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Superfoods come packed with antioxidants, vitals minerals and nutrients that make them imperative for any diet. Read on to find out about the 11 superfoods that you should be eating this August.

What are Superfoods?

There is no official definition of the term ‘superfoods’. However, the term superfood is generically used to describe foods, that are often (though not always) plant-based and are packed with nutrients, typically antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, while at the same time are low on calories.

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Superfoods are considered ‘super’ as they are nutrient powerhouses and have loads of vital antioxidants, vitamins, polyphenols, and minerals. Superfoods help in fighting chronic diseases and are also known to boost our immunity and overall health.

Must-have August Superfoods for your fridge

Given below is a compilation of a list of superfoods that you must have in your fridge.

Low-fat or fat-free plain yogurt: Fat-free yogurt is the best superfood that you can have in your fridge. It is one of the best sources of calcium and is packed with nutrients such as proteins and calcium. Plain yogurt that is fortified with Vitamin D is highly recommended.

You can add your own fresh fruit in this vitamin D enriched yogurt to control the sweetness and calories that you can afford to have. The calcium content in yogurt is higher than the calcium content in any other dairy product. Low-fat yogurt not only boosts your immunity but also helps in lowering LDL and increasing the HDL cholesterol levels.

Berries: Even though berries are small in size, they are a powerhouse of nutrients, specifically antioxidants and phytonutrients. They have high water content and fiber and are low on calories. If you have a sweet tooth, berries can very easily satisfy your sweet cravings. Blueberries have the highest amounts of antioxidants in comparison with all the other berries and are also easily available.

All kinds of berries add rich flavors and nutrition to various dishes ranging from salads to cereals, baked products, and yogurt. Berries help in reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer and are even known for their anti-inflammatory benefits.

Salmon: Salmon fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that are very helpful in burning down your body fat. Omega-3 fatty acids are useful in protecting the heart. Salmon is high on protein, iron, and low on saturated fats. Salmon can be eaten baked, smoked, grilled, or as an addition to the omelet.

Kiwis: Kiwis are densely packed with nutrients and are full of antioxidants. Eating a large kiwi a day helps take care of your daily vitamin C nutrition. Kiwis are also packed with potassium, vitamin E, fiber, and sufficient amounts of vitamin A and vitamin E. Kiwis can be enjoyed plain - in the form of a fruit, or can even be eaten as a topping in desserts and salads. Due to its high fiber content, kiwis have a mild laxative effect. They are quite helpful in protecting against vision problems and are also known to lower cholesterol.

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