Substitute Superfoods – By Zatasha Kiran

Life gets hectic and sometimes we’re too busy to think healthy, it’s much more convenient and time efficient to drive through Burger King or pick up a pack of crisps. Making this a habit can take a toll on your body, lower your energy levels and weaken your immune system. By altering a few key points in your diet you can greatly improve your wellbeing. There are a number of “super foods” that can boost, enhance and energise your body. Here are some healthy alternatives that you can incorporate into your daily meals.

1) Quinoa, pronounced “keenwa” is a while grain that can be used instead of rice as a starch element. It comes in various colours and can be seasoned, mixed with veggies or even included in a salad. Although it can be eaten raw it tastes a lot better when cooked. High in protein and gluten free this super food will fit easily into any diet.

2) Barley grass powder has a combination of vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium and iron all in one. It is extremely high in organic sodium, which dissolves calcium deposited on the joints and also replenishes organic sodium in the lining of the stomach, due to that it greatly helps digestion. Arthritis sufferers tend to drink a lot of celery juice for the organic sodium it contains (28 mg per 100 grams). Barley grass has 775mg per 100 grams! Like wheat grass powder this can be used in smoothies and shakes for that extra surge of energy. Blend it with bananas, milk and dates for a nice morning wake up.

3) Rice milk is dairy free milk and low fat milk made from rice. it’s a great alternative, like soy and almond milk, for those who are lactose intolerant. Lactose and cholesterol free it tastes sweeter and has more carbohydrates than cow’s milk. Do remember though, rice milk doesn’t contain as much calcium or protein as cow’s milk.

4) Coconut sugar is made from the flowers of the coconut palm tree and is often used as a healthy substitute to sugar. It tastes almost like brown sugar with a touch of caramel. Due to it’s high mineral content it is a rich source of potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. It also contains Vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6. When compared to brown sugar, coconut sugar has 18 times the potassium, 30 times the phosphorus and over 10 times the amount of zinc. It can be used in coffee, tea, cooking and baking.


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