Five superfoods to aid the New Year detox
Too many late nights and festive feasts? Christmas is a time of over-indulgence and stress. So why not kick off the New Year with a resolution to eat more healthy and healing foods? Superfoods are a great place to start if you're detoxing as they're loaded with key nutrients. here are five of our favourite superfoods.
Pomegranates are filled with flavour as well as antioxidant vitamins, making them a popular superfood. Along with being rich in vitamin C, K, B5 and folate, research has shown that the polyphenols in pomegranate juice may also reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
For a fruit boost enjoy Wing Yip's Exotic Fruit Salad which combines two pomegranates, with two ripe dragon fruits, one small ripe papaya, one small ripe mango and two tablespoons of lime juice.
Dark Green Vegetables
We've all fought them in our time but you can't deny that dark green vegetables are packed with vitamins A and C, calcium and iron. They're also very high in fibre and low in calories.
Look out for fresh kale, pak choi or spinach - apparently one cup of fresh spinach leaves provides almost double the daily requirement of vitamin K, which plays an important role in cardiovascular and bone health. For a tasty Asian health kick, add fresh green spinach leaves to a curry or crunchy pak choi to a stir-fry.
Red Bell Peppers
Red pepper are an unsuspecting superfood but actually contain as much vitamin C as an orange. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that works to keep your skin and blood vessels healthy. Peppers have a high water content and are low in calories so are a great addition to a low calorie diet.
In Asia, healing foods have been a popular part of the cuisine for centuries and food and medicine are seen as working hand in hand.
Shitake mushrooms, or Chinese black mushrooms, are believed to boost immunity. They are full of minerals, especially iron, and aside from exposure to the sun and eating herrings, mushrooms are one of the few sources of vitamin D in food. Use them to flavour sauces and stews.
Mooli (also known as daikon) is a large, mildly flavoured East Asian white radish which resembles a giant white carrot. It contains digestive enzymes that help aid digestion and is high in vitamin C. Simple grate into salads, stir-fries or soups.