Real Talk – “Super Foods” and the Misconceptions

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Real Talk – “Super Foods” and the Misconceptions

Sometimes life throws us an abundance of foods that are so irresistible.

But it’s a no for now, because cheat meal is another 3 days away.

But your shopping trolley has barely anything in it, just the usual chicken and broccoli, and all the goodies are on special.

So taunting, I know.

If you are someone who tends to stick to a usual diet you may find some weeks harder than others, and some days you just end up giving in.

Aghh, the battle!!

What If I said, you can WIN the BATTLE by following some tips I am about to share with you, wouldn’t that be a relief?

Before I share with you some strategies lets dive into what Super Foods actually are and the misconceptions on this particular topic.

Super Foods are mostly plant-based but also some fish and dairy that is thought to be nutritionally dense and thus good for one's health.

There are no set criteria for determining what is and what is not a Super Food, according to the American Heart Association, and many other sources. A Super Food is more of a marketing term for foods that have many health benefits.

When shopping for Super Foods keep in mind that there are many foods that don’t have the super food label that you may consider nutritionally dense. There are also some foods that may have the super food label that you may not consider a super food.

All I have to say is don’t give into the fancy food packaging and convincing advertising.  

Most of the foods that I consider as a "Super Food" need to be eaten in moderation, like anything really. But be assured they will do much better in terms on nutrition than giving into the heavy duty ice creams and chocolates.

The foods I am going to mention will not pack as much of a punch and you will not regret eating them.
When craving ice cream:

Frozen coconut milk mimics traditional ice cream beautifully. You could even pop coconut cream into an ice cream maker along with additional super food flavourings and get similar results as you would with cream, except for the wonderful addition of a light coconut flavour.

Plus, the healthy fats in coconut milk are known to assist with hormone balance, energy, and metabolism.
Frozen banana also mimics the decadent creaminess of ice cream but with none of the bad stuff. It also works additionally well with added super food flavourings of your choice. Add the frozen bananas with your added super food flavourings to a blender and off you go.

When craving chocolate:

Cacao - which is typically used in small amounts to make chocolate and chocolate products has an abundance of nutritional properties. Heavy duty chocolates normally don't have much cacao but rather lots of fat and suger to give more flavouring.

When craving chocolate, it is better to opt for the dark choc which is higher in cocoa/cacao content. It may not taste like your typical milk chocolate but with the added sweeteners sometimes used such as agave, coconut palm sugar, coconut oil or perhaps added berries, it will become your new go to treat.

You can also find cacao nips or powder versions that are a great addition to smoothies, homemade baked cookies, muffins, or cakes. 

When craving hot chips:

Sweet potato wedges are a simple and very effective alternative for those salty food and potato lovers.

Packed with nutrients such as Vitamin A and C, fibre, and magnesium it’s definitely worth the treat. It is also known to have anti-inflammatory effects.

Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into wedges, place the wedges onto a baking tray adding salt and some oil. When ready the sweet potato fries will be crispy brown, and smell so good.

Another alternative is Kale chips. Kale chips may not sound tempting or mouth-watering, but don’t be fooled. When placed in the oven with some oil and heated up until crispy it sure does taste quite satisfying.

Kale is packed with antioxidants and rich in vitamin K, and B.  



I hope these alternative choices will help you when having a bad day of dieting, on a final note I am going to give you some food examples to consider to add to your kitchen, and foods you should keep out of your shopping trolley.

Foods to stock up on:

- Berries (raspberries, acai, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries)
- Nuts and seeds (almonds, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts)
- Most fruits (kiwifruit, bananas, oranges, and apples)
- Most vegetables (mushrooms, spinach, avocado, broccoli)
- Greek yogurt
- Garlic
- Ginger
- Turmeric
- Salmon
- Tea

Foods to stay away from:

-Granola – High in sugar, carbohydrates and very calorie dense. You will find that you will need to eat a large amount to fill you up.

- Flavoured yogurt – High in fats, and quite calorie dense. Most of the time the added flavourings are artificial and/or high in sugar.

- Energy/snack bars – High in carbohydrates and sugars. You will also find that these bars are not enough to fill you up.

- Commercial Juice – High in sugar and calorie dense.

Hope you have found this article informative and helpful. Stay on track and eat a nutritious diet, use moderation with calorie dense foods and plan ahead to stay on the right track.

Co-founder, Freak Athletiq

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