This sweet fruit grows on date palm trees and has just the right combination of naturally occurring sugars to restore energy levels in the body. They also contain high levels of potassium and antioxidants, not to mention being an amazing source of soluble fibre!
This ingredient truly deserves its superfood label and has so many benefits that it would make the rest of the ingredients jealous if we listed them all here. However, first and foremost it is a fantastic source of antioxidants and is known to protect the body against degenerative diseases, not to mention its ability to help prevent cell damage.
When processed, cacao powder becomes chocolate but during this process, it loses the majority of its nutrients. Consumed in raw form, it’s still delicious and full of goodness!
Carob powder is sourced from the pod of a Mediterranean tree. Inside the pod, a sweet edible pulp can be found which is then dried, roasted and ground to produce carob powder. It is generally used as a natural sweetener in baking and is incredibly low fat whilst also being high in calcium.
Lucuma is also a natural sweetener, however, this tasty treat is sourced from the fruit of the Poteria Lucuma tree which grows in certain South American countries Lucuma can be added to a drink or to food and will provide an abundance of health benefits in either instance.
Made from ground vanilla beans, vanilla powder provides a pure flavour when used in baking. The powder has similar health benefits to that of vanilla paste and is crammed full of essential oils, vitamins and minerals.
The Ancient Mayans believed that vanilla has aphrodisiac qualities and, whilst this has never been proved, we do know that it is great for regulating the metabolism and maintaining the nervous system!
The unique combination of fatty acids in coconut oil is what makes it so brilliant for all-round health. Early research has shown that including coconut oil in your diet can help your brain function better, keep fat levels low and keep your heart healthy. Coconut oil also boosts energy levels which means you are able to burn more fat through exercise.
When you have this treasure oil in your kitchen, there’s no need for any other!
The goji berry has dual status as a herb and a berry and originates from China where it has been grown for many centuries. Goji berries have been hailed as a superfood because of their apparent health boosting properties, specifically their use in keeping age-related eye sight loss at bay.
Whether you eat them raw, cooked, dry or soaked, getting this berry into your body will up your antioxidant count and leave you feeling energised.
In addition to being rich in Omega-3, chia seeds are high in dietary fibre and protein and are also completely gluten free! The protein count of chia seeds is particularly impressive because it is inclusive of all eight essential amino acids.
They are great for hydrating the body as well as regulating blood pressure. As they are so small and tasteless, they can easily be added to any dish to pack a huge nutritious punch!
This exotic powder is born of an African fruit and contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals. Add to that it is low sugar, low fat but is high in fibre and you’re onto a winner. As well as it’s nutritional benefits, baobab is also loved for its flavour and can enhance the taste of a massive range of meals and beverages!