This is my go to green superfood. If you have never heard of spirulina before it is a freshwater algae, containing 60 to 70% complete protein. There is more protein per gram in spirulina than steak.
It is awesome for balancing your blood sugar level. It is also very easy for your body to break down and acts just like a multivitamin packed with calcium, magnesium, selenium, vi- tamin b and E and zinc. Adding it to your morning smoothie or juice is, therefore, an ideal way to give your body a regular supply of vitamins and minerals.
Be warned though if you haven’t tried spirulina before it has a powerful taste. In the beginning, I, therefore, recommend you start small and slowly build up your intake. So just use half a teaspoon to start with until you are used to it. So take it slow and lean in.
Raw cacao will be your new best friend if you are a chocoholic. If you love chocolate, then you will love raw cacao since it contains all the same, com- pounds that make chocolate so irresistible. First up there is phenylethyl- amine, which helps increase mental focus and alertness. Then there are the inhibitors, which help boost your feel-good brain chemicals serotonin, dopamine and adrenaline.
Originating from the beans of the cacao tree in Africa, raw cacao is packed full of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and sulphur. I prefer raw cacao to cocoa powder because it is the unrefined version.
This means it is still rich in all the natural nutrients of the cacao bean. In fact, raw cacao beans have an incredible antioxidant profile; they have 14 times more antioxidant power than red wine, 20 more times than green tea, and 7 times more antioxidant oomph than dark chocolate.
Maca powder is from the Maca root. This is an ancient superfood from Peru which has been growing in popularity over the years. It is an incredibly nutritious food which is fantastic if you have been dealing with a lot of stress, or you are facing adrenal fatigue.
I love how it can help balance the system out. It is awesome for energy boosting, and perfect for helping you stabilise and regulate your hormones. It has a caramel flavour which works well in raw chocolates and baked goods. It is also an easy one to incorporate into smoothies without ruining with the taste.
Acai berries have been a staple amongst Amazonian tribes. In the West, it is probably best known for its hyped up links to weight loss. The reason I love acai is that it is packed with powerful antioxidants with an ORAC rating of 1,027.
In their natural form they look like purple grapes but have the sweetness of a tropical berry. You would typically buy acai in powder or juice form. Make sure you buy freeze-dried acai fruit to ensure the nutrients stay intact or if you are buying the juice make sure it hasn’t been pasteurised or heated in any way.
Hemp powder is one of my favourite protein powders because it is a complete protein which is also rich in omega-3, 6, and 9.Adding this to your smoothies with spirulina, nut butter and some maca is an awesome way to boost their nutrient value.
Chlorella is a freshwater algae, and another complete protein packed B vitamins, vitamin C and E, and many minerals. It’s ideal for removing heavy metals from the body and strengthening the immune system.
When it comes to food which supports our digestive health, chia seeds take a bit of beating. These tiny little dots may not look like much and certainly, don’t offer much on the flavour front but don’t be fooled.
When they combined with water, they transform into something awesome for our health. In fact soaking them turns them gelatinous, and they expand to 10 times their original size.
This gel-like substance works wonders within your digestive system. It helps eliminate waste and moves like a brush clearing your intestinal interstate.
I use them as a binder in many recipes and to thicken up the dishes. Even adding a couple of teaspoons to your morning smoothie, will give it more texture and goodness.