Interested in superfoods and clean eating, but not sure where to begin?
To help you start 2017 on your most healthy, delicious note, we’ve put together a Superfood FAQ from Super Clean Super Foods. It answers some of the most common questions people have, and clears up many of the mysteries and discrepancies surrounding these supercharged nutritional foods.
No more endless scrolling, second-guessing and complicated advice! Just the facts as they are, so you can simply and easily discover what superfoods are all about (and how to add them to delicious meals for the New Year!)
The food you eat provides your body with the fuel it needs for energy, the building blocks for growth and repair of tissues, and tools that protect cells and organs from disease. Superfoods are simply foods that deliver impressive quantities of these health-promoting nutrients. They’re foods that are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, fibre or healthy fats.
Common superfoods include quinoa, buckwheat, chia seeds, kale, lentils, avocadoes, pomegranates, matcha powder, acai powder, spirulina and chlorella. Everyday shopping items like raspberries, strawberries, salmon, chicken, yogurt and eggs are all superfoods, too!
Superfoods aren’t magic bullets – throwing a few superfoods into an unhealthy or unbalanced diet won’t transform your health or wellbeing. As well as eating clean and supercharging your diet with superfoods, you also need to exercise regularly, drink alcohol in moderation and so on. However, as part of an all-around healthy lifestyle, a diet that’s rich in superfoods can provide real health benefits.
Different superfoods provide distinct benefits for your body. Superfoods rich in magnesium, calcium or tryptophan help your body manufacture sleep hormones, helping you get a good night’s sleep. Phytochemicals found in superfoods also help improve blood flow to your brain, and omega-3 fatty acids help keep your brain healthy.
The properties in superfoods can also contribute to disease prevention, blood health, digestive health, bone, joint and muscle strength, eye health, skin health and anti-ageing.
Whatever your age, you should strive to include some superfoods in your diet every day – it’s never too early or too late to start incorporating them! Some superfoods set you up for lifelong good health, and others may even help reverse existing cell damage. Try to incorporate 3-4 superfood into your meals every day, and vary them from week to week.
Clean eating is simple: it means eating foods that are unprocessed or minimally processed. There’s no need to eat only raw foods, or to cut particular food groups out of your diet – just embrace the whole range of superfoods available.
You don’t need to overhaul your whole life to eat clean – even making a few simple changes to your shopping, cooking and eating habits can transform your diet. Planning your weekly meals and shopping list ahead of time can help your avoid turning to convenience foods in a busy week. Checking food labels and freezing meals can keep you on track. And you don’t even need to be perfect! Try to eat healthily most of the time, in order to give your body the nutrients it needs without feeling deprived.
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