Super Foods: Acai Berry

Berries are full of nutrients. Strawberries have Vitamin C, Magnesium and Potassium. Blueberries also have calcium. The best part about berries is that they have less calories! A cup of cranberries has 44 calories only.

They are packed with nutrients and are low in calories, what’s not to love?

 

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Acai berry is called a super food (or should I say super berry?) because along with the benefits of berries mentioned above, it is well known for it’s antioxidants.

More benefits about Acai berries include:

– Improves heart health

– Promotes mental function

– Keeps Skin healthy

– Anti ageing properties

 

So other than popping them in your mouth to eat, you can check out these yummy recipes!

Acai Energy Bowl

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Acai Berry Jam

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Acai Sorbet

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Acai Fudge

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– Neha Prasad

Superfoods: White Tea

Move over Green Tea, we’ve got a new favourite health drink. White Tea is touted to be even better than Green Tea. It has the same antioxidants as Green Tea but more in terms of quantity. It also doesn’t have that grassy aftertaste that Green Tea has, but a more sweet taste and smoother.

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Health Benefits

– Helps in losing weight

– Contains a lot of antioxidants that help in keeping your body healthy

– Has antibacterial and antiviral properties

– Improves cardiovascular activities

– Lowers cholesterol

 

I’ve not always been a fan of tea mainly because of the bitter taste. But I’d definitely give White Tea a try considering the bitter taste isn’t an issue anymore. But I’ll always be more a coffee person.

 

Places to buy White Tea in Dubai

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– Neha Prasad

Superfoods That Can Boost Your Health

When I first heard about superfoods, I was intrigued. These are foods that are packed with loads of nutrients and anti-aging properties. They have been labelled as such because they contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants among other things. Who wouldn’t want to get healthier with every bite!

 

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Berries

Berries have been found to reduce the risk of heart attacks. They also help lower blood pressure and improves blood vessel functions. You can eat anything from strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries and raspberries to the more exotic acai berries. Also to try – noni berries and goji berries.

 

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Nuts

Consuming nuts decreases the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It also helps in controlling your weight. Nuts are one of the healthy snacks to have in between meals if you are feeling a peckish. Opt for your favourite unsalted nuts and eat only a handful at a time.

 

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Seeds

Seeds also make for a yummy snack. You can add them in salads, any meat or fish dishes. They also reduce the risk of heart disease. Seeds contain contains good fatty acids that are essential for the body. Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are easy to find. Opt for unsalted seeds.

 

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Beans

Beans provide the much needed protein in a vegetarian diet. They are low in fat and sodium and contain high levels of complex carbohydrates and dietary fibre. Dried beans are a staple in the diets of vegetarians, as it is their only source of protein. Try eating – chick peas, kidney beans and dried peas.

 

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Lentils

Lentils when combined with beans provide a good source of proteins. Lentils can be prepared in many ways. You can add it in a soup, smash it up for a dip, put it in curries or salads.

 

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Cereals and greens

Try adding barley to your diet, it has a low glycemic index, which is very good for people who are suffering from diabetes as it doesn’t cause the blood sugar to suddenly increase. It is also helps the body metabolise fats and lowers blood cholesterol levels.

 

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Sprouts

Sprouts are when beans start growing. Sprouts are a good source of vitamin C and protein. Sprouts can be added to salads, soups and almost anything else. Sprouts to try – mung bean, alfalfa, onion sprouts.

Other superfoods are yoghurt, peppers and spices. They are nutrient rich and can be added to any dish needed.

 

– Neha Prasad