From healthy snacks to exotic plants and roots, here are 7 superfoods to try.
Powerdrops - Avocado oil
Don’t let another year mean another wrinkle. While moisturisers abound, here’s something you can ingest. Avocado oil is rich in vitamin E, which combats aging. Adding avocado oil into your diet is the key to a healthy heart, glowing skin and bright eyes. A few drops of avocado oil in your salad can increase the nutrients you absorb from it.
Available at Little Green Kitchen, 1 Hacienda Grove, Upper East Coast Road, Tel: 9763 1483
Tiger nuts for a stronger stomach
Planning on a big weekend brunch? You might want to prep your stomach with a handful of tiger nuts. A sweet tuber, rather than an actual nut, this vegetable prevents bloating and cramps so you can stay active even after all that food.
Available at The Fitness Grocer, 106 Clementi Street 12, Tel: 9088 8575
Maca, the sexy one
Ancient Incan tribes used to eat maca before battle, which grows high up in the Andes Mountains. Usually consumed in powder form, this root is known to increase sexual desire. Historically used as a powerful aphrodisiac, you now have another go-to if you need a potent shot to channel your inner warrior.
Available at Nature’s Superfoods, 12 Arumugam Road Lion Building B, Tel: 6841 5476
Quinoa, take a seat. This Ethiopian plant is the next gluten-free grain of choice. The tiny grain packs huge health benefits, supporting bone health and regulating bowel movement. With everybody going egg, nut and dairy-free these days, the nutty-flavoured teff is a yummy substitute that suits most restrictive diets.
Available at Ryan’s Grocery, 29 Binjai Park, Tel: 6463 3933
Superberry - Maqui
Feasted too much over the festive season? Beat those toxin build-ups with maqui. It's no secret that berries are full of antioxidants, and maqui is one of the richest sources of all. Growing wild and abundant in Chilean and Argentinian rainforests, maqui is known to fight off harmful cells before they do any damage.
Available at HIC, 3 Temasek Blvd, 470 Suntec City
Well-kept secret: Watermelon seeds
Who knew the melon seeds we eat every Chinese New Year pack a host of benefits? They are high in magnesium, which helps to maintain good heart and blood health. Keep heart diseases and strokes at bay with these tasty seeds, but go for the sprouted and shelled seeds that pack the most nutrients. You don’t have to do it yourself – we found a shortcut.
Purple is the new green when it comes to superfoods. Next time you're at the supermarket, keep an eye out for purple produce – acai berries, cauliflower, cabbage, beets and more. Not only are these fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, they add oomph to any meal you’re serving.
Available at SuperNature, 583 Orchard Rd, B1-05/09 Forum, Tel: 6854 7399