Superfoods In My Kitchen

My kitchen is my place of joy.  All of us enjoy creating delicious food.  Most of our meals consist of one superfood or another.  There are some superfoods packed with essential nutrients that are always in my kitchen as a health copywriter trying to keep her brain and her kids brains firing.  Here are a few of them.

Superfoods I'm Always Loving

Kale

Kale has high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Excellent source of dietary fibre which helps keep blood sugar and cholesterol levels stable.

Kale contains high amounts of vitamin C and A, so brilliant for immunity.

Loads of vitamin K which keeps our bones healthy bones.

Add to salads and stir-fries, raw or cooked.  Steaming kale for around 5 minutes will enhance its flavour and nutritional value.  We love kale chips.  Oh, remember not to eat the stalks.

Avocado

Avocado is an excellent source of heart-healthy fats and other essential vitamins and minerals.  Excellent source of healthy monounsaturated fats (oleic acid) -  lowers cholesterol levels, decreasing ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and raising ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.  Packed with antioxidants. Excellent source of vitamin K - healthy blood clotting and bones.  Dietary fibre - bowel health.  Vitamin C - immunity.  Potassium - healthy blood pressure.

Mixed Berries

Acai is at the top of the list from a nutritional point of view.  Acai has the most abundant sources of antioxidants of all fruits.  About 50% higher in antioxidants than some of the more common types of berries.  However, from my busy working mums angle, I always have packets of mixed berries in my freezer.  Blueberries are packed with powerful antioxidants fantastic for your skin.  Protecting you from premature ageing and maintaining collagen and moisture levels. Try adding half a cup to your breakfast bowl, yoghurt, cereal, porridge or smoothie every day.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are the richest plant source of omega-3 fats - cardiovascular health, brain and nervous system function, and for soft, supple, youthful-looking skin.  Great source of;

Dietary fibre – bowel health.

Protein – growth and repair.

Calcium – beneficial for bone health.

Iron, magnesium, zinc and B vitamins - boost energy.

Sprinkle over muesli, porridge, smoothies, salads, stir-fries or vegetables.  Cooking them decreases their nutritional values.

Garlic

Who else loves garlic?  Garlic is so potent for immunity.  Garlic is also a good source of vitamins A, C, and minerals selenium, sulphur and zinc.  These vitamins and minerals all play pivotal roles in immune function.  Eating raw garlic gives us garlic’s full health benefits. When you do cook with garlic, add it in at the end.  I buy garlic peeled and store in a glass jar covered with extra virgin olive oil.  It keeps the garlic for weeks in the fridge.  Eating parsley with garlic helps reduce the 'garlic breath'.

Seaweed

Seaweed is nutritious.  Adding it to your meals is a neat way of increasing antioxidants.  We all need as many antioxidants as possible.  It is also a good source of calcium, zinc, B vitamins and iron.  Excellent for a healthy thyroid and metabolism.  Add to soups, stir-fries, and salads.  Make nori rolls or have you tried seaweed chips?

There are more super foods that I love.  I will share in another post.  But for now, that's it, folks.  Maybe you would like to share with us below - what superfood does your family love?