A lot of people know a lot about nutrition and how to be healthy. Organic meat and wild fish; a wide range of colourful vegetables with daily essential greens; plenty of fat including cold pressed oils – the right sort; and reduced wheat with more carbohydrates coming from root vegetables, wholegrain rice and quinoa.
If you want to go to the next level there are some superfoods that you can add to your diet (all available from Health foods shops or Amazon). Incorporate some of these into your daily diet and to increase energy and immunity:
- Baobab Powder – the dried powdered fruit from the Baobab tree is high in vitamin C, iron, minerals including calcium and potassium and is alkalising. Add to yoghurts and smoothies
- Chai Seeds – These little black seeds have a huge nutritional profile being rich calcium, omega 3, fibre and protein. When added to soups, stews, yoghurts and smoothies they sell to provide bulk. Another idea is mixed with milk alternative such as Almond or Coconut, vanilla essence and cocoa powder to make a Chai Powder
- Maca – an adaptogen – a substance in our body which plays an important role in increasing the resistance of our body, energy, immune system and reduces stress. It works with the hormonal system, and is said to boost sexual function.
- It contains vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and four types of alkaloids, which are responsible for the proper utilization of calcium and phosphorus in the blood.
- Lucuma – This is a nutritionally-dense superfood made from the edible fruit of the Lucuma tree – resembling a persimmon in appearance. It’s loaded with antioxidants like beta carotene and is also a quality source for complex carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins such as niacin (B3) and minerals such as zinc, calcium and iron. As well as the flavour hit, lucuma is also a brilliant natural sweetener being low in sugars and low on the glycemic scale, but adding a subtle sweet flavour similar to maple, to your dishes. You can buy it mostly in powdered form, as a result of grinding down the fruit’s root (from Amazon).
- Spirulina and Chlorella – an alkalising powder made from blue-green algae rich in iron and minerals. Doesn’t taste great so add just half a teaspoon to a little apple juice. These algae are great for detoxifying and drawing out heavy metals from the body
- Bone Broth – rich in collagen, amino acids and marrow, it supports gut membranes and improves skin. Sip on an empty stomach daily
- Raw Cocoa powder – use in homemade chocolate with melted coconut oil, or in wheat free baking
- Coconut oil – as well as being great for skin and hair, use this in any roasting or baking. It has a high smoke point as well as being anti-bacterial and antifungal.
- Kefir – Easily digested, it cleanses the intestines, provides beneficial bacteria and yeast, vitamins and minerals, and complete proteins. Kefir can be made from any type of milk, cow, goat or sheep, coconut, rice or soy.
- Seaweed – only a gram of seaweed provides your daily dose of iodine, a mineral that is critical for healthy thyroid function. Seaweed is loaded with more calcium than broccoli and is almost as rich in proteins as legumes. Other nutrients in seaweed include vitamin B-12 and vitamin A.