Christmas Lunch Superfoods

By Karen Morris

Christmas is getting closer and there are a lot of recipes being considered for Christmas lunch! I would love to use this week’s blog to highlight some Superfoods you can use in your cooking on Christmas day (or any day!)

Superfoods are not only delicious, but they can also provide a wide range of health benefits. Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that pack a big punch in terms of antioxidants and vitamins. They’re incredible support for your health and help to boost your immune system. Superfoods include natural herbs, fruits, vegetables, seeds, fish and nuts, and also nutrients like micro-greens (such as sprouts). The highest ranked superfood – kale – has the equivalent of 300 times your recommended daily dose of vitamin A and twice that of vitamin K in every 100 grams (a typical serving size). Kale is an excellent source of vitamin C, and contains a lot of vitamin E too. Superfoods have been used for centuries for their health benefits.

Christmas is a time for indulgence and enjoying your food choices a little more than we usually do, however this is often followed by the inevitable feeling of lethargy and guilt. There are a number of superfoods that can help fight off the post-Christmas blues like Spinach, which is full of folate, vitamin E, vitamin K and magnesium. Spinach is great for helping to improve circulation and prevent a sluggish feeling in your body after a big meal, so this is a great option to incorporate in your Christmas feast!

Another good choice of food to include in your Christmas lunch are tomatoes, which are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties help prevent diseases such as arthritis and cancer and like Spinach, tomatoes are a great source of vitamins A, C, and K. They also contain lycopene, an antioxidant that may help lower your risk of developing heart disease.

Mushrooms are excellent sources of food and medicine, and have been consumed by humans for more than a thousand years. They were originally used by ancient cultures to enhance health, but now their benefits are being studied by doctors. Studies have shown that mushrooms can actually help treat cancer, heart disease, and even endocrine disorders. Some of the most common edible mushrooms include shiitake, portabella, oyster, and maitake. Mushrooms can be eaten fresh, dried or cooked, depending on which kind of mushroom you are using.

The health benefits of mushrooms have also been embraced by all of us here at Herbs Online Shop as we have introduced our range of Mushroom Superfoods Herb Drops. If you’re wondering how these superfood herbs can help you or perhaps you would like to gift one to friends or family for a healthy and healing Christmas gift, please get in touch. You can also order direct from our website, we post direct to you!

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