Updated: Dec 10, 2018
"The trend in super foods have become as competitive as fashion. Although we are familiar with the well-known super foods like beets, avacado, blue berries, algae, salmon and cranberries, we instinctively rely on the media's release by Nutritionists on the latest trending foods in order to stay on the top of your health."
In 2018, the trend in these super eats was a little more out of the common everyday foods and probably not as appealing to most, especially if you have to feed a family of finicky eaters. These include Matcha, Amaranth, Black Rice, Seaweed and Dandelion Greens. I admit, I have not tried any of these and I most likely will not. As the year 2018 is coming to an end, a new batch of super foods will immerge, but in the meantime, I have put together a list of 5 super foods you should try to have at least once a day. They are packed with antioxidants too.
Blueberries – The magical fruit packed with the most antioxidants. Helps in the prevention of urinary tract infections, memory loss and age-related blindness. Best to have them in season. Avoid cooking them as that will destroy the Vitamin C.
Serving: ½ cup per day is totally fine.
Garlic - Although not a pleasant taste, this antibacterial, anti-fungal root vegetable is a powerhouse packed with disease-fighting properties. Know someone who is at risk of colorectal or prostate cancer? Tell them to eat at least 6 gloves of garlic per week.
Serving: 1 clove per day. Crush on top of your salad or meal or just swallow it down with some water.
Broccoli - This one should be a staple on your grocery list. Its sulfur compounds makes it the number one cancer-fighting vegetable. Similar to garlic, eating broccoli on a regular could lower your risk of colon cancer, stomach, breast and lung cancer.
Serving: ½ cup (or 4-5 florets) steamed for 3-4 minutes.
Flaxseeds - I love this in my oatmeal cereal. It contains a sufficient amount of fibre in just a small amount as a tablespoon. Flaxseed is known for its lingans, which is a phytoestrogen (plant estrogen) found in the hulls of the seed. When converted into the body, this could reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Our body naturally produces estrogen, so the lingans in flaxseed alters the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms. It also has inflammatory properties that assist in keeping your acne and asthma under control.
Serving: Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoon of ground in your yogurt or hot cereal.
Cinnamon - With antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, this is a powerful healing spice that tastes delicious (especially in apple pie). It has been shown to improve blood sugar, so if you have diabetes, this is spice should be your best friend. It’s also known to prevent blood clots, fight E. coli and other types of bacteria.
Serving: Just a ½ teaspoon per day will do. Add it to your cereal or coffee.
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I hope this was helpful. Please comment below if you have a favourite super food you want t o share.