Do you think that is time-consuming to prepare a proper meal in the industrialised busy world that we live? Or that you don’t have much time to eat your ‘’5 a day’’? If so, then grab your superfood drink and boost your immune system.
Are there really superfoods?
The term ‘’superfood’’ seems to be a term mostly used by media to attract attention and is probably just a marketing word to describe foods with unusual high levels of antioxidants, vitamins or other nutrients. There are indeed foods that offer additional health benefits than others and may reduce the risk of disease or promote optimal health. These are called “functional” foods among the scientific community and should be part of a healthy diet food pattern.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Preparing drinks can be easier than preparing proper meals
Sometimes preparing a drink can be a lot easier and tastier too! We all have blender in our kitchen and within seconds we can make a delicious smoothie with all the necessary nutrients to support our everyday activities. For those that need a boost during the day at work, there is always a place to find freshly made juices or smoothies and benefit from them. An important recommendation to note is that blending provides all the fiber of the fruit and vegetables, which juicing omits.
So, what are you waiting for?
Here are 5 Superfoods that you can drink
1) Goji Berries
Have you ever tried goji berries in a smoothie? They work great as a meal-replacement because of the protein, vitamin, minerals and the antioxidants they provide.
Goji Berry Smoothie
2 cups of water, 1/8 cup goji berries, 1 banana, ½ cup (fresh or frozen) berries (of your choice) 1/8 cup raw cacao nibs, add honey to taste
You can also try goji berries in green smoothie recipes. Goji berries are easy to enjoy in a variety of smoothies!
Health Benefits: Goji berries are famous for their antioxidant and phytonutrient content that help boost immune function and repair cells damaged by free-radicals. It is said to have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties.
Alternative: If you don’t have a powerful blender, goji berry can be stirred directly into juices, teas or even just water.
Superfood Tea Recipe: Spiced Ginger Tea with Goji Berries, Honey and Lemon
2 cups water, 1-2 tsp fresh ginger root-grated, ½ lemon, 5 whole cloves, 3 orange peels, 1 Tbsp honey and a handful goji berries
2) Cacao nibs and cacao powder
If you are not familiar with the word cacao, it’s the raw, unprocessed form of chocolate and is actually a bean.
Chocolate Superfood Smoothie
1 cup of almond or coconut milk, 1, 2 Tbsp cacao powder or nibs, 1 banana, ½ cup (fresh or frozen) berries of your choice, 1 Tbsp chia seeds
Optional Extras: A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten, 1 tsp cinnamon
Health benefits: Cacao packs a tremendous antioxidant punch, with more antioxidants per weight than blueberries or red wine. It is also rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which is used by the body to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin, nature’s feel good chemical. Numerous studies have also concluded that cacao benefits cardiovascular health and enhances physical and mental wellbeing.
Acai berries, blueberries and pomegranates are all extremely rich in antioxidants. They also go great together in a smoothie!
Super Acai Antioxidant Smoothie with Pomegranate
100g of frozen acai berry puree, ½ cup of (fresh or frozen) blueberries, ½ cup of fresh pomegranate arils, 1 medium banana, ½ – 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
Optionals: 1) Adding 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder to this smoothie will give it a tasty chocolate flavour.
2) Adding kale, fresh baby spinach, or other green leafy of your choice to make it a green superfood smoothie.
Health Benefits: Among the fruits the highest antioxidant activities are found in berries. Acai berries are considered one of the top superfoods, generally due to their incredible antioxidant properties and to the high content of phytochemical compounds such as flavonoids and phenolic acids, which are excellent for heart health. They have been also shown to improve mental health function, concentration and memory.
4) Honey and Bee Pollen
Both products are easy to add to smoothies, as they provide a natural sweetness that enhances any other flavour.
Health Benefits: Both honey and bee pollen, which is a mixture of pollen that bees collect from flowers and enzymes they add, are potent superfoods. Honey has strong antibacterial properties and contains antioxidants. It can also combat seasonal allergies. Bee pollen is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Research shows that pollen increases both mental and physical capability and like honey, is a natural antidote for fighting allergies.
It is well-known for the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of teas, such as black tea, green tea or ginger tea. However, among the teas, a popular in the Mediterranean region, is a tea commonly called Greek Mountain Tea or Shepherd’s Tea or ”Tsai tou vounou”, because it grows only at the higher alpine elevations and it comes from the plant Sideritis, well-known to be antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.
So, are you ready to get healthy? Let’s make a tea.
Steep a handful of dried leaves and flowers in a cup of boiled water around 5 minutes. Strain and drink.
Suggestions: Add honey, lemon or you can drink plain
Health Benefits: Greek Mountain Tea is a very stimulating beverage most known for its beneficial effects on the upper respiratory tract in relieving coughs and lung congestion. It also benefits the stomach and digestion, the immune system and relieves mild anxiety as well. So, drink Greek Mountain Tea to boost your immune system!
Keep in mind that while superfoods may help promote wellness, they can’t make up for poor eating habits. Your best bet is still to EAT a balanced and varied diet.