What is a power food? We’d define a power food as a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. In other words, they’re a quick and easy way to boost the nutritional value of your daily diet providing you with all the health-boosting benefits that come with them. Below you’ll find our top power foods that you can start adding to your nutrition regime for an instant nutrition boost.
Flaxseed has become increasingly popular in the health conscious individual’s food cupboard recently and for good measure. Not only is flaxseed rich in essential vitamins and minerals but it also packs a punch in fibre. Flaxseed has also been linked to reductions in blood pressure, depression, cholesterol and skin cancer.
Its versatility means it can be used in a number of ways to suit your individual preferences. Chuck them into your morning smoothie or cook them and add them to your meals.
Nuts! Whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying that they’re one of the best power foods available. High in essential nutrients, fibre, protein, minerals, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, it’s clear as to why the list of health benefits of nuts have long been recognised. Some of these benefits include the maintenance of a healthy heart, protection from Alzheimer’s, improved cognitive function and reduced risk of cancer and diabetes to name but a few. You get the idea, nuts are good for you.
Either enjoy them or their own or if you’re not the biggest nut fan (like us), nuts and nut butters can be used to create delicious home-made smoothies and protein shakes.
If you read any article about health-boosting foods, berries are sure to feature on the list. Not only are berries delicious but their nutritional content puts them up their with some of the healthiest foods on the planet! If someone offered you a pill that promised better weight management, prevention and protections against diseases and better well-being, you’d take it, right? Fortunately, you can get all the same benefits in the form of juicy, sweet and delicious berry!
Berries are extremely versatile and can be incorporated into your diet in a multitude of ways. Eat them on their own, sprinkle them on Greek yogurt, blend them into your shakes or serve them with your morning porridge. On a budget? Opt for frozen berries instead. They’re a great alternative to fresh, are cheaper and will last as long as you need them! In fact, frozen berries have become such a stable choice in our nutrition that our freezer is always crammed with the things!
How would any power food list be complete without coconut oil? Coconut has some under the spotlight in recent years for the extensive list of health benefits it offers with some even hailing it as the healthiest food on the planet! We needn’t give you the low-down on coconut oil as we’ve already written about all of the amazing health benefits.
Use it to cook with, put it in your morning coffee or throw it into your shakes. Just make sure you monitor how much you’re consuming and keep log of the calories. There’s absolutely no doubt that coconut oil is one of the singular best additions to a diet, when it’s controlled and used in moderation!
If you want to get fishy, salmon is the way forward. The heart-friendly fish is packs a powerhouse serving of protein, alongside a dose of healthy fatty acids which has consistently been linked to reductions in the onset of cardiovascular disease. Just the protein content alone makes salmon one of the top contenders for healthiest power foods due to the role it plays in the maintenance and development in lean muscle tissue which can help keep your body strong and lean.