Whether you’re looking to bulk up or simply staying in shape, what you eat is all-important.
And it’s your core diet that makes the most difference when it comes to the success or failure of your efforts. You’ve probably heard the term ‘superfood’ before, but without solid examples, the term alone is no use. With that in mind, we’ve put together 5 essential superfoods to help you stay healthy – in body and mind.
Your memories of this particular veg may hark back to childhood, when the very sight of a tree of broccoli was enough to turn you off eating. But as an adult… well, it’s good for you – and that’s the main thing. And if you actually like it, that’s a huge plus! Broccoli is packed with good stuff, including high levels of soluble fibre, as well as illness-fighting constituents such as indole-3 (I3C). This latter has been shown in studies to inhibit the development of cancer in some cases.
As part of the seeds, pulses and grains family, you can imagine that flax seeds are pretty good for you – and you’d be right. Flax seeds are probably the very best of this group that you can indulge in. They offer an excellent source of omega-3, as well as high levels of protein and fibre. They’re naturally low in calories too, and can be added to other healthy snacks like yoghurt.
One of the main reasons that watermelon is an excellent superfood for your diet is that it contains a lot of potassium. With almost 700 milligrams of potassium per slice of melon, this option is actually better for you than a banana on the potassium front. Studies have shown that maintaining your levels of potassium can help to maintain healthy blood pressure levels – vital if you’re frequently working out.
Before you say anything, no, we’re not talking about ‘that’ side-effect. Oysters do in fact have other reasons to earn a place in your weekly meal plan. They might not taste good raw, but oysters are a real superfood, containing an entire day’s worth of zinc which aids in the production of testosterone. This is the reason for the oyster’s reputation, but it’s also the hormone that’ll help you build muscle and work out for longer.
They may seem like an obvious choice, but eggs are one of the best (and most affordable) sources of really good stuff. That stuff includes protein at an average of 7 grams per egg, vitamins A and D, as well as cholesterol. Don’t worry, eating eggs won’t clog up your arteries — the dietary variant of cholesterol is an entirely different animal. One of the best things about eggs is their versatility; this is a superfood you can enjoy boiled, scrambled, as an omelette, fried with healthy oil spray… well, you get the idea!
So what do you think? Are you a fan of these superfoods, or do you have a few of your own? We’d love to hear your opinions!