Superfoods - The Top 10 Superfoods to Have in your Kitchen this Year
Superfoods, the must-have in the nutrition toolkit if you are seeking optimal wellbeing and to nourish the body from the inside out. Below are 10 superfoods you should aim to keep stocked in your kitchen for 2016.
Blueberries have long been thought of as just a delightful indulgence, but new research shows they contain natural substances that can help fight cancer cells and reduce inflammation in the body. They’re also an excellent source of Vitamin C.
Goji berries have been eaten as a health food for thousands of years by people living in the harsh conditions of the Himalayas. They’re packed with beneficial nutrients such as vitamin C, iron and beta carotene. Traditional Chinese medicine uses Goji berries to improve circulation and assist the immune system.
It’s hard to find a café these days that doesn’t have something containing kale on the menu, and for good reason. Its dark green leaves even look super healthy, so it's no surprise they contain high levels of many beneficial nutrients such as iron and vitamin C.
Not all superfoods are recent arrivals to our health food stores and supermarkets. We've all grown up with broccoli on our plates, and sometimes wished it wasn't there. Knowing what we know now about broccoli, this attitude has changed, and our fantastic ways of preparing it today are a far cry from the overcooked methods of yesteryear. Its bacterial fighting properties and high Vitamin K content make broccoli one of our most important superfoods.
When chocolate is included amongst the ranks of superfoods, we are not really referring to the sweetened, high fat treat that many of us love to eat. Superfood status does however belong to the raw cacao bean. Without the processing that turns it into a sweet dessert, raw cacao maintains its high nutritional value and is full of antioxidants, magnesium and calcium.
Matcha powder is made from dried and powdered green tea. One cup of matcha tea contains a much higher volume of antioxidants compared to one cup of ordinary green tea. Matcha powder is high in B vitamins and is also used to create the tea used in the ancient Japanese tea ceremony.
Also called linseed, flaxseed is a great vegetarian source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to be useful for circulation and heart health. Ground into a powder, and mixed with other seeds and nuts, flaxseed is delicious sprinkled on many dishes, both sweet and savoury, or added to soups and stews.
Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
The fatty acids in cold pressed coconut oil have many health benefits. Some studies even suggest they are beneficial for blood circulation and mental functionality. It is important to use the cold pressed product since heat and processing reduce its superfood properties.
These tiny seeds are in all sorts of supermarket products now, from chocolate bars to sliced bread. To make sure you are getting their full superfood benefits, pick sources of chia seeds that do not also contain high levels of sugar or saturated fat. Chia seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins B & C and soluble fibre.
This soft green fruit is not very sweet and has a unique texture, leading to it being considered an acquired taste. Perfect in salads, as a dip or as a spread on toast as a replacement for butter or margarine, raw avocado contain no cholesterol and lots of vitamins and minerals to help keep you healthy.
Blackmores has recently launched its new Superfoods range, offering six superfood products that are created with the highest quality ingredients and boosted with natural nutrients, including Vitality Super Greens, Matcha Green Tea, Wild Blueberry Blend, Coconut Water, Cacao, and Raw Chia.
The Blackmores Superfoods are available in a convenient powdered form and can be easily added to any type of drink to help boost your daily nutrient intake in a way that’s accessible anytime, anywhere.