Anyone who values a healthy diet currently finds it difficult to avoid the term superfoods. Exotic fruits, berries and grains from faraway countries are increasingly appearing in our supermarkets and promise to do something good for our physical health. Today we are tracking down the superfoods and checking which regional foods keep the same promises and are sustainable at the same time.
What are superfoods?
Superfoods are foods that contain many valuable nutrients such as vitamins, trace elements and important omega fatty acids. Most of the time, the foods we know as superfoods come from far away countries. This makes them expensive and not very sustainable, as they have a high CO2 footprint. If you don't want to do without the nutrients of superfoods but also value sustainable and regional nutrition, you can find out about alternatives to exotic superfoods here.
Replace chia seeds with flax seeds
Chia seeds are known for their high fibre content, which makes them good for digestion. They also have a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. However, the seeds from Latin America can easily be replaced by the native flax seeds, also called flax. The nutritional profile is very similar and flax seeds even have a higher concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. So you can easily replace chia seeds in puddings, baking or smoothies.
Go for regional blue fruits and vegetables instead of açai
Açai berries are considered a superfood because of their high anthocyanin content. Anthocyanins are blue plant pigments that are supposed to prevent harmful oxidation processes in our body. They thus counteract the ageing process and prevent diseases. Native blue and violet fruits and vegetables have the same effect. These also contain large amounts of the plant pigment and thus have the same effect as the berries from the Amazon. For example, you can replace açai with blueberries, elderberries, dark grapes or red cabbage.
Replace quinoa with millet or oats
Quinoa is considered a good source of plant protein and also contains a high level of iron, which is rather rare for plant foods. This is why the pseudo-cereal is particularly popular with vegetarians and vegans. However, domestic millet also has a similar nutrient profile. In salads, millet can easily replace South American quinoa. Oats also have a relatively high protein content and are good for digestion due to their fibre content. In the morning, oats provide a healthy and sustainable start to the day.
Replace avocado with walnuts
Avocados are considered a superfood because of their high content of unsaturated fatty acids. Unsaturated fatty acids are known to have a positive influence on the cardiovascular system and thus reduce the risk of heart attacks, for example. However, these valuable fats are not only found in exotic superfoods such as avocado, but also in other foods. The walnut, for example, which is native to Germany, has a higher content of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids and is also easier to store. Instead of an avocado in a salad, a few walnuts can be sprinkled on top to still get unsaturated fatty acids.
If you want to supply your body with healthy nutrients, you don't have to look beyond your own nose to South America, for example, but can also get all the important nutrients from local foods. We at Blue Farm are of course the biggest fans of local oats, which provide strength and energy and are good for the environment. Why not start your day with a sip of Oat Base.Sources