As a 23 year old living in Sydney I can certainly say that I'm not made of money... in fact, quite the opposite. But this doesn't mean I have to live on cheap takeaways or processed food. And whilst it can be cheaper to eat unhealthily, in my opinion I would much rather spend £10 more each week and look after my body because, at the end of the day, you get what you pay for.
Eating healthily doesn't mean you have to buy loads of ingredients whose name you can't even pronounce. It means buying fresh, natural ingredients which you can use to cook meals from scratch so you know exactly what you are putting into your body.
That being said, I do think that some 'superfoods' are worth spending the money on. Why? Because the benefits nutritionally outweigh the extra couple of pounds (or dollars) you have to part with to buy them.
So what are they?
1) Raw cacao
Cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. This allows the beans to retain as much nutritional value as possible because the heat destroys some of the goodness. You can read more about the difference between cacao and cocoa here.
Why do I think this is worth investing in? Raw cacao is high in antioxidants and magnesium, both of which are super important in our body. But the real reason I love cacao is because it is so versatile. I use it in smoothies, baked treats, raw treats, protein balls, pancakes, oats and even in a chilli con carne (if you've never put dark chocolate in your chilli you haven't lived). So sweet or savoury - it's the best!
2) Green tea
A well-known and commonly-used 'superfood'. Again, green tea is high in antioxidants which come with their own long list of benefits such as reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and preventing ageing. But green tea is more popularly known because it can also be used to increase fat burning in the body through thermogenesis e.g. heat. No, this doesn't mean you can eat a whole bar of chocolate and get away with it because you drank a glass of green tea at lunch time (although someone needs to invent a drink that does that). But it does mean that drinking 2-3 cups of green tea a day will have a huge benefit on your health. Plus, you can buy it from every single supermarket... winning!
3) Coconut oil
This one has become quite 'trendy' with the rise of the health and fitness industry but it definitely shouldn't be taken for granted. Coconut oil is easy to digest and also has antibacterial and antifungal properties which means it can help reduce the symptoms of digestive problems such as IBS. It is also great for nipping those sugar cravings in the bud - its high fat content means it leaves you feeling full and the coconut flavour gives you the sweet kick you needed! But not only can it be used for cooking, you can even put it on your hair and skin to act as a moisturiser... bonus!
What are your favourite superfoods? Let me know in the comments below!!