18th May 2017 | Blog
5 different Superfoods you need to know about
To celebrate #NationalVegetarianWeek this week we decided to write a vegetarian inspired blog post detailing our favourite ‘less common’ superfoods out there at the minute. Superfoods are basically nutrient-rich foods considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being, in other words they’re basically a smarter and healthier alternative. We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 superfoods at the minute…What makes them so super we hear you ask? Well they’re low in sugar, packed with fibre and antioxidants and there’s no need to feel guilty if you add an extra handful to your meal.
Also known as a 'wolfberry', goji berries are considered both a fruit and a herb, they’re packed with vitamins and minerals such as iron and vitamin's A, C and B2. Goji berries have been known to help boost the immune system and protect the eyes and unlike other berries, goji berries are also an excellent source of vitamin C and can reduce tough cold symptoms. They’re low in calories, fat-free AND packed with fibre.
How Do You Eat Them?
You can eat them raw or soak them in hot water before munching. Others prefer adding goji berries to trail mixes, smoothies or as a garnish on cereals, salads or yogurts. Basically, the options are endless and these mighty berries can be baked, cooked, steamed, and processed in any way after being washed.
Raw cacao is a superfood containing a variety of unique ingredients including high amounts of sulfur, iron and magnesium. These characteristics provide many benefits such as focus and alertness whilst also keeping you in a great mood. In case you’re confusing cacao with cocoa, they’re essentially the same thing however cocoa typically refers to a more processed chocolate product with added sugar, versus the raw cacao which has no sugar, is more nutrient dense and is less processed – making it the healthier alternative.
How Do You Eat It?
Try mixing cacao powder into smoothies or in raw desserts and hot chocolate instead of cocoa powder. You can also add cacao nibs on top of oatmeal and puddings etc. If you find the taste of cacao too strong, simply add coconut milk, rice, or nut milk.
Avocado oil is high in healthy fatty acids and has a strong antioxidant content. The awesome thing about avocado oil is that it’s not only a superfood oil that can be used in uncooked items like salads and dips, but it’s also highly recommended for cooking. It’s packed with nutrients such as vitamin E that does wonders for your skin and studies show that the addition of avocado oil to a meal can boost the absorption of health promotion antioxidants in food.
How Do You Eat/Use It?
Avocado oil can be used on salads, dips etc. AND not only that, it’s thought to improve dry skin and hair and can be used on your skin, hair and face to improve your daily beauty regime.
Made purely from split yellow peas, this power-packed powder is a gluten and dairy-free, plant-based protein and is 100% vegan giving other animal based favorites a run for their money. Pea protein is slow digesting and so will keep you feeling fuller for longer meaning you’re less likely to snack throughout the day. Not only this, it’s also low in fats and high in protein and contains all 9 of the essential amino acids – including branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) – that you need to consume to effectively build muscle.
How Do You Use It?
Due to it’s fairly mild taste, pea protein makes a great addition to a healthy smoothie or protein shake. If you’re feeling a experimental you could put your culinary skills to the test whip up some protein pea chocolate cookies or delicious high protein power bars.
Pronounced ‘keen-wa’ this superfood is awesome wheat free alternative to starchy grains such as couscous and rice. With twice the protein content of rice or barley, quinoa is also a great source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre. Quiona contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete-protein source and is an excellent choice for vegans who may struggle to get enough protein in their diets.
How Do You Eat It?
Cooked quinoa seeds become fluffy and creamy, yet maintains a slight crunch making it pretty versatile. It has a delicate and subtly nutty flavor, making it a good option for breakfast (as a cereal), lunch (as a salad) or dinner (as a side).
And there we have our 5 superstar superfoods. Healthy eating can be really easy when you know exactly what ingredients are extra good for your mind and body, so go ahead, fill up on these nutrient packed foods to give you the nudge in the right direction to a happy and healthier you.