Superfoods = Superhumans
There is a definite hint of Autumn approaching in the air today, leaves are falling and its starting to feel a little chilly. At this time of year we tend to think of comfort foods, carbs and stodge which keep us feeling full and warm - while these foods are comforting they tend to slow digestion down and leave us feeling sluggish so we reach for a sugar fix for an energy boost which can send blood sugar levels out of control. This leads to another drop in energy levels so we feel tired and do it all over again.
Adding some Superfoods to the diet can help to stabilise energy levels and boost immunity helping to keep winter colds and flu’s away. Superfoods are rich in nutritional value, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and healthy oils. They can support us on our daily journey through a demanding fast-paced life style, support our fitness or training needs, or cleanse the body of unwanted toxins.
Spirulina is a blue green algae which contains the complete Vitamin B complex group and many important anti-oxidants (cell protectors). It is the richest natural source of Vitamin E and Beta Carotene. It helps to boost energy levels and balances blood sugar levels which help to reduce sugar cravings. Spirulina may be used as part of a weight management program. If taken 30-45mins before meals, it induces a “less hungry” feeling whilst still supplying a broad range of nutrients. We like to add a few teaspoons to a smoothie or sprinkle over salad.
Hemp our brains contains lot of the same essential fatty acids which are found in hemp. Therefore, hemp can help to improve your memory, and may prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Hemp seeds can also help to improve your moods, alleviate symptoms of depression and reduce anxiety and stress levels. It’s a natural appetite suppressant, and helps you to feel full longer. Adding 4 tablespoons of hemp seeds to your breakfast can help to reduce your food cravings for the rest of the day. It is also rich in skin friendly Omega oils which can help with eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
Chia seeds are known as the "Indian Running Food" the ancient Aztec warriors used chia seed during their conquests to enhance stamina and endurance. Chia seeds provide ample calcium and protein to the body's tissues. The seeds are also rich in boron, which helps the body assimilate and use calcium. They can also help with sleep difficulties, as Chia seed contains tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes sound sleep. Digestion is aided by adding Chia to the diet, combining chia seeds with water forms a gelatinous substance referred to as hydrophilic colloid. This colloid is critical for the maintenance and health of the mucosa lining and the gastrointestinal tract. Those unfortunate to suffer from GI tract issues will have chronic heartburn, flatulence, intestinal inflammation, and impaired digestion. But consuming chia seeds on a regular basis can be helpful to repair some of these damages and can help alleviate issues related to gastrointestinal disorders.
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We love using Superfoods in powder form, a few teaspoons added to porridge or cereal in the morning is a quick way to add a blast of nutrients to your diet, you can be inventive and add Chia seeds to baking or start making smoothies.
Whats your favourite way to use Superfoods? Do let us know your recipe suggestions