In Pics: 10 Superfoods You Must Include In Your Daily Diet
Apples: The famous saying 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' hold true for this nutrition-dense fruit that has more health benefits than we can count. Apples provide essential fluids to the body and are good for the treatment of anaemia, dysentery, heart disease, headache, eye disorders and kidney stones.
Berries: Berries like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, which lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, making them the top choices of nutritionists.
Curd: This is a staple in every Indian household, but did you know that curd is full of good bacteria that helps maintain your gastrointestinal health.
Flax seeds: These are a good source of fibre, protein and omega-3. It is recommended that one should grind the flax seeds before consumption to get the most out of them. One easy way to include it in your daily diet is to take one tablespoon with yogurt and berries before going to bed.
Mixed Nuts: Nuts contain mono and polyunsaturated fats, protein, fiber, Vitamin E, zinc, potassium, magnesium and other minerals, and are highly recommended for someone trying to gain muscle or healthy weight. You can choose from any type of nuts - almonds, walnuts, cashew nuts, hazelnuts or mix them all up together.
Broccoli: Low in calories, broccoli is a good source of soluble fibre and helps in fat loss. It also valued for its high content of cancer-fighting phytochemicals.
Spinach: Known as one of the most alkaline foods, spinach not only prevents muscle and bone loss but also prevents cancer and heart diseases because of its high-nutrient profile. Squeeze some lime juice on to your spinach to fully absorb all its nutrients.
Quinoa: This gluten-free superfood is widely known as a source of complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids that the body needs.
Oats: Oats reduce cholesterol and provide you with low glycemic index carbohydrates for energy. They are also high in soluble fiber keeping you feeling full for longer. Ekta Varmani Tandon recommends a smoothie of whey and oats post workout.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes form the base of most Indian cooking but did you know that they are extremely rich in lycopene, and help prevent cancer. The lycopene in tomato paste or puree is four-times more bioavailable than in fresh tomatoes. For this reason tomato sauce, paste, juice, soup or simply tomatoes cooked in oil are preferable to fresh tomatoes.