Superfoods may sometimes seem like a hipster influencer trend, with endless social media posts of packs of crisps being replaced with bowls of kale or quinoa salad, and cans of fizzy drinks pushed aside for a glass jam jar of detox berry water.
But you do not have to grow a beard and listen to world music to embrace the superfood trend, and many superfoods are surprisingly everyday foods too, and what’s more, they’re ideal for helping you manage your weight too.
Any food that is nutrient-rich, boasts a high vitamin count and mineral-rich can fall under the umbrella of the superfood category. Superfoods can help fight disease, promote heart health, and aid better weight management, along with regular exercise.
Here are our seven best superfoods to eat for better weight management that also don’t compromise flavour.
Kale, from the cabbage family of foods, is a green leafy vegetable. Its bright green leaves and stalks are rich in vitamins A, K, C, and B6, and it contains a fair amount of indole-3-carbinol, a substance that is thought to help prevent cancer. Kale leaves are also very low calories and can be tossed up into salad or smoothie for a nice mid-day meal.
Eggs are incredibly versatile, you can boil them, poach them, scramble, make an omelette, and so much more. They’re also delicious. Eggs are a great source of vitamins D, E, K, B6, and calcium and zinc. They are also rich in a lesser-known nutrient called choline and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.
Broccoli has long been regarded as a hero ingredient in all green food preparations. It’s a source of protein and fibre, and broccoli stalks are rich in iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium as well as vitamins A, C, E, K. Start adding a small serving of Broccoli stir fry to your meals.
Sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants and a wide range of vitamins, as well as being an extremely nutritious, and delicious, source of fibre. Bake them, boil them, or sauté them and add to a salad.
Known for their high fibre and protein content, chickpeas are an excellent plant-based source of manganese, folate, phosphorus and copper. You can make a curry out of it or add a handful of boiled chickpeas to a salad offering of your choice.
There’s a reason why Popeye loved spinach so much. Eating it daily is a natural way to get glowing skin and strong bones. This superfood is rich in rich in protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals. It is also low in fat, and a single serving of spinach in a smoothie will leave you feeling full for a long time.
Quinoa is a whole-grain superfood that’s appeared on the radar of health food enthusiasts. Much like chickpeas, it is a plant-based source of nutrients and is rich in manganese, magnesium, folate, and phosphorus.
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