5 Superfoods You Should Be Eating Now
We know it’s cold outside and stodgy comfort food might be appealing, but these are the 5 superfoods all women should be eating now, with delicious serving ideas!
Your heart will love you if you include 2 serves of oily fish, such as salmon or mackerel, a week. It doesn’t have to be boring grilled fish (although I love that with a chunky salsa on the top!) – think of delicious fish pies, mackerel on toast or slow-roasted salmon.
Winter is the perfect time to indulge in green veggies – such as broccoli, high in calcium, potassium and B vitamins, as well as cancer-protective chemicals! Kale is also delicious and is loaded with vitamin C and folate. Consider sauteed kale as a side dish for dinner, or snack on raw broccoli with hummous on the side, yum!
Women need to eat more iron-rich foods to maintain good energy levels and healthy blood. Include more lentils, beans, spinach, oysters and if you’re not vegetarian – red meat! It doesn’t mean having to cook a huge steak, but a steak the size of your fist is the perfect portion for iron and calories. Try sauteed spinach with lots of sliced garlic (which is great for warding off colds and flus) instead of creamed spinach as a side dish.
One of my favourite superfoods, flaxseed is packed with essential Omega 3 fatty acids as well as dietary fibre. It’s so easy to incorporate flax into your diet – buy bags of flax or LSA at the supermarket and sprinkle over your cereal, yoghurt, or fruit salad. You can even indulge in weekend pancakes by adding a tablespoon of flax or LSA to the batter. It has a lovely nutty taste.
Beans and Pulses
Sure, these sound boring and hippy-ish, but beans and pulses don’t have to be so uninspiring. Think of beans as hummous, or a fresh bean salad with red peppers, tomatoes and pistachios. As for pulses, lentils are deliciously nutty and go well with fish – I made a chicken, spinach and green lentil soup last week that tasted divine! Best of all, beans and pulses are ridiculously cheap and the health benefits – low in fat, fibre-rich, and containing cancer-fighting properties – make this a superfood you can’t live without.
What’s your favourite superfood you want every woman to know about?