If you’re finding the long, dark January days a bit of a struggle, why not throw a few superfoods into your diet to get that boost you need? We’ve rounded up seven energy-boosting, detoxifying, tasty foods to feed your body and mind this winter.
1. Green leafy vegetables
Packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fibre, green leafy vegetables are the greatest of all superfoods. You can eat these in abundance. Try growing your own at home, so it couldn’t be fresher. Forget food miles – you can’t help but feel very smug when you can harvest your own salad from your doorstep. Spinach, kale and lettuce will grow easily in pots or raised veg tables, which are handy for growing in small gardens and patios.
2. Orange fruit and vegetables
Orange foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, squash and orange peppers are naturally high in sugars, so these are great if you have a sweet tooth. They’re also rich in vitamins and antioxidants, making them specifically beneficial for eye health and your immune system. Plus, they really brighten up a dish.
3. Sprouted seeds
Sprouted seeds full of nutrients, and if you grow them yourself you can eat them freshly picked. Seeds are incredibly easy to sprout and take only a few days. Read our quick guide on how to sprout seeds.
This delicious bulb has been celebrated for its reputed health benefits for hundreds of years. A rich source of sulphur, garlic is naturally antibacterial, so many people eat it to ward off colds. Try sticking a whole bulb into our garlic roaster and popping it in the oven. It turns the garlic sweet, sticky and caramelised, which is ideal for making gravy or smushing into a sandwich.
5. Good oils
Our salad dressings are made using Cornish rapeseed oil because it’s low in unsaturated fat, but rich in all those good omega oils – important for keeping your skin supple and your arteries flowing. Choose from beetroot, spicy harissa, or mustard dressing.
6. Nettle tea
A nettle infusion is considered by many to be one of the healthiest teas you can brew. It’s naturally high in zinc, silica, vitamin C and iron, so sipping away on a hot mug of nettle tea is an easy way to get more goodness into your body. Alternate with green tea, or fennel tea for a bit of variation.
7. Red wine and dark chocolate
Surely one of the best breakthroughs of the century was discovering that a little bit of dark chocolate and red wine can actually be beneficial for the body! Among other things, they’re both high in antioxidants, helping to destroy those nasty free radicals. Red wine contains a compound called resveratrol, which studies suggest can help maintain a healthy heart. Cheers!