Why eat superfoods?

Below is a list of superfoods that appear regularly in all our menus:

1. Variety of apples:

Packed with full of antioxidants, especially vitamin C. In fact one apple provides a quarter of your daily requirement of vitamin C. Apples also contain a form of soluble fibre called pectin that can help lower blood cholesterol levels and keep the digestive system healthy.

2. Broccoli:

Not only does broccoli contain antioxidants including vitamin C but it.s a particularly good source of folate (naturally occurring folic acid).

3. Baked beans:

Yes the humble baked bean!!! A nutritional powerhouse of protein, fibre, iron, calcium and carbohydrate.

4. Cabbage:

Belongs to the same brassica family as broccoli so it is bursting with the same type of goodness.

5. Carrots:

One of the best sources of the antioxidant betacarotene whereby the body converts this into vitamin A which is needed for healthy skin, strengthens the immune system and for night vision - so carrots do help you see in the dark after all!!

6. Salmon:

Oily fish, like salmon, contains omega 3 fats that reduce blood clotting and inflammation. A very good source of protein, vitamins and minerals. And its true, fish really is an all round brain food.

7. Sunflower seeds:

Richest in the powerful antioxidant vitamin E.

8. Yogurt:

Yogurt is an easily absorbed source of calcium. Yogurt has been credited with a range of therapeutic benefits, many of which involve the health of the large intestine and relief of gastrointestinal upsets. Yogurt is also effective in fighting harmful bacteria.

9. Bananas:

Is it a myth that bananas are fattening? Bananas are slightly higher in energy than other fruits but the calories come mainly from carbohydrate, excellent for refuelling before, during and after exercise. Bananas are also jam-packed with potassium that helps lower blood pressure and vitamin B6 for healthy skin and hair.

10. Tomatoes:

The red colour associated with tomatoes is due to the mighty antioxidant lycopene. Research has linked eating plenty of tomatoes- especially cooked- to reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a very good source of potassium, vitamins C and E.

Other superfoods include: Garlic, kiwi fruit, mangoes, onions, peppers, spinach, watercress, strawberries, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts, Brazil nuts, oranges, whole grain bread and olive oil.

Gary Dougan
Head Chef