‘Superfood’ is a nutritional buzzword often bandied about by health food stores at this time of year to capitalise on the annual reversal of whatever we did to ourselves over the Easter holidays. If, like us, your veins now bleed only chocolate, adding antioxidant-rich foods to your diet and cutting down on fat could indeed be the answer. Even so, there’s no need to spend a fortune buying your weight in goji berries when some of the most powerful ingredients are ones you may already have at home. Here are five of the best so-called superfoods that you can find in any supermarket and cost less than a quid.
Benefits: The buzz ingredient of the moment costs far less than you might think. Turmeric contains curcumin, a naturally occurring chemical that boasts anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties. There are few things better at battling toxins than this.
Put it in: Curries are an obvious choice, but why not get creative? Try sprinkling turmeric on roast vegetables, add with seasoning to an omelette and experiment with a touch in your baking?
Cost: 79p per 10 gram pot at ASDA
Benefits: A couple of cloves a day is a more powerful boost to your immune system than many of the overpriced items littering health food shop shelves. As well as being rich in antioxidants, garlic contains a chemical called allicin. When digested, it is used by white blood cells to kill off a number of harmful bacterias and viruses. Eating garlic is great for lowering cholesterol and regulating blood pressure, too.
Put it in: Finely chop and fry off to add to soups, stir fries, pasta dishes, salads, chicken, rice and anything remotely savoury.
Cost: Three organic bulbs for 90p at Tescos
Benefits: Chillies contain the highest amount of vitamin C per weight than almost all other food types. They are great for boosting your metabolism, which aids weight loss and detoxification.
Put it in: Everything to add a bit of heat. Tastes surprisingly amazing with dark chocolate, too. Just give the seeds a miss if you’re not good with hot food.
Cost: Four Oakland mixed chillies for 49p at Lidl
Benefits: Green leafy vegetables, like spinach, are high in essential nutrients, including vitamins A, C, E, iron, beta carotene and calcium. These aid the body’s natural detoxification process. Spinach is also high in dietary fibre, keeping you feeling fuller for longer and aiding digestion.
Put it in: Salads (obviously) as a more filling and nutritious lettuce substitute. Add a handful to curries, stir fries, omelettes and soups.
Cost: Bag of Oakland spinach leaves for 80p at Lidl
Benefits: Boosts the metabolism and stimulates the body’s natural detoxification process. Cinnamon contains natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties so is a great all-round superfood ingredient to use more of.
Put it in: Your morning oats, in your latte, yoghurt, with your fruit salad. Try adding a touch to curries and baking, too.
Cost: 49p per 10 gram pot at ALDI