Food

7 Superfoods You Need In Your Life

Eating healthy can often be troublesome – with the latest story of what’s best for you changing seemingly month to month. Without a doubt though, the trick to staying healthy, as well as looking and feeling great – is eating a variety of fresh, raw, organic foods.

With this in mind, there are certain fundamental foods that are bursting with nutrition and healthy goodness, and these superfoods should all be part of your weekly meal prep….

Almonds

An incredibly popular tree nut, Almonds are highly nutritious and the richest source of calcium when compared to any other type of nut. These oval-shaped nuts are full of antioxidants, that can help to protect against oxidative stress, which can often contribute to aging and diseases like cancer. They also contain a high level of Vitamin E, which can protect against damage to your cell membranes. Strong Vitamin E intake has been linked to lower rates of heart and Alzheimer’s disease.

It doesn’t end there, Almonds are also a strong source of protein, and magnesium for blood sugar control – they are low in carbs and high in fiber.

Avocados

Avocados are a fruit native to South America and Mexico, as well as being delicious they are also loaded with a variety of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The fruits are actually very high in potassium, actually  containing more than bananas – and this helps maintain electrical gradients in the body’s cells, helping to serve important bodily functions. Strong potassium intake can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, strokes and kidney failure.

Other benefits of adding Avocados to your diet include – giving the body a healthy dose of monounsaturated fatty acids, a major component in olive oil that can help reduce inflammation and the risk of cancer. Also nutrients called Lutein and Zeaxanthin, are found in the fruits, which are incredibly important for eye health.

Cassava Flour

Made from the root vegetable cassava, a staple crop found in South America, parts of Asia and Africa – cassava flour is the latest wheat substitute to hit supermarket shelves. This soft flour is vegetarian and vegan friendly, as well as being gluten-free, grain and nut-free – making it a great alternative for anyone with an intolerance. Cassava is a good source of essential minerals, like iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and manganese. As well as containing high amounts of dietary fiber, it’s also loaded with carbohydrates that can provide a high levels of energy to those engaging in rigorous physical activity.

Salmon

Salmon is actually is one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet, being crammed with nutrients, it’s also tasty, versatile and readily available. As well is containing large amounts of high-quality protein and minerals, like potassium and zinc – salmon is also full of omega-3 fats. These omega-3 fatty acids can’t be produced by your body naturally so getting them from food is an essential part of your diet. They are hugely beneficial for anti-ageing, brain and nerve tissues, and help maintain strong eyesight. Wild salmon also has plenty of Vitamin D for healthy skin, bones, hair and nails.

Mushrooms

The humble and modest mushroom has recently come into its own in the modern superfood world. All edible types are stocked full of protein and fibre, as well as Vitamins D and B – and all contain powerful antioxidants. One of them being selenium, an antioxidant that can boost the body’s immune system and help to prevent damage to tissue and cells.

The fungi has also aided metabolism, in lowering the risk of bladder cancer, and in protecting against potential tumour formation. Mushrooms are widely expected to become a key ingredient in coffee, tea, soaps and other concoctions, due to their increased popularity.

Dairy-Free Milk

Over the last couple of years the number of lactose-free milk options on the supermarket shelf has dramatically increased. With numerous options available, from cashew and almond milk, to soy, rice, and coconut milk. Not only do these alternatives allow those suffering from lactose intolerance access to the nutrients in the milk, they also help people with Crohn’s disease, who have impaired lactase production.

Dairy-free milk has benefits for everyone – it provides nutrients and vitamins, and unlike regular cow’s milk, doesn’t fill your bowels with excess fluid or gas. It can also ease any other bloating or bowel problems suffered as a result of incomplete lactose digestion.

Pulses

The protein power of pulses in your diet cannot be underestimated – as they typically contain almost double the amount of protein as whole grain cereals like barley, wheat and oats. Pulses such as chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, peas and many others, are a huge source of plant-based proteins and amino acids. They are also extremely high in vitamins, minerals and fibre, all essential elements for maintaining a healthy diet.

As well as being the go-to protein substitute for those wanting to avoid red meat, they are also a significant source of potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc – they can reduce cholesterol levels and the risk of a stroke or heart attack.

We want you to have easy access to a rich and varied diet to help incorporate all the benefits that these superfoods can offer. Our Gourmet menu and Mixed Maintenance Meal Plan aims to get you started with a wide
selection of options – from meat and fish, through to pasta, rice, beans and vegetables.