What is Superfood?
Avocado toasts, acai bowls, quinoa salads… while bright, colourful dishes like these can massively benefit your Instagram account – hello likes! – they can do your bod lots of good, too. These so-called superfoods – think goji, kale and chia – have become hugely popular in recent years, and it’s little wonder. All fruit and veg is good for you, but foods that are particularly rich in antioxidants are a quick and easy way to get your daily vitamins. And it’s not just fruit and veg that have won superfood status. Check out some of our faves and see how to make your super meal.
These tiny seeds may have quite a bland taste, but they’re an excellent source of omega-3, fibre, protein, iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Mix them into a yogurt, porridge or smoothie for a healthy brekkie in minutes.
The goji berry reached its superfood status following claims that it can help to maintain a healthy heart and boost the immune system. The dried red berries make an ideal snack or smoothie topping.
Thanks to its high antioxidant levels, it’s claimed this purplish berry has anti-ageing properties. It’s arguably the most Instagrammed breakfast of 2016, so you can see how it’s made such an impact.
This Peruvian root vegetable can help increase energy, and improve memory and focus. It’s also a great source of vitamin B6, calcium and iron. Bonus!
Unlike traditional cacao, found in chocolate, raw cacao has been roasted and tastes more bitter. Since it has been linked to many health claims, including a reduced risk of heart disease, there’s really no better excuse to give that chocolate habit a healthy switch.
These are a range of vitamins and other nutrients that protect your cells from the damaging effects of toxins found in food and the environment. Veggies are packed with them.
Essential fatty acids
We need EFAs to carry out vital functions such as building healthy cells so we can maintain a healthy bod.
Found in fish oils, such as salmon, this essential fatty acid helps to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.
An essential vitamin, often found in cereals, beans, vegetables, meat and eggs, that plays an important role in the formation of red blood cells.