You’ve heard of Kale, Quinoa and Avocado as your typical nutrient-rich superfoods, however, we believe that there is much more to a superfood diet than Avo’ toast. Our top five amazing superfoods to incorporate into your diet are as follows.
Dubbed as 2016’s leading superfood trend, Seaweed, Kelp or Nori, is this year’s household staple. Although it is classically used within Japanese cuisine, Seaweed is becoming more commonly snacked on or incorporated in everyday dishes, including soups, salads and as a low-carb substitute for noodles.
With its high protein and mineral content, Seaweed boosts detoxification, and is brimming with skin-loving vitamins which rid skin cells of nasty toxins. Additionally, it is high in Iron and Potassium, which is crucial for regulating a healthy blood pressure and maintaining a healthy heart. Kelp-ful stuff.
2. Goji Berry
Aside from the more traditional Strawberry or Raspberry, the goji berry is your new source of superfood sweetness. Found in the depths of the the Himalayas, these shriveled and nutrient dense berries have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.
It has made its way into mainstream cuisine due to its superfood properties, rich in vitamins and the 8 essential amino acids; additionally, full of phytochemicals or compounds found within plants that protect against disease.
3. Avocado Oil
The recent years has seen this lump of green goodness rise to superfood royalty, claiming its title as one of the first well-known superfoods to have conquered the Supermarket. However, Avocado Oil is one of the lesser known species of the Hass family.
We already know the facts: Avocado is full of healthy monounsaturated fats, such as heart-healthy Oliec acid and is host to an array of vitamins and antioxidants useful for lowering Cholesterol levels. But its oil has a clear advantage over more popularly used olive oil which contains far more saturated fats. Avo’ oil can be used as you would olive oil, but it releases a mild, nutty flavour throughout the cooking process. It is guaranteed to change the way you cook.
4. Teff Grains
Grown predominately in Ethiopia, Teff is the super grain that is poised to be the next ‘Quinoa’. This tiny, nutty-tasting grain is high in resistant starch, a dietary fibre used to aid and benefit blood sugar levels and weight control.
Teff is extremely versatile and whilst boasting its gluten-free and high calcium qualities; it can be ground into flour and used within baking cakes, cookies, pies and breads, or additionally, steamed or boiled as a rice alternative to a main dish.
Hailed as the ‘antioxidant powerhouse’, Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown green tea. 2016 has seen the use of this superfood ingredient spiral sky high, showcasing its flavour in lattes, cakes, ice cream and a host of sweet treats.
Much like green tea, Matcha boosts the metabolism and naturally detoxifies the body; it is rich in vitamins, fibre and chlorophyll, and even aids with lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It’s powdered form also means that Matcha can be easy integrated into your everyday diet. And research shows that one cup of Matcha holds the natural equivalent of ten cups of brewed green tea - is this the holy grail of superfoods?