5 everyday superfoods
10 Nov 2015
Blackmores Naturopath

Blackmores

5 everyday superfoods

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Eating foods which are packed full of goodness is easier than you think. Here are 5 foods to add to your plate.

Pumpkin seeds

Small, but bursting with nutrients, pumpkin seeds are an easy way to add some healthy fats and protein into your diet. Also known as pepitas, these flat, dark green seeds contain minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron.

Sprinkle them over salads, or add them to breads and other baked goods for a crunchy nutrient boost.

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Kiwifruit

Could this funny-looking fruit, with its hairy coat, be one of the most super of all superfoods? Kiwifruits, which originated in China and are now grown in several countries, are an exceptional food to give you a boost of vitamin C to help support your immune system: just one fruit will deliver your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.

Kiwifruits also contain fibre – and most of us need to amp up our dietary fibre intake to help keep the digestive system healthy.

Broccoli

You may have disliked this leafy green “tree” when you were a child, but your parents were right: broccoli is certainly good for you. It’s a great source of antioxidant vitamins C, A and E. Broccoli is also a source of folate and vitamin K.

But don’t overcook it: lightly steaming it is the best way to retain its nutrients.

Kale

A recent and very popular addition to the superfood family, kale is a fibre-rich, dark green leafy vegetable. It contains vitamin A and C, fibre, potassium, and vitamin B6.Like broccoli, kale also contains vitamin K – an important nutrient for bone health. Just one cup of kale added to your daily diet can help you achieve your recommended daily intake of vitamin K.

Garlic

Forget those stories of garlic breath; this superfood is a must when it comes to your health. Not only does it help to support your wellbeing, it has also been traditionally used to help with symptoms of a cold and to support heart health.

Some of the nutrients in garlic can be diminished or lost through heating, but researchers have found that if you crush or chop the garlic clove, and let it stand for 10 minutes before cooking moderately, this helps preserve beneficial compounds.

Looking for superfood inspiration in the kitchen? Try one of these quick and easy recipes today