Super foods? What’s this new word that we hear these days? As the name suggests, these foods have certain super qualities, nutrients or roles in making our lives healthier! So, let’s have a look at the list of these and their super-properties…..
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It is a powerful food due to its plant omega -3 content and folate content which prevents the risk of heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. Folate also increases the blood flow to the posterior regions, assuring to protect you against age related sexual diseases. It is also packed with lutein, a compound that fights against macular degeneration. So, include a minimum of half cup of cooked spinach every day. Spinach –broccoli soup (garnished with few almonds) is one of the perfect “SUPER-IMMUNITY” combinations for the body.
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Yes, most of our Indian households include a bowl of fresh curd in every meal. Probiotic organisms present in the curd prove to be beneficial in protecting your body against any kind of cancer and also aids in smooth digestion and assimilation of the food in the gut. Yogurt can be used in a variety of ways- have it plain, make buttermilk, lassi, veg raita or simply as a dip with any pureed vegetable.
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One of the most loved veggies in every household! Most of our Indian dishes are incomplete without a tomato based gravy! One must know, cherry-red colored tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a component that protects you against heart disease, cancer and increases your immunity! Aim at consuming a big glass of tomato juice OR a minimum of 6-8 tomatoes per day!
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Like all the other red-yellow-orange colored veggies, carrots are also rich in carotenoids- fat soluble compounds associated with a reduction in the risk of various cancers as well as a reduction in the risk and severity of inflammatory diseases like asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Dice your carrots and enjoy them as a fresh stir fried salad or simply put it through a juicer and enjoy a big glass of fresh carrot juice!
Flax seeds and Chia seeds
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These are the most tiny- powerful seeds that have immense health benefits. Rich in fibers, omega -3 fatty acids and proteins, these are powerful weight-loss aids, as well as powerful digestive aids! Enjoy a minimum of 1 tbsp of flax seeds as a mouth freshener after every meal. Also, a minimum of 2 tsp of chia seeds in your water or curd or chhaas looks like a wonderful idea to ensure you get all the health benefits form this tiny seed!
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The most handy protein source in our daily lives, eggs are also a great source of Vitamin-B, Choline and Vitamin D. Choline is an essential nutrient in the building of cell membrane, whereas, Vitamin B takes care of your digestion process. Vitamin D, the sun-vitamin, is extremely essential for calcium absorption and for maintaining our skin health. Have at least 2 of these -scrambled, or as bhurji or as an omelette or boiled or poached, that doesn’t matter- you are ensuring a daily intake of the powerful nutrients in the day!
So, go ahead and enjoy these super foods daily!!