I wrote an article about superfoods which was published in Your Healthy Living magazine. Here's a taster of the article, focusing on blueberries and spirulina.
Read the original article which also includes chia, tumeric, kale, quinoa and cacao (my favourite!), and find out how to have a Superfood Day!
Are superfoods the powders that we blend into smoothies and sprinkle onto our porridge or are they just normal foods that have special benefits? We think it’s both! Read on to learn more about some of our favourite superfoods and how you can incorporate them into your diet.
Sweet and tasty, blueberries are available in every supermarket and in the freezer section all year long. Their deep blue colour tells us they contain the antioxidant chemical anthocyanin. Antioxidants may help to positively dampen down our normal chemical processes, particularly if we do lots of exercise. In terms of health, research isn’t conclusive but suggests that blueberries might be beneficial for heart health. Blueberries have a low glycaemic load (GL) rating, which means they are a great snack choice for blood sugar balancing. Many people find that blood sugar balancing helps them avoid afternoon dips in their energy and mood. Blueberries are a good source of vitamin K, which is needed for blood clotting, and they also contain vitamin C.
Add a large handful of blueberries to your porridge, have them as a tasty morning snack or blend them into a breakfast smoothie with some natural yoghurt. You can also make use of blueberry concentrate to create a delicious drink after exercise.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae more commonly recognised in its powder form. It has been consumed for centuries in many parts of the world such as Latin America and central Africa. Research suggests that it has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties and can help to support the liver and immune system. It is not recommended to be taken by anyone with an autoimmune disease, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, so it is advised to check with your healthcare provider first before taking it.
Top Tip: Add powdered spirulina to juices or even your porridge. Look out for it in foods such as protein snack balls or try making your own with a combination of dates and nut butter.
Original Article with more about cacao, turmeric, quinoa and kale, and find out how to have a Superfood day!