Every day, we wake up with the intention of conquering the world. Well, not every day and definitely not conquering the entire world. But, have a look at our daily routine. We get up at dawn. A bit of warm-up and exercise, either meditation, yoga or work out involving weights, a nutritious breakfast, a quick dash to the nearest station, hours of commuting, an entire day of work which requires focus and attention, the journey back home, spending time with the family and back to bed. This does look like a war effort on every individual’s part. And the best part is, we do this every single day.
A healthy diet is a must if we have to deliver our best. However, we conveniently ignore our health in the wake of easily accessible fast foods and easy-to-make instant food. Such food items make us tired and feel sluggish during the day. What alternatives to do we have for these palate-appeasing, energy-draining ‘junk’ food?
You can opt for super-foods for long term health benefit and to prevent chronic diseases. These are nutrient-rich, energy-packed, easy on the stomach snackable items. Also, some super-foods are rich in anti-oxidants that delay the effects of ageing. We discuss some of these nutritious foods that you can include in your daily diet.
A staple food for breakfast, oatmeal is great to begin your day with. They are high on fibre, anti-oxidants and contain several nutrients to kick-start your mornings. They are easy to make and are available in numerous flavours. Oatmeal helps in lowering cholesterol, aid the process of digestion and enhances your metabolism.
2. Green Tea
One of the most common beverages, green tea is believed to be an excellent super-food. Green tea is full of phytochemicals which have anti-oxidant properties. Anti-oxidants prevent many diseases by strengthening immunity and having a beneficial effect on your body at a cellular level.
Strawberries are full of Vitamin C which have a tremendous effect on your body. Vitamin C has several important functions including growth and repair of tissues, healing of wounds and scar tissue, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, as well as aiding in the absorption of Iron. Packed with anti-oxidants, strawberries lower the damage caused by free radicals and delay ageing.
This dark-green leafy vegetable has anti-oxidant, calcium, Vitamin K and anti-inflammatory properties. They help in maintaining healthy vision and keep your bones strong.
Not surprisingly, almonds pack a powerful punch when compared to other nuts. The reason being, almonds contain calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, fibre, Vitamin E and other nutrients that certainly qualifies almonds as a super-food.
Make these super-foods a part of your diet and maintain an active lifestyle for long term health benefits.