In a world filled with an abundance of choices, the quest for optimal health and well-being has led many to uncover the extraordinary power of superfoods. While the term ‘superfoods’ may not be recognised as a scientific term, they do refer to certain foods that pack an immense amount of nutrition as compared to others. And these remarkable edibles have captured the attention of health enthusiasts and nutrition experts alike. From vibrant berries bursting with antioxidants to ancient grains teeming with protein, these superfoods hold the promise of nourishment and vigour With a hustling lifestyle that many of us live, it is imperative to heed the call of these nutritional powerhouses and weave them into our daily diet.
Take a look at five superfoods that you have known all your life and still missed out on.
Amaranth A sustaining pseudo-grain that has been cultivated in India for centuries, amaranth is packed with essential nutrients like protein, fibre, iron and calcium. A plus point about this superfood is that it is gluten-free and can be cooked as a grain substitute or added to soups, stews and porridges. Try out this healthy thalipeeth, made with the goodness of amaranth flour (also known as rajgira flour).
Moringa Moringa, also known as the "drumstick tree," is a nourishing superfood rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Moringa leaves can be consumed fresh, dried, or in powdered form. They are often used in soups, stews, or even as a supplement in smoothies and juices. Incorporate the goodness of moringa with this Gujarati-style drumstick and potato vegetable.
Walnuts While we have always been advised to eat walnuts every time we spot a plate of it on the table, this brain-shaped nut is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health and brain function. Dense with other vital nutrients, walnuts can be eaten as a snack, added to salads, or incorporated into baked goods. Honestly, it’s the easiest way to enrich your body with the vitamins and minerals it requires. Replenish your body with this cooling and refreshing banana walnut recipe.
Berries The next time you are offered any berries, or any fruit that ends with the term ‘berry’, do yourself a favour and just gobble it up. Fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries are considered nutritional powerhouses. They are low in calories and packed with antioxidants that have been associated with numerous health benefits, such as supporting brain health and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Enjoy them as is or satisfy you sweet tooth with this delicious mixed fruit puli balls.
Indian Gooseberry (Amla) The wise and old have preached the benefits of amla for as long as we can remember. With mentions of it in the Unani and Ayurvedic systems of medicine, amla is a potent source of vitamin C and antioxidants. It supports immune function, aids digestion and promotes healthy skin and hair. Amla can be consumed fresh as a juice, or as a powdered supplement. It is also used in pickles and chutneys that can help elevate not only your health, but also your meals. Elevate your normal lunch and dinner with a little help lent by this sweet, sour and tangy amla pickle.
Who knew that the foods sitting in your refrigerator were not only nutritious, as your mother would hound you everytime you picked them off your plate, but also considered as superfoods? But now that we know, I guess we could make the extra effort of nutrifying ourselves with these easily available products.
Natasha Kittur is an aspiring writer. Her love for anything with cheese and spice is profound, but a white sauce pasta always tops her list. In her free time you will catch her reading or watching crime books and shows or go on and on about psychological experiments and theories. She aims to write a book in the fictional genre someday.