We hear a lot about the amazing benefits of superfoods, but what exactly is a superfood and how do they fit into the Jenny Craig program? We have you covered with the truth behind the current superfood trend and the best way to get the most out of your diet.
What is a superfood and what are their health benefits? The term ‘superfood’ is often used to refer to foods that are high in nutrients, and antioxidants. However, there is no set criteria for what a ‘superfood’ really is, and it is often used as a marketing tool for selling exotic fruits and expensive powders. These exotic foods/powders are often touted as having amazing weight loss or cancer fighting properties, however these claims are usually related to components within the foods, such as antioxidants, rather than the food products themselves. Additionally, many common fruits and vegetables contain similar, if not higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, so why not save yourself some money by including plenty of inexpensive everyday foods that are a fraction of the cost.
What are some super foods to include in your diet?
Berries – this includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. In fact, all berries are fantastic to include in your diet as they are a great source of fibre and are packed with antioxidants. Goji and acai berries are often promoted as ‘superfoods’, but the truth is that ALL berries are good for your health. Not only that, they’re a great snack and can also boost the nutrition of smoothies and cereals.
Cruciferous vegetables – this includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and bok choy. Cruciferous veggies are packed with fibre, vitamin C, E and K, folate and specific sulfur-containing chemicals called glucosinolates. Studies have found that glucosinolates may have anti-cancer benefits. Best of all, foods like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are inexpensive when in season and are often available all year round!
Tea – this includes black, white and green tea. Tea is a great drink to help you relax and keep you hydrated. It’s also rich in heart protective antioxidants known as flavonoids!
Yoghurt – Natural, Greek, plain and flavoured fat free yoghurts are all suitable on the Jenny Craig program. Yoghurt is a fermented milk product that is high in protein, calcium, vitamins, minerals and probiotics. Probiotics are a type of good bacteria that are beneficial in promoting a healthy gut.
Should I be eating superfoods? It’s perfectly OK to include foods like goji or acai berries in your diet, but you can get just as many nutrients from the above foods found in the supermarket and they’re just as good for you. If you’re looking for the most nutrient dense foods, choose seasonal fruits and veggies and include a variety of different colours to ensure you’re getting an assortment of vitamins and minerals. If you’re eating a balanced diet that includes foods from all the food groups, you don’t need to worry about adding any expensive powders that have travelled halfway across the world.
So enjoy a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and veggies to ensure your diet is supercharged with plenty of essential nutrients and antioxidants!start your journey now