The superfood frenzy has made us all go crazy and start buying ingredients that many of us have not even heard of before and don’t know how to use! And lets face it, it has hurt our wallets in more than one occasion. Although those superfoods that have been recently recommended can have positive health benefits, there is no need to spend more money knowing there are so many common foods that can be easily found in local supermarkets at reasonable prices.
Simple is better:
I want to give you a few ideas on what fruits and vegetables you can begin with and what are their main benefits. They will all give your body the nutrients you need to have energy and become healthier.
Bellpepper: It comes in a variety of colours and can be used to grill, stuff, bake and so much more! It is high in carotenoids, which acts as an antioxidant. Furthermore, it is anti-inflammatory and boosts your immune system.
Spinach: This leafy green is so versatile, you can use it in a salad, baked, sautéed and even in smoothies! It is rich vitamin A, folic acid, carotenoids, iron, B vitamins, calcium and potassium.
Berries: This is a whole family of fruits that include blueberries, strawberries, cherries and blackberries. They are great to eat as a snack, mixed with porridge, yogurt or to make a healthy marmalade. This delicious fruits are high in antioxidants, including vitamin C. As a plus, they have a low impact on our sugar level, making them great as a food to include for when we are trying to shed a few pounds.
Apples: This is such a common food that we undervalue. It can be eaten as a snack, put into salads, topped with cheese, blended in a soup and even mixed with chicken. It has phytonutrients that can help regulate blood sugar, fibre and vitamin C.
Other great foods and spices to include in your diet are tomatoes, garlic, cinnamon and turmeric. As you see, you don’t have to dig into your pocket to get amazing benefits from common foods. There is so much available to us that we don’t value.
As a general recommendation, buy organic as often as possible. Studies show that organic food has more nutrients than non organic, specially because they have not been treated with harmful chemicals that are toxic to our body. This is specially true in fruits and vegetables that we don’t peel such as berries, apples and spinach. Furthermore, artificial fertilisers make fruit and vegetables swell with water making the nutrients much more diluted and less powerful in the produce.