Superfoods are in the spotlight again – foods jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and the best bang for your buck when it comes to nutrition. As we fight the newest Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic, here is a look at the immunity-boosting, nutritious superfoods in 2020 – check it out to see how many you are including in your diet today:
This star spice has been used a lot in Asian medicine – it boasts of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants and is good for your immune system and heart.
Try: Get a full dose of this superfood by drinking a turmeric latte, complete with ginger, cinnamon and black pepper (pepper helps curcumin in turmeric to be absorbed by the body).
A superfood for a few years now, the avocado is going nowhere due to its grammability (#AvoToast) and the healthy fats it provides (it is a staple in keto diets).
Try: There’s the OG avocado toast, but you can eat it in guacamole form, or simply slice and add to a grain/salad bowl.
This strong contender is good for the heart, contains antioxidants, and may help prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Try: Make Garlic Bread, or add garlic oil to flavour creamy soups!
The red-bodied stepchild is a favourite pick for 2020 due to its antioxidant properties – beets also help improve blood circulation and maintain a clean delivery system for all your other nutrients.
Try: Cut up some luscious beets and add goat cheese, apple slices and arugula for a healthy salad.
Fermented foods like pickles, miso, kimchi, yogurt and kefir are good for your gut – they promote the growth of healthy bacteria, which help regulate metabolism and boost immunity.
Try: Add miso to your soup broths, or add kimchi to your curries for an extra boost of flavour.
Prebiotics are a type of plant fibre that lay the groundwork for probiotics and promote gut health. Good sources are asparagus, chicory and oats.
Try: Roasted asparagus goes well with polenta, mashed potatoes and balsamic vinegar.
Think peas, lentils, and beans – they are rich in protein (most vegetarian diets rely on them for protein), carbs and fiber.
Try: Lentil soups for the win! Slow-cook them french style.
Sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and sesame seeds are all good to add to your diet – they have healthy fats, vitamins, fiber, protein and minerals.
Try: Add chia seeds to your overnight oats or breakfast parfaits.
Basically the miniature version of most greens – kale and mustard greens are good examples, packed with vitamins and minerals.
Try: Get a dose by adding them to your grain bowls/salads.
Fiber, vitamins, minerals, and exceptionally photogenic for the ‘gram. Need we say more?
Try: Slice this gorgeous fruit and use it to top off your smoothie bowls. Don’t forget to take a picture!
Regardless of superfood status, adding healthy, nutrient-rich foods to our diet can go a long way in building immunity and lowering the risks of diseases. Ask your GP if you are unsure of what to eat, when. At Gogodoc, our online video consultations with qualified doctors can help you manage your nutrition and health – book a same-day appointment today! And tell us in the comments which of these superfoods you are most likely to consume 🙂
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