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5 Unexpected Superfoods

Chia seeds, avocados and kale are among the list of popular superfoods we’ve all been rushing out to buy over the last few years. Sometimes paying over the odds for their popularity and exotic origins, but there are a few everyday culinary superstars that have been overlooked in the process. Here are a few of our everyday food heroes to look out for next time you’re doing the weekly shop!


We’ve been dishing up broccoli everywhere from school dinners to Sunday roasts for years now, but were blissfully unaware of its numerous health benefits that could rival many of the more popular superfoods of our time. Not only is broccoli a good sources of dietary fibre, it also contains more sulforaphane than Kale, which is known to flush out cancer causing chemicals and aid iron uptake to increase energy. Now we know why our mothers always told us to eat our greens!


Did you know that cabbages could work wonders for your skin? This inexpensive vegetable contains around 10% more Vitamin C than oranges, which has been shown to heal damaged tissues and minimise wrinkles. That’s us sold! Cabbage soup anyone?

To get the greatest nutritional benefit from your cabbages, choose the savoy variety, avoid overcooking and steam rather than boil.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is becoming increasingly popular as a tool for weight loss and to promote a healthy lifestyle. This cooking staple has been credited with an endless list of health benefits, including curing hiccups, alleviating a cold and preventing heart disease.

Apple cider’s most successful application is it’s use to stabilise and lower elevated blood sugar levels, which is believed to be linked to ageing and various chronic diseases. Adding just a small amount of this vinegar to your meals could reduce insulin sensitivity by 20%.

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Although garlic may not be good for your breath, it is good for your health. Evidence-based research suggests garlic may be effective in protecting against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, colds and some cancers.

Another benefit to using garlic in your cooking is that it reduces the need for salt, which in turn can have a positive effect on cholesterol levels.


We may have all been stocking up on goji berries and pomegranates in the quest for everlasting health in recent years, but the humble blueberry packs it’s own super nutritional punch. Blueberries are valued for their high levels of antioxidants, vitamin C and fibre.

Try adding a few blueberries to your cereals and lunches to benefit from a low calorie antioxidant kick.


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