As those of you who have been paying attention will know, I have discovered super-foods!! While attending the Freefrom and Allergy Show in London, I was privileged enough to hear a nutritionist talk about super-foods. It was a facinating talk in which she outlined the benefits of a number of superfoods that I had never heard of. Unfortunatley, I didn’t catch where she said she was going to post her slides which were full of really useful information! Anyway, what I did take away from the seminar was that there were a number of super-foods that I wanted to start experimenting with!
|A Peruvian maca grower|
Firstly, Maca. A Peruvian root, Maca powder has been used in Peru for endurance, energy and hormonal balance for over 2000 years. Maca root is known as the Peruvian Ginseng due to the variety and density of its minerals: calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, silica and zinc. Super, I thought, when my daughter is now off dairy and gluten!
Secondly, I chose cacao for being high in iron,magnesium, fibre and anti-oxidants and good for sleep and cramps, the latter something that my lo seems to suffer from.
Later on I will be experimenting with baobab with its unique nutritional profile, with more Vitamin C than oranges, more iron than red meat and a rich content of alkalising minerals: calcium, potassium and magnesium.
|The ‘tree of life’ containing the baobab fruit|
Then there is spirulina with a full spectrum of nutrients that nourish the body and mind: beta-carotene, iron, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin B complex, chlorophyll, complete protein, GLA and more.
For me, not the kids, the experiements will include acai berry. It has one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruit and vegetables ever tested by science – up to 8 times that of blueberries and 10 to 30 times that of red wine. Its powerful antioxidants, polyphenols and Vitamin E, help slow down the effects of ageing by protecting our cells from degeneration (not something I think the kids need to worry about just yet!). Perhaps it will help my graying hair!!!
|Acai berry – the Amazonian super-berry|
Finally, wheatgrass which despite its name is gluten-free if picked when young! It contains chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, enzymes and energy-metabolising minerals.
So watch this space! Over the coming months I will be adding these little beauties into my cooking. You can choose to do the same or just leave them out of the recipes.
Having already experimented with maca a fair bit I can tell you that it tastes pretty awful, but can be disguised. The best things to disguise it in that I have found so far are pancakes and brownies. My adapted recipes will be posted shortly. I can honestly say that I have felt a lot lot better since taking maca. No PMS this month, no headaches and, I fancy, a bit more energy than I have had in recent months! So, if you fancy the challenge go out there are get yourself some. I got mine in Holland and Barrett and it has no cross-contamination issues. The previous maca I bought said it may contain gluten due to being processed with wheat products. Just check the packaging carefully before you buy it! The nutritionist at the Freefrom and Allergy show recommended Organic Burst as a company to buy all of these products from…
Let me know if you use or have used any of these products and what your views on them are…just a quick note to let me know that there is SOMEONE out there reading this stuff! And if you are family you don’t count! I know I have about 3 readers made up of family! Sometimes I think that is probably it…
In case you are interested there is a good article in the Guardian about superfoods that you can link to here.