Food gives us strength, energy and immunity. It also helps in nourishment and maintain the body to work in order. Superfoods are something that offers strengthening benefits and thus helps in reducing the medical conditions. There are a variety of milk products, fruits, vegetables and Eggs that are full of nutrients, anti-oxidants and fibre.
The problem in India is we sometimes follow the western culture, without realising they have a different climate, different quality of food and entirely different lifestyle. So if you do not get a broccoli easily in India, look for a substitute instead of buying expensive broccoli from an organic store. Some vegetables and fruits are unfamiliar, costly or unavailable in the Indian markets.
The lifestyle and environment around us push us to live at the mercy of our senses. Also, the socioeconomic groups force us to eat what is easily available, cheaper and tasty. Usually, these foods are salty, sugar coated or creamy. The secret is to shortlist some superfoods and offer our body some energy.
- Fruits are rich in minerals, antioxidants, fibre and vitamins. They are a source of Vitamin A, B, C, K is loaded with calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc. It is a myth that you cannot have banana, chikoo and Mangoes as they are very sweet. Enjoy seasonal fruits and have them without thinking about their fat content. They are doing your body good and no harm.
- Lemons: An excellent source of fibre, when it is eaten whole and rich in vitamin C, B6, Iron and Potassium. Squeeze the juice into a glass of water, add a little sugar, a dash of salt and pepper. Lemon juice is also great for salad dressing.
- Beetroots: Known for its blood purifying properties, include this wonder vegetable to the everyday diet. Slice, chop or grate have it with some lemon, salt or chaat masala.
- Cabbage: Cabbage is a powerhouse offers plentiful folate and its good for brain development. It is one of the most fantastic detox diets.
- Carrots: Carrots are antioxidant rich, rich in Vitamin A and fibre. Wash, peel and eat it raw. You can also make carrot juice with some ginger.
- Spinach: Spinach is something with negligible calories. It offers iron, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, and C. It tastes amazing with a handful of almonds and walnuts. Add some lemon juice or chilli sauce for some kick.
- Mung Beans: It is superb for protein and fibre, for only 212 calories/cup. Pressure cook for 10 minutes and some seasoning and eat with chapatti or rice.
- Spices and Herbs: Turmeric and ginger are the two must haves in your prepared food. You can also add them to the blended drinks to enhance the taste. Ginger- Tulsi tea is one beverage you should try. Add mint leaves to the bottle of water and keep sipping the water.
- Tender Coconut water, if available is a great and refreshing drink. Coconut is great for hair growth, skin and the water hydrates the body.
Include all these superfoods in your diet and stay lean, healthy and fit.