I can’t help but giggle every time I hear the term “Superfood”… I have visions of parts of my breakfast literally flying off my plate, teeny tiny capes flapping behind them as they go off and fight crimes against consumption. What is this term “Superfood”?? What does it mean? And why only now have we discovered it??
Superfoods can be defined in countless ways; usually plant-based, nutrient-dense and loaded with vitamins and minerals... but in a world that is dominated by convenience, fast-food and that ever-elusive work/life balance, to me, a superfood is any food that is consumed in, or close to, its natural state as possible. Free from chemical or artificial processes… able to be eaten as nature intended. Raw, uncooked and untampered with. And this why...... I LOVE BERRIES!!
These nutrient-packed little powerhouses are overflowing with goodness whether eaten fresh, frozen, dried or powdered. It is widely known that berries are rich in antioxidants - but did you also know that the darker the berry, the greater its phytochemical content - compounds which may help prevent the formation of potential carcinogens and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. These delicious little gems can be raw by the handful, thrown into smoothies or dotted over salads.
Some of my favourites include:
Blackberries - Rich in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C with it’s dark blue colour ensuring it has one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits.
Blueberries - Again, very high in antioxidants due to their naturally blue hue and also packed with micronutrients and fibre. They also contain resveratrol which may help to prevent macular degeneration.
Raspberries - High in fibre, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Also a good source of folic acid and niacin.
Goji Berries - These incredible little berries contain all essential amino acids as well as the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with Vitamin C, iron, calcium, zinc, selenium and contain natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds.
Açai - These rare little berries are packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and fibre as well as iron, calcium and healthy fats.