Thanks to good old Instagram, fitness gurus and foodies around the world, apples, pasta, whole grain bread, and Weetabix, are about as daggy as your old tracksuit and Kmart sneakers getup. This is all thanks to our super food friends.
While there are a lot of amazing foods out there, there are also a whole bunch of foods that don’t have much gain for the price or for the hype. I mean who wants to have a beetroot latte instead of a coffee on a Saturday morning or sprinkle nori flakes on their vegemite toast if they don’t have to.
I thought it could be fun/wise to go through some actual super foods which I have researched, and also asked a couple of nutrition experts about. I am no guru or diet expert, just an interested and somewhat sceptic consumer.
Super foods do not need to be fancy or expensive, they just need to be nutritionally dense.
Chia Seeds – As a mostly plant-based eater these tiny bead-like seeds, provide me with a much-needed dose of omega-3s, for shiny hair and healthy skin. They also naturally thicken smoothies and soups.
Oats – These versatile beauties are low GI, high in fibre and are full of B Vitamins. I love using them to make cookies slightly less naughty and adding them to my dog’s food for extra energy.
Green Tea – Green tea is packed with antioxidants known as flavonoids, which are linked with a reduced risk of heart issues and strokes. I cant say I’m a huge fan of green tea, but I am partial to some green tea sorbet, with mango pieces and am trying to drink more of the beauty fueling tea.
Kiwi Fruit – I have one of these most days as they seem to get rid of any lolly cravings and give me a little boost before a barre class. I also get lots of colds in winter, and these green goddess fruits, ward off colds and provide similar nutrients to blueberries for a third of the price.
Sweet Potatoes – I have these for dinners multiple times a week either baked whole or in a salad. These are full of beta-carotene which is meant to help asthma, depression, and cataracts as well as a whole lot of other ailments ( all due to vitamin A in BC). You can also find beta-carotene in carrots, squash, kale, spinach and pumpkin.
Brussel Sprouts – These somewhat scary, often overcooked vegetable, can taste beautiful baked or sauteed with garlic and chilli. These green gems are a great source of energy, are rich in folate and vitamins K and C, potassium, and are also low in kilojoules.
Free Range Eggs – I don’t eat eggs very often but my mum, who is the vision of health loves eggs and has one every other morning with soldiers. Eggs are cheap, easy to prepare, last a long time in the fridge and are full of protein. Tofu and natural peanut butter would be two vegan alternatives.
Brown Rice – Brown rice is cheap, filling, and when paired with vegetables and a type of protein is a perfect, balanced meal. Brown rice is high in selenium, promotes weight loss, contains lots of insoluble fibre, and slowly releases its energy throughout the day (low GI).
Some totally overhyped foods
- Coconut Water – If you like the taste great, but water is a better option and it’s free.
- Wheatgrass – Your liver detoxes itself on its own and detoxifying in general doesn’t do too much.
- Açaí Berries – These sound great but when dried, contain a huge amount of sugar. Better off with fresh berries.
- Protein Bars – To me, protein bars taste like sand and are often full of artificial sweeteners and lolly like ingredients.
- Magarine – This is a full of weird cheap oils and butter or nutalex tastes so much better.
I’d also just like to add that super foods, are any foods that make you feel happy, strong and alive. Ice cream, brownies and hot chips included.