A superfood is a food that is nutritionally dense and contains high amounts of antioxidants, healthy fats, or certain vitamins and minerals. Superfoods are usually plant foods, although a few animal products are thought of as superfoods.
Hemp seed protein powder is made from protein-rich hemp seeds. It is finely milled to provide the most easily digestible and absorbable protein source for vegans and omnivores alike. The protein content supports muscle building and immune function, while the fibre content makes it useful for those with digestive complaints.
Baobab powder is made from the pulp of fruit from the Baobab tree. This fruit has been used for centuries for its high antioxidant content and impressive levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C. It also promotes colon health as it contains prebiotic fibre. Baobab powder is slightly tangy in flavour and delicious added to smoothies, breakfast bowls or desserts.
Chia seeds have been considered more valuable than gold by many ancient cultures. They are high in protein, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acid. They are soothing for the digestive tract and provide energy to the body. They absorb liquid rapidly and 3 tablespoons can yield a full and satisfying bowl of chai “porridge”. Mix it with some fruit and seeds and you have a delicious breakfast. Chia seeds are flavourless which means you can add them to salads, soups, stews, smoothies and desserts to bulk them up and add nutritional value.
Chocolate is a favourite treat and guilty pleasure for many people. The truth is that the raw cacao used to make chocolate is a highly nutritious superfood. It is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron and many other minerals, making it excellent for heart health, brain health, mood and slowing aging. The trick is to avoid chocolate with lots of sugar and milk and only eat 80% or higher dark chocolate or make your own raw chocolate using cacao powder, coconut oil and honey.
Find out more about these and many other superfoods in the South African book “The Magic of Superfoods”.
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