High in fibre, iron and antioxidants, these little gems help transport oxygen around the body, boost the immune system and reduce fatigue. They also aid collagen production to help keep wrinkles at bay. Eat them fresh or dried.
Macha, made from finely ground green tea leaves, can boost metabolism, detox the body and calm the mind. It’s rich in selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. A macha latte is a pretty wonderful way to embrace it.
Once it is processed, cacao becomes cocoa, but in its raw form it’s a great source of heart-supporting magnesium, super-rich in antioxidant flavonols and a great source of serotonin and dopamine, which can help alleviate depression.
4 Bee pollen
Bee pollen is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. It’s approximately 40% protein and is rich in B Vitamins, which can boost energy levels. It’s also rich in folic acid and rutin, an antioxidant that helps strengthen capillaries and blood vessels to support the cardiovascular system. Victoria Beckham swears by it.
It is said that almonds can lower cholesterol. They’re also a great source of Vitamin E and they’re incredibly easy to add to your daily diet – just pop a bag on your desk (if you struggle to stick to just that one handful though, it’s a good idea to portion them up and put the rest out of sight!).
Packed with potassium, bananas help prevent cramp, making them very popular with runners. Plus, they pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar during workouts. Bananas also contain high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter – which can help overcome depression.
7 Goji berries
Goji berries contain Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Vitamin A, iron, selenium and other antioxidants and are said to help boost the immune system and brain activity. They’ve been used in traditional Chinese medicine to manage diabetes, high blood pressure and fever.