Superfoods: Why you should eat them and how to get them into your healthy diet

Superfoods: Why you should eat them and how to get them into your healthy diet

We hear a lot about superfoods and the stars of the show such as wheatgrass, blueberries, broccoli and the more exotic goji berries. Filling your diet with a wide range of superfoods is essential; each one contains its own little package of health-boosting properties.

Quinoa

  • High in complete protein – containing all nine essential amino acids - perfect for vegans or vegetarians to boost protein intake
  • Promotes tissue growth and repair
  • Protects against free radicals
  • High in magnesium, which relaxes blood vessels – this can reduce frequency and symptoms of migraine headaches and promote cardiovascular health
  • High in antioxidants

Healthy Recipes :

Dandelion

  • Kidney cleanser – can dissolve kidney stones
  • Liver cleanser
  • Purifies the blood
  • Improves digestive system and gastro intestinal health

Eating tips :

  • Drink dandelion tea in place of coffee. The tea is best drunk without sweetener but if you wish you can add rice milk or honey to sweeten

Nori Seaweed

  • High in fibre and protein
  • Free from sugar or sodium
  • Promotes a healthy heart
  • Cancer fighting properties
  • High in vitamin C to allow Iron to have a better impact on your body

Eating Tips :

  • Nori sheets make a great snack to replace potato chips. You can add chopped up Nori to just about any fish pie or seafood curry.

Pumpkin seeds

  • Good source of zinc, magnesium, iron and protein
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Can help to prevent diseases such as cancer and osteoporosis
  • Protects the prostate against prostate associated illnesses

Eating Tips :

  • Pumpkin seeds are available to buy from most supermarkets. You can eat them as a snack or toast them and add them to salads

Acai Berry

  • High in antioxidants and vitamin C
  • Increase energy levels
  • Promote mental clarity
  • Helps to combat against premature ageing
  • Immune boosting properties

Eating Tip :

  • There are some great acai berry juices available on the market. Try this “Superfoods – Acai Blend” added to water, juice or smoothie to give yourself a boost

Cranberries

  • Extremely high in vitamin C
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Supports immune system
  • Decreases risk of urinary tract infection (UTI) by strengthening the lining of the urinary tract
  • Cancer fighting properties

Eating Tips :

  • Dried cranberries make a great healthy snack. Add to salads, porridge, cakes or as a replacement to raisins or any dried fruit in just about any recipe that calls for it! Cranberries add a sharp ‘tart’ flavour that is unique and delicious.

Kale

  • Combats free radicals that are responsible for medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer and mental illness
  • High in vitamins A, C & K
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Promotes a healthy immune system

Healthy Recipes :

As always, eating or drinking food RAW is always the best way to get the most nutrients to your body. A cold press juicer is the best way to extract juice and to also keep the vital living enzymes alive – we call this living juice.

A food dehydrator is a great way to make your own health snacks. You can dry fruit and vegetables, make beef jerky and even healthy biscuits and crackers.


Ilonka Hofmann