Superfoods are those little gems which can boost your daily nutrition with a simple handful or a couple of teaspoons added to salad. Adding superfoods to your daily diet will help boost your immune system, increase your intake of healthy fats and calories and give you a better health outlook overall. These summer superfoods can be eaten every day and add to a varied, healthy diet.
Seaweed is one way of giving your digestive system a kick as well as keeping your thyroid and metabolism in check. Seaweed (especially kelp seaweed) has the highest levels of natural calcium of any food and is extremely anti-oxidant heavy. Yes, you can eat it! You can pop it into a pan to soften it or simply add it into salads and soups. You can buy it here and here.
Salsify is an exotic root vegetable that looks a little like a tree branch but tastes much better. It benefits from a low calorific content with more potassium than a banana and plenty of fibre, vitamin C and vitamin B6. It can be roasted or cooked just like a potato and it also has edible shoots and flowers which some people add to salads.
Cooking without fats and oil is possible but you can be missing out on some key nutrients. Avocado oil is packed fully of health monounsaturated fats and is just as easy to cook with as other oils on the market. It can be used in dressing, dips and marinades and will help increase your HDL cholesterol levels.
Pichuberries or Physalis
These Peruvian orange fruit take their name from the area in which they grow and are another example of a super berry that diversifies the diet! Pichuberries are packed with vitamins, proteins and iron. Around 125g of pichuberries will provide around 40% of your daily Vitamin D requirement. With Vitamin D notoriously difficult to boost, this is truly a fruit we should all add to our diets.
Matcha powder is usually made into a vibrant green tea or a frothy milkshake or smoothie. It is packed with health benefitting nutrients including chlorophyll which is now known to help detox the body and root out all those nasty chemicals and toxins. It is also said to contain as many antioxidants as 10 cups of green tea in a single glass!
Superfoods are designed to give your diet a push in the right direction and all these vibrant new flavours may inspire you to try out some new recipes too.
I love the seaweed you get in Chinese restaurants - glad to know I can buy it myself. All I need to do now is master chopsticks!
I tried physalis once in a vegetable box and hated it! The other foods sound quite expensive too. I think I'm with Olga in trying the avocado oil though....
I can see the benefits in these foods but I can't see how they're affordable for the average person, especially if you're snacking on them every day. We eat a lot of avocados though so switching to avocado oil would feel like a natural move.
I thought 'salsify' was a verb - who knew? Will be sticking to the fresh local produce at the moment but these ideas will be useful for after the glut.
While seaweed can technically be foraged in the wild, unless you are familiar with the different types it is best to purchase rather than pluck your own straight from the sea. Like any plant, seaweed can be affected by the bacteria and pollution of its environment - which can make it less safe to eat.
I live near the sea. Can I eat seaweed from the sea if I wash it?
These foods are ok if you've got plenty of money, but too expensive and imo opinion, unnecessary
You can get physalis at asda. Matcha powder you can get online - try teapigs.co.uk.
Unusual foods - not even heard of the last 2! Thanks for the advice as to where to get seaweed, any idea where I can get the rest?