After a month of alcohol-fueled merriment, decadent feasting and indulging in all manner of culinary treats, January is all about bringing ourselves back down to earth with a health-kick and a host of new year’s resolutions to start eating more healthily.
Superfoods are often heralded as our dietary saviours and whilst they aren’t the absolute secret to a healthy life, they can be an excellent healthy addition to your diet by providing a wide variety of nutrients to contribute to your overall well-being.
To help you get started in the world of superfoods, we’ve rounded up a selection of everyday items to add to your weekly diet!
Almonds: Almonds are the most nutritionally dense nuts, and they’re reported to help with weight loss and maintaining a healthy heart. Almonds make for a great mid-morning snack or a nice addition to your cereal. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you could try blending almonds, vanilla extract, cinnamon and olive oil to make a delicious almond butter to spread on toast!
Blueberries: Blueberries are packed full of antioxidants, vitamin C and fibre, which makes them an excellent choice when you’re looking to add a healthy balance to your diet. Try adding a handful of blueberries to a bowl of granola and Greek yoghurt for a refreshing, filling and subtly flavoursome kick start to the day.
Kale: Kale is an excellent source of iron – containing more iron per ounce than beef! Roasting kale with a touch of seasoning makes for a healthy snack, whilst the nutrient-rich greens are also lovely with wintery stews or wilted into pasta dishes.
Avocado: The ultimate in trendy health foods, the avocado is one of the better known superfoods. Spread it on toast and serve with a perfectly poached egg for a classic wholesome brunch or pair with some chargrilled chicken in a tortilla wrap.
Broccoli: This humble green brassica has been a staple of healthy eating for many years. It cooks quickly, has a lovely subtle flavour and great texture, making it a tasty addition to a pasta bake or an Asian-style stir-fry packed full of veggies.
Dark chocolate: January may seem like a time when sweet treats are out of the question, but dark chocolate actually contains antioxidants which are reported to lower blood pressure and boost overall heart health. Make sure you go for chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content to optimise the benefits!