From energy-boosting salmon to cancer-fighting leafy greens: The ‘superfoods’ that will supercharge your body over summer
- Blueberries, goji berries, chia seeds, kale and nuts are touted as ‘superfoods’
- But with so many options on the market, what’s best for your diet this season?
- Dietitian Susie Burrell reveals her superfoods that will supercharge our bodies
From energy-boosting salmon to cancer-fighting leafy greens, they are the foods touted as ‘superfoods’.
But with so many options on the market, what’s best for your diet this season?
Here, Australian dietitian Susie Burrell has revealed her top delicious superfoods that will supercharge your summer body.
From energy-boosting salmon to cancer-fighting leafy greens, they are the foods touted as ‘superfoods’ (stock image)
With great benefits of being a lean source of protein, salmon is packed full of omega-3 essential fatty acids.
In her latest blog post, Susie explained eating a serve of salmon contains your daily recommended intake of omega-3 fats.
‘Salmon is also rich in a number of key nutrients including Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12, selenium and key antioxidants known to support eye health,’ she said.
She suggests enjoying salmon lightly cooked, served with salad or vegetables two to three times a week.
Australian dietitian Susie Burrell (pictured) has revealed her top delicious superfoods that will supercharge your summer body
Eating a diet rich in leafy greens can offer many health benefits, including cancer prevention – as they’re packed full of potassium, Vitamin C, magnesium and antioxidants.
Vegetables to add to your diet can include kale, spinach, broccoli, peas, and beans.
‘Ideally we need to consume at least two serves of green leafy vegetables every single day to reap the numerous nutritional benefits,’ she said.
She suggested adding kale or spinach to your breakfast juice or smoothie or enjoy lightly steamed or stir fried broccoli.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Eating as much as two tablespoons of olive oil a day helps boost fullness and protects our cells from damage, Susie explained.
‘Olive oil has one of the highest proportions of monounsaturated fat and lowest proportion of saturated fat of all the cooking oils available,’ she said.
‘The fresher the olive oil, the higher the antioxidant content.’
She also noted that oil with ‘light’ printed on labels does not mean it’s lighter in fat or calories and spray products lack the nutrient quality of fresh oil.
‘A serve of nuts each day is associated with weight control and offers the body a number of essential nutrients including Vitamin E and the plant sources of omega-3 fats,’ Susie explained.
If you don’t have a nut allergy, nut spreads are the easiest option to get a daily recommended intake of good fats for adults and children.
She suggested enjoying the spread with bread for breakfast or crackers with vegetable sticks as a snack.
With the changing of the season comes the summer stonefruits.
With just 50 calories per serve, Susie suggested eating fruits with natural sugar such as peach, plum, nectarine or apricot.
‘Packed full of fibre, Vitamins A, C and E, stonefruit is a nutrient dense food, perfect for a sweet hit while the short stonefruit season lasts,’ she said.