Nourishing Your Body With Superfoods

On our blog we often talk (or write!) about different ways to ensure your body’s wellness.  There are many ways in which this can be done. Some examples include practicing mindfulness, positivity, practicing gratitude, havening and journaling In today’s blog, we will explore the benefits of nourishing your body with superfoods.

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In a world where our schedules are jam-packed and fast food is sometimes the easiest option, it’s crucial to prioritize nourishing our bodies with the right foods. Fueling wellness isn’t just about filling your stomach; it’s about providing your body with the nutrients it needs to thrive. The following is a guide to some superfoods that can help you on your journey to wellness.

1. Leafy Greens

Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They support healthy digestion, provide essential nutrients, and help reduce inflammation in the body.

Leafy greens can be consumed by way of salads or in smoothies. We also love a good spinach pie such as this one Mama Lotties.

2. Berries

Berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries, are rich in antioxidants, fibre, and vitamins. They can help improve brain function, protect against chronic diseases, and promote heart health.

Add berries to your overnight oats for a great start to your day.

3. Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds are excellent sources of healthy fats, protein, and fibre. They can help lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar, and support overall heart health.

Nuts and seeds are perfect on-the-go snacks.  However, you should be careful when consuming the same as they can be calorific.  We want to be able to strike a good balance between eating superfoods and keeping to a calorie deficit if trying to lose weight.

4. Fatty Fish

Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health and reducing the risk of heart disease. They also provide high-quality protein and various vitamins and minerals.

Now that the summer is coming we recommend our barbecued cedar plank salmon.

5. Whole Grains

Whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice, and oats are rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals. They help regulate digestion, stabilize blood sugar levels, and provide sustained energy throughout the day.

6. Greek Yogurt

Greek yoghurt is an excellent source of protein, probiotics, and calcium. It supports gut health, strengthens bones, and helps maintain muscle mass.

You can have this as part of a healthy breakfast with berries and nuts, as a delicious dessert or as part of a sauce in cooking.

7. Avocado

Avocado is a nutrient-dense fruit rich in healthy fats, fibre, potassium, and vitamins. It can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, and promote satiety.

We absolutely love avocado toast as part of our weekend breakfast. Toast some thick crusty bread and top with mashed avocado, halved cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, a drizzle of balsamic glaze and some chilli flakes and fresh herbs.

8. Legumes

Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas and black beans are high in protein, fibre, and various vitamins and minerals. They support digestive health, stabilize blood sugar levels, and aid in weight management.

Check out our delicious chickpea curry for an easy and nutritious meal which will soon become a family favourite.

9. Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibre. They help detoxify the body, support liver health, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower served with lean protein such as tofu or chicken also make a great base for stir fries which when served with brown rice or quinoa make for a nutrient-packed meal.

Check out our cauliflower cheese as a delicious side dish or our Cheesy Broccoli Soup as a nutritious and filling lunch or dinner.

10. Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties due to its active compound, curcumin. It can help reduce inflammation, alleviate joint pain, and support overall immune function.

Turmeric can be added to your diet in a number of ways.  An easy way of doing this is by making “golden milk” whereby turmeric, a dash of back pepper, honey or maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon or ginger (another two superfoods) are added to warm milk (dairy or plant-based).  Herbal turmeric teas are also a great way to obtain the benefits of this superfood.

Curries of course also often include turmeric.  This adds great flavour and a vibrant colour to your dishes.

Curries of course also often include turmeric.  This adds great flavour and a vibrant colour to your dishes.

Superfoods for Better All-round Health

Incorporating these power foods into your diet can go a long way in fueling wellness and promoting a healthier lifestyle. Remember to prioritize whole, nutrient-dense foods, stay hydrated (If you struggle to stay hydrated with plain water, we recommend some of our delicious infused water options), and listen to your body’s signals.

By nourishing your body with the right foods, you’ll not only feel better physically but also mentally and emotionally. 

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