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..
- 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.
- Blueberries – Outrank all other fruit for antioxidant activity
- 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!)
- Broccoli – Powerful antioxidants disarm harmful free radicals
- Walnuts – Contribute to good brain and cardiovascular function
- Avocados – my favourite food of all, rich in anti-ageing Vitamin E
- Red Kidney beans – Help fill you up, control your blood sugar levels and prevent certain cancers
- Yogurt – Excellent for the digestive track boosting ‘friendly’ bacteria
- Olive Oil – high in vitamin E, and referred to as liquid gold by Homer (not Simpson!)
- Wholewheat pasta – contains 3 x more fibre, twice as much iron and has a low GI
- Almonds – Help stave off hunger and control appetite, source of Vitamin E (the one that makes you look younger!)
- Turkey – Get this – if you’re feeling low, eat some the body converts elements in turkey to feel-good serotonin!
- Tea – It’s as good as water for keeping you hydrated, may protect against cancer AND prevent age-related memory loss!
- 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.
- Lentils – have a low GI, can help with menopausal symptoms and increases ‘friendly’ gut bacteria.
- 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
- Pumpkin seeds – Excellent for vegetarians as a good source of omega-3
- 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.
- Garlic – An antioxidant which boosts heart health and wards off stomach and colon cancer, may reduce the risk of catching a cold.
- Watercress – needed for making thyroid hormones, it contributes to keeping your energy levels steady.
- Dark chocolate – the darker the better. May help lower blood pressure and heart disease risk but show restraint 25g has 138 calories.
- 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.
- Blackberries – High levels of phenolic acids which help kill viruses and fight infection
- 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
- 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…