I am not a big fan of the term “Super Food”. In my opinion it is a marketing gimmick designed to sell fad products and pass certain foods off as a magical cure all.
I also don’t subscribe to a particularly strict diet per se (like vegan, paleo, etc.) as I just don’t think that sort of dogmatic approach to food is sustainable, nor is it very fun! I’m an ‘everything in moderation’ type of girl, but there are a few staple foods that I like to keep part of my everyday habits. These foods are accessible and easy to incorporate and you don’t need to spend lots of cash to make them part of your daily life.
So versatile and so good for you, the humble oat is one of my favourites. Whether it’s porridge, home made muesli, added to smoothies, baked goods or blitzed up into a fine powder for a flour substitute, I find that I use oats all the time. They are an excellent source of soluble fibre and have been scientifically shown to aide in the reduction of blood cholesterol, thus reducing risk of cardiovascular disease. Oats for the win!
Blueberries and strawberries are my favourites. I like to buy them when they are in season and freeze them for use in baking or smoothies. They are little powerhouses of Vitamin C and a good source of fibre, helping keeping the gut and bowel healthy.
- Green Vegies.
Broccoli, spinach, silverbeet etc. Think green and think leafy! They contain great fibre and are excellent for helping maintain healthy colonies of good gut bacteria and lowering the risk of bowel cancer. They are so easy to throw into a stir-fry, casserole or quiche for an easy, healthy dinner.
I love to use nuts in baking and on their own they are a handy snack on the go, particularly in the afternoon when you hit the dreaded 3pm slump. Nuts are a great source of ‘good fats’, fibre and other essential minerals. For example, almonds are rich in magnesium, which can aide in sleep. So reach for the almonds after dinner instead of the block of chocolate! (Check out my ‘chocolate nuts’ recipe for an excellent, healthy way to liven them up!)
I love a legume! (I must get that made into a t-shirt)! Chickpeas for homemade hummus are the best, and I often add lentils to my casseroles and curries. They are low GI, so they make you feel fuller for longer, and they also provide excellent fibre for a healthy gut. It is so important to keep your tummy healthy by feeding it food that makes the protective good bacteria thrive, and legumes are a satisfying way to do this.
So it’s nothing fancy or particularly exotic, but that’s the way I roll. I try to eat sensibly and feed my family simple healthy food. We still love the odd treat, but it’s important to remember that it’s your daily habits that shape you, not the things you do occasionally.
There’s no magic food or magic diet. There is no ‘Super Food’. Sorry to burst the bubble, but it was time to call bullshit.