Superfoods although with no legal or medical definition,are known to be packed with nutrients, large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Studies have shown them to reduce chronic disease, prolong life, help in weight loss and increase overall health.
With new superfoods popping up almost on a monthly bases it is hard to keep track of what is truly a superfood and what they can do for you. With this in mind I have compiled a list of the top 10 superfoods of the moment so that you can make sure you are doing everything right to help you lose weight.
Native to the rainforests of South America the Acai berry has been linked to weight loss and anti-aging, and is most commonly eaten in an Acai bowl. Acai berries may help us not only with weight lose, but also to maintain a healthy weight. A study from the National Institutes of Aging found that pulp from the acai berry had the ability to reduce the negative effects of a high-fat diet.
2. Goji Berries
Goji berries also known as wolfberries, have long been enjoyed in China and the Himalayas for their sweet taste and bright color. They contain a lot of vitamin C, rich in plant-based antioxidants and compounds, and have been used by Chinese herbalists for centuries to treat visual ailments and poor circulation and to help boost the immune system. They are also a great source of iron and vitamin A, high in fibre and low in calories, so great for those of us watching our weight. One serving of about four ounces of goji berries even provides nearly 10 percent of the suggested amount of dietary protein. This are most commonly found dried and great to add to salads.
3. Chia Seeds
Native to Mexico, these nutrient-rich seeds, have become all the rage among superfood seekers. This tiny little seed can be easily added to almost anything and often enjoyed in smoothies, salads, oatmeal and stir fries, and are greatly loved with their nutty crunchy taste. They are known to stabilize blood sugar and fight insulin resistance which can be tied to the increase in belly fat. They also make you feel fuller faster as they contain the amino acid tryptophan which is also present in Turkey and helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.
Another high in nutrient and low in calorie super-food. Scientists have researched alginate, a substance in brown seaweed, and found that it can slow down digestion so you feel fuller for longer and make food release its energy more slowly (ie, it is low-GI, and therefore good for weight loss). Seaweed is also full of important minerals, such as bone-friendly calcium and magnesium, as well as iron, potassium, iodine, and zinc and easily incorporated into an everyday diet and best eaten as a low calorie snack.
5. Maca Powder
Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Andes, which is picked and dried into powder. Maca is most commonly used to boost energy, endurance, and libido. It’s also what’s called an adaptogen, which means that it can undo damage from fatigue and helps with regeneration and repair. Easily incorporate this into baked items, smoothies and cereal to get through, and recover from your fat burning workouts.
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is the super-food of the moment. It has a unique combination of fatty acids which have profound positive effects on health. This includes fat loss, better brain function and various other benefits. The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.
Kale is one of the healthiest and nutrient rich plant foods in existence. It is a popular vegetable, a member of the cabbage family and related to cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. It has several properties that make it a weight loss friendly food. Kale is low in calories and has a high water count which makes it low energy dense.Eating low dense foods is proven to help in weight loss. As regularly consuming foods that are low in energy density can be an effective strategy for weight management.
8. Cocoa/Cacao Powder
Cocoa/Cacao Powder has less than 15 calories per tablespoon and containing almost no fat, therefore providing a strong chocolate flavor without the guilt. I highly recommend drinking a cup of hot cacao before meals as due to cacao’s MAO inhibitors, it has been shown to reduce your appetite. By gently heating a hot cacao beverage, you will release more antioxidants and increase the appetite suppressant properties. If you find the taste of cacao too strong, add coconut milk, rice, or nut milk. Avoid dairy, as it will prevent antioxidant absorption.
Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. It has a low glycemic index, which is good for blood sugar control. Not only great for those of you on a low glycemic index diet but also those with gluten intolerance. Great served cold in a salad or to complement a warm meal.
Almonds are an incredibly popular tree nut. Despite being high in fat, they are highly nutritious and extremely healthy. Eating almonds reduces hunger, lowering your overall calorie intake as they are naturally high in both protein and fiber. They can be enjoyed in a salad, cereal, as a healthy snack, or even enjoy the powder in baked goods as a flour substitute.