Holiday boost with these 10 superfoods!

Marie France Bodyline
healthy foods, anti-oxidants, superfoods

Holidays are not just for travelling; many of us from the working class group would know that very well. Many health experts believe we should take off days from work just to stay home and recuperate.

And these experts are probably very right. Holidays are the most wonderful times of the year to travel, unquestionably, but for many of us, when we take days off from work, we intend to just hibernate or recuperate from the stress acquired over the year.

But staying at home and not doing anything has its down sides too. One could easily gain weight from the lack of mobility and activities and worse still, from ordering in food. So how could one enjoy his or her holiday without having to worry about piling up on calories?

Well we’ve got something for you – superfoods. Superfoods are essentially goods that, if you prepare them in a healthful way and watch your portions, reap countless nutritional benefits and can even help you lose weight even when you’re doing absolutely nothing at home. And we’ve got 10 of them listed here for you today.

Salmon

Salmon

A good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, arthritis and even depression. Omega-3 fatty acids can improve insulin sensitivity, which helps build muscle and decrease belly fat.

Avocados

Avocados

Contain healthful monounsaturated fat, which has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Loaded with fibre. A good source of lutein, an antioxidant linked to eye and skin health.

 

Apples

Apples

A great low-calorie snack that will fill you up and keep blood sugar in check. Loaded with the powerful antioxidants which protect cells from damage. Help reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Blueberries

Blueberries

An anti-aging superstars that have the highest antioxidant level. Rich in anthocyanins, which have been shown to improve vision and brain function. Can slow impairments in motor coordination and memory, as well as reduce inflammation.

 

Almonds

Almonds

Though almonds are relatively high in fat and calories, studies show that eating them can help with weight loss and lowering cholesterol. The protein, fibre and monounsaturated fats contained provide a feeling of fullness and can help prevent overeating.

Garlic

Garlic

Lowers total cholesterol and triglyceride levels, helping prevent clogged arteries. 2-3 cloves a day cut the odds of subsequent heart attacks in half for heart disease patients.

 

Pomegranates

Pomegranates

Contained up to three times the antioxidants of red wine and green tea. Pomegranates juice has been shown to reduce artery-clogging plaque, which in turn prevents heart disease and stroke.

Olive oil

Olive oil

A healthy type of fat which has anti-inflammatory properties. Replacing other fats in the diet with olive oil, which can significantly lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack.

 

Dark leafy green vege

Dark leafy green vege

Dark leafy vegetables are low in calories, high in fibre. Greens are packed with vitamin K, which regulates blood clotting and helps protect bones from osteoporosis.

Eggs

Eggs

In addition to containing all the essential amino acids, eggs are loaded with nutrients. Egg yolks contain choline, which helps protect the heart and prevents cholesterol and fat from accumulating in the liver.

 

Clearly, spending your day in a cosy couch with a pleasant movie and a bowl of blueberries or apples to munch on, instead of popcorn or junk food, is the perfectly healthy way to destress and relax.

Not only these foods are rich in nutrients and could reap countless benefits to your body, they don’t add any numbers to your weighing scale, which makes them ideal for any holiday. Resting at home for days could potentially slow down your metabolism and burning of fat, leading to accumulation of cholesterol. And foods such as Eggs or Garlic, either taken on its own or with other healthy food, could help you with that by preventing or lowering the cholesterol accumulation.

A lot of these superfoods are also very high in antioxidants, which could prevent or delay some types of cell damage, including slowing down aging that is a direct result of work stress. So eating fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants will help you recover damaged cells and build new and strong cells that are equipped to face your routines when you return to work after the holiday season.

So this holiday season, think outside the box on fruits such as berries and vegetable such as broccoli and add them to your desserts or salads respectively. For longer-lasting benefits, don’t just limit them to holiday seasons, have these superfoods all year round.

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*As causes for being overweight vary from person to person, weight loss results will also vary from person to person, dependant on various genetic or environmental factors such as food intake, individual rate of metabolism, level of exercise, etc. No individual result should be seen as typical.