No time to hit the gym? Struggling to get a flat belly? The solution – Superfoods! Here’s a list of superfoods that you must incorporate into your meals to ward off illness, acquire essential minerals and vitamins and keep up your fiber levels high. And the best part is they are all available at your neighbourhood supermarket!
Queen Quinoa – Packed with proteins, fiber and calcium, quinoa seeds can be used to make couscous, flour, pasta and more. It is proven that a bowl of this wonder grain can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease. Excellent source of magnesium, intake of this grain can also prevent frequent headaches. It has a slight bitter taste, but this shouldn’t stop you from eating quinoa. Combine with vegetables and other grains to make an excellent meal option. Also, you can start your meal with warm quinoa salad or curried quinoa salad. Majorly grown in America, this ingredient is readily available at your nearest supermarket.
Morning with Moringa – Did you know a sprig of moringa leaves can make dirty water potable? Also known as drumstick leaves, they have a power to heal any ailment with incredible health benefits. Originated in the foothills of the Himalayas, moringa leaves were first discovered as a medicinal herb. However, now you cook the leaves as a vegetable, pickles, in curries or just add the raw leaves to salads. This super green has a subtle and mildly sour taste. The tree grows in the tropical and sub-tropical regions including India, south Asia, South and central America. Since the tree yields the commonly sold drumstick, this super green is a must-include in your diet plan. Place an order with your vegetable vendor.
Magical Micro greens – The micro greens is a common term for various leafy vegetables such as kale, beet greens, arugula, radish greens, pak choy and more collected at an early stage. The taste of these greens depends on the original vegetables. Although their benefits are same as sprouts, they shouldn’t be mistaken for them. They have been a favourite with chefs for many years. These versatile greens can add a delicious tweak to appetizers or salads. Of course, they are a creative garnish to just about any dish. Not just as a garnish, these greens can be used in soups or sandwiches for healthy dining options. Get these microgreens from your nearest supermarket or grow them at home!
Fishy World- Rich in omega-3 fats, fish like the wild salmon and sardines are very effective in controlling weight gain. Serve twice or thrice a week, you surely will lower your cholesterol. They provide health benefits to lower the risks of arthritis, heart diseases and memory loss. Toss sardines with chopped onions, fresh herbs and diced capsicums and get a delicious dish! Get the fresh ones at your local fish monger.
Everyday food – Superfoods need not be the exotic ingredients we come across at high-end supermarkets only. Ingredients like beetroots, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, yogurt, etc are superfoods in their own right. So, be a superhero, start eating superfoods!
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