Superfood Yourself This Christmas!
There are going to be a lot of meals over the festive season. Some will be small, others will be huge, but they’ll all be delicious and filled with loads of unwanted calories. We’re not saying don’t indulge — it’s Christmas, please do! — but try to fill up (or at least include) some of the greatest superfoods. That way you won’t feel as guilty — and you won’t need as much of a detox on January 2nd.
- Greek Yoghurt: It might seem unhealthier being so thick and creamy, but Greek yoghurt is something you should always be eating. Not only does it fill you up, but it improves digestion and boosts the immune system. Add some berries and a little honey, and voila!
- Quinoa: Yes, it’s the new ‘in food’ — and it should be. This little grain is packed with nutritional prowess. Quinoa is one of the only grains or seeds that provides all nine essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce themselves, and it’s filled with protein, too.
- Kale: It provides more antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables, reveal experts and is also filled with fibre, calcium and iron.
- Blueberries: They’re not only great cancer-fighting compounds, but they’re filled with fibre and vitamin C, too. Plus, studies have shown that they’re great for the memory too.
- Green tea: With a list of health benefits, this one shouldn’t even be questioned. Make yourself a cuppa this festive season to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer — plus it’s proven to have anti-ageing properties.
- Oatmeal: Talk about the perfect breakfast — and delicious, too. It’s high in fibre, antioxidants and has been proven to help lower cholesterol levels, aid in digestion and improve metabolism.
- Strawberries: Just add these to your bowl of Greek yoghurt for double the dose of nutrition heaven. Filled with vitamin C, strawberries help build and repair the body’s tissues, boost immunity, and even help promote healthy eye function.
- Watermelon: And it couldn’t be a better time of year to enjoy this refreshing fruit which is low in sugar and high in vitamins A and C. Plus, according to studies, the lycopene in watermelon could help protect the body from UV rays and cancer .
- Salmon: This heart-healthy fish is packed with protein and a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been proven to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And in case you didn’t know, salmon may also protect your skin from the sun and the damaging effects of UV rays. Perfect for your Christmas vacay!
- Eggs: Did you know that a single large egg is just about 70 calories and offers six grams of protein? And eggs are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Almonds: Unsalted are obviously the better option, but it’s good to know that almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut. Plus, they’re a healthy dose of potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, and iron, too.
- Beets: Add some beets to the Christmas table this year — they’re filled with tons of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and have been shown to help ward off cancer and other degenerative diseases.
- Pumpkin: Mmmm…. what a nice addition to the festive table. Pumpkin is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, and we can’t lie… it’s oh-so-tasty, too!
- Apple: We all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? So grab one as you suntan on the beach instead of an ice cream — they are a great low-calorie source, and have been associated with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, diabetes and asthma.
- Garlic: Go ahead, add some cloves to those festive dishes, after all, they’re good for you. Garlic has been used ti treat anything from high blood pressure and heart disease to certain types of cancer, and it can be used to treat yeast infections in women and prostate issues in men, too. Just make sure to brush your teeth straight after!