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The superfoods you always need on hand plus how to use them

by , 14 June 2016
The superfoods you always need on hand plus how to use them
Everyone's raving about superfoods nowadays - and for good reasons. They're more than all-natural, whole foods; they're both a food as well as a medicine!

Superfoods pack loads of nutrients, have powerful healing properties, and are tremendously concentrated. They're beneficial for pretty much every aspect of your health, including cleansing your system of toxins, alkalising your body, boosting your immune system and reducing inflammation.

So which ones are the very best?

Below are five of my all-time favourite superfoods. Each one is amazingly delicious, and they're great in combination with one another. Go on and have a taste - they'll make you feel great!

Five top superfoods to try out

#1: Raw honey
Bee products like bee pollen and propolis are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. Raw honey isn’t only one of the most delicious natural sugars, it’s also rich in antioxidants, minerals, probiotics and enzymes. However, it’s important to keep in mind that although raw honey is a fantastic superfood, it is still a sugar, so using it in moderation is key.
 
How to use: Raw honey is a wonderful natural sweetener to use in smoothies, desserts and herbal teas.
 
#2: Goji berries
Goji berries look similar to raisins; only they’re red in colour, slightly smaller, and pack far more nutrients. These tasty little berries contain protein, 18 different amino acids, all eight essential amino acids as well as many trace minerals. They also pack some of the highest levels of antioxidants of any food in the world, making them super-supportive for your liver, immune system eyesight and blood quality.
 
How to use: Goji berries are great for adding to smoothies, trail mix and salads. You can also enjoy them on their own as a snack.

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Can you imagine a single ingredient that’s capable of:
 
• Burning fat, lowering your cholesterol and banishing food cravings?
 
• Relieving muscle aches and pains, keeping your digestion in check and freeing your skin from
 
dryness, irritants and infections?
 
• Fighting inflammation, preventing rashes and banishing eczema, dermatitis and candida?
 
I have one!
 
 
#3: Cacao
Cacao is an absolutely excellent source of antioxidants. It’s practically raw chocolate, but is far healthier than the conventional type because it’s completely raw and unprocessed. Cacao also contains iron, magnesium, manganese and chromium, which is essential for energy and mood elevation, strong bones, heart health and your libido.
 
How to use: Cacao in the form of nibs or powder is great in smoothies and desserts.
 
#4: Coconut oil
Coconut oil is packed with an array of fabulous nutrients, and is also very valuable to both your immunity and heart health. The oil contains impressive antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, and can therefore be used both internally as well as externally. Coconut oil also helps improve blood sugar levels, ups your body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium, and supports the health of your thyroid gland, nervous system, heart and skin.
 
How to use: Add coconut oil to smoothies, and use it in place of normal cooking oil when cooking and baking. Coconut oil is the most stable oil at high temperatures, so it doesn’t turn rancid.
 
#5: Spirulina
One of the “newer” superfoods on the block, spirulina is a type of algae that’s rich in minerals, phytonutrients and enzymes. It’s the world’s highest source of complete protein (a whopping 65%) and is loaded with antioxidants, iron and chlorophyll, making it highly beneficial for your physical strength, flexibility, complexion, healing speed, liver and even pancreas.
 
How to use: Add powdered spirulina to smoothies and salads. If you’re new to this superfood, start with a small amount and work your way up to become accustomed to the taste. Also note that it will turn all your smoothies green!

PS: Check out these four green powders you need to add to your diet right now!

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