Boost your health with ‘Desi’ Superfoods!

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of ‘Superfoods’? For most of us, superfoods mean exotic and expensive foods such as goji berries, chia seeds, acai, Maca Powder etc. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. Include these Indian superfoods in your diet and stay healthy on a budget.

Sattu: Sattu is the latest global superfood rich in protein. In India, it is popularly called as ‘Desi Horlicks’ and poor man’s protein. It is a low-glycemic index food, thus it is a good food for diabetics. As it is low in sodium, it is good for hypertensives too. Nutrients in this food – iron, manganese, magnesium, vitamin A and C.

Ragi: It’s a fibrous, gluten-free and protein-packed food. If you’re a vegetarian looking for more protein options, this is a great food for you.  It is packed with nutrients and also has a low-glycemic index.

Basil Seeds: You can call them the desi chia seeds. Popularly known as Sabja seeds, these seeds are rich in fibre content. They are also rich in vitamins and iron.

Flaxseeds: These seeds are nutritional powerhouses. If you’re looking for plant-based sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, these seeds are your answer. They are also rich in vitamin B, dietary fibre, antioxidants, protein, potassium and lignin.

Spinach: Spinach is a low-calorie food packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre. It contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, and C, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, niacin and zinc.

Beetroot: Rich in fibre, this vegetable is known for its blood purifying properties. It is also rich in Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and manganese.

Jackfruit: This superfruit is high in fibre. It also contains Vitamin A, C, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese. It is rich in antioxidants too.

Indian Gooseberry: Popularly known as ‘Amla’ this food has more than 5 times more Vitamin C than an orange. Just like any other berry, it is rich in vitamins and nutrients. It also contains polyphenols that are known to reduce the risk of cancer.

Moong Dal: Moong Dal rich in protein, fibre, minerals (calcium, potassium and iron) and vitamins (A, B, C and E) and recommended by a lot of nutritionists.