We have all been victim to the ‘Foods You Must Not Eat’ list, haven’t we? For several years, we’ve heard people tell us not to eat this and not to cook that – the list is endless. We decided to make life easier by compiling a list of 7 power-packed super foods that must be a part of your lifestyle.
A constant on the health list, nuts are a great source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Walnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts – they are all great healthy snacking options that satisfy hunger pangs and are easy to pop even when on the go.
Tip: Eat about 8-10 nuts in a day or sprinkle some on top of salads, eggs, yogurt and smoothies.
2) Vegetable Juice
Most of us find it difficult to eat green vegetables on a daily basis. Hence, having a glass of freshly made vegetable juice is the best way to cleanse your system. It helps in infusing vitamins, minerals and enzymes and is an instant energy booster. Furthermore, it also helps in weight loss.
Tip: Experiment with different variations by blending any three vegetables of your choice at a time. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and must be consumed immediately. For ex, Spinach, Pumpkin and Carrot.
A bowl of yogurt a day keeps all health problems away. It is the best source of calcium and is also rich in potassium, zinc, vitamin B12 and protein. Light and refreshing, it acts like a cooling agent for the system.
Tip: Enjoy a bowl of plain yogurt or a glass of thirst-quenching masala chaas. Yogurt topped with berries, nuts, granola, flaxseeds, and honey makes for a delicious breakfast option as well.
Eggs are one of the nutrient-densest foods. Eggs help boost health and prevent diseases. From avoiding heart illnesses to being good sources of antioxidants that protect the eyes – eggs have innumerable health benefits. They are excellent sources of vitamins and are also rich in iodine and phosphorus – essential for healthy bones and teeth. Not just that, they’re also easy to prepare and extremely delicious!
Tip: One can safely eat about two eggs a day. Whether boiled, half fried or scrambled, they can be eaten in any way – varieties are endless.
If you are vegetarian, pulses are your best bet to consume proteins. They are the main building blocks of the body and are incredibly important in every diet. Ever wondered why athletes and bodybuilders consume extra proteins? It helps them bulk up! Muscle and organ builders, proteins contribute to weight loss by reducing appetite and thus reducing calorie intake.
Tip: The best sources of proteins are meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, legumes and nuts.
Known to keep conditions ranging from acne to anemia at bay, a tablespoon of flaxseeds is best enjoyed when ground well. Most fitness enthusiasts are aware of the benefits of proteins and fibre – both are equally important in bodybuilding. Since flaxseeds provide both, it should be consumed daily. It also provides Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and micronutrients and reduces the risk of cancer.
Tip: Sprinkle them over eggs, bhel, pancakes and yogurt or simply make a masala mix and use them in your regular food.
Prunes or dried plums contain vitamins and minerals including iron and potassium that help relieve constipation and prevent obesity. They are regular components of a weight-loss diet and can be eaten at any time of the day.
Tip: Eat them as is or add sliced prunes to oats and salads.
(Born and raised in Mumbai, I love to click, eat and travel – not always in the same order. After working as a Social Media and Digital Marketer for a renowned city-based magazine and as a Publicist for some of India’s leading hospitality & alco-bev brands, I finally decided to pursue my passion for food, travel and photography. In February 2015, I started my blog, That Foodie Chick – a platform through which I’ve been sharing my experiences. Join me in my journey by logging onto THAT FOODIE CHICK. I promise it will be worth the whisk….I mean risk!)