Superfood-Boost Your Meals Instantly with These 3 Ingredients

Superfood-Boost Your Meals Instantly with These 3 Ingredients

Superfood-Boost Your Meals Instantly with These 3 Ingredients

You’ve probably seen or heard the word ‘superfood’ used a lot in the world of health in recent years, which may have you asking, ‘What are superfoods, really?’ Well, superfoods are just that — they’re super! There is no universal agreement as to which foods are to be considered superfoods and which aren’t, but it is in agreement that a superfood is a nutrient powerhouse full of high amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients that can have a great positive impact on your health.

Since the term superfood can be used so freely today, in this article we’re focusing on superfoods that aren’t a fad, but have stood the test of time. Check out some of our favorite superfoods below that make it easy to superfood-boost your meals instantly.

Superfood-Boost Your Meals Instantly with Chia Seeds

CHIA SEEDS

What Is It?

Chia seeds are tiny little seeds with a hard shell that come from come the desert plant Salvia hispanica. Despite their size, they pack a big nutritional punch.

What Are the Health Benefits?

Chia seeds are a great plant-based source of omega-3s, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. They’re great for providing a sustainable energy source, digestive support and a high amount of antioxidants.

One ounce of chia seeds includes approximately:

  • 11 grams of fiber
  • 4 grams of protein
  • 18% of calcium recommended daily value
  • 30% of manganese recommended daily value 
  • 27% of phosphorus recommended daily value

Aside from the nutrients mentioned above, chia seeds also contain vitamins A, B, E and D, along with additional minerals including zinc, iron, magnesium, niacin and more.

How Can I Use It?

Chia seeds are extremely versatile! It also turns gelatinous when submerged in liquid, making it useful for a plant-based thickener or binder.

Try chia seeds for:

  • Plant-based/vegan egg replacement
  • Jam
  • Chia seed pudding
  • Topped on any of your dishes, from oatmeal, to salads, smoothies and pancakes!

Psst, try this simple chia seed pudding recipe!

To make a simple chia seed pudding, simply use 1 cup of liquid (we love coconut milk) to 3 tablespoons of chia seeds. Stir together and let it sit for at least 30 minutes, or until it becomes a pudding-like texture. Next, mix in your favourite sweetener, and toppings like fruit, nuts, vanilla, cacao or jam.

Check out chia seeds in the Vitarock shop here

Superfood-Boost Your Meals Instantly with Manuka Honey

MANUKA HONEY

What Is It?

Manuka honey is native to New Zealand and is produced by the bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, and is considered to be one of the most powerful, unique and multi-purposeful forms of honey in the world.

What Are the Health Benefits?

If you’re comparing manuka honey to some ‘regular stuff’ in your health shop, you might be shocked to see the difference in price. That’s because manuka honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. It’s a very powerful healing agent that offers antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting properties, while also benefiting your digestive system, skin, and even wounds! That’s right, the therapeutic manuka honey can be consumed and used topically.

Some of the nutrients that manuka honey contains include:

  • Amino acids
  • B vitamins
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium

How Can I Use It?

  • On toast
  • In your favourite herbal tea
  • Over yogurt
  • In your smoothie
  • In your glaze, sauce or dressing
  • Straight up from the spoon!

Check out manuka honey in the Vitarock shop here

All manuka honey products in the Vitarock shop are produced sustainably with the bees in mind!

Superfood-Boost Your Meals Instantly with Ghee

GHEE

What Is It?

Ghee is a clarified butter (butter boiled and strained to remove milk solids) that is a staple of Ayurvedic medicine that has been used for centuries in traditional cuisine of India, while also being recognized for its superior health benefits. In fact, it’s even earned the nickname ‘Ayurvedic gold.’ Ghee is also lactose and casein-free, making it compatible with lactose-free diets.

What Are the Health Benefits?

Ghee is known as one of the most powerful healing foods out there, which makes it very deserving of its ‘superfood’ title. It’s rich in beneficial nutrients and contains many fatty acids that are important to optimal health. The health benefits of ghee range from improving digestion to decreasing inflammation and improved weight loss.

Some of the nutrients the ghee includes are:

  • Healthy source of fat soluble vitamins (A, E and K)
  • Butyric acid (fatty acid that acts as detoxifier)
  • Linoleic acid (fatty acid known to be protective against carcinogens)

How Can I Use It?

  • Use it as a healthy cooking oil (ghee is a high heat cooking oil!)
  • Spread on bread, crackers or muffins
  • Substitute in any recipe where you’d use butter
  • Melt on your popcorn and enjoy its rich, nutty flavour
  • Melt over steamed vegetables
  • Stir into your coffee
Check out ghee in the Vitarock shop here