Superfoods = Super Me…right?

Simples, I follow the chart of Superfoods given with the November issue of Good Housekeeping and after a short while I become a super human being. 100% healthy, with energy levels that put my toddlers to shame and above all witty, intelligent and beautiful. That about rounds it up right?

Well, I have been peeking through the mini book and I’m impressed, lots of recipes in there are easy, quick and sound delicious. I’ll go as far as to say I’ve even tried a few now – shame I forgot to take photos of them otherwise I’d share that with you too. I have tried the pork and sweet potato stew, the turkey Trimmed-down burgers and the sweet potato chips.

You see Andrew Flemming, the editor of this baby has it that  by following a diet of Superfoods you will boost your energy (need to do that) you will fight disease (still wary of the Swine Flu that’s troubling the nation) and you will look younger….now that is interesting… I eat = I look younger. I just have to give it a go. But I am not a greedy person and I like to share my finds with everyone so we can all benefit from this. In the season of bad health which usually reigns from November through to March we need to protect ourselves, so here I give you Andrew’s Top 25 products..

  1. Salmon - in pole position just one portion a week for a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids helping to lower blood cholesterol, blood fat levels and cut your chances of having a stroke or heart attack.
  2. Blueberries - Outrank all other fruit for antioxidant activity
  3. Oats - Help lower cholesterol and prevent blood vessels furring up, the fibre makes you feel helping to control blood sugar levels and appetite (good for diets!)
  4. Broccoli - Powerful antioxidants disarm harmful free radicals
  5. Walnuts - Contribute to good brain and cardiovascular function
  6. Avocados - my favourite food of all, rich in anti-ageing Vitamin E
  7. Red Kidney beans – Help fill you up, control your blood sugar levels and prevent certain cancers
  8. Yogurt - Excellent for the digestive track boosting ‘friendly’ bacteria
  9. Olive Oil - high in vitamin E, and referred to as liquid gold by Homer (not Simpson!)
  10. Wholewheat pasta - contains 3 x more fibre, twice as much iron and has a low GI
  11. Almonds - Help stave off hunger and control appetite, source of Vitamin E (the one that makes you look younger!)
  12. Turkey - Get this – if you’re feeling low, eat some the body converts elements in turkey to feel-good serotonin!
  13. Tea - It’s as good as water for keeping you hydrated, may protect against cancer AND prevent age-related memory loss!
  14. Oranges - The vitamin C from one orange = 100% of our daily requirement, helps make collagen for younger looking skin also contains elements protecting eyes from age-related damage.
  15. Lentils - have a low GI, can help with menopausal symptoms and increases ‘friendly’ gut bacteria.
  16. Milk - Milk drinkers can have lower blood fat levels, lower blood pressure and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, may also help with weight loss
  17. Pumpkin seeds - Excellent for vegetarians as a good source of omega-3
  18. Spinach - (Popeye!) a 3 oz portion (90g) provides 50% of your daily vitamin C and 90% of your vitamin A helps protect against age-related deterioration.
  19. Garlic - An antioxidant which boosts heart health and wards off stomach and colon cancer, may reduce the risk of catching a cold.
  20. Watercress - needed for making thyroid hormones, it contributes to keeping your energy levels steady.
  21. Dark chocolate - the darker the better. May help lower blood pressure and heart disease risk but show restraint 25g has 138 calories.
  22. Sweet potatoes - contain twice as much vitamin C and fibre as ordinary potatoes with high levels of beta-carotene warding off certain cancers and heart disease.
  23. Blackberries - High levels of phenolic acids which help kill viruses and fight infection
  24. Tomatoes - men who eat tomatoes (juice, soup, pasta sauce) at least 10 times a week reduce their risk of prostate cancer by 35%! Powerful antioxidant
  25. Eggs - For most of us two a day has little effect on heart disease risk or cholesterol levels.

So there you have it. Incorporate these foods into your weekly diet and be sure you are looking after yourself and becoming super human…just like me :) In fact here is the Turkey Burger recipe I tried which is easy, quick and delicious…

6 Comments

  1. I recently started a healthy food dinner delivery service. The food is delivered fresh every day and is healthy food in normal portions. Your list seems to completely validate what they offer up. Last wekk, for example, included portions of brown rice, sweet potato and carrot puree, steamed broccoli, whole wheat pasta with olive oil and garlic, and turkey in a million forms. Like you, I’m desperate to raise the energy level. I’ll let you know how it works out for me.

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    • Sounds marvellous and at least you know you’re getting all the right foods, you’ll be super human in a jiffy!

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  2. It’s strange that I haven’t exploded yet so full of health I am, because everything you listed above is in my menu plans for the week, lol !

    A whole bunch of comments landed in my spam ! Yours too. I don’t know why, probably Google has still a hangover from New Year !

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    • …I wonder if Google’s hangover matched mine! Ouch, not had a drop since :)

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  3. I am borderline obsessive about superfood lists so this was a fab post for me ;) It’s also reminded me to stock up on a few things as well–walnuts and sweet potatoes for a start. thanks for this!

    PS As if you need to look any younger.

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    • Maybe not look younger but maintain what I’ve got for as long as possible ;)
      I am really loving sweet potatoes recently too

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