Are we very short of superfoods in our world? Many times we feel that there are very few superfoods available for us. This is because we don’t explore our mind in searching options and only limit it to what we heard in news. Till now, broccoli, spinach, and kale are the only superfoods for us. But you don’t think that most times we get so low of intellectuality that we don’t notice some wonderful alternative superfoods.
While I started writing this article, I was quite hesitant to start this list of alternative superfoods with sardines. This is because I was knowing that most of my readers will skip to some other page, maybe because they are pure veggies or maybe they hate fishes. But the fact remains still that sardines are one among the most powerful superfoods.
For those who are not aware of sardines, it is a fish that feeds only plankton and are a rich source of protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D and various essential minerals. Those who hate seafood due to the high quantity of metal, the good news is that sardines don’t contain metals and they are clean to eat. Also, these fishes are easily available at grocery stores at affordable price.
There was a myth related to eggs that they are bad food to start off our day. It was even told that eggs contain high cholesterol that is bad for the heart and therefore it is better to replace them with cereals. Due to this many Americans switched from eggs to cereals but at last, found no good results. Later in 2013, it was disclosed in a report that eggs do not produce bad cholesterol rather they raise good cholesterol and don’t cause any heart problem.
Eggs are a good source of zeaxanthin and lutein, two most important antioxidants essential for our body. These antioxidants are found good for our eyes. Along with these antioxidants, it is also loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, selenium, phosphorous and proteins.
Now, lets hit the dream superfood for vegans, Lentils. It is a powerful source of essential fibers and proteins but most of us totally ignore it just because we are not sure, how to make use of lentils. Lentils are known to enhance our gut flora health that relatively helps in improving our cognitive health. It is also useful in lowering the risk of colon cancer. But the most important quality of lentils is that they easily available and cheap.
Once the most wonderful vegetable for our dinner, cauliflower, is not just remained the showpiece in grocery store shelf. And ignoring its importance to our health, we just pass it thinking, next time. But very few of us know that cauliflower is the best alternative for potatoes in mashed potatoes. This superfood is very useful in lowering the carbohydrate and increasing the fiber intake. If you are a pizza lover then you will love to know that cauliflower can also use to prepare crust of the pizza.
Do you know how sailors live on ships for months preventing scurvy? Because they eat sauerkraut, an amazing favorite superfood of sailors. It is a rich source of vitamin C and probiotics. We spend dollars on probiotic supplements unknown that sauerkraut can provide that naturally. Add sauerkraut to meat or salad and feel the amazing taste along with various health benefits.
I always carry with me a small bag filled with pumpkin seeds. Do you know why? Because whenever I feel hungry, instead of eating carb foods I just take a handful of seeds. Fiber, iron, zinc, omega 3 and what not! Pumpkin seeds are loaded with all essential minerals and that’s why they are my favorite alternative superfoods on the list.