our superfoods

We love living an active and healthy lifestyle and these days it seems to have never been so popular. If we followed an organic, vegetarian, vegan, raw or paleo diet just 10 years ago, we would have been given some odd looks, but now it almost seems trendy. Navigating through all of these unfamiliar terms and the food involved can be confusing, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite ‘superfoods’ that are a staple in our kitchen to get you started.
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Superfoods are packed full of natural nutrients, minerals and antioxidants and are known to have incredible health benefits – everything from fighting cancer and heart disease, to lowering your cholesterol and managing diabetes. Not only do they do all this, but they are low in calories and sugar so they keep your waistline slim and they taste delicious. Sound too good to be true? Well believe it!
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Kale – A relatively new addition to your local grocer, this dark leafy green certainly packs a punch in the vitamins department. A cup of kale will provide with almost your entire recommended daily intake of vitamins A, C and K. Vitamin A is important for maintaining good vision and glowing skin and Vitamin K is your cancer fighter, preventer of blood clotting and takes care of your bone strength. Vitamin C is well known to help rid our bodies of colds and keep our immune system strong, but it is also helpful for maintaining a stable metabolism and hydration. Iron assists with transporting oxygen around our bodies; essential for maintaining normal functions and energy levels, and many believe your main iron source is by eating red meat. You’d be wrong. Kale actually contains more iron per calorie than beef, so try to remember that before you order that eye fillet from the menu!
How we eat it – Any way we can! In a smoothie or juice, stir fried with other greens or chopped up as a salad base. We are also keen to try making our own kale chips. The list of possibilities seem to be endless.
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Goji berries – These tiny little berries are native to the Himalyan regions of Tibet and Mongolia, but are also widely grown in China. For thousands of years, people have been benefiting from their natural healing powers and living longer because it promotes your mental well-being and calmness, athletic performance, happiness and quality of sleep. What makes goji berries unique from other fruits is that it contains every essential amino acid, has the highest amount of protein, is loaded with Vitamin C and is high in fibre. It also has an astonishing 15 times more iron than spinach, which is pretty remarkable considering its smaller than my pinky finger.
How we eat it: Sprinkle it on top of your oats or yogurt in the morning – it adds a pinch of extra sweetness and a lot of extra nutrients.
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Quinoa – We know the name sounds funny (pronounce it like “kin-wah”), but don’t be underestimated by the long term health benefits surrounding our favourite food out of South America. Quinoa is gluten free, high in dietary fibre, a full protein (perfect for vegetarians) and a complex carbohydrate, making it easy to digest whilst still making your body feel fuller for longer, therefore maintaining your sugar levels and appetite. High levels of magnesium are found in quinoa, making it the perfect food for optimising your metabolism, cardiovascular, and blood vessel function.
How we eat it: We use it as a replacement for couscous, rice and even muesli. It’s so versatile because the taste is plain and the consistency is perfect.
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Chia Seeds – Historically cultivated by the Aztecs in central Mexico and Guatemala, chia seeds are now grown in Australia and are widely known for their long list of health benefits. They can provide almost any food with a fibre boost when sprinkled on top; just one serve of chia seeds is a third of your recommended daily intake of fibre, which is therefore going to keep your bowel movements regular and your digestive system working properly. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develop when exposed to liquids helps fight type-2 diabetes by maintaining your blood sugar levels and keeps your brain healthy by providing huge amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds will also look after your teeth and bones by providing almost a fifth of your calcium needs and keeping them strong and therefore helping to avoid osteoporosis.
How we eat it: We sprinkle it on virtually anything – fresh juices, yogurt, oats, salads and even soups!
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Almonds – As one of the healthiest tree nuts on the market, its hard to find a fault in them. Grabbing a handful of nuts to snack on is probably the easiest way to get a lot of your required daily nutrients; no preparation or cooking. Since they are packed with fibre, protein and healthy fats; you stay fuller for longer and will be able to resist the urge to overeat thus gaining weight. It’s hard to believe, but some scientists even go as far as saying that eating almonds will stop your body from absorbing other calories! Almonds are also naturally rich in magnesium which is one of the strongest defences against high cholesterol, heart attacks and hypertension.
How we eat it: Raw almonds are best, and we eat them whole as a snack, chopped up in salads or in our muesli, soaked and transformed into almond milk (which actually contains more calcium per serving than cows milk) and ground up into almond meal to use as a flour replacement.

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