5 superfoods that don't cost a bomb

The superfood craze isn't going away, so here's how you can reap the nutritional benefits without breaking the bank.

The buzz of superfoods has been growing steadily over the past few years and in light of this hype, more and more foods have become quite exclusive due to their hefty price tag. 

"If you are confused by the marketing, superfoods are essentially nutrient-dense foods believed to be particularly beneficial for health and wellbeing," nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin explains. "Typically they are foods high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds."

The good news is that some of the best superfoods are easily accessible, everyday foods that don't cost the earth. Here are Zoe's top five affordable superfoods: 

Blueberries

Blueberries are a delicious way to boost your antioxidant levels.

"The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect of compounds within blueberries may help to improve brain function, cognition, concentration and support cardiovascular health," Zoe tells. "The vitamin C content of blueberries may also help with the look and feel of skin."

Turmeric

"Currently in the spotlight for being the ultimate superfood, turmeric contains the active compound curcumin, which is known to exert antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in the body," Zoe reveals.

As turmeric is fat-soluble, Zoe recommends that it should be consumed alongside a source of fat such as extra virgin olive oil to get the most out of it.

Avocados

Not only do avocados provide some top-notch nutritional value, they're also incredibly satiating.

"Specifically, avocados are famous for their monounsaturated fat content, fibre, B-vitamins, potassium and antioxidant lutein," Zoe says. "This makes avocados the perfect all-rounder when it comes to boosting the nutrient density of your diet."

Extra virgin olive oil

"The Rolls-Royce of all oil, extra virgin olive oil supplies a potent source of antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals," Zoe notes.

This oil is also a great for cooking with, as the oils remain stable when heated thanks to the high antioxidant content, Zoe adds. 

Brazil nuts

Apart from being damn delicious, Brazil nuts contain a concentrated dose of selenium.

"This exerts a potent antioxidant effect in the body and is also important for optimal thyroid hormone synthesis," Zoe says.

And in even better news, you only need to eat 2 to 3 nuts on a regular basis to top up your selenium stores. 

For more great ways to eat healthy without spending a fortune, watch Eat Well for Less, Sundays at 8.30pm on Lifestyle. 

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