Typical supermarkets provide an ever increasing array of food items that we as consumers enjoy daily. Some which are considered to be staples, others which are an occassional treat. But there are a certain few that absolutely need to be in your kitchen.
Below are what I consider the 9 SUPER FOODS for improved health, muscle mass and strength.
Bananas are one of Australia’s most popular fruits. They taste great, can be enjoyed in a variety of ways and are available year round. Bananas are low in fat and are made up of carbohydrates which is the bodies primary energy source. They contain healthy amounts of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and magnesium.
Beans are not only a great source of carbohydrates, they also contain almost 25 percent protein and very little fat. They are high in vitamin B6 and B12, potassium, zinc, calcium, iron and magnesium. Beans are digested slowly and provide a steady flow of energy throughout the day.
Broccoli contains high amounts of vitamin C and dietary fiber. It also contains calcium, folate, vitamin B6, manganese, potassium and beta-carotene. Broccoli contains about 30 calories and has been shown to be beneficial in the prevention of heart disease and aggressive prostate cancer.
Carrots contain a very high amount of vitamin A, which makes them great for your eyesight. Vitamin A is responsible for proper functioning of the retina. Carrots are rich in carbohydates, vitamin C and potassium.
5. CHICKEN BREAST
Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world. The skinless breast is a great source of protein and generally low in fat which can be easily removed. Chicken breast contains vitamin A, vitamin B5 and iron. It is one of the leanest meats and is often used in many muscle building recipes.
6. EGG WHITES
Egg whites are packed with pure protein. They’re considered nearly perfect due to their blend of amino acids which are the building blocks of protein to gain muscle mass. Egg whites contain almost no fat and very little carbohydrates. They are the most cost effective high quality protein you could ever consume.
Oatmeal is the king of carbohydrates. It contains more protein than wheat, twice as much as brown rice, and is very low in fat. It is considered by many the perfect breakfast food for superior energy throughout the day. Oatmeal is also a good source of iron and manganese, and has high amounts of vitamin E, copper, folate and zinc. It is also a great source of dietary fiber and will help lower cholesterol. As you can see, simply the best!
8. SWEET POTATOES
Sweet potatoes have a deliciously sweet taste and are a great source of carbohydates with a decent amount of dietary fiber. They are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B6 along with traces of copper and magnesium. Sweet potatoes have been ranked with the highest nutritional value compared to other vegetables.
Canned tuna is a convenient protein source with over 30 grams of protein per medium can and less than 1 gram of fat. Tuna also contains vitamin B6, vitamin B12, niacin, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. Stick to tuna in water as tuna packed in oil has double the calories and 10 times the fat.
So there you have it. 9 super foods approved by natural bodybuilder and personal trainer Denver Steyn.