Cacao, blueberries and raspberries, Superfood combinations, by Healthista.com copy

Superfoods: Berries plus Cocoa, chia seeds plus spirulina – nutritionist Rick Hay reveals 5 combinations your body will love

‘Superfoods’ were all the rage in 2014 – now get ready to have them in combinations that can increase their benefits, says nutritionist Rick Hay

The term ‘superfood’ has become a popular way to refer to nutritional powerhouses that have been shown to provide us with an array of antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. Whether you want more energy, better immunity, weight management or to assist with digestive function, taking a superfood may help as they can provide concentrated levels of nutrients in freeze-dried powdered form and help supplement your diet with nutrients (though they should never be used to replace real fruit and vegetables) and you can achieve even better results if you combine two or three of them together. Here are five of the best superfood combinations I’ve discovered.

Helps with…ENERGY 

Spirulina, Maca and Wheat Grass

Spirulina, Maca and Wheat Grass, Superfood Combinations, by Healthista.comChlorophyll rich spirulina and wheatgrass contain high levels magnesium which boosts energy production at a cellular level. When combined with the amino acid dense South American superfood Maca these three make a great pre-exercise option – a nutrient dense natural energy drink that’s caffeine and sugar free. This blend will also help promote lean muscle mass after exercise which assists in fat metabolism and toning. We like Fushi’s Wheatgrass, Synergy Natural Organic Spirulina and Organic Burst’s Maca Powder.

Helps with…WEIGHT LOSS

Chia Seeds and Spirulina

Chia Seeds and Spirulina, Superfood combinations, by Healthista.com

Add a teaspoon of chia seeds and one of Spirulina to a smoothie in the morning to help kick start your metabolism (chia seeds are best soaked in water for at least 15 minutes before you consume them, ideally overnight, this helps them absorb water, making them easier to digest). The chia seeds are high in Omega 3 fatty acids so they will help with healthy hair, skin and nails and cognition and they also help balance blood sugar which means they could help keep cravings at bay. They swell slightly when added to liquid – this makes you feel fuller. The  addition of spirulina to any smoothie also assists with satiety. Supergreen Spirulina also promotes healthy digestion which in turn assists with optimum fat metabolism. We like Chia Co’s Chia Seeds and Synergy Natural Organic Spirulina.

Helps with….ANTI-AGEING 

Cacao, Blueberry and Raspberries

Cacao, blueberries and raspberries, Superfood combinations, by Healthista.com

This trio contains bioflavonoids, anthocyanidins and resveratrol – superbly powerful antioxidants that may help the body protect and repair itself. These produce positive benefits in terms of protecting the length of your ‘telomeres’ – little tips at the ends of your chromosomes that scientists have found shorten as the body ages. Longer healthy telomeres mean a longer healthy life. The coloured pigments in the berries are what provide the antioxidant content and combine wonderfully with the cardioprotective nature of the cacao – the raw cacao protects against toxins and can repair damage caused by free radicals. We like Bioglan’s Raw Organic Cacao Powder.

Helps with…DIGESTION 

Barley Grass, Aloe Vera and Turmeric

Barley grass, aloe vera and tumeric, superfood combinations, by Healthista.com

To help reduce bloating and digestive problems add a half a teaspoon of barleygrass and turmeric powder to a smoothie or juice and drink once or twice a day  – add 5mls of antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial aloe vera juice to help soothe an upset tummy and to reduce reduce flatulence. They also have prebiotic qualities that will encourage the growth of gut friendly probiotics. Meanwhile, turmeric contains a substance called curcumin which has been shown to work as a powerful anti-inflammatory (add a teaspoon it to your curries, often).  We like Naturya’s Organic Barleygrass and  Xynergy’s Aloe Vera Juice (turmeric is available from supermarkets). 

Helps with…DETOX

Chlorophyll, Wheat Grass, Barley Grass and Spirulina

Chlorophyll, Wheat Grass, Barley Grass and Spirulina, superfood combinations, by Healthista.com

Clean and alkalise the system with these four supergreens you only need to add a quarter of a teaspoon of each to water or fresh juice to create a Ph-balancing nutritional cocktail that will help to alkalise your system – great if you’ve been overdoing it on coffee, sweets and meat or if you’re under extreme stress as all these make your body overly acidic. The key to these superfoods is their deep green colour, the  pigments come from enzymes in the foods that help to create optimum digestion and elimination.

Rick Hay newRick Hay is an Anti Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at rickhay.co.uk. Follow Rick @nutritiomalphys

 

Read Rick Hay’s previous posts
 
 

 

< Back

Also in this week’s magazine

Can't lose belly fat_ This trainer says your hormones could be to blame FEATURED
Weight Loss

Can’t lose belly fat? This trainer says your hormones could be to blame

Stubborn fat around the middle? Terry Fairclough explains how hormones, especially those associated with stress could be to blame

meal replacements featured
Weight Loss

5 best meal replacement shakes

Looking at all those empty shelves and thinking of alternative ways to feed yourself? Or worried about burning zero calories in your new self-isolation routine? One of these low calorie meal replacements might help

Healthy Recipes

5 easy vegan dinner recipes ready in 30 minutes or less

Bettina Campolucci Bordi's new book 7 Day Vegan Challenge combines budget friendly ingredients with big flavours an simple prep

11 body hacks this Instagram fitness star wants you to know FEATURED
Weight Loss

11 weight loss hacks this Instagram fitness star wants you to know – clue: they’re not what you think

We're obsessed with celebrity PT Svava Sigbertsdottir, so we asked for her favourite weight loss hacks - they're not only surprising, but seriously straight-talking

food-for-runners-FEATURED.jpg
Healthy Recipes

Training for a marathon? 5 healthy recipes to fuel your running

These healthy recipes from dietitian and superstar amateur runner Charlie Watson will power up your runs - they're easy too

collagen-FEATURED-image.jpg
Skin

Could the new collagen diet help you lose weight and get glowing skin?

Absolutely, says bestselling author Dr Josh Axe in his new book, The Collagen Diet

Latest Video Series

Healthista-footer

Wellness Weekly

I agree to my personal data being stored and used to receive the Healthista newsletter.

Top