The term “Superfood” is a one that gets thrown around with increasing frequency, with berries and exotic veg coming out of the wood work, claiming to have a plethora of health benefits. However, sometimes turning back to the oldies but goodies can have just as positive nutritional impact as the new kids on the block.
Pick up a health magazine off the stand and it’s likely that claims of the latest must have superfood will be splashed across the front cover. Now, we’re not saying that there’s anything wrong with any of the new superfoods on the scene however, there are plenty of fruit and vegetables that you probably already have in your kitchen which are just as special.
We take a look at 7 of the superfoods you should have in your basket that won’t break the bank.
You might not realise this when tucking into your salad or sandwich at lunch but these little red gems are pretty special. As well as containing large amounts of fibre, vitamin C and potassium, they contain antioxidants called lycopene, which isn’t found in many other foods.
Studies into this antioxidant have suggested that it could lower cholesterol and protect the skin against UV rays.
If you thought turning your wee pink was the only magic trick this veggie has up its sleeve, then you would be sorely mistaken.
In times gone by beetroot was used in medicine for everything from fevers and to skin conditions. More recently studies into this root vegetable link it with lowering blood pressure  and helping with stamina .
Beetroot is also a good source of iron, magnesium and antioxidants.
Although we can’t promise that it will keep vampire attacks at bay, garlic has a lot of properties which will help keep your bodies defence systems ticking over. Containing vitamin c and B6, antioxidants and manganese, garlic can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as fight against colds.
Various studies have compiled their results and shown that garlic has lowered total cholesterol levels. 
One of qualities which makes spinach qualify for the title of “super” is its ability to help restore energy due to its high iron content helping to transport oxygen around the body. This leafy, fibrous veg also contains a list of vitamins as long as your arm which help with functions such as maintaining bone health.
Blueberries are highly regarded by most nutritionists and most would advise adding them into your diet.
Apart from being rich in antioxidants and vitamin K, these mighty berries have fat-burning properties. It’s the Catechins found within the berries which help to aid weight loss, in particular fat stored around the belly. Tea rich in these Catechins have also been proven to help with weight loss .
Often cooked to within an inch of its life, broccoli is an under-appreciated vegetable. Working well in many dishes such as stir fries and soups, just 80g of the green florets will count as one of your 5 a day.
Packed with vitamin c, which helps boost the immune system, vitamin k for bone strength and folate for cell growth, broccoli can help with reducing inflammation which can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease  and strokes.
Oily fish such as salmon and fresh tuna are a great source of lean protein as well as being rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties which potentially lower the risk of conditions such as heart disease and arthritis . As a nation we don’t have enough oily fish in our diets, – eating only a third of a portion per week, instead of the one portion that’s recommended.
It’s sometimes easy to forget to research which foods are the healthiest in your supermarket, especially which are the most affordable. But next time you head for the shops in search of superfoods, just remember that you don’t need to fork out a fortune to find food worth shouting about.