Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No…. it’s a superfood!
Whilst superfoods are actually unable to fly and I can’t promise that eating them will give you super human powers (such as the massive strength boost that spinach gives to Popeye), the NHS do emphasise their importance in avoiding long-term illness.
If you’re anything like me you sometimes find it difficult and time consuming to eat a healthy balanced diet. But with these readily available ingredients along with some delicious recipes that are easy to whip up you can get yourself some pretty cool super powers! Well maybe not, but you’ll certainly be filling yourself up with some of the healthiest foods out there.
It may not be the best compliment to a conversation but it’s certainly the perfect compliment to many recipes, like this garlic risotto. It is one of the most indispensable ingredients around and can even be used as a raw superfood in dressings, salsa and butters.
If superfood smoothies are your thing then you need to be throwing these berries in your blender by the bunch. Not only are they full of taste they also pack a powerful nutritional punch and are one of the superfoods for weight loss.
It’s the classic. Whenever I can’t make up my mind about what green I want on my plate I always choose broccoli for its reputation as the original superfood. And it’s easy to jazz up into a deliciously creamy vegetable gnocchi – yes please!
It doesn’t get much easier than pouring a load of these guys out into your bowl. It seems unfair to be able to get so many nutritional benefits for so little effort, but we’ll take it. Whether it’s with porridge, yoghurt, honey, fresh fruit…. these fibrous grains can add nutrition to a whole host of foods.
It doesn’t matter what came first let’s just be thankful that chickens lay eggs. They’re an essential source of protein and if you want to crack a new way of cooking them check out the recipe for dukkah-rolled middle eastern eggs.
Whilst it may not make you as strong as Popeye it’s a raw superfood for weight loss that also maintains its nutrients cooked. It goes with anything from a salad to a curry and certainly adds a nice touch to the summer greens pasta primavera.
7) Cocoa nibs
Yep… It’s basically chocolate – booya! Cocoa nib flavours range anywhere from extremely bitter to super sweet. They’re great to sprinkle into a superfood smoothie or a cake mix, and can add some really interesting flavours to your savoury snacks.
Don’t let this one leap out of your shopping basket. The oil rich fish will give you the energy to swim up stream amongst the strongest. Follow this Mexican salmon steak recipe and your taste buds will be jumping around like a bunch of hombres at a mariachi festival.
You’d be nuts to neglect these nutrient filled shells. They’re absolutely packed with fiber. They can be eaten raw or added to salads, casseroles, Thai dishes and plenty more.
It’s not the new kid on the block anymore as this member of the cabbage family has been recognised as a superfood for a while. And it’s available all year round for you to add to your shopping list.
What do you think our of top ten superfoods? Are there any nutritious pick-me-ups that we’ve left out? Let us know in the comments below!
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