WHY I HATE THE TERM ‘SUPERFOODS’

Yeh, yeh, I know… HATE… may be a tad over the top, but please bear with me.

Google ‘Superfoods’ and see what’s on the list. Probably Blueberries, Kale, Salmon, Linseed, just to name a few.

And then there’s the Superfood powders or capsules (don’t even get me started!!) Seriously, how can we deem a dried and desiccated powder as a food? Let alone a superfood.

And then there are ALL the health claims these companies make…“These superfoods help fight disease, help you feel more energetic and can help you lose weight”

The term ‘SUPER-FOODS’ came about when certain foods were thought to have health benefits over and above common foods e.g. Higher amounts of Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants and Phytonutrients.

And here lays the issue I have with ‘super-foods’. Yes a ‘blueberry’ has amazing properties, I’m not debating that. But no more than a raspberry, strawberry or a simple apple.

And why is it that we think MORE is better? That somehow we need to bombard our body with these ‘super-foods’ over every day foods?

The message is that if we dose ourselves with MORE; then it’s better.

MORE is NOT better.

Knowing how the body utilizes nutrients, dosing with MORE, is not necessarily better, and in fact MORE, in some instances, can actually yield negative results.

And let’s face it, this obsession with MORE really hasn’t got us any healthier has it?

In fact, I believe, it has taken us away from just eating and enjoying everyday food.  The simple SMOOTHIE packed with all our favourite flavours providing every thing we need in the way of Protein, Fibre, Complex Carbs, Healthy Fats etc.,

I see people adding ‘Super-food powders’ to their smoothies paying big $$ for it thinking the MORE is better when  you can just add a handful of live sprouts which are SO cheap and full of live enzymes, fibre, protein, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.

These expensive ‘Super-food powders’ have very little fibre (the main building block for gut health) and the dehydrating process leaves them devoid of many nutrients. 

So, I implore you STOP taking these powders (in fact bin them!!) and start eating a wide range of Fruit, Vegetables, Beans, Legumes, Grains, Nuts and Seeds etc. Just real food.

Try this smoothie for starters…

Choc blue Smoothie

YOU’LL NEED...
Coconut water or Coconut Kefir water, 1 cup
Raw cacao powder, 2 tsp
Banana frozen, 1 whole (slightly green for more prebiotics)
Sprouts, Broccoli or Alfalfa, 1 handful
Avocado, ½ whole
Hemp seeds, 2 tbsp
Ice, optional, 1 cup

LET’S GET STARTED…
Peel and roughly cut all ingredients.
Add to blender and blitz until smooth.
Top with optional cacao nibs and goji berries.
Serve immediately.

 

Let me know what you think about ‘Superfoods’ or the ‘powders’. And let me know how you like the smoothie. Nat 💚

 

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