Super Convenient Superfoods
If you are reading this, it probably means that you are a busy person but you want to eat healthily. We get that. Eating healthy as a Singaporean is challenging. We are going to try to make it easier by recommending convenient, highly nutritious food for you.
The following food that we are recommending are superfoods. Only food with high nutrient value and significant health benefits can be labelled as superfoods. Some could even reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases! Of course, these are not miracle food. You will still need to eat other food to give you a balanced diet. Nonetheless, they offer important nutrient that can power-pack your meals and snacks, and bring you closer to achieving a healthy diet!
Green tea is one of the most convenient, high-nutrient drinks. It is rich in antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds. Both of which have strong anti-inflammatory effects. In particular, many researches have suggested that the antioxidant provides protection against several chronic diseases. Heart disease, diabetes and cancer are a few to be named! This is the reason why green tea has such strong appeal amongst health fanatics.
You can find green tea readily available at any supermarket, and at an affordable cost. Green tea is also very versatile. You can drink it hot, cold, with fruits (perhaps another superfood?) or honey. You can never get bored of it!
Wine and Grapes
Wine and grapes are particularly good for the heart. It contains resveratrol which has cardioprotective ability. Research has suggested that this component can help to reduce risk of heart diseases, protect damage to blood vessels, and reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol.
For all you wine-lovers out there, this is not a signal for you to drink more. American Heart Association recommends everyone to limit alcoholic beverage to 2 drinks/day for men, and 1 drink/day for women. Try sticking to that. Also, higher levels of resveratrol are found within the skin of red grapes. Eating red grapes as snacks would be a better option.
Image taken from China Sichuan Food
Kelp made it to this list because of its significantly high mineral content. It provides notable amounts of iron, calcium, manganese, copper and many other nutrients. What makes kelp popular is its ability to make you feel less tired. It is one of the best food sources of iodine -- a component needed for optimal thyroid function and metabolism. Together with the vitamin B inside kelp, it helps you to maintain a healthy metabolism and raise your body energy. Great for busy people like you!
Kelps are delicious and healthy snacks to have. You can turn them up into Japanese or Sichuan salad, and refrigerate them to eat later. When you are free and feeling adventurous, you can even turn kelp into noodles. Its thickness and crunchy texture make it a suitable substitute for the usual noodle.
There so many soy products that it’s impossible not to include this superfood into the list. A few products to name are soy milk, tofu, soybean paste, and edamame. Yes, edamame and soybean are from the same plant (we were shocked when we first learn of it too!). Edamame is just harvested at an earlier stage.
Soy has a high concentration of isoflavones. Researches have suggested that it helps to reduce the amount of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) in the blood, reduce bone loss and increase bone mineral density during menopause. Some other studies have also shown that soy may prevent age-related memory loss. All in all, this seems to be a superfood tailored for older ladies.
The most powerful thing about soy is that it is so easy to incorporate it into your diet. You simply need to make a conscious effort to choose soy over other food. Pick edamame over chips, soy drink over chocolate drink, tofu over fatty meat, and it goes on.
Yes, everyone’s favourite vegetable! At least, most of us don’t shy away from this superfood.
Loaded with fibre, protein, iron, vitamin K, calcium, as well as 8 other beneficial nutrients, broccoli is found to be good for the heart, eyes and bones. It reduced the risk of cardiovascular diseases, age-related eye disorders, prostate cancer, and can potentially increase bone density.
The best way to take in all these good nutrients is to steam your broccoli. What we like to do, is to steam broccoli, store it in a vacuum sealed container, and refrigerate. You can then eat it as a side dish, snack or add them to your salad. This way you can cook when you are free, and finish them over the next few days.
Unfortunately, we can’t cover all superfoods. There are so many of them! But here are some other convenient superfoods that you can consider adding into your diet:
1. Acai – Great replacement for ice cream. You can buy ready-to-eat frozen acai from shops, such as Acai project, or retailers like Lazada or iHerb.
2. Berries – Most berries are rich in antioxidants. You can easily buy them from any supermarket, and have them as healthy snacks or add them to your cereals or yogurt.
3. Yogurt – A good source of probiotics!
4. Tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes. Wash then. Snack on them.
We hope this article has given you more ideas on how you can make healthy eating possible. For more articles on healthy and beautiful living, sign up to our newsletter and subscribe to us. Do keep a look out for our food and drinks site as well. We would occasionally bring in new super food which can be redeemed at $0!