Are you eating these Super Foods? No. 3 is my favourite

The Honest List of Healthy Foods

No Fads, No Gimmicks, Just Natural Nutritional Benefits

It’s important for every personal trainer to keep on top of their own nutrition as well as anyone they are training. As a result, you may find yourself spending what feels like a lifetime reading labels, following food blogs and getting confused about what’s good and what’s not. Every week a new diet comes out and a new product claims to have revolutionised the food industry. I know you guys won’t fall for that, so let’s look at 6 foods that quite simply offer great nutritional benefits and should be utilized in any balanced diet.

Almonds

Almonds, along with many other nuts (walnuts, peanuts, pecans, cashews, etc) are loaded with healthy fats that help reduce your risk of heart disease.

Almonds specifically are also full of nutrients like biotin, phosphorus, vitamin E, and fibre. They also make you feel fuller so can reduce your need to snack, making them a perfect food for anyone wanting to decrease their calorie intake.

No preparation is needed, just buy a big bag and keep them at your desk, in your room, around the house, and you’ll find it easy to replace that chocolate bar with a very healthy snack.

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Potatoes

Don’t let sweet potatoes take all the credit. The standard potato is still a great food for your plate. Potatoes are a great source of vitamin B6 (which offers tons of health benefits, including boosting your brain and nervous system health), and a fairly good source of vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fibre.

Potatoes can be included in very easy meals too. The classic student ‘baked potato and beans’ is actually full of nutritional benefits (who knew students could be so clever!) A cheap and healthy meal! 

Oats (a personal favourite!)

Oats are an amazing food and should be included in your diet in some way or another. I personally like the taste but if you don’t then just add some fruit and you’re on to a winner.

Need more persuading? Well, oats also help lower bad cholesterol, strengthen your immune system, and aid healthy digestion.

Kale

When your mum told you to ‘eat your greens,’ she was right. Any natural food bright in colour is bound to be full of nutrients. Broccoli has traditional taken most the glory as a superfood in the leafy green category but is Kale the true king of this group?

Kale is bursting with vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K1, and a number of healthy minerals, so it really does dominate when it comes to health benefits.

You can add it to pretty much any meal, perhaps add a little kale salad to accompany your meal and your body will be full of those nutrients.

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Blueberries

The first (and only) fruit on this list. Blueberries are hard to beat when looking at that fruit bowl.

Antioxidants come in multiple types, and not only do blueberries have high amounts of these powerful compounds, they also have multiple types of antioxidants. The health benefits of these substances are amazing, from improving memory to lowering blood pressure to even, in some animal studies, possibly fighting cancer.

Blueberries have been associated with being a super food for many years now and it’s hard to argue against it.

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Garlic

Not only does garlic help defeat vampires, garlic is great at defeating viruses and strengthening your immune system and general health. Garlic has been shown to reduce lung cancer risk, reduce risk of osteoarthritis, reduce blood pressure, and help fight multiple types of cancer.

Garlic is full of Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium, and fibre. You can also find decent amounts of Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Vitamin B1. Garlic also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients. In fact, it contains a little bit of almost everything we need.

Let’s not forget, garlic is delicious too and can be used to enhance the flavour of a meal. 

If those heavy gym sessions are making you feel a bit drained and tired, get your dose of garlic to make sure your immune system is strong and healthy.

So there you have it, no miracle pills or crazy diets, just simple organic foods that help you get healthier. Let us know your favourite super-foods in the comments section. 

Rob Turp

3 Responses to “Are you eating these Super Foods? No. 3 is my favourite

  • Matthew Glenhall
    3 years ago

    Great article, I think kale should be used more in recipes-such a healthy food.

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