Once the festive season is over, we no longer have the excuse to simply say ‘screw it, it’s Christmas’ every time we see a piece of chocolate cake or a mince pie. After a heavy winter of eating it is always good to think about detoxing the body in January and getting back on track with our health. That’s why today we are going to take a look at some of the amazing superfoods which you should be adding into your diet in the new year for a healthy and happy body.
Oatmeal is one of the first foods you will see on a healthy diet plan and there is a great reason for this. When starting the day and hoping to be healthy we always want to fill our bodies with some healthy carbs. Oatmeal also provides a high concentration of fibre and antioxidants which makes it the perfect way to start the day on a good note. It can also reduce bad cholesterol in the body and it improves digestion. You can make almost any flavour of oatmeal from apple pie to pumpkin spice so breakfast will never be boring!
If you are thinking of trying out some new green supplements online in the new year, there are some amazing options which you can find in health food stores and online.
However, if you fancy a quick burst of green goodness without tablets you can settle down with a cup of green tea. Green tea is one of those old remedies which has been enjoyed for hundreds of years all over the world. It is a drink which is full to the brim with essential vitamins and minerals and even has the power to help speed up the body’s metabolism. You’ll be getting a wide range of health benefits from drinking this natural tea and it will warm your cockles too.
Trees on your plate? Yes please! Broccoli is a vegetable which people either love or hate, but they always brighten up the dinner plate with their vibrant green hue.
If you want even more reason to eat your broccoli you will be glad to know that it has many health benefits. It is jam-packed with Vitamin C and folate which can reduce the risk of heart disease. It also contains lots of fibre and protein which can keep us feeling healthy and happy throughout our lives.
Do you really need a reason to eat strawberries? One of the most beloved fruits of all is the humble strawberry and it is jam-packed with goodness.
As a superfood, strawberries are full of antioxidants which help fight free radicals in the body. They are also full of Vitamin C which is essential for youthful looking skin. Strawberries can also help us to build and repair tissue in the body as well as build the immune system and keep us fighting fit.
When it comes to healthy foods, you will never see a list of superfoods without fish showing up somewhere. Fish is a meat which is high in protein and it contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which are crucial for brain function as well as the nervous system. Oily fish such as salmon is amazing for the body and can make a huge difference to your diet if you consume it twice a week. Reducing the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, this fish is a super simple addition to your diet this week.
Watermelon is a fruit which we often associate with sunny days on the beach or in the garden with our family, and it is a fruit which we can enjoy all year long for amazing health benefits.
As a mid-morning snack watermelon can be ideal because it has high water content and therefore is low in fat and sugar. Watermelon is full of vitamin A which is amazing for the eyes, and vitamin C which keeps the skin youthful and healthy. By snacking on watermelon instead of other fruits, you’ll be eating less sugar and therefore reduce the risk of developing heart disease or diabetes.
Spinach might be remembered best for being the food which made Popeye strong… but it is also a food which we should all incorporate into our diets this year. Spinach is high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are essential for the body and will keep us healthy and strong throughout our lives. If you don’t like the unique taste of spinach, you can incorporate it and hide it in many different dishes. Add it into your morning fruit smoothie for a boost of iron and zinc, add it into curries and chillies for a vitamin boost, and mix into mash for a herby, creamy flavour. It is a diverse ingredient and one which you should definitely eat each day.
Out of all of the nuts in the world, Pistachios are some of the easiest to love and enjoy. They have a sweet and creamy flavour and can be used in both savoury and sweet dishes for a punch of flavour. Nuts are high in protein and are a wonderful source of healthy fat which makes them the ideal snack to eat each and every day. They are packed with fibre for aiding digestion and are completely free of cholesterol. Make sure to pack some of these nuts into your work bag each day for a mid-morning pick me up.
When we first start to research being healthier, so many articles will warn us away from eating too much dairy. While eating a block of cheese is not advisable, not all dairy is a bad thing, and in fact, Greek yoghurt is incredibly beneficial to the body.
Greek yoghurt is full of protein and less fat than other dairy products, which makes it a great substitute for cream in curries and regular yoghurt for dips. It is also full of probiotics which are small organisms that aid digestion and keep our gut healthy. A bowl of Greek yoghurt and fruit can be a wonderful breakfast option. Regular yoghurt’s thicker, creamier cousin is chock-full of protein and probiotics. It fills the belly, improves digestion, and bolsters the immune system. Plus, it’s a great healthy recipe substitute for sour cream, cream cheese, and even mayonnaise!
Quinoa, a strange little seed which has taken the world by storm in recent years is a veritable palace of good stuff. It provides all nine essential amino acids which our body needs to repair and stay strong, and this is only the beginning. It also has a staggering 8 grams of protein per cup serving. If you can add just a small portion of Quinoa into your diet each week you’ll start to see some incredible changes and it really will be the best decision for you to make.
Another strange fact about Quinoa is that it is pronounced ‘Keen-Wah’…. the more you know!
If you are looking for the ideal healthy snack for a busy work day, there can be nothing better than Blueberries. Blueberries are one of the healthiest of all of the berries and they are packed full of antioxidants to protect the body and keep it strong. They are full of fibre for easy digestion and have a ton of amazing vitamins in them to keep the body healthy and strong. If you eat enough blueberries you could even have cancer-fighting effects too.
Kale is one of those super foods which everyone knows about and you either love the taste or despise it.
These curly, green leaves are surprisingly high in a lot of different vitamins and minerals and this can have a huge impact on your overall health. This leaf is full of protein, fibre, vitamin A, B, C, D… and every mineral you could possibly think of. If you don’t already eat Kale every week you should start right now and you will really see a difference in your body and your mind. And if you aren’t sure you’ll like the taste, bake them into kale crisps!
Chia seeds might just be the most adorable little nuggets of goodness in the world. These are tiny, black seeds which are full of protein (16.5g per 100g to be exact) and every other good thing you could imagine. Honestly, it’s almost as if nature made these little guys as a way of keeping all of the good vitamins and minerals in one easy to reach place. Did you know that these tiny seeds have the fattiest acids of any plant? If you don’t already have a bag of these seeds in your cupboard you need to get some right now. You can make chia seed pudding, oatmeal, smoothies and loads of other dishes to keep you fighting fit.
Eggs are one of the most popular superfoods in this list and they can be cooked and consumed in so many different ways.
You can have your eggs; boiled, poached, scrambled, fried, baked, as an omelette… and eating eggs in any of these forms will provide amazing health benefits for you. Eggs are full of protein, amino acids, fatty acids and vitamins which are essential for our bodies. They can be great for keeping our heart healthy and happy for longer life.
If you incorporate these foods in your diet at least once a week, you’ll soon feel a difference! Which of these foods are your favourite? I would love to hear from you in the comments!