My Top 5 Superfoods

Feeling tired, run down or just in the need for a bit of a boost? Maybe one of these ‘Superfoods’ could be the answer……….

Superfoods by definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients. Here are 5 of my favourite

SPIRULINA

Definition – Blue-green micro algae, grows at very fast rates and provides more nutrition per acre than any other crop.

Dosage – starting with ½ teaspoon going up to even 4 tablespoons a day for those who can take the cleansing effect

How to take – on its own if you can handle the taste! Or in smoothies/salads

Benefits – anaemia, diabetes, overeating, malnourishment, amazing source of protein, calming and high chlorophyll content.

WHEATGRASS

Definition – Young wheat sprouted from wheat grain before it grows into a glutinous monster. One of the most alkalising foods.

Dosage – 10z shot or level teaspoon of powder.

How to take – as a fresh juice or powder.

Benefits –high chlorophyll content, carries first class enzymes into the cells. Strong digestive properties. Also helps treatment of hypertension, anaemia, fatigue, PMS, diabetes, obesity.

AVOCADO

Definition – High content of good fats and oils.

Dosage – ½ or 1 each day

How to take – in salads, smoothies, on its own!

Benefits –remarkably satisfying. Contain folate, potassium, monostaurated fats and are very high in fibre. Diabetes sufferers can lower their triglycerides by up to 20%. Lower cholesterol. Great food for pregnant ladies.

CHIA SEEDS

Definition –The seeds of Salvia hispanica L. or “chia” from South and Central American. High in protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds create a thick gel when soaked in water and provide the main ingredient in traditional endurance tonics

Dosage – approx.  about 2.5 tbsp. of dry seed a day

How to take – sprinkle in shakes, smoothies, salads, add to soups, scrambled eggs, stir frys etc

Benefits –reduce food cravings, feel fuller faster, high in omega 3, reduce blood pressure, have been shown to control blood sugar.

HEMPSEEDS

Definition – Claimed to be the most nutritionally complete food source in the world!

Dosage – 3-5 Tablespoons a day

How to take – buy whole or hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein powder, and oil.  Eat raw, add them to a salads, replace olive oil with hemp seed oil, add to shakes, smoothies etc

Benefits – high protein containing all of the essential amino acids, high amounts of fatty acids and fibre as well as containing vitamin E and trace minerals, balanced ratio of omega 3 to 6 fats.

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