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. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. 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.  Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy: Recent Articles

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Baileys Flapjacks

Why is it that certain drinks and foods are only consumed during the Christmas period?  Take Baileys for example.  Whilst drinking Baileys is of course not actually confined to a specific season or celebration in our house this is definitely a “Christmas” drink.  It’s a drink that you must have as an after dinner drink option for guests but one which I find I inevitably end up with a half full bottle come January.  It is from this half full bottle of Baileys that I drew my recent baking inspiration. The result: my Baileys flapjacks. And my oh my what a discovery that was! As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. What exactly is Baileys? Bailey’s is a renowned Irish cream-based liqueur that has become a staple in the world of spirits. Its unique combination of Irish whiskey, cream, and a hint of cocoa results in a harmonious fusion of sweet, creamy goodness with the warming notes of whiskey.   It can be enjoyed on the rocks, in coffee, or as a key ingredient in cocktails or desserts!e Writing Storing Baileys An opened bottle of Bailey’s  will typically have a shelf life of around 6 months when stored in the refrigerator. On the other hand, an unopened bottle can last for several years if stored in a cool, dark place. In any event, it is essential to check the bottle for any signs of spoilage. Look out for changes in colour, odour, or consistency before consuming, even if within the recommended time frame Birthday Treats Last Saturday I was blessed to celebrate my 45th trip around the sun. This week as is customary, birthday cakes were due at the office.  I have been struggling with my food inspiration after Christmas but, faced with the need to bake, I suddenly came up with an idea for Baileys flapjacks. For me, treats like flapjacks are great. Especially when you need to make a ton of sweet treats and are pressed for time. Flapjacks: A Chewy Oat Sensation Flapjacks are a delightful combination of rolled oats, butter, golden syrup, and sugar which can easily be customised. Whether you decide to add a handful of chocolate chips, dried fruits, nuts or liqueurs to your flapjacks the possibilities for customization are seemingly endless. It is this adaptability that ensures that you can cater to various with ease. Why Choose Flapjacks for Large Gatherings? Baileys Flapjacks This flapjack recipe is so incredibly easy to make.  It is also thoroughly delicious which makes for a dangerous combination! Smiles and Satisfied Taste Buds Guaranteed These treats guarantee smiles and satisfied taste buds. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and let the baking magic begin. Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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