That’s not to say I wasn’t fascinated as a child. Especially when my father explained that those amazing little bees carried pollen from flowers in their own purpose built ‘baskets’ all over their body! But to be honest, unless I could visualise a little bee with pollen filled baskets I was too busy building tents in my bedroom to pay attention or understand the worth of these SuperFoods.
Whatever dad brought home I would eat/take, mostly because I was too scared to say no but now I’m on this journey and have learnt about the value of SuperFoods in our diet I would gladly welcome a delivery from the old man.
So, what are SuperFoods? Well, it depends who you are asking.
The macrobiotic crew classify wholegrains, green tea, berries, leafy greens, sea vegetables and fermented soy products (to name a few) as SuperFoods. And yes, they definitely pack a punch. But then there are the SuperFoods which are far from ‘new’ but only becoming more mainstream now. Thesen are frequently seen in the diets of vegans looking to maximise their nutrient intake. The more unusual kind like Hemp Seeds (which you can grow in Australia but can’t consume!), Kamu Kamu, Maca, and Bee Pollen. Either way, SuperFoods are the foods that sit head and shoulders above others in similar categories. Nutrient dense with long held healing and medicinal qualities.
Maybe you are thinking that some SuperFoods are just another product with empty promises being marketed to us… or maybe some of them are actually quite spectacular in what they can bring to the table. Whichever way you see SuperFoods the only real way to answer is to try them yourselves. Pay attention to how they make you feel – do you feel fuller, more energetic, revitalised? Seeing as some of the SuperFoods around today have long been part of the diet of many ancient cultures, such as the Mayans and Aztecs, surely they got something super out of these foods?
We used to supplement our diet with Propolis, Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen and Raw Honey and yep these are now widely available SuperFoods. There are also incredibly nutritious plant products such as goji berries, hempseed, cacao beans (raw chocolate), maca, spirulina, acai, chia seeds and more. Incredibly powerful sources of protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good fats, essential fatty and amino acids, and other nutrients. In the words of David Wolfe (Raw Food, Health and Nutrition expert) these SuperFoods ‘represent a uniquely promising piece of the nutritional puzzle’.
So how do you get them into your diet?
Do your research first and make a decision for yourself what you’d like to include in your diet. As these SuperFoods are so incredibly nutritious it’s best to consume them as close to their natural state as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t bake or cook with them but to really get the most out these SuperFoods I say get your smoothie on.
A morning smoothie, packed with a variety of SuperFoods, will leave you feeling fresh and bouncy. The fibre from the fruit and veg is great for your bowels and a well stocked smoothie can be a great breakfast on its own for those that struggle to eat a large meal in the AM.
My favourite smoothie is a Green one and with the added SuperFoods it really is the most easily digestible hit of nutrients.
Try this out:
• Handful of cos lettuce
• Handful of spinach
• Squeeze of lime juice (helps with the absorption of X in spinach)
• 1 cup of 100% organic apple juice (avoid anything with added sugar/additives)
• 1 banana (frozen is fine)
• 1/2 cup of blueberries (also frozen – buy in bulk www.berryman.com.au
• 1 teaspoon chia seeds (soak in water first)
• 1 teaspoon spirulina
• 1 teaspoon cacao (be generous here!)
• 1 teaspoon pure powdered acai
• Dash of cinnamon (blood purifyer)
What you will get is a dark greeny, brown smoothie that probably looks pretty off and unappealing. But to be honest, the more unattractive the better.
The taste? I’ll just say this, my boyfriend, Chris, who is a chorizo loving, meat advocate who feels cheated if there is no bacon with his breakfast absolutely LOVES this smoothie. He loves it more than the berry/yoghurt/honey/cacao concotions I do when I’ve run out of greenage.
That’s got to say something, right? But, in short. They rock.
I’m going to continue my experiment with SuperFoods and I’ll update again… I’ll see what other smoothie recipes I can come up. Oh and I’m also attending a ‘cooking with cacao’ workshop. Which is basically a day of cooking and eating chocolate yumminess made with pure cacao.
Soon, I’ll also break down the nutrient information around some of these SuperFoods. A little teaser – one of the richests natural sources of Omega 3!
Have you included Smoothies, SuperFoods or anything similar into your diet?
What do you think about SuperFoods?
Signing off with a big exhale…