The cupboards in my kitchen are probably filled a little different to the rest of the kitchens in my street. There’s always nuts, seeds, different oils, different flours and grains, then there’s my jars (oh I do love a jar) normally filled with chia seeds, desiccated coconut and a home-made granola but venture a little deeper in my kitchen and there’s the lotions and potions and magic powders that turn you into a magical positive glowing healthy fairy! No I’m kidding! But I’m talking about superfoods, supplements, probiotics and the latest healthy product to launch and claim to change your life.
I don’t think you should buy into every healthy product out there and spend your millions especially if you’re like me and can’t even pronounce half of them but being someone in the health industry and who lives in a little bubble of whole foods and Pilates and happy people, I do like to experiment with different supplements and powders. We are all so unique and what might make me feel like a hundred bucks and glow with energy could have no effect on someone else which is why it does take experiment and the skill of listening to your body to see what works for you. Don’t just read this or any health magazine and believe that a green powder or whatever is going make your immune system unbeatable because really healthy living comes down to eating a balanced unprocessed diet, exercise, drinking water and being happy in yourself.
But I thought today, I would share with you what I’m trying at the moment and share a superfood smoothie bowl recipe with you at the end…
As I said, I love a jar and in a couple of my jars at the moment are chia seeds and cacao nibs. Chia seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids which we know we all need to help lower the unwanted fats! The best way to use them is in smoothies and I also like to soak mine overnight with some oats in a nut milk for a tasty breakfast. Cacao nibs are definitely an acquired taste and even I can’t eat them on their own as they are so bitter but they are fab as a topping on porridge, yogurt or a smoothie and I also use them in baking.
I definitely don’t use these everyday but like to add them to my smoothies sometimes for a little boost. Maca is great for energy and spirulina is high in Vitamin B1 and B12, protein and iron so a great addition to you’re diet if you don’t eat a lot of meat/dairy. Acai berry is the newest to my collection and I had it every day for a week before my holiday and really noticed a difference in my skin, it felt extremely soft and smooth.
I like to get my superfoods from Organic Burst
A relatively new addition to my healthy regime is probiotics. Probiotics are living microorganisms that aid digestion however there’s lots of different strains and I will be doing a full blog post on this soon. I found that I went through a stage of feeling very bloated and had really bad stomach cramps. I hadn’t really changed my diet so couldn’t work out why. I now think it could have been down to stress/anxiety that I wasn’t even conscious of but feel that taking a probiotic is helping especially the one week flat course that did make me feel flat by the end. Probiotics are something you could take when you know you’re going to have a heavy meal or weekend, go on holiday or are on antibiotics to support your gut health. I’m still experimenting with them.
I got these yesterday so can’t really comment much on them apart from the reasons why I thought I’d try taking specific ones. I visited someone about my foot the other week (not going into it) and from looking at my toenails, he said “you are low in zinc”. I obviously didn’t cry and believe what he said as eat loads of pumpkin seeds and they are high in zinc but thought it can’t hurt to add a supplement to my diet and see if it makes any differences to my general health. I’m also trying a B12 supplement, great for brain function which I need now I’m a little buzzy student again. I’m going to see if I feel any major differences when taking these supplements as I still believe from eating a varied nutritious diet I’m getting everything I need.
Hope you found this post interesting, here’s the superfood smoothie bowl recipe!
1 cup frozen blueberries and raspberries
1 cup spinach
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp acai powder
1 tsp spirulina
1 tsp moringa
250ml coconut water
Fresh raspberries, cacao nibs, Punchseeds with maca, dessiccated coconut
Love, Lottie x