Five Sensational Superfoods

superfoodIs it a bird? Is it a plane? No…its kale in a cape! Superfoods are super-popular at the moment and rightfully so! Don’t get us wrong, normal food is great too, but their superpowered kin go above and beyond the call of duty and provide a whole host of health benefits that go beyond your average nutrition. Here are five for you to try!

Acai

The often mis-pronounced ‘ah-sah-ee’ berry earns its spot on our list because of the high level of antioxidants it packs, which help maintain energy levels and is a great post-workout food to help with recovery. Acai berries also help to combat free radicals and as a result help to prevent premature aging. Did we mention they are really tasty too?

Beans

Beans are a superb source of plant-based protein and are a go-to food for vegetarians and vegans the world over. Low in fat and high in magnesium and potassium, the protein and fibre found in beans help maintain healthy bodily functions and contribute to overall wellbeing. The best part is, beans are really affordable, and with so many different types you can create some really tasty and satisfying dishes!

Kale

Packed with an impressive array of vitamins and minerals, Kale’s ultimate power lies in being one of the veggies with the highest ORAC (oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) rating. This means that it helps to absorb harmful, unstable molecules from our atmosphere that damages our cells, so that’s a very good thing indeed! Sounds good right? Its little cousin is just as wonderful, and it just so happens we have a whole bunch of Baby Kale recipes, so get munching and stick it to those free radicals!

Bananas

Peel good with these yellow wonders! Bananas are one of nature’s best sources of dietary potassium which helps reduce blood pressure, boosts bone health and keeps our arteries in good shape. They are also bursting with energy and are the go-to fruit for athletes and people on a fitness regime. Finally, they are also a good source of tryptophan, an amino acid that boosts the production of feel-good hormone, serotonin which makes us feel happier and also enjoy a better night’s sleep.

Quinoa

Hailing from South America, Quinoa (pronounced Keen-Wa) is a grain that has become incredibly popular this year. Each seed is packed with fantastic nutrition, including high levels of calcium and protein which makes it a great option for vegans and vegetarians. It also has all nine essential amino acids and a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals. It’s also really versatile and can be added to all kinds of foods. Want to try some for yourself? How about this Quinoa salad with broccoli & Asparagus or a tasty mackerel & quinoa salad .