Superfoods

The term "Superfoods" refers to foods that have un-commonly high nutrient density. But not all "Superfoods" are the same - our Superfoods range aims to give you REAL Superfoods that you know are great for you, without all the nasties.

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The Superfoods way with Ripe Journal
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The Superfoods way with Ripe Journal

Share your blogging journey with us. When did it begin and why did you decide to start?

Well, I never thought I would end up a blogger - it was never on my mind. I fought with the idea for a whole year before I actually launched it. I’ve always loved eating and sharing meals with friends and family. The more I went out and tried something I would “check in on Facebook” and after a few minutes, I would get so many comments. Then people started to call or message me asking me where they should go and eat, new coffee spot/dessert spot…or a nice place to take their girlfriend/boyfriend to. All this food talk got me thinking, maybe I should start a food blog. It was 2013 and food blogs where everywhere, and they all looked the same. I knew I wanted mine to stand out and I didn't want it to look like every other food blog out there. I also,had to think ahead and visualise what this "blog" would look like in a few years and I knew I didn't just want it to be about food, I wanted to eventually talk about travel and lifestyle, So I needed a name for my blog. I chose “Ripe” because it means seasonal, or picked at its peak, when its fresh - and thats what I wanted to offer. Ripe Journal was launched in September 2013. But, the crazy thing was, I didn’t even own a camera.

Outside of creating beautiful content for your followers, what are you most passionate about in life?

Travelling - I’m always in constant wanderlust and planning my next adventure. Another one is being involved my local church community.

What is your daily health, wellness and fitness routine?

It's changed quite dramatically recently as I’ve just started my 8 week journey of I Quit Sugar, so I’ve been following a dedicated meal plan, packed with veg and protein which I’m really enjoying, but I’m seriously craving doughnuts all the time. In terms of fitness, I usually hit the gym 2-3 times a week.

What’s your favourite way to utilise Super Foods to help you get through a busy day?

I find mixing the Super Food powder with water, in a smoother, or over my yogurt in the morning is definitely the easiest way to boost your nutrition and vitamin intake. For more info or to follow Ripe Journal - click here. Recipe's by RIPE JOURNAL: Raw Chocolate  Strawberry Cake & Flavoured Spirulina Almond Cups.
The Superfoods Way with Miann Scanlan
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The Superfoods Way with Miann Scanlan

 Share your blogging journey with us. When did it began and why did you decide to start?

I started blogging back in 2009 back when there were only a small hand full of Australian fashion blogs. I've always been a wordsmith at heart, and growing up reading Vogue instead of children's books instilled in me the keen desire to share with my peers the magic and fantasy I found within the fashion industry.

Outside of creating beautiful content for your followers, what are you most passionate about in life?

I'm passionate about being happy. Living to fulfil my desire to feel deep peace. My life now revolves around the world outside my window and the ocean below my balcony where before it revolved around work and impressing my colleagues with the number of hours I could clock at my desk in a week.

What is your daily health, wellness and/or fitness routine?

Travelling so much it's hard for me to truly find a routine, but I try and manage a few non-negotiables wherever I am in the world. First it starts with a fast walk in the morning, bonus if it's timed with the sunrise! I also start the mornings with a hot herbal tea, or honey lemon & ginger if I'm at home. The last non-negotiable is having 2-3 litres of water a day. I believe when you're properly hydrated, it's much easier to make healthy choices.

What's your favourite way to utilise Super Foods to help you get through a busy day?

 I love throwing them in the blender with coconut water and bananas - it couldn't be easier! For more info on Miann Scanlan - click here.
The  Superfoods Way with One Hungry Mami
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The Superfoods Way with One Hungry Mami

Share your blogging journey with us. When did it begin and why did you decide to start?

My blog began in July 2012, and it came after a rather big and indulgent trip to the States.  I decided on my return that I would try a purely plant based diet for 12 weeks.  So, 1 month before my 34th birthday, I did it.  I remember telling people about it and someone suggested I should write about my experience.  That's when the blog was born.  It was a really good way of keeping myself accountable, sharing recipes I came up with a long the way and documenting what changes, physical or mental, that I undertook as a result.  My journey is still going and a lot has happened so the blog has evolved to reflect that, and will hopefully continue as long as I'm around.

Outside of creating beautiful content for your followers, what are you most passionate about in life?  

