It’s well known that eating a variety of foods is optimal when it comes to our health because it ensures we get the nutrients we need. No single food contains all our required nutrients. However, some do have a powerful effect, and adding them to your diet is a great idea for an extra health boost. These foods are packed with vitamins and nutrients that help to protect our health and fight off infections and diseases.
Here are the top six foods I recommend to start adding in daily to your meals and snacks.
This exceptionally nutritious fruit contains a wide variety of nutrients, including twenty different vitamins and minerals. It is loaded with fiber which helps improve digestion and maintain normal bowel movements. The simplest way to enjoy avocados is to spread them on toast and season with salt and pepper.
Garlic is commonly associated with immune improvements, particularly in terms of fighting colds. It has even been shown to benefit people living with diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Add it to your favorite pasta dishes, soups, or salads.
Tiny but mighty, chia seeds are very nutrient dense. They are loaded with important vitamins, but are still low in calories. They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron, calcium and fiber. They are very versatile and easy to add to your diet. Adding just one ounce of chia seeds to your salads or smoothies provides you with 10 grams of fiber. Studies suggest that they have various benefits for your health, including the facilitation of weight loss, reduced inflammation, reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and many more.
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. It has been used to help e.g. digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold. One of my favourite ways to eat ginger is to add it into my smoothies, or drink infused water.
Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, these berries are also a good source of natural antioxidants like vitamin c and vitamin e and micronutrients such as folic acid, calcium, selenium and beta carotene. Blueberries can help bone strength, skin health and blood pressure. Sprinkle them onto your oatmeal, add them to your smoothie, or even dip them in non-dairy yoghurt and freeze them for a refreshing snack.
This powerful spice is probably one of the most effective nutritional supplement in existence and has been used for thousands of years for medical purposes. Turmeric contains a broad range of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. It also contains a variety of nutrients such as vitamin c, vitamin e, vitamin k, calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Use a pinch of turmeric in your tofu scramble, toss it with your roasted vegetables, add it to your rice, or blend it into your smoothie.