What better time of year to reflect on 2018’s top superfoods than right before Christmas – when the typical festive plate consists of multiple slices of ham, a towering pile of potato bake and third helpings of Christmas pudding slathered in custard.
(Not to mention the several glasses of champagne on top of all that).
Yes – it’s no secret festive season isn’t a healthy-eater’s best friend, but forget presents, eating is by far the best part of Christmas.
Plus, as we all know, it’s all about balance, and look, nothing’s getting in the way of my second enormous plate of food on December 25.
Lucky for us, according to Gavin Aquilina, Head of PT operations and nutritionist at Vision Personal Training, there are certain foods we can incorporate into our diets around our summer feasting that will result in a range of health benefits (and perhaps even keep us from getting sick).
Some of which can even be easily incorporated into our Christmas lunch menus themselves.
But they’re not just regular foods, they’re superfoods.
So, what exactly is a superfood?
It’s certainly a term we hear thrown around a lot in the health world, but Gavin says there’s a good reason superfoods have exploded in popularity.
“Some of the major health issues we face today, including heart disease, cancer and arthritis are in part caused by oxidation and inflammation. The great news is, there are foods we can easily access that are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties,” he says.