Top Superfoods to incorporate in your diet
If indulging over the holidays has left you ringing in the New Year with a few extra pounds, then now is the time to get serious about your diet and get started with an exercise regimen. When it comes to food not all calories are created equal; here are ten superfoods that pack a serious nutritional punch to get you diet back on track.
These sweet little fruits get their deep blue color from a compound called flavonoids. These little nutrients protect the part of your brain that deals with memory function from inflammation and oxidation. Blueberries also contain lots of water making them a great source of hydration for your skin and other cells.
Salmon is a top source of omega-3 fatty acids a nutrient that is good for your heart and your waistline. Omega-3’s alter the genes to make them burn fat more effectively helping all those trips to the gym pay off. Salmon is also a great source of lean protein which will help you build muscle mass and give you plenty of energy to make it through your day.
Popeye definitely knew what he was talking about when he promoted this leafy green vegetable. Spinach is a rich source of calcium, lutein, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Spinach helps protect the eyes from sun damage and contains vitamin K, an essential nutrient in promoting cardiovascular and bone health not to mention iron which helps to keep you r nails and hair strong and healthy.
Nuts make an excellent mid-afternoon snack because they are packed with protein, unsaturated fat and fiber. Pistachios in particular have been shown to help lower bad cholesterol and they have a lower caloric content than many other nuts making them a great choice for dieters.
It may sound too good to be true but indulging in the occasional piece of chocolate is actually good for you; the trick is making sure that you reach for the right type. Dark chocolate is another rich source of flavonoids, the antioxidant that helps lower blood pressure, improve heart health and improve blood circulation. Dark chocolate has also been shown to be a natural mood booster, just be sure to indulge in moderation.
High in protein and fiber beans help regulate blood sugar levels and help you feel fuller longer after you eat. Beans are low in fat and rich in potassium and magnesium too so they make an excellent vegetarian option to add to any meal.
If you are looking to start you morning out right, you cannot go wrong with egg whites. Low in calories, fat-free, loaded with protein, eggs can help you build strong bones and muscles and give you plenty of energy to make it through a hectic day at the office.
Whole Grain Oats
Oats are one of nature’s best sources of soluble fiber making them an excellent food to incorporate into your diet. The fiber in whole grain oats helps lower cholesterol while keeping you feeling satisfied and blood sugar levels under control.
Joanne Hembree is a corporate health expert, helping businesses large and small to keep their workforce healthy. Get fruit delivery with fruitfuloffice.co.uk.