Gimmick-free health foods

I’m often skeptical about buying fancy, high priced health foods, for fear that it’s all just a gimmick to trick me into thinking that this organic, high protein, low carb, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, fat free, fun free product is going to be an extraordinarily delicious alternative to my commoner food.

I find that making a meal healthy is fairly simple, however, I’ve found some stereotypical ‘health foods’ that aren’t as gimmicky as you may think. So I’ve written a list of my top 5 healthy ingredients you can easily incorporate into your everyday meals, without transforming it into a tasteless wad of cardboard.

5. Goji Berries
Perfect as a replacement for any recipe using sultanas or similar dried fruit. Goji berries can be substituted into cereals or oats, muffin bars, a healthy yoghurt topping or just eaten as is.

4. Spirulina
If you mix it with water, it tastes a little like liquid seaweed, which I guess isn’t that appealing…but usually it incorporates well into smoothies. It has a high content of easily absorbed valuable nutrients.

3.Almond milk
Low in saturated fat with no dietary cholesterol, almond milk is a great alternative to cow’s milk. It has a pleasant, nutty flavour and tastes great with cereal or muesli, in blended drinks or in dessert-based recipes. It might not give the greatest flavour with savoury meals such as scrambled eggs because the nut flavour comes through quite strong.

2. Coconut Water
Great chilled or incorporated into smoothies, coconut water is high in potassium and rich in electrolytes. If Madonna can drink it and look like she does at 54 it must be alright.

1. Chia Seeds
Crunchy little dots of goodness, Chia seeds are actually the highest known plant source of Omega-3. High in fibre and protein as well, you can incorporate these into such a wide variety of meals, taste totally unaffected. I usually combine them in my oats, add them to smoothies or throw them on top of fruit salad and yoghurt for crunch.