Burn fats, boost your mood and improve your diet with superfoods
Thursday 09 August 2012
News on the street is that you can get slimmer, feel healthier and be happier just by eating the right things. Sound far too easy? Why not give it a go with our guide to the best superfoods and tips on how to incorporate them into your diet.
Want to aid weight loss? Then stick a few of these delicious dishes into your diet to supercharge your fat burn.
These little things are packed full of protein, fibre and a magic ingredient molybdenum – which helps convert carbs into energy.
Closer serving suggestion: a yummy lentil soup!
Rich in iron and protein, chickpeas help keep blood fat and blood sugar level whilst also keeping your digestive system working.
Closer serving suggestion: tasty pot of houmous or tossed in a salad.
Limes have been found to inhibit the liver’s ability to build cholesterol, which can clog your heart.
Closer serving suggestion: squeeze a couple of limes into some soda water for a delicious yet low calorie drink.
Delicious, nutritious and versatile – eggs will fill you up as they’re packed with protein and appetite quenching vitamins.
Closer serving suggestion: poached eggs on rye bread with a sprig of asparagus!
Keep mood swings in check by making these additions.
What’s that you say? Stodgy, carb filled potatoes can be good for us? Just one spud gives you more than half of your daily vitamin B6 - which you need to produce serotonin (the happy chemical).
Closer serving suggestion: heat in the microwave and cover with cottage cheese or low fat margarine
Just 100g of prawns provide you with all the tryptophan (amino acid which helps produce serotonin) you need for your RDA, what better reason to tuck into a prawn cocktail!
Closer serving suggestion: throw some prawns, green beans, pak choi and other delicious things into a wok and stir fry!
A surprise addition to the list – but this poultry product also contains tryptophan, perfect for boosting your mood.
Closer serving suggestion: Turkey roast anyone?
90g of these grains give you your entire RDA of manganese, which helps regulate mood. So no more snapping at the boyfriend!
Closer serving suggestion: Boil and have as a side with curried chicken or veg.
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Ginger has long been used to help with digestive issues, and is also an anti-inflammatory.
Closer serving suggestion: have some ginger tea!
Capsaicin, the compound that gives chilli it’s taste, boosts antibody-producing cells, meaning our bodies can fight infection more easily.
Closer serving suggestion: tasty chilli con carne
Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant – there isn’t much garlic can’t do. Top tip is to leave the chopped cloves to sit for 15 mins to allow compounds to form.
Closer serving suggestion: sprinkle some garlic on bruschetta for home made garlic bread
This rosy little fruit can help fight free radicals which attack white blood cells (vital for fighting disease).
Closer serving suggestion: Salad tricolore
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