Starting off on the road to a new and improved you? This means detox, detox and more detox! The best way to do this is make sure you’re eating broccoli. Broccoli is one of the most concentrated food sources of vitamin C and in addition it contains flavonoids which are necessary for the body to recycle vitamin C effectively. With broccoli you get the vitamin and the tools to make sure it’s working. Broccoli is a powerful antioxidant and contains lots of calcium and vitamin K- both of which are important for healthy bones.
A nutritional powerhouse, Kale has become very popular over recent times as these small green leaves are loaded with the goodness of calcium, vitamins and iron. Kale (when cooked correctly) can be a delicious source of goodness for all the family. And if you’re watching your weight – even better news as kale is low in calories and high in fibre, with zero fat.
Everybody knows that bananas are a great source of slow releasing energy, but for many of us that’s where our knowledge of bananas ends. There is so much more to this delicious fruit than just energy. If you’ve packed a few pounds and want to get fighting fit, bananas help aid weight loss. Vitamin B6 found in bananas helps produce white blood cells and is needed for the production of antibodies by white blood cell. So next time you feel peckish, help yourself to a banana or even a banana smoothie.
4. Oily fish / wild salmon
Oily fish like sardines or wild salmon are full of Omega 3 which is thought to be one of the best food substances for brain memory and power. And as if that’s not enough, omega 3 also helps reduce risk of heart disease by ensuring arteries are kept flexible and free from blockages. If you start to add this superfood to your diet sooner rather than later, you will be doing a lot to ensure you are helping your body for years to come.
5. Sweet Potato
Sweet potato is an excellent antioxidant as it contains glutathione (prevents damage to cells) which enhances metabolism and helps keep your immune system working well. Sweet potatoes are a good source of Vitamin C which can help give you necessary protections against colds and flu and keep you fighting fit all year round.
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Although technically a seed, many mistake this food as a white rice – as it looks just like it except, it’s said to be much better for your health. Full of amino acids, this seed is great for building muscle and tissue. It’s also a great source of calcium, easy to digest and gluten free. If you’re seeking an easy breakfast, quinoa is often eaten as a cereal too which is great news for all the family.
7. Chia seed
No stranger to the superfood status, chia seed has long been considered a superfood which can easily be added to many different meals. Chia seed works to balance and stabilise your blood sugar because it slows the effect at which glucose enters the bloodstream. It’s high in fibre and gluten free, has plenty of good fat and is also high in omega 3. it also contains high amounts of tryptophan and melatonin – which is said to help with the anti aging process.
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