I have decided to compile a post of some things I like to pickup in the supermarket/grocery store which I consider to be hidden gems, by this I mean foods which you wouldn’t normally buy or may overlook. These are items which will hopefully become a mainstay of your shopping basket and have many uses;
This stuff is amazing, Its packed with Fiber and Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A) a whole can has over 10 grams of Fiber and it has a superb texture which will keep you full for hours. I like to mix it with some cinnamon, nutmeg and a dash of raw honey. Then top it with some Almonds, Walnuts, and Coconut flakes. If you have some protein powder kicking about that mixes in great.
Spices and Herbs
These should be an essential, load up on things like Cinnamon, and Herbs de Provence. There are so many different one’s you can always find something different and experiment with your cooking. On top of this spices all have different effects on your body with a range of health benefits, Cinnamon has a great effect on controlling blood sugar levels and coriander flushes toxic heavy metals from your body. Check out the Modern Forager’s post on Spices here…..
Berries have a host of health benefits, they are packed with Vitamin C, High in Fiber and they taste great. Unfortunately when fresh they are expensive and unavailable year round. So when they are out of season I would recommend keeping a stock of frozen berries they’re perfect to throw in Yoghurt, Pumpkin, or Shakes. Even let them de-frost and eat them normally.
Beets are something I always buy and eat almost daily they have a great detoxing effect and add great colour and taste to salads. They are also the perfect match for some good cheese, I buy the pre-cooked and prepared type to save time and they are pretty cheap.
According to Stephen Nottingham “Beetroot has long been considered beneficial to the blood, the heart, and the digestive system. It has been regarded as a laxative; a cure for bad breath, coughs and headaches; and even as an aphrodisiac. More recently, it has been advocated as a cancer preventative and as a means of bolstering the immune system.”
English Breakfast Tea
This is a tip for those based outside of the UK as anyone in England will undoubtably have some in their cupboards. Black tea is packed with anti-oxidants and is a very refreshing and relaxing drink (thanks to the theanine) to have mid morning or in the afternoon.
Since ancient times it has been said that drinking tea brings relaxation. Scientists are now studying the effects of theanine and it is believed that although theanine creates a feeling of relaxation, it doesn’t shut down the brain. So it allows you to be relaxed yet alert at the same time.
Steep it for 1-2 minutes sweeten with some honey and add a dash of Organic Milk if you want to prepare it properly. Check out my favorite tea manufacturers site for the benefits…..
A high quality goats cheese is a great thing to have in the fridge, its extemely versatile. You can cut it up and add some to a salad or have a piece for breakfast with some fresh fruit and coffee. Its lower in fat than cow’s cheese and is easier to digest as well as having more protein.
I know this one is a bit odd, but its easily overlooked. Carrots are extremly versatile; If your hungry you pick one up and crunch on it as a snack. If you need a good side to your steak boil them for a few minutes cut in half and add some olive oil and herbs. They are also great to use for dipping in Nut butters or with Salsa. I usually buy Organic as they seem to be sweeter. And always try to get the freshest carrots you can find, it pays off with the superior taste and extra crunch.
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