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What does superfood actually mean?

The term is commonly used when referring to a food that boasts a high phytonutrient content and provides an abundance of supernutrients, minerals and antioxidants! It’s the foods we are meant to be eating!

Consuming so-called superfoods can be hugely beneficial to your health and can be used as snacks and main meals. Here are my top five superfoods that should be included in any meal plan:

Superfood no.1 — Blueberries
Blueberries are a superfruit as they provide consumers with significant intakes of manganese, fibre, vitamin C, antioxidants and anthocyanins.

Meal ideas: These are great for snacks or as a dessert after a meal. They can even be thrown into a salad.

Superfood no.2 —  Spirulina
Is an ancient and fascinating life form which straddles a developmental cusp between plants and animals.  Uniquely, spirulina can grow in very warm alkaline rich water which other plants cannot tolerate.  As a ‘food of the future’, spirulina is 65 to 75% complete protein with perfectly balanced essential amino acids.  By comparison, beef is only 25 percent protein!  It is also rich in a wide range of other nutrients, including antioxidants.

Superfood no.3 — Avocado
A 1,800-calories-a-day diet should comprise 30g of monosaturated fat and just one avocado will provide this. They are also packed with beta-sitosterol, which battles cholesterol and reduces the amount that your body will absorb.

Meal ideas: Chop them up into a salad or mash them into a guacamole dip to make your carrot sticks a little more interesting.

Superfood no.4 — Broccoli
This green gem is proven to keep cancer at bay while also lowering the risk of heart disease. Its boasts a multitude of vitamins, including A, C and K and should be boiled for less than 10 minutes for the best nutrient consumption.

Meal ideas:
Snack on it raw as you would carrot or cucumber sticks and dip it into an avocado dip or olive oil and vinaigrette dressing. Boil it lightly to accompany meals such as salmon and chicken breasts.

Superfood no.5 — Spinach
Follow Popeye’s lead and reach for the spinach! High in iron and full of vitamins this vegetable is a great way to consume folate.

Meal ideas: Use it to accompany any meal but only boil it very lightly to avoid losing its goodness. Spinach is also great raw as part of a tasty salad.

Superfoods no.6 — Fish
Fish is an easy way to enjoy omega 3. It’s packed with vitamins and is a great source of protein. It can be used to combat memory loss, PMS problems, colon cancer, strokes and cardiovascular disease. Salmon, in particular, reduces the risk of heart disease.

Meal ideas:
Can be eaten as a main meal with vegetables or thrown into a salad with a sprinkling of olive oil dressing.

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