There is no legal or medical definition of a ‘superfood’, but a simple explanation of this phrase would be that superfoods are natural, nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals.
Many people have an idea of foods that are good for them, but it is worth noting that some everyday items previously overlooked may be on the list too; we aren’t just talking about green vegetables like broccoli, but also healthy proteins like salmon, as well as many herbs and spices that can be considered a super food.
Eating a diet rich in such foods is believed to reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life. It is easy to see why when you start to consider the individual benefits of certain foods, but even more so when these foods are combined and become the base of your diet, not simply a ‘diet’. People who eat more of this type of food are more likely to have a healthy life style, with more energy and a better outlook on life and may even live longer too.
These days we are lucky to have access to such a wide variety of foods; fresh, prepared and even delivered to our doors if we wish, at the press of a button (or app). However, alongside this there are reams of advice and media articles on what is good for you and what is bad for you.
There is a complex relationship that exists between the human body and what it needs to stay healthy and happy. This relationship goes back for as long as we have been around, civilised society has made it possible to mass produce food and make available without the need to forage or hunt for it. In many ways making our lives easier, however we seem to have lost the knowledge gained by countless generations on what truly is good for us and perhaps the reliance on this convenience and those highly processed foods have had some real negatives for our health.
Only recently does there seem to be a shift in this from governments and food manufacturers; this can be seen by the reduction in salt, sugar and the packing of smaller portions. The Superfood Chef believes that each individual can take control of their own diet, without the need for instruction just the need for education and the availability of products that assist in being able to make healthy choices!
So many people are now trying and remove highly processed foods from their meal times and cook for themselves and eat clean, stay healthy and exercise regularly.
We at the Superfood Chef feel that it is important to not just consider the nutrient content of meals but also to maintain a level of flavour and variance as this keeps your healthy meals interesting.
This is why at the Superfood Chef, we like to think we are taking it back to basics, whilst understanding the food around us, that we are lucky to have access to and getting the best from it that we can; in terms of taste and nutrients. With this in mind, we think that there is no need for healthy food to taste bland, and if at the same time we can mix it up with some interesting ingredients and flavour to allow you to add a bit of nature’s store cupboard to your meal-prepping then it’s a win-win situation!
The Superfood Chef products are flavour-enhancing herbs and spices and handy sprinkle pots, seasoning with some surprising little additions to add taste and add to your diet, but what to use them on?
The best way to eat your way to health is by including the freshest of nutritional superfoods into your daily diet. It’s so easy to add nutrient-rich, flavoursome smart-picks to your recipes and create delicious feasts which not only taste amazing, but could also bring long-term health benefits too.
Nutrients in foods are synergistic, meaning that they work together to benefit your entire body and we like to think our products are synergistic! Working together with the food on your plate to get the most healthy, balanced meals and snacks.
Many superstar foods contain phytonutrients that promote good health due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, for example:
- Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are high in phytonutrients. Not only will this but one cup of this veggie powerhouse supply you with your daily dose of immunity-boosting vitamin C and a large percentage of folic acid.
- Fish such as salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids, which the body cannot produce by itself. These fatty acids reduce inflammation, improve circulation, increase the ratio of good to bad cholesterol. Salmon is also a rich source of selenium, which helps prevent cell damage, and several B vitamins.