I am not the healthiest person AT ALL. I do eat well sometimes, but more often than not I reach for the carbs, sugar and fat! It becomes a vicious circle, because I am so tired working and running after a little one all day, that I need the energy, hence reaching for the bad foods. After reading lots of information about health of late, I decided to best way to start is to incorporate super foods into the diet. I have found this surprisingly easy, because you sprinkle it on anything you eat, or mix into a drink. Much easier for a busy mum like me, who hasn't got time to faff around making dishes with 100s of ingredients that take hours to cook.All of these can be added to ANY food.
Here are my top discoveries:
Described as one of the healthiest foods on the planet, Chia Seeds originate from south america. Even though they are very small in size, they pack a nutritional punch in every seed. They contain B Vitamins and are a rich source of all the dietary minerals. You can add these to food as they are but you can also soak them overnight in almond milk to make a Chia Pudding.
Maca is known as an adaptogen. Maca powder strengthens the body; helps maintain optimal stamina and endurance.Studies have shown Maca acting as a caffeine-free energiser. Also,in multiple studies Maca powder has been shown to boost sexual desire in both men and women without any adverse effects on sex hormones.
Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it is raw and much less processed than cocoa powder or chocolate bars. Cacao is thought to be the highest source of antioxidants of all foods and the highest source of magnesium of all foods. It has been used throughout many cultures for years for health purposes and even used as a high trade commodity.
The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.
These are not cheap to buy, but they do last a long time, and for your health, sometimes its better to spend a bit more money as you will reap the benefits.
You can't buy many of these at supermarkets, but you can find them at any health food store or online.
Love Ellie x