Turmeric: Has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties. I add it whenever I can to any meal I think it’ll work. Need I say more?
Black Pepper: There is a little substance within black pepper, called piperine, which has a rather remarkable talent. It can boost the bioavailability of turmeric (among other things) by around 2000%. You read that right, 2000%. Crazy, I know. So whenever you’re adding turmeric to your food, always, always, always accompany it with some freshly ground black pepper to make sure you’re getting the full benefits.
Cinnamon: Adds a little something when sprinkled on top of your Matcha latté, muesli or porridge and also aids in balancing out your blood sugar levels.
Coconut Oil: Wonderful for cooking, as it doesn’t oxidise at high temperatures. It’s also made up of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which your body can utilise for energy easier than other types of fats.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Perfect for drizzling over a salad for some extra flavour and good fats. I’d recommend buying local if it’s available; the less distance it’s had to travel, the less opportunity there has been for oxidisation to happen and less chance the good fats will have to go rancid.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): Can be added to a big glass of water first thing in the morning, as an alternative to fresh lemon juice, for its alkalising, metabolism-boosting, liver-detox-aiding properties. It can also be used for cooking, when required. Make sure you get a good quality ACV with floaty bits. These bits are known as “the mother” and consists of friendly bacteria and enzymes (which you definitely want!).
Paprika: For sprinkling on home-baked sweet potato chips. Yummers!
Quinoa: A great gluten-free plant-based protein source
Dried Mixed Herbs: For when you don’t have fresh on hand.
Chia Seeds: Is there anything chia can’t do? They’re incredibly versatile, usable in smoothies, on muesli, puddings and they pack a punch nutritionally too! Just a tablespoon (15g) will give you around 3g of omega-3, 3.5g protein and 5g of fibre. Add to this a boost of potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron and you have a winner every time!
Cacao Powder: Always organic and raw. This is another nutritional powerhouse, rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and a cheeky boost of protein. Sprinkle on muesli, use in smoothies, baking, wherever you want to add a little chocolatey goodness.
Lentils: These are a great way to add plant protein to a meal, salad or to give your broth a bit of extra oomph and keep you satisfied for longer.