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Thinking of starting a super healthy food kick this year? When it comes to making your diet a little healthier, there’s more than just fruit and veg on offer. For a range of interesting healthy food facts, check out our list of 6 super healthy foods to eat that you didn’t realise were actually good for you – win win!

1. Peanut butter

Shocking Healthy Foods To Eat – Peanut Butter

Looking for healthy comfort food? We know just the thing. Peanut butter is an excellent source of energy, especially the kind without too much additional sugar. Opting for natural peanut butter with no added sugar also often avoids any palm oil, making it healthier than other alternatives. Peanut butter contains protein, fibre and vitamins, meaning it’s great  for giving you energy – so why not add it to your post gym snack? Find a range of peanut butters in SPAR’s range of jams and spreads.

2. Olive Oil

Super Healthy Foods – Olive Oil

Wondering which fats are good for you? Because olive oil changes its composition once you heat it to a certain temperature, it is kept healthiest when consumed fresh from the bottle. Sprinkle a little olive oil on salads and pastas for added flavour and a dose of monounsaturated fat (one of the healthy fats). Olive oil also contains a number of beneficial antioxidants, making it a great healthy addition to your diet.

3. Chocolate

We’re all told not to eat too much chocolate. But it’s the type of chocolate you eat that makes all the difference. Swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate, ideally over 85% as it contains much less sugar. Did you know dark chocolate is antioxidant rich and can help prevent cancer? It’s also good for your cognitive function and heart. So next time you’re walking down the aisles looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, why not go for dark for something much more guilt free? Check out SPAR’s range of online chocolate bars.

4. Popcorn

Healthy Comfort Food - Popcorn

For easy, healthy comfort food, try popcorn. But we’re not talking popcorn covered in butter and toffee. Take away all the extras and popcorn on its own is actually quite healthy, making it a surprisingly healthy food. A whole grain snack containing antioxidants and fibre, one cup of plain popcorn only contains around 30 calories, making it one of the healthier snacks you can go for when at the cinema or putting on your favourite DVD at home.

5. Purple potatoes

Healthy Foods To Snack On – Purple Potatoes

Who knew potatoes could be purple? These carbohydrates contain high concentrations of antioxidants and can help maintain a healthy heart and brain. It’s potatoes likes these that mean you don’t always have to say no to carbs.

6. Wholegrain bread

Easy Healthy Comfort Food

With such a focus on free from alternatives, bread is getting some bad press. But don’t forget that some bread can be good for you, especially if it contains lots of beneficial healthy grains. Wholegrain bread contains vitamins, minerals and fibre - so don’t dismiss it so easily next time you’re looking for something to accompany those eggs on a Sunday morning.  

And there you have it, 6 surprising super healthy foods to eat! Fancy picking some up? Head to your nearest convenience store to satisfy your latest health kick, and why not get more inspiration with 12 Months of Healthy Eating Inspiration!