By Chantal Dalabona
In our quest to find the next big thing or the latest new and improved trending superfood on the market, super nutritious foods that have been around for centuries sometimes take a back seat.
We’re changing this trend by bringing some of these foods back into the spotlight. Including more of these time-tested, extraordinary, and energising foods in your diet will boost your body and your health!
Here are 5 of my favourite simple nutrient-dense and nourishing foods, which you can immediately incorporate into your day.
This powerhouse food is packed with many of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to thrive.
The combination of micronutrients in spinach boosts immunity, supports bone and heart health, and promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails.
The fibre content in these nutritious leafy greens also aids digestion. If the flavour does not appeal all that much to you, you can easily mask the taste in a smoothie.
Celery is made up of about 95% water and is full of fibre. Celery also tends to retain most of its antioxidants when steamed, so incorporating this crunchy vegetable into your cooking is favourable as well.
On the other hand, if you have access to a juicer, starting the day with 500ml of celery juice offers benefits for acid reflux, inflammation, and dehydration. What’s not to love about that?
Are you after that radiant glow? Carrots are not only linked to lowered cholesterol and improved eye health, but also promote healthy hair, skin and nails.
Their crunch adds texture to salads, flavour to cooked food, and sweetness to juices. Carrots also have a high fibre content, so they aid digestion and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
This cruciferous vegetable in another nutrient-rich food that is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-ageing properties. Broccoli also boosts immunity and can support heart health. This vegetable is also packed with fibre to keep things moving.
It also makes a delicious side dish when paired with protein, or adds a flavourful addition to a stew, pasta, or soup.
This fruit is high in fat, but don’t let that scare you. Its fatty acid content can help enhance nutrient absorption in the body, and reduce inflammation.
Its versatility also makes it a food ingredient that can be eaten savory or sweet – add it to smoothies for extra creaminess, toss it in salads, or simply mash it over toast.
This contribution was created in partnership with FITposium, an annual educational and inspirational seminar focused on success in the fitness modelling and entrepreneurial industry. Held in Arizona in the US, this workshop features a variety of sessions to prepare fitness talents with everything they need to know to enter the market and succeed. For more info about FITposium, visit fitposium.com.
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.