Top 5 Power Foods – You Should Eat Every Single Day!: While the market is flooded with options of varied foreign super foods like Kale, Quinoa and Goji berries, its time we take a closer look into our own kitchens and discover some amazing food options that make the most nutrient dense meals. The bonus is that these are easily available in local markets and are inexpensive too, making these food options very realistic and easy to be consumed daily!
Listed below are 5 foods that I call ‘POWER FOODS’ because they are loaded with nutrients and make the best power packed meals.
With a right balanced diet and an hour of exercise daily, these foods also aid weight loss. Include these foods in your daily diets to ensure that along with the macro nutrient (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) needs of your bodies, the micro nutrient (vitamins and minerals) needs are also met!
- LEMON- THE NATURAL DETOXIFIER!
Lemon is rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, copper and iron to name a few, making it a natural vitamin dense fruit.
The Antioxidants found in vitamin c help fight damage caused by free radicals.
Also, due to the presence of flavonoids, the many anti oxidants have cancer-fighting properties.
It also prevents diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever and indigestion. It improves hair, skin and teeth and also acts as a cleansing agent as it purifies the blood and also flushes out toxins.
The most important benefit however is that it stimulates the production of white blood cells and makes the immune system stronger.
Lemon juice contains acids that help the body get more nutrients from the foods consumed as these acids aid slow nutrient absorption and also keep insulin levels steady.
Also, lemons contain pectin (a fiber found in fruits) that helps you feeling full for longer. This feeling of satiety in turn makes you consume lesser food and hence lemon helps shed off those kilos!
POWER COMBINATION– lemon water, lemon added to herbal tea, lemon consumed with green vegetable sabzi – eg- squeeze lime on palak sabzi before consuming (aids in iron absorption).