It's cliche but I'm truly passionate about my family and friends.  I think in today's world, it's easy to get caught up in the superficial but when it all comes down to it, you have nothing if you don't have anyone around you to share it with.

What is your daily health, wellness and fitness routine?

I used to be really regimented and would try to do all the right things, but now I take a more relaxed approach and realise that every day is different so your body and mind requirements are going to reflect that.  My non-negotiables are daily meditation, fresh homemade food, a superfood smoothie, kissing my family, and moving my body for an hour each day.  I love exercise, it's a natural stress reliever and mood elevator so apart from keeping me fit, it also keeps me mentally well.  I love to run, it's just another form of meditation in my opinion.  I balance that with resistance training using my own body and light weights.  Rest is also important so getting a day to do just that is a priority, and this includes taking a break from technology too.

What’s your favourite way to utilise Super Foods to help you get through a busy day? 

As a nurse, I do shift work, mainly the late shift so I really love a good smoothie, specially around the 3 pm mark when my body is craving an energy injection.  It beats coffee and keeps me going until dinner time so I'm not munching mindlessly on unhealthy foods.  My favourite is a green smoothie made from baby spinach, cucumber, celery, green apple, lemon juice, coconut water, avocado and 1 tsp of the Nature's Way Flavoured Spirulina.  It's really low sugar but tastes amazing thanks to the spirulina powder.   For more info or to follow One Hungry Mami, click here. Check out her beautiful Superfoods Cheesecake recipe:  recipe for amazing superfoods cheesecake
The SuperFoods Way with Mumafit
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The SuperFoods Way with Mumafit

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Benefits of Maca for Women
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Benefits of Maca for Women

With all of the buzz around (and misuse of) the term 'superfoods', it is sometimes useful to remind ourselves that true superfoods really do exist. Maca is one of these true superfoods. It's amazingly high nutrient density, it's ability to support energy production and it's ability to improve men's health are well documented. Now, let's take a closer look at the benefits of Maca for women.  

Benefits of Maca For Women

 

1. Maca Offers Numerous General Health Benefits

Let's start off with some of maca's general benefits. Maca can help boost energy, endurance and stamina. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you will notice an increase in muscle mass. Warning: If you have a cancer related to hormones like testicular and ovarian, among others. If you have liver issues or high blood pressure you should ask your doctor before having maca.

2. Maca Supports Ability To Withstand Stress

Maca is a type of food known as an 'adaptogen': a natural food that helps us deal with the effects of stress. It is rich in a number of key vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids that our body needs heightened levels of during times of stress. It can promote homeostasis (where your body is in a state of equilibrium and balance) during times of stress, when your body can otherwise be experiencing a hormonal rollercoaster.  

3. Maca may help treat menopause symptoms

Maca has been traditionally used in menopausal women as a natural form of hormone replacement therapy. This use has persisted for hundreds of years in Peru and has become commonplace in many Western countries, including Australia. Whilst maca does appear to help balance hormones, it's exact benefits for treating menopause are yet to be clinically proven.  

4. Maca Gives Support During Menstruation

Maca has also been traditionally used for helping relieve menstrual symptoms. Central to this is Maca's effect on stabilising mood and hormone levels. It's high nutrient density may also be part of the reason, as it provides key vitamins and nutrients that may help relieve cramping and other menstrual pain.

3. Maca Supports Skin Health

Some people find maca helps clear skin blemishes and balanced oily skin types. Another benefit for your skin is that is decreases sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help your skin withstand extreme temperatures.   Want to know more about Maca's benefits? Read about Nature's Way Super Maca. ------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. To buy superfoods online, visit www.health365.com.au.
3 Superfoods For Weight Loss
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3 Superfoods For Weight Loss

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3 Superfoods For Men's Health
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3 Superfoods For Men's Health

You may scoff at the term 'superfoods', but believe us when we say there are a small handful of real  'superfoods' that do exist. These are foods that contain a wide range of key nutrients, and contain them at levels far above those found in 'normal' food. This means these superfoods make it easier to get the nutritional support you need to get through your day. Some of these superfoods - when taken over time - may help support a range of benefits for men's health issues, from supporting libido and sperm count to prostate and heart health. Read on for our top 3 list of Superfoods for men's health.  

