What the heck is a Superfood??
There is actually no technical nor legal definition for the term “Superfood” and it is neither commonly used by dietitians and nutrition scientists. However, it seems the word is typically associated with foods that offer multiple benefits for the body without a high amount of fat (especially saturated fats) and calories accompanying them.
Some of the great stuff that Superfoods contain and that are good for you would usually be:
- A high amount of fiber
- A high protein content
- They are nutritious, but as mentioned above, without containing a lot of fat or calories (measured by ANDI)
Of course, not all Superfoods contain all of the above in equal measures, but while some for example would contain more protein, others would be richer in fiber. However, what they probably all have in common, is that adding them to your daily diet, should have a positive effect on you. I have researched and summarized the information from various websites, and while some websites say that not all research about the various “Superfoods” are concise, I tried to pick some of the most named and recommended foods and made them part of this blog and my recipes.
Many of those superfood lists contain common food choices whose nutritional values have actually recognized for a very long time already, for example
- Nuts and seeds in general (e.g. peanuts)
- Dark green vegetables (e.g. kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts and Broccoli)
- Citrus fruits (e.g. oranges)
- Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines
- Vegetables with bright or intense colors (e.g. beets, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and certain wild mushrooms)
- Raw cocoa
- Whole grains (e.g. Quinoa, Millet, etc.)
Especially the last group, the whole grains, has been a super exciting discovery for me – as they are such an amazing alternatives to the commonly known sides such as rice or pasta. These whole grains are more filling as the common sides and they are very often gluten free and also contain more protein and all the good dietary fiber, which I feel are really beneficial for your daily diet.
As in everything, I don’t think, any of the foods should be consumed in extreme amounts, but the idea is to include a wide choice of them in your daily meals. The idea of this blog is to show you some new, tasty and fun ways how to do it. Hopefully you will enjoy reading and trying them as much I did creating and tasting them! 😉
Please also click on the different sub-pages to find out more about the individual Superfoods.