The term ‘superfoods’ gets thrown around a lot, but what exactly does it mean and which ingredients fit the bill? We take a closer look at some of our favourite superfoods and how you can enjoy them.
Superfoods are essentially foods that are high in antioxidants and essential nutrients. They have been said to help promote digestive health, lower cholesterol, boost metabolism and reduce inflammation in the body, among many other awesome benefits.
Berries are an excellent source of antioxidants and make the perfect snack on their own or as a tasty addition to a sweet treat. Dot a few across the top of your smoothie bowl or throw them into a gluten-free pancake batter.
Those little green trees we detested as kids are nutrient-dense powerhouses. Broccoli is a great source of vitamins C, A and K, as well as calcium, fibre, folate and other antioxidants. We love tucking into a bed of broccoli rice beneath a veggie curry or stir-fry.
You might get your hands messy, but adding more beetroot to your diet is a great way to boost your antioxidant, vitamin C, potassium and folate levels. Whip up some beetroot hummus to serve with celery and carrot sticks, or a tasty beetroot and zucchini salad.
We’ll take any excuse for a chocolate hit – and when it benefits our bodies as much as our minds, well we don’t even have to feel guilty about it! Raw cacao is bursting with antioxidants and will also help boost your energy. Sprinkle some raw cacao powder into your smoothie or whip it into a delicious dessert, such as Jo Whitton’s dairy-free creamy hot chocolate or raw cacao treat balls. The Earth HQ team is also loving this divine recipe for paleo cacao waffles from The Merrymaker Sisters.
Brazil nuts are high in selenium and easy to snack on or to integrate into your favourite recipes. Chop them up and throw them into your smoothie bowl for a crunchy texture, roast them on a low heat in the oven or turn them into brazil nut cheese to lather on a paleo pizza base.
Some of us simply don’t have time to be picking berries and chopping broccoli, but still want to look after our health – and this is where pre-prepared superfoods come in. Simply pick your combination of choice and throw a spoonful into your daily juice or smoothie. The Food Matters Superfoods range boasts such deliciousness as certified organic greens, vitamin C, chocolate and protein. Delicious!
Find out more about the benefits of superfoods when the Food Matters team hits the road for their national Australian Tour in 2016. Founders James and Laurentine will be visiting major cities around the country and sharing their wisdom alongside a bunch of special guests, including Jon Gabriel and Lee Holmes. Find more info HERE.