Here are some of the staples in my cupboard!
Here are some of the many superfoods, foods, drinks I have in my diet on a weekly basis. Please see my recipes page for suggestions on how to incorporate them into your diet.
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Spirulina Powder and Supergreens Powder - I love these products from Nua Naturals. These are one of my life lines when things get hectic! Packed with omegas, iron, minerals, and plant protein it works as an all rounder for me. I add to water and drink as a shot or use them in my protein balls to super charge my snacks.
Nuts - A packet of mixed nuts are always in my cupboard, especially almonds. They are low in saturated fat, high in calcium, Vitamin E and ared very filling. These are a regular 11 am snack for me with a piece of fruit. I always buy raw nuts, never roasted or toasted. A hand full of mixed nuts are a great source of plant protein and keep you feeling full for longer. Combine cashew nuts with dried apricots for a healthy mineral rich snack.
Dairy Free Milks - we can now easily buy dairy free milk in our local super market - Oat, Rice, Coconut, Almond and Hazelnut. Out of all the above I recommend the unsweetened Almond, its sugar free and has a neutral taste, so it wont over power your cereal or smoothie. Usually found in the isle rather than the fridge.
Nut Butters - Meridian nut butters are now available in some supermarkets but in all health food stores. You can choose from Almond, Cashew, Peanut or Hazel nut. All great sources of plant protein, anti oxidants, vitamin E and B. They can be used on an oat cake/flax cracker as a satisfying snack to keep hunger at bay and blood sugar levels even. Of course you can also make them yourself at home, just blend, blend blend and enjoy!
Super Seeds- There is only one way to derive nutrition from seeds and that is to eat them raw. Once they are exposed to heat, they produce toxic substances and the vitamin, mineral and essential oil profiles are denatured. There is no seed on earth that can withstand roasting or heating without breaking down its nutritional components. They can be soaked, ground or mashed (i.e. tahini), especially if a seed’s shell or coat is too difficult to pierce with the teeth.
Apple cider vinegar and Oils - I use Braggs Apple cider vinegar, with the mother. I use Organic virgin coconut oil, Organic virgin Olive Oil, Rape seed oil and Flaxseed Oil. Olive oil for salad dressings and coconut oil for cooking, as it can with stand higher temperatures.
Beans and Legumes - Both of these form a large part of my diet, in the form of bean stews, bean burgers, bean hummus, etc. They are high in protein and B vits. They are also high in fibre, so great for your digestive system.
Grains, I prefer gluten free - The staples in my diet are buckwheat, quinoa and brown rice for lunch and dinners. I use Millet flakes, buckwheat flakes and oat groats for my raw breakfast muesli. There is also Rice noodles, wild rice, quinoa flakes, gluten free oats, gluten free pasta, rice pasta, buckwheat pasta and bulgar wheat.
Fruit and Vegetables - These form the bulk of my diet. In smoothies, juices, salads, and all dinners. My favourite fruits are berries and water melon as they are low in sugar. My favourite veg are all green veg. I use these allot for juicing, i.e celery, cucumber, spinach, kale and green peppers. They are highest in all minerals and vitamins.
Hemp Protein - Organic hemp protein is rich in antioxiants, chlorophyll, and minerals. There is allot of hype recently about high protein diets especially whey protein, which I don't recommend. Whey protein may cause changes in cholesterol, increased risk of diabetes, kidney dysfunction, acid reflux, constipation, and thirst! Why not change to this healthy option. I take the hemp protein daily in a little water or add it to my juice.
Herbal Teas - Many people think of herbal teas as just a caffine-free alternative to their regular hot beverages but it is not that simple. Many herbal teas are jam packed with vitamins and minerals and can help you during periods of PMS, during pregnancy and when you’re sick with a cold or flu. Also, because most herbal teas come without the caffine you can count your cup of herbal tea as another glass of that water. My favourite herbal teas are Licorice and Chamomile tea. Licorice is a support for the adrenal glands and aids low blood pressure. Chamomile is a tonic for the nervous system and aids your sleep.
Quinoa - A wheat-free alternative to other grains. Although cooked like a grain, quinoa is actually a seed.
Quinoa is a great source of protein. It contains all nine essential amino acids. It is verp popular among vegetarians and is a must for anyone avoiding meat. Quinoa is also high in fibre containing almost twice as much as regular grains. It is gluten-free, making it great for coeliacs or anyone avoiding gluten, it also has a low glycemic index and is a great source of antioxidants and minerals such as magnesium, iron and zinc.
Cacao Powder - Many people are confused by the difference between cacao and coco. Cacoa powder comes from the cacao bean and is raw, unprocessed and extremely rich in nutrients and health benefits. Cocoa is when the beans are cleaned, roasted and processed. Raw cacao is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, fibre, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium and sulphur. However cocoa, as it has been roasted and processed, loses much of these nutritional benefits.