It seems as though every year, the media introduces a new "superfood" or trendy ingredient that takes the fitness and health industry by storm. Kale, goji berries, quinoa... they've all had their moment in the sun.
While we love these foods for their awesome health benefits (we make a mean Quinoa & Oat Porridge), we recognize that they aren't the most accessible food items. Creating a healthy meal plan is difficult enough without having to travel to specialty grocery stores. Not to mention how frustrating it can be to try and incorporate a unique ingredient into your favourite meal prep plan!
If you're not comfortable in the kitchen or adventurous with ingredients, look for everyday superfoods. These ingredients are often overlooked, but can be used in creative, delicious ways to deliver a ton of nutrients to your body.
Often overlooked in favor of its cousin broccoli, cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is loaded with vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin K. Additionally, cauliflower has a very high fibre content, making it great for regulating your digestive system! Cauliflower has a mild taste, so a lot of people tend to pair it with a fattening dipping sauce. Instead, skip the fat content, and try roasting your cauliflower with a bit of olive oil and cayenne pepper! We use cauliflower to make our signature Cauli-Smash, a low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes.
Usually seen around the holidays, these berries are good for things other than cranberry sauce! They have an abundance of phenolic acids, which can aid in protecting against a wide range of ailments, like cardiovascular problems and chronic pain. Cranberries can also offer protection from bacteria – they are fantastic for fighting off urinary tract infections. These red little berries have been known to prevent stomach ulcers from forming as well! Cranberries are easy to throw into a fresh summer salad, or add alongside other fruits into your morning yogurt or oatmeal!
Fruit… vegetable… who cares! Tomatoes are incredibly versatile and tasty. They can help prevent macular degeneration, as they contain high amounts of lutein. They’re also full of vitamin C and K, and are reportedly very good for supporting bone health. Don’t think of tomatoes as a sandwich condiment – they're delicious on their own! Try picking up some cherry tomatoes and mixing them with other veggies for an easy, on-the-go snack. Or, bake them with a bit of oregano and Parmesan cheese and pair them with your favourite protein for dinner! A lot of our snacks have cherry tomatoes, as they're fantastic when eaten alongside roasted chicken, celery, and more.
These colourful veggies boast an impressive lineup of antioxidants, as well as an extremely high vitamin C content – more than oranges! Peppers are full of vitamin E, which aides in fighting off diseases like heart disease. It should be noted that peppers lose a lot of their delicate phytonutrients when they’re cooked! While grilled peppers are still a fantastic choice for your next BBQ, you’re better off eating them raw! Peppers can easily be sliced and stored, making them fantastic for meal prep days. Throw them in your next pasta or salad for a tasty crunch! You’ll find peppers in a ton of our meals, like our Return of the Mac.