Super-affordable miracle foods

Superfoods are always trending – take maple water, for example. Believers claim it can straighten out any thyroid issues you have. However, it costs around R60.00 a litre, and that’s without VAT or import duty! So, giving the family bottles of maple water is just going to smash your grocery budget, and maple water on its own is not really a cure-all. Here are some real super-foods that you can afford to buy every week.

Put these food heroes in your pantry

Red onions. Skip white onions and go for red. They’re full of quercetin, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory powers thought to offer you protection against stomach ulcers, heart disease and cancer. Quercetin may also soothe exercise-related aches and pains, so put red onions on your shopping list.

Sweet potatoes. Cheap and packed with fibre, sweet potatoes are a great source of complex carbohydrates. This means that they give you steady blood sugar levels and energy. Bonus: bright orange sweet potatoes contain lots of beta-carotene, which can help protect your skin from the sunlight’s UV rays.

Sauerkraut. Fermented foods like kombucha are super trendy, but a big jar of sauerkraut is a lot cheaper with just as many probiotic benefits.

Oats. Oats are a great way to drop some of the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol in your diet, while getting a good download of soluble fibre. That’s not all: ordinary cheap oats are just as good as expensive steel-cut oats, but avoid any of those loaded with extra flavours or sugars.

Cinnamon. You can get a lot of antioxidants like phenols from dark chocolate, but you can get just as much from a few pinches of cinnamon. Cook with it, use it on your oats or in green tea – a bottle of cinnamon goes a long way.

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White button mushrooms. These lowly and affordable mushrooms have been eclipsed by exotics like shiitake and wild mushrooms, but they are full of antioxidants and vitamin D. Who knew? Slice them and put them on top of pizza, into salads or sauces. Bonus: mushrooms may help regulate levels of the feel-full hormone leptin, so you feel full when eating them.

Include peanut butter, kale, apples, cabbage and eggs on the list to pack your family’s daily meals with affordable, but super, foods.

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