7 Superfoods that will Guarantee a Super Christmas…
1. Brussel Sprouts
We all love them, don’t we?! Well maybe not, but this Christmas staple is really good for you. Brussels are a great source of folic acid, potassium, fibre and vitamin C. These are all important for helping wounds to heal, protecting cells and keeping the immune system working well. So eat up! They do more than just produce gas…
Often a popular choice as Christmas starter, prawns are a really healthy option for a number of reasons. They are a great source of copper, zinc and selenium. The latter is important for the growth of healthy hair and nails. They’re also low in fat which makes them ideal for a lighter meal option after a festive feast.
This nutrient-rich whole grain is often substituted for rice and with good reason. It contains a perfect complement of amino acids and is high in fibre, vitamins and minerals. It makes a delicious high protein side dish and is often cooked with vegetables or added to a salad. Quinoa is so versatile it’s perfect for giving your Christmas leftovers an interesting twist.
4. Roast Turkey
Turkey is for life, not just for Christmas (well it should be anyway)! This festive favourite is a great choice to eat all year round and yes that means from January – November too. Turkey is a good source of protein, vitamin B6 and B12, potassium and zinc. Also if you remove the skin, the flesh is actually low in saturated fat so it’s a much healthier option than you might think. It’s so versatile, the meal possibilities really are endless, so don’t let it go to waste, make use of that leftover turkey this Christmas.
5. Smoked Salmon
As many of us say no to the mundane mid-week breakfasts we’re used to, smoked salmon is usually the one we turn to. A great way of getting a day of celebrations off to the perfect start, the oily fish is a source of vitamin D, which keeps our bones, teeth and muscles healthy. But be warned, smoked salmon delivers a hefty dose of sodium, so consume in moderation.
Generally associated with Christmas, clementines come into season in November. They provide a great source of Vitamin C with over 60% of your recommended intake in just 100g. Vitamin C is good for helping to protect cells and keep them healthy. So if your defences are feeling a little low over Christmas, you know where to turn…
Even though the popularity of these traditional treats have declined over the years, the once festive favourites still have something to offer. Providing a deliciously sweet, nutty flavour they’re the ideal accompaniment to have with your brussels. Also when cooked and peeled, chestnuts are low in saturated fat and a great source of fibre.