While we all want to feel our best, there’s no denying that most of us lived fast-paced lives - as a result, sometimes caring for our health can slip on our list of priorities. On top of this, as a society we are exposed to a plethora of environmental stressors and toxins, many of which can leave us feeling drained and sluggish. However, the choices we make and the foods we consume can have an incredible impact on our overall wellbeing. With 2018 right around the corner, there’s really no better time to kick that lethargic feeling and spring into the new year feeling better than ever. We’ve compiled a list of superfood ingredients that can lead to a healthier you:
This potent ingredient is brimming with vitamins, healthy fats and crucial minerals such as copper and potassium. Sometimes referred to as “Peruvian ginseng”, the Maca root has a slightly sweet and nutty flavour, making it a perfect addition to your porridge or even mixed into your morning coffee. The Maca root is also a prominent ingredient in the delicious smoothie bowls and drinks from restaurants such as Nutrition Republic – with an array of health benefits and great flavour, why not give it a try today?
You’ve probably heard of this one, as this superfood is increasingly growing in popularity. Its trendiness is well-deserved, as this exceptionally nutrient-dense supplement lowers the risk of stroke, cancer and helps to maintain a healthy weight. This vivid green powder is harvested from healthy freshwater sources (including locations in Hawaii) and can be used in a number of ways. Chefs and menu developers around Australia have been getting creative with the ingredient; it’s included in some burritos at Zambrero, and can easily be used in smoothies as a part of the ‘raw food’ trend that, as food delivery service Deliveroo pointed out, is on the rise in Australia.
We all enjoy a good Acai bowl, but imagine a berry that carries up to thirty times the antioxidants of Acai berries! Well, there’s no need to imagine, it really does exist; allow me to introduce you to the Maqui berry, your new go-to antioxidant booster for your morning smoothies. This purple super-berry will do wonders for your skin and hair, as well as improve overall heart health and cholesterol levels. Native to rainforests in Argentina and Chile, it’s uncommon to find Maqui berries fresh or frozen. However, you can purchase them freeze-dried, juiced or powdered from health stores such as SA’s Suntralis Foods in Lonsdale.
Known for its medicinal potency, the Chaga mushroom is rich in fibre and has anti-inflammatory qualities. Get your nutrient fix with virtually no downsides, as these mushrooms contain few calories and no fat or carbohydrates. Found growing in Alaska and Siberia, Chaga mushrooms are typically consumed in teas, though more recently are being added to coffee and sold as a powder.
For an energy boost, look no further than the Moringa plant, used for centuries in parts of Africa and South Asia for its detoxing and medicinal properties. You can use all parts of the plant – the seeds can be added to meals such as stews, and the roots are often used as condiments. Full of protein and amino acids, Moringa reduces stress on a physiological level and can even help lift your mood. Use it for a boost before or after a workout.
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