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Life gets busy and staying on top of our nutrition can be a little tricky at times, so we make sure we keep our health and wellness in tip-top shape with these non-negotiable superfood staples. They provide us with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals for optimal health, so we can tackle day-to-day tasks with plenty of energy. Use these five to add flavour and texture to your meals throughout the day.
1. Plant-based protein powder
Whether it be hemp, pea or rice protein, we make sure to get our daily fix to assist our bodies in building and repairing muscle tissue. Plant-based proteins are loaded with disease fighting phytonutrients and are naturally low in cholesterol and sodium. They are also a good source of dietary fibre which is vital to support gut health and provide us with steady energy all day long. These powders are all neutral tasting so can be stirred into porridge, baked into loaves or added to smoothies.
This is our go-to anti-inflammatory fix! Turmeric’s benefits have been known for thousands of years and is a staple of Ayurvedic medicine. It boasts a rich golden colour which is bursting with antioxidants and as said by dietician and author Dawn Jackson Blatner, “Anytime you have brightly colored foods, you know there are plant compounds in there doing something great.” It boosts your memory, reduces the risk of heart disease, eases osteoarthritis pain and makes healthy food taste even better! Make a golden latte, sprinkle it on cauliflower before roasting or add it to your favourite curry.
3. Hemp Seeds
As with hemp protein powder, these buttery little seeds contain the essential amino acids our bodies do not naturally produce for muscle building and repair and can easily be added to savoury or sweet meals. Did you know that just 3 tbsp of hemp seeds provide a whopping 11grams of easily digestible protein? They are also extremely rich in magnesium, iron, zinc, vitamin E and vitamin B1. Sprinkle hemp seeds on your coconut yoghurt, smoothie bowls or on top of salads for a tasty nutty crunch.
Get yo’ greens in! Spirulina is a natural algae power that is incredibly high in protein and is a great source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It has even been said to be the most nutrient-dense food on the planet, so is certainly one to add to your pantry if you haven’t already. Mix it in water first thing in the morning or add to your daily smoothie for an super charged nutrient and energy boost.
5. Himalayan Pink Salt
Yes, getting your daily dose of humble salt is in-fact super important for optimal health and has been found to be essential to almost all physiological functions. It helps to create an electrolyte balance by regulating water content both inside and outside of cells, it helps the intestines absorb nutrients, improves circulation, increases hydration and aids in proper metabolism functioning. The added bonus is it makes the flavour of your food pop!
We’d love to know what your superfood staples are? Let us know in the comments below.