7 Superfoods you need in 2020
What better time is there to reflect and start making healthy changes than when entering a new decade? Well, 2020 is here and now’s the time to add some super nutritious foods to the family diet. Whether you’re offering them up in their pure form, or disguised in smoothies, treats or teas, here are 7 superfoods you need in 2020.
1. Greek yoghurt
First up on this list of 2020 superfoods is Greek yoghurt. Not only delicious, but it’s also high in protein and full of good bacteria. If you’re wondering how to strengthen teeth, adding Greek yoghurt to your diet can do the trick. That’s because it’s high in calcium, which supports healthy teeth and bones – perfect for children.
It’s also full of active cultures that can help slow the growth of cavity-causing bacteria, and balance acid levels in the mouth. Want to know more about how to strengthen teeth? Well, you can when you read here.
It’s hard to read about any of the best superfoods in the world without blueberries popping up. They are so good for so many aspects of health, including blood pressure, bone health and even diabetes prevention.
Packed full of antioxidants, blueberries can play a key role in preventing a number of serious illnesses and diseases too. Blueberries are naturally sweet as well, so getting the kids to eat them shouldn’t be too much trouble.
Whilst chewing on a bit of root or swallowing a spoonful of turmeric root wouldn’t be that pleasant, there are other ways to get this superfood on board. And considering its ability to help fight inflammation in the body, it’s certainly one to try.
Added to curries, drunk as a tea or whizzed up in a smoothie, the orangey-yellow glow of turmeric is really good for everyone.
Another regular on any list of top superfoods, kale is a leafy green that’s absolutely packed with vitamins and minerals. In particular vitamins K, A and C – a cup of raw kale actually contains more vitamin C than in an orange!
Strong bones, immune system, eye health… you name it, kale probably supports it.
5. Jerusalem artichoke
Jerusalem artichokes provide a rich source of inulin. This prebiotic increases the production of good bacteria in the gut, which (unsurprisingly) provides great support for overall gut health and in preventing certain conditions.
In addition to providing a multitude of health benefits artichokes are also tasty, and make great pizza toppings.
Nuts and seeds provide a good hit of all manner of nutrients, and right up at the top of the list are almonds.
They provide a rich source of fibre, protein, magnesium and vitamin E, and are particularly good at helping to reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
7. Cacao nibs
The small pieces of crushed cacao beans have high levels of antioxidants, as well as an appealing flavour. Sell cacao nibs the right way and the whole family will get on board, especially the kids.
Pop them in a hot chocolate or bake them in a granola bar… there are so many options and ways of getting them into little ones’ diets.
Whether you introduce them all together or little by little over time, these superfoods can really help you keep your family healthy at the start of the new decade. And, if you’re clever about it, your little ones will love them too!
February 7 at 2:10 pm
I am obsessed with Jerusalem artichokes. I always have a jar of them in the fridge and love to eat them on a daily basis. Great to hear they are so good for you!
February 7 at 3:07 pm
Well, that’s one I would never expect people to be obsessed with but very healthy of you 😉
February 7 at 4:25 pm
I love blueberries. We always have some in the house.
February 10 at 1:48 pm
I never used to but they are one of my favourites now 🙂
February 7 at 7:47 pm
Almonds, blueberries and Greek Yoghurt are one of my favourite snacks! that or raspberries! Glad I eat so many on the list x
February 10 at 1:49 pm
I’m pleased to say most of these are on my favourites list too 🙂
February 8 at 8:51 am
I’m just coming to the end of my pregnancy where I’ve only been able to stomach bread and crisps – not exactly healthy. I’m really looking forward to getting back to eating some lovely foods like Greek yogurt and blueberries which not only taste good but make you feel good.
February 10 at 1:49 pm
Awww I had one pregnancy like that, food will taste amazing soon x
February 8 at 10:49 pm
I’m happy to say that apart from the artichokes all of these are on my regular meal plan. Love Greek yoghurt with blueberries, nuts (inlcuding almonds) and seeds for breakfast. Or a pinch of turmeric in my porridge.
February 10 at 1:50 pm
Turmeric is my new favourite, yum.
February 11 at 10:53 pm
I really like Jerusalem Artichokes we use to grow them. I am trying to be a bit healthier this year so I am sure this post will come in very handy.
February 12 at 11:31 am
I think it’s funny how our tastes change as we grow, I wouldn’t have touched half of this lot 15 years ago, now many of them are my staples 🙂