Almonds are a great source of fibre and B vitamins and are so easy to make into almond milk at home. I use my Vitamix for this – just take a cup of pre-soaked almonds and blend with a litre of water, two dates and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt and cinnamon. Once thoroughly blended, pour through a nutmilk bag and you’ll have the most delicious and nutritious milk replacement. It’s also an ideal base for smoothies or porridge.
Cacao is rich in vital B vitamins and magnesium, which strengthen the body. To make a healthy, warming drink that’s perfect for colder autumn days, I blend a teaspoon of cacao into my homemade almond milk to create a creamy yet healthy alternative to hot chocolate.
Coconut is the new superfood for a reason – it provides energy, good (cholesterol free) fats, improves heart health, improves digestion, has no effect on blood sugar and supports the immune system. Aside from my CO YO yoghurt, which forms part of my daily diet, I also use coconut oil to cook with and even use it on my skin and hair to keep me glowing inside and out.
A power house of nutrition and the richest fruit source of Vitamin E, avocados help to protect against many diseases and maintain overall health. Thankfully they are available year round and I eat half an avocado every day.
5 Butternut squash
This hearty winter staple delivers more than just flavour and dietary fibre – butternut squash is a good source of potassium, it’s important for bone health and, because it contains high doses of Vitamin C and Vitamin B6, it supports the immune system to fend off winter germs. It’s useful in so many winter dishes and it makes a perfect mash!
CO YO is stocked at Tesco, Waitrose and independent health food stores across London. Find your nearest stockist and further information at coyo.co.uk