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7 superfoods to try out this summer!

July 5, 2017

When most people hear the word ‘superfoods’ they automatically think of boring, plain seeds and dietary foods. But have no fear; here are 7 superfoods that are not only delicious, but guilt-free and beneficial too. So have a try of something new this summer!

Salmon

Salmon is available year-round and is great for your body due to its omega-3 benefits. It is not only delicious but it also contains Potassium and antioxidants. Potassium helps control blood pressure and reduces the risk of a stroke, whilst antioxidants protect the body from internal damage caused by destructive molecules called ‘free radicals’. These harmful molecules can cause blood diseases or even cancer.

Salmon is easy to cook with as you can eat it both raw and cooked. From sushi, grilled salmon and steamed salmon, the possibilities are endless! Poke bowls are a food new trend sweeping the nation, filled with rice, an assortment of vegetables, and a zingy sauce. Here is a super simple salmon poke bowl recipe for you to try out yourself.

Ingredients:

Poke:

  • Fresh salmon (skin off and diced)- 1
  • Soy sauce- ¼ cup
  • Rice wine vinegar- 1 tablespoon
  • sesame oil- 1 tablespoon
  • Grated ginger- 1 teaspoon
  • Minced garlic- ½ teaspoon
  • Spring onions (thinly sliced)- 2

Rice bowl:

  • Cooked brown/white rice- 1 bowl
  • Cucumber- 1
  • Avocado- 1
  • Carrot- 1
  • Black sesame seeds- 1 tablespoon

Method:

  1. In a bowl, combine all poke ingredients and leave to marinate for 30 minutes in a refrigerator.
  2. While the mixture marinates, thinly slice the cucumber, avocado, and grate the carrot.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, pour in your cooked rice; then place the salmon to one side. Place the cucumber, avocado and carrots beside the salmon and sprinkle over with the black sesame seeds.

Blueberries

Blueberries are an incredibly versatile fruit that you can use in smoothies, cereals, and even desserts. Not only are they enjoyable to eat, but they are also one of the highest antioxidant foods in the world. Filled with Vitamin K and Vitamin C, blueberries reduce aging and boost brain power. Imagine that, eating a delicious breakfast including blueberries and staying young at the same time!

Fun fact:  Blueberry extract is often used in skin care products and can be used as a remedy for acne!

Blueberries can be enjoyed by themselves or are a great addition to a smoothie, pancakes, cereal bowl, pies and crumbles! So why not try some this summer?

Avocado

Famously known for its part in making guacamole, avocados are filled with nutrients and vitamins. Including Vitamin K, C, B5, B6, and E, avocado’s reduce the risks of a heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.

Fun fact: Did you know avocados are classed as fruit?!

Here’s a quick recipe for some guacamole that you can enjoy with pitta bread or nachos!

Ingredients:

  • Avocado- 2
  • Small onion (finely chopped)- 1
  • Tomato (finely chopped)- 1
  • Lime- 1
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Mash the avocado and onions together, and then mix in the chopped tomatoes.
  2. Squeeze the lime juice into your guacamole and add salt and pepper to taste.

Edamame

Edamame is a popular Japanese side dish packed with power. From a stronger immune system, to improved lung function in asthma patients, edamame is a great source of fibre and protein for the human body.

Simply sprinkle some salt, garlic powder, and chilli flakes over some boiled edamame for a tasty snack.

Chia seeds

I’m sure you have opened your Instagram feed to photos of fancy smoothies and parfaits and wondered what all the fuss was about. Well, chia seeds are often used in the making of the drinks and there is a lot to fuss about!

Chia seeds contain a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories, and can be eaten in various ways. When eaten dry, Chia can taste like poppy seeds as they are hard and crunchy. However, when soaked, the seeds become plump with a sweet taste.

So next time you make yourself a smoothie, why not pour a handful of chia seeds?

Seaweed

When you think of seaweed what comes to mind first? The beach? The annoying green stuff that sticks to your feet when you walk into the ocean? Well, you’re not wrong… kind of.

Seaweed is an excellent source of zinc, iron, magnesium and iodine. So it makes your teeth, blood, hair and muscles stronger!

Many complex Chinese and Japanese dishes regularly include seaweed. However, it is easily available at many supermarkets. Simply sprinkle some over your meal or mix into your salad for a little twist.

If you’re feeling adventurous why not have a sushi making class at home!

Acai berries

Pronounced “AH-SIGH-EE” these berries have a similar appearance to blueberries, with just as many benefits.

From healthy weight loss to healthier skin, these berries are filled with antioxidants and fibre. Because of this, the berries are often sold at supermarkets and health stores. So why not pop in and give some a try?

Sania RiazView all posts

Sania is a copywriter for The Leisure Lounge. Constantly baking, writing stories, eating out, and watching movies.