An Introduction To Superfoods

 

SUPERFOODS: Superrrr good for you and the family!

What are Superfoods?

Superfoods are foods which are supposed to be extremely good for you! They are high in nutrients and great for your overall health and well being. Many of us are probably already consuming superfoods in our everyday diet.  Being aware of what soe of them are could make us try to eat a wider variety of them and increase our intake.

Some Superfoods:

Low fat or fat-free plain yogurt is high in calcium and contains a lot of beneficial nutrients. Have some for breakfast or include a little tub of yoghurt in your kids lunchboxes for a snack. You can also cook with yoghurt (I add plain yoghurt to pasta dishes to add to the creaminess of the dish. I have made some delicious dips using plain yoghurt as the base ingredient).

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Eggs contain lots of vitamins and minerals! You can enjoy them at any meal or hard-cooked as a portable snack. They can be used in salads, rice dishes and mashed up made into dip for your kids sandwhiches. Some mums also pop a boiled egg in their child’s lunchbox!

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Beans are great for your heart.  They are loaded with lots of fibre and does help to lower cholesterol. Besides the quick snack of baked beans on toast, you could also try a bean dip made from butter beans!

Nuts contain protein and healthy fats. Be careful of the amount you eat (even though they may be addictive!) they often contain a high amount of fat. If you control your portion size, it is perfectly fine to be consumed in small doses! Great to serve as a snack to guests.

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Kiwis are one of my favourtie fruits! They are not only pretty to serve in fruit salad but full of antioxidants and fibre.

Salmon may be a little costly but is a super food because of its omega-3 fatty acid content. This helps to protect your heart healthy as it is low in saturated fat. I like to grill or bake it with a little olive oil and serve it with salad greens.

Berries have a lot of nutritional goodness and are loaded with antioxidants. I like to give them to my kids as a snack during the day opposed to chocolatey, sugery biscuits. I also love adding fresh berries to the top of a chocolate cake!

Broccoli is a fantastic veg as it is available all year long! It has plently of fibre and is therefore sustaining for your diet. I usually have broccoli lightly steamed, stir-fried or grilled. 

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Sweet potatoes can be substituted for a baked white potato. Also, before you add butter or sugar, remember that this vegetable is very sweet and tasty in iteself and needs very little seasoning. One of my favourite meal – grilled fish & sweet potato chips! YUM!

So the next time you are thinking of a meal to cook for dinner, try and add some of these superfoods in. It will do wonders for your health!

 We love learning about family health and we will soon have much more on super foods, raw foods, simple healthy recipes and more!

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About the Author: Mother of 6 children. 4 boys and 2 girls. A proud stay-at-home-mum and Co-founder of the website. Jill has a strong Catholic faith. "I believe it's really important to have a support network for mums to connect and learn from each other." She also has a Degree in Primary Teaching from Melbourne University.

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