High in nutrients and low in calories? Just perfect! Add these eight superfoods into your salad bowl now.
Superfoods are major multi-taskers packed with high nutrients and generally low calorie counts. That’s why they make perfect (and yummy) add-ons to our regular salad bowls, especially for healthy eaters and weight watchers.
Fueled by antioxidants and essential nutrients that our body cannot produce on its own, these superfoods not only deliver multiple health benefits, they can also help keep our weight in check. Give your salad bowl some variations with these eight superfood ingredients, stat.
Acai Salad Dressing
Touted to contain more antioxidants than other berries such as blueberries, cranberries and strawberries, this restorative fruit is high in anthocyanins (that is associated to lowered cholesterol levels), dietary fibre and vitamin C — it is the perfect immunity booster. Simply sweeten up your green salad bowl with this tart-flavoured dressing.
Avocados may be high in fat, but it’s the healthy kind of fat your body needs. Loaded with vitamins (think vitamin K, C, B5, B6 and E), folate and potassium, this heart-healthy, weight loss-friendly fruit is so versatile, you can add it into almost any kinds of recipes — salad or not.
Do you know that one pomegranate delivers approximately 40 percent of the body’s daily requirements of vitamin C? With its potent antioxidant content, pomegranates combat against free radicals to keep our body and skin healthy. Its high fiber content can also fill your tummy so you don’t have to worry about unnecessary snacking. Pomegranates make great compliments to chicken and turkey salad dishes.
Remarkably rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, olive oil has been closely linked to lower risks of heart diseases and longer life expectancies. It is also a staple in the famed Mediterranean diet, equipped with nutrients and antioxidants to boost overall health. Just opt for extra virgin olive oil extracted via natural methods to maintain its nutritious purity.
While you’re at it, you can also apply olive oil topically to your hair and skin to keep them soft and moisturized.
One cup of this nutty superfood contains just about 230 calories, but its high fiber content will ensure that you stay full until your next big meal. A popular source of protein for vegetarians and vegans, lentils consist of an intensive amount of minerals and vitamins at zero fat.
How can we forget our favourite beverage of all time? You can’t add this into your salad bowl, but we recommend that you accompany your meals with a delectable cup of SkinnyMint Morning Boost Tea for the day and the SkinnyMint Night Cleanse Tea for evening time. Filled with 100% natural and organic ingredients — including a great deal of antioxidant-rich green tea content — the Morning Boost Tea is an amazing energy kickstarter to your day, while the Night Cleanse Tea is an au-naturale calming agent that keeps tummy bloating away.
Beets are high in carbohydrates, but when eaten moderately this sweet vegetable can do wonders to your body. Betaine in beets is a form of nutrient that protects the body against inflammation and diseases. Beets also adds colour to your otherwise bland salad mix for a visual feast. But of course, this crimson shade delivers phytonutrients that is closely associated with anti-cancer properties.
Dark Chocolate Sauce
Can we hear a ‘Hallelujah’? Amen to the bittersweet truth: chocolate — dark chocolate specifically — can be healthy. Dark chocolate contains little fat and sugar and it also has polyphenols, which can help combat against chronic inflammation that can lead to cardiovascular diseases. So forget the guilt and drizzle dark chocolate sauce into your salad for a totally sweet treat.
Got a superfood recommendation? Tell us in the comments below.
Health & Wellness November 10, 2015