We’ve all seen Popeye crush his can of green spinach, launching it into his mouth and instantly growing in muscle size tenfold! But (minus the insanely massive muscle) this is actually reflective of what spinach can do. Packed with vitamin A and K, spinach fills you up whilst providing you with an instant energy boost. On top of this, it is full of antioxidants without adding calories.
Also known as wolfberry, the Goji berry is a more exotic choice. Hailing from Asia, it, like spinach, gives an energy boost, whilst also being great for your immune system. It really is the perfect choice for the busy modern life. Goji berries are packed with vitamin A and are particularly high in protein for fruit.
Quinoa may be another you might not have heard of before. It is a grain crop, though as it is not a member of the true grass family, but a chenopod, quinoa is akin to spinach. A cup full provides your daily folate requirement whilst being low in fat. As it contains smart carbs that are low on the Glycemic Index, they are not converted to fat on digestion. And if this wasn’t enough, it has a high protein level for a grain!
Who would have thought? Broccoli has become so common in our diets that it’s vast health benefits have been hugely overlooked! It is high in vitamin B6 that aid metabolism, and is one of (possibly THE) best non-dairy source of calcium. A cup would give you your daily recommendation of vitamin C. But what is most interesting is the organs it help. If you thought carrots helped your sight, think again! Broccoli is great for your eyes and heart as well and helping to keep cancer away.