What are antioxidants? Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals in foods that help to counter the detrimental effects of oxygen free radicals that cause disease in our bodies. A lack of antioxidants is the main underlying mechanism of aging.” Superfoods will also help you control your weight by aiding the release of toxic build up and restoring our bodiespH levels, which in turn balances our hormones resulting in optimal metabolic performance.
Note: Adding these foods to a smoothie/juice/yogurt/oatmeal is a great way for them to be easily absorbed.
1. Goji Berries
Contain essential fatty acids and B vitamins, essential for energy and stress release. Powerful antioxidants help combat premature aging and improve eyesight (high in vitamin A). Also, very good for improving circulation and boosting your immune system.
How to use? Add 1 tablespoon into smoothies, or sprinkle on yogurt.
2. Chia Seeds
High in omega-3 fatty acids, B12, protein, calcium, potassium and iron. Great antioxidants!
How to use? Sprinkle on oats/cereals, add to smoothies or try the delicious chia breakfast cocktail by the wonderful, Melissa Ambrosini here.
3. Cacao Powder
Called the “Food of the Gods,” cacao contains theobromine, a mild stimulant that can help enhance fat burning. It also increases pleasure and relaxation by boosting the feel good brain chemical (serotonin). Studies suggest that it can lower cholesterol and help to control blood sugar levels (diabetics take note).
How to use? Add 1 tablespoon into warm porridge – better that chocolate pudding, I swear! Or make as hot chocolate with boiling water/milk.
Try a delicious homemade nutella by the wonderful Claire Obeid (The Wellness Project) here.
Your new best friend! The alternative to artificial sweeteners. Stevia is totally natural (pick your brand wisely), contains no calories and will not spike blood sugars – helping you control cravings and your weight.
How to use? I use stevia to sweeten my tea, yogurt, oatmeal and smoothies!
The queen of greens! Powerful antioxidants help us fight infection; a great detoxifier for your liver! Also high in iron, vitamin K, C and calcium.
How to use? Chop into your daily salad, or try my kale chips here.