It’s never been easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle than now. Superfoods are all the rage and almost all grocery stores have health sections that focus on products that will boost your energy without adding to the number on your scale. It’s all at our disposal, but let’s be honest, making those Chia bowls to resemble the Instagram worthy ones, must take a lifetime. And who can really pronounce quinoa anyway?
As good and healthy as those products might be, we sometimes just need a familiar, budget friendly meal that will do the trick.
Here is a list of superfoods that will sustain you during your day (and you might even have it in your pantry already).
Eggs are affordable and a great source of protein. Each egg has 6 grams of protein but just 72 calories. If you want to stick to a low-calorie diet, eggs are the way to go. A single egg packs 6 grams of protein and a meagre 72 calories. It will help you slim down without compromising your body’s energy resources.
You know what goes well with eggs? Tomatoes of course. They contain lycopene (which not many other foods have), helping lower cholesterol, and having high amounts of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Tomatoes come in all shapes and sizes and you can switch things up with cherry, roma or heirloom tomatoes.
This might not be a favourite with the kids, but few people can resist the joy of crunchy roasted broccoli. Lucky for us grownups, broccoli contains phytonutrients that can help slow the growth of tumors and reduce the risk of cancer. It is also packed with vitamin C and folic acid.
Black beans are accessible, inexpensive and basically fibre bombs. You can find them almost anywhere and eat them with almost anything. A study showed that people who ate black beans four times per week had a 22% lower risk of coronary heart disease than those who ate them less than once weekly. That is your cue to stack up on those beans!
Yes, your eyes are not mistaken. Potatoes are full of energizing B vitamins, copper, fiber, vitamin C, potassium and a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant properties. Potassium balances fluid levels in the body, and blunts the effects of sodium on the diet, thus lowering blood pressure.
Lentils are a plant-based protein and thus a great alternative for vegetarians. One cup provides roughly the same amount of protein as three ounces of red meat and poultry. Not only are they high in dietary fiber, but lentils are also an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals, such as iron and folate.