Eating Your Way to a Healthier You

By on January 13, 2016

You are what you eat, and if  2016 is going to be the year in which you kick those bad habits and start eating to a healthier and happier you, then it is time transform your kitchen cupboards with the top 10 superfoods trending for this year.

Lentils and beans may have been the superfoods of the past, but the list has got a whole lot tastier in 2016, and if you are partial to the odd piece of black pudding, cheese, or even, dare we say it, chocolate, then you’ll be pleased to know that all of these calorie laden treats are now classed as superfoods, by some nutritionists at least!

A healthy diet is all about balance, and while we all know that we should be eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, it’s hard to get excited about a plate full of sprouted grains and seaweed! Dr Anderson a medical advisor selected a mix of superfoods recommended by nutritionists across the world, to spice up your new diet, and give you some inspiration for your next mealtime…

Top 10 Superfoods 2016

1). Onions

Onions have long been recognised as a superfood, and they are an integral part of every healthy diet.  Affordable, easy to store, and adaptable to suit a wide variety of recipes, onions really are a kitchen cupboard staple, and their health benefits are almost endless.  Onions are antioxidants with high levels of quercetin which can boost damaged cells. They also lower blood pressure and raise good cholesterol levels – so add onions to every meal!

2). Garlic

Another classic superfood, garlic boosts the immune system, slows the growth of harmful bacteria, lowers harmful cholesterol, and it has also been shown to lower blood pressure.  A natural alternative to antibiotics, fresh garlic can help keep bugs, viruses, and apparently, vampires at bay – so indulge daily.

3). Black Pudding

You might be surprised to find black pudding on our list of superfoods, but this English Breakfast staple is packed with protein, iron and zinc, and it is virtually carbohydrate free!  Whether you love or hate this blood sausage, its health benefits should not be ignored, so add a slice or two to your weekly diet to naturally boost your iron and zinc levels.

4). Broccoli

All the movie stars are eating raw broccoli these days, and this humble veggie is now referred to as one of the world’s healthiest superfoods. Rich in vitamin C and magnesium, broccoli boosts the immune system to help the body fight off infections and viruses. 

5). Oysters

A bit like marmite, oysters are one of those foods that you either love or hate, but according to nutritionists, oysters are literally bursting with iron, selenium, calcium and zinc, making them the best shelled superfood there is!  They also have high concentrations of amino acids, and can help the formation of collagen to keep us looking young.  Oh, and in case you didn’t know, they are aphrodisiacs too!

6). Avocado Oil

Avocados are delicious and nutritious, but it is Avocado Oil that has been hailed as one of the greatest superfoods for 2016.  High in monounsaturated oleic acid (a healthy fat), it is rich in antioxidants and vitamin B12, and has anti-inflammatory properties for healthy skin, hair and bones.

7). Cheddar Cheese

Who doesn’t love cheese?  Good old English Cheddar should not be eaten in large quantities due to its high fat content, but that doesn’t mean you have to cut it out altogether. Cheddar cheese is an unconventional superfood that is high in calcium, and a small 10g chunk is just as beneficial as a glass of milk.

8). Wild Salmon & Oily Fish

A great source of protein, minerals, zinc, potassium, selenium, vitamin D and omega-3, Wild Salmon is the ultimate anti-ageing superfood.  Beneficial for the hair, skin, bones, eyesight, and nails, the health benefits of oily fish are well documented, so consume at least 2-3 times per week.

9). Sauerkraut

A German dinnertime staple that has made its way across the channel to become a trending superfood for 2016, Sauerkraut has more nutrients and vitamins that fresh cabbage, yet it is low in calories and packed with taste. By adding sauerkraut to your mealtimes, you can regulate your bowel movements, strengthen your digestive tract, and boost your vitamin B intake.

10). Chocolate

Hard to believe, we know, but Chocolate, specifically dark chocolate, is widely considered to be a superfood with more antioxidants that some fruits. It could also reduce stress levels, lower the risk of stroke, and protect against some types of cancer. For optimal benefits, you should consume only dark chocolate, and keep it to just one or two small squares per day.

 

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