We tend to think of superfood as something healthy but exotic and costly, but these items below are great examples that a healthy diet can actually be affordable.
Superfood is a trendy term today: quinoa, chia seed and the like are all very sought after for their health benefits, but few people know that sometimes a less exotic alternative just as well does the trick. The next foods, collected by Életforma, are at least as healthy as their ‘super’ relatives, and their plus side is that by buying them, you can even support some local businesses.
For its high content of L-carnitine and vitamins B12 and E, almond is an authentic ‘brain food’ that boosts your memory and cognitive skills. Besides, it helps to reduce free radicals in the body, and when consumed in the long term, it reduces the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. It is an excellent ingredient for salads, cakes, and smoothies.
It may not be as popular as pine nut, but sunflower seed is just as beneficial for blood formation, metabolism, and heart functions. It is very rich in proteins, which strengthens the bones and muscles, as well as in folic acid, which is essential for women.
Linseed is very rich in antioxidants, vitamin B, manganese and selenium – and its content of omega-3 is actually higher than that of chia seed! It is well-known for slowing down the process of arteriosclerosis. It makes an excellent ingredient for smoothies, granolas, bread and other pastries.
The ‘olive oil of the North’ is very rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as vitamins E and K. It keeps your blood sugar and cholesterol under control. You can use it for cooking just like any other type of oil, or you can simply add it as dressing to your salad.
Similarly to quinoa, buckwheat is very rich in fibres and vitamins B, C, and E. It also contains lots of manganese, copper, magnesium, and zinc. It protects your liver and keeps your cholesterol low. Finally, it is a very versatile food that makes a perfect soup stock or garnish, for example.