amazing fruit loaded with fibre can also be used as an alternative to the butter to your bread every morning. Avocado promotes weight loss, monounsaturated fats which reduce inflammation and can reduce the risk of cancer. Avocados are also a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Avocado can also be directly used on the face as a natural beauty treatment, or if you want to skip the mess, eat avocado regularly for wonders to your complexion.
8. Dark Chocolate
Contradictory to the popular belief, this very form of chocolate can actually prove to be healthy apart from being an extreme delight in terms of the taste. Dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure, is a rich source of antioxidants, improves the brain’s functionality and also protects against cardiovascular diseases. For the best part yet, it is also very great for your skin. The flavonols present in the chocolate can protect against sun-induced damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration. The fat profile of dark chocolates is mostly saturated and monounsaturated, with small amounts of polyunsaturates.
Blueberries are widely known for a number of superpowers. A good source of fibre, blueberry contains as much as 4 grammes per cup (that’s 14% of your RDA). Blueberries are also a source of high level of antioxidants and may inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells. Nutritionists also claim that they can help lower blood pressure, boost metabolism, reduce blood sugar and even improve memory.
Raspberries, on the other hand, are known to have several antioxidants like Vitamin C and ellagic acid, both of which also fight cancer and circulatory diseases. The ellagic acid found in raspberries are proven to cause cell death in some types of cancer cells; all of it with being delicious as they are.
This sweet spice boasts of something as low as only 19 calories per tablespoon. Cinnamon happens to have natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, apart from being an excellent regulator of the body and blood sugar levels. Another excellent property includes boosting skin’s collagen production (natural Botox). Cinnamon is widely used for the production of flavoured buns and for ice-creams; but for everyday purposes, can be used as a substitute for sugar in sweet and savoury dishes like oatmeal, popcorn, coffee, yoghurt, and almost anything else that is essentially sweet.
Though all the fruits, obviously, are extremely healthy, this particular food has that something extra which makes us want to mention it here. This little Chinese humble-looking gooseberry is really one of the most nutritionally dense fruits in the world. A single cup has 273% of RDA of vitamin C, 89% of vitamin K, 11% of folate, 13% of vitamin E and 21% of dietary fibre. Kiwi is like a small pack punch of calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorous, manganese, and potassium. Though sweet, tasty and everything nice, one full cup of kiwi has only 108 calories. It can be eaten raw or might as well be mixed with yoghurt and savoured as a snack.
It is actually about time that this extremely undervalued superfood is given its due share of respect and attention. Beans taste great, look great, are easy on the pocket and as your mommy would have announced on the dinner table, are “excellent sources of plant protein.” They fit into several different food groups as apart from protein, they are rich in complex carbs like bread and starches and also offer an array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants like any vegetable do. For the protein component, it is actually so high that you eat seven grammes of protein by eating just half a cup of them, as well as balancing your blood sugar and lowering your cholesterol levels. Processed or canned beans, however course, aren’t as super and have higher levels of sodium and fewer nutrients.
The food that originates from the Japanese and Korean culture is actually predominantly popular in the American culture. It isn’t necessary that everybody likes it really because the likeliness depends largely on your ability to stomach raw fish. For those of you who do like it though, Sushi is a great news because it is a source of tonnes of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce bad cholesterol levels in your body. The omega-3 fatty acids also lower your risk of suffering from heart conditions like heart attacks, strokes and clogged arteries. However, it needs to be made sure that you do not add all the fancy sweet sauces or ordering crunchy rolls because of that doubles the number of calories intake and nullifies all the other good properties.
If not all, at least a majority of the population loves anything that falls under the umbrella of being marked as a dessert or perhaps, is even remotely sweet to taste. That same majority also, actually, however, does not like to count the number of calories taken in due to the high sugar content. Honey to your rescue, peeps! Honey is possibly the greatest alternative to sugar, having tremendous health benefits attached to it. Honey improves your overall athletic performance by maintaining glycogen levels in the body. As a magical remedy, honey soothes throat irritation and colds, too! Next time you’re stuck with a running nose and a cold/cough that doesn’t go away, avoid the pharmacy and pick some honey to do most of the job for you. It can also be used as a tastemaker in the green tea – risk-proof and health-pro.
Just like the beans that we talked about earlier, even papaya deserves to have its own share of fame and be ruled out from the list of undervalued superfoods. Papapay is the excellent facilitator of digestion and helps improve your bone health, also protecting you from a lot of heart disease along with many other infamous health problems. A nutrient called choline is plentily found in Papaya which reduces chronic inflammation and helps with sleep and muscle movement. Papaya also naturally detoxifies your body and boosts energy with tasting so good. Papaya can obviously be eaten raw but we’d suggest shaking it up in the form of a smoothie for some sheer delight!