In our last blog post, we interviewed a dietitian from EatRight Ontario where Honey Bloomberg talked about superfoods. If you haven’t read the interview, read it here. From the interview we gather that there is not one all-powerful superfood, rather there are many foods with lots of health benefits that we should be including in our diet. Bloomberg suggested choosing a variety of food we enjoy eating. Here we will be showcasing different foods.
Blueberries are a rich source of antioxidants that helps repair cell damage and fight heart disease and cancer. Add blueberries to cereal, smoothie, or yoghurt. Do you need a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack? Try making a smoothie with frozen bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and almond milk. You can easily change the ingredients and customize it to your taste.
A cruciferous vegetable that is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Cauliflowers come in a variety of colours too, there are purple and orange ones too. Try replacing your mash potatoes with a cauliflower mash.
Broccoli is another one of those cruciferous vegetables. It is high in calcium, iron, folic acid, and vitamin C. An easy way to include broccoli in your diet is to add it to a breakfast wrap, salads, soups, or use it in a stir-fry.
Kale like the cauliflower is another cruciferous vegetable. It is loaded with compounds that protect against cancer. Add kale to your smoothie, or make it into a stir-fry. For a healthy snack, make addictive kale chips. Wash the kale well, remove the stem, and dry it really well. Place kale on a baking sheet, sprinkle some salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
Beet is a root vegetable that is high in iron, vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and antioxidants. Roasting beets in the oven is an easy way to prepare beets. Add your roasted beets to a salad with walnut and goat cheese.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fats, such as EPA and DHA. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats we can only get from food. Our bodies do not produce it. You can steam your salmon in the oven, or poach it in an aromatic liquid. When possible purchase wild salmon because it has more omega-3 than farmed.