Three Superfoods you need to add to your shopping list.
Are you striving for a natural Gwyneth or Fearne like inner glow? Are you becoming disillusioned with snap chat filters or just tired of taking photos whilst staring into blinding sunshine to achieve it? Are you spending time looking at the health food sections in Aldi, Tesco or Waitrose or browsing organic shops online wondering if you should be adding Maccha powder or Hemp protein to your basket? You aren’t alone. In fact you are one of a growing number of people interested in eating healthily and who wants to achieve it by adding a tablespoon of ‘something nutritious’ to food you already know you like. Here is my quick guide to just 3 of the most talked about Super foods contained in health food aisles today. These 3 amazing little beauties are so full of nutrients they will ensure you are healthy on the inside in a way that will radiate out of you without the need for expensive creams or specialist contouring.
This rising star of the superfood world Spirulina is a powered form of algae. It is described as representing a biomass of Cyanobacteria, clearly named by scientists, so obviously super healthy and therefore must be really good for you. Amazingly algae has not always been considered a food fit for human consumption. However that all changed recently when they found a way to grind it down into a powder that can be sold in those healthy looking green packets in organic food stores. More importantly Spirulina gives you a bigger hit of protein than soya beans and quinoa combined. Great news, as this means you don’t have to eat them anymore! The really surprising thing about Spirulina is despite being ground into fine powder and having things added to ensure the taste of algae is disguised. It doesn’t seem to matter what you add it to, Spirulina consistently makes everything taste of algae.
Chai seeds have been on the super-food list for a while now. They are packed with Omega 3 and aid digestive health, which we all know is the best kind of health. Chai seeds are funny things that look and taste an awful lot like grit either whole or milled into a powder. You can add chai seeds to muffins, porridge, smoothies, yoghurt or granola and it gives everything the underlying taste and texture of grit. If you don’t like the taste of healthy grit in your breakfast you can soak it overnight, the soaking makes something quite magical happen. Once soaked chai seeds transform into something not dissimilar to actual frogspawn. The frogspawn form of Chai seeds are used in lots of desserts, most commonly into a mousse type dessert. One that looks for all the world like mousse but still manages to retain the texture of frogspawn.
Cacao powder is made from raw cacao beans, the very same cacao beans that are used to make chocolate. Raw cacao has the highest antioxidant value of all the natural foods in the world and also Clinques, Neal’s Yard and Elemis’s specialist night creams. There are other alleged health benefits but quite frankly who cares if you can just add raw chocolate to everything? The main issue with Cacao is it tastes like raw, really bitter mud. This can be remedied by adding copious amounts of sugar (raw and unprocessed obviously) and milk. This process is essentially making your own chocolate so earns you smug points for being super healthy and making your own home cooked treats from scratch. Like all homemade products it is not as good and exponentially more expensive than just buying chocolate but then you wouldn’t get the smug points, I mean all the health benefits.
Nina Page for Pf Magazine