 3 Superfoods For Men's Health

 

1. Maca

Known as the "Peruvian ginseng", Maca has been traditionally used for thousands of years in Peru and across South America to support energy and - famously - to boost libido and fertility. Preliminary studies out of Peru suggest it may increase sperm count and sperm motility, although it should be noted that further research is required to consolidate these early findings. Fellas, try our recipe for Maca Guacamole, which contains Maca and other key nutrients for supporting men's energy and libido.  

2. Chia Seeds and/or Salmon

Whilst the two foods are very different, both chia seeds and salmon contain large concentrations of one very important nutrient for men's health: Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have a variety of benefits, not the least of which is increased protection against heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol and stroke. Heart disease is the leading killer of men in Australia, and men are much more likely to develop heart disease than women. As such, men should be considering adjusting their diet to avoid these preventable diseases. Both salmon and chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help support a healthy heart. Furthermore, chia seeds are very high in dietary fibre, which can help with weight management and managing blood sugar levels. Guys, try our Chia-Crusted Salmon recipe. It combines both chia seeds and salmon for a super-sized serve of omega-3s to help protect your heart.  

3. Acai

Preliminary studies suggest that one way of increasing your sperm count is to decrease the number of free radicals in your body by increasing your antioxidant intake. Free radicals are unstable molecules that exist in our body that damage cells and can lead to inflammation, disease and reduced efficiency. Increasing your intake of antioxidants fights these molecules and increases overall health and - perhaps - sperm quality. Whilst most fruit and vegetables have some antioxidant content, Acai is one of the richest known sources of antioxidants on the planet. Gents, try our Acai Berry Breakfast Bowl recipe. It's packed with acai and other nutrients to protect your heart, brain, overall health and your little swimmers. ------ This article was brought to you by our online health partner Health365. To buy superfoods online, visit www.health365.com.au.
5 Superfoods For Your Heart
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5 Superfoods For Your Heart

Keeping your heart healthy is as much about putting the right nutrients in to your body as it is about keeping the wrong substances out.  Foods that contain saturated fats, salt and high levels of processed sugar are all "No-no's" (as is smoking). If you are concerned about your heart, eating well and avoiding the above foods and toxins may help. Eating more of the below 5 superfoods for a healthy heart may also be of benefit to overall heart health. Looking after your heart is serious business. As this article is being written, heart disease is the leading underlying cause of death in Australia. If you have serious concerns about heart health, talking to your doctor should be your first step. Eating the foods below may help support your heart, but just eating these foods and neglecting other lifestyle factors that can contribute to heart problems will not guarantee a healthy heart.  

5 Superfoods For Your Heart

 

1. Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce your risk of heart disease according to the Australian Heart Foundation. Omega-3 may also help reduce inflammation of blood vessels and reduce blood clotting. Try our Chia-Crusted Salmon recipe for a tasty, healthy way to get more salmon into your diet.  

2. Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are - like salmon - rich in omega-3. In fact, on a pund-for-pound basis, chia seeds contain more omega-3 than salmon. Furthermore, chia seeds are rich in fibre. Diets high in fibre can reduce the risk of heart disease. Try our Chia Cacao Coconut Cluster recipe for a treat that you won't believe is heart-healthy.  

3. Tofu and/or Soy Milk

Both of these food sources contain niacin, folate, calcium magnesium and potassium. These nutrients are crtitical to help support the heart. Try our Banana Split Smoothie recipe - a delicious way to drink soy milk and top up fibre, protein and antioxidants.  

4. Acai

Acai is packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants are important for helping prevent potential cellular damage caused by free radicals - unstable molecules that are present in our body and attack cells in an effort to stabilise themselves. This damage can cause inflammation, and antioxidants can thus protect our body from the inflammation. Inflammation can be an aggravating factor in heart disease. Preliminary studies also suggest acai may be helpful for reducing blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. Try our Acai Berry Breakfast recipe for a heart healthy start to the date.  

5. Cacao

You may have heard of studies that suggest a potential link between daily (dark) chocolate consumption and heart health. This link is likely because dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa) is rich in polyphenols: substances that can help reduce clotting, blood pressure and inflammation. What you may not know is that dark chocolate, and the cocoa used to make it, are actually the nutritionally inferior by-products of raw cacao. Raw cacao is rich in a number of nutrients that are critical for supporting heart health. It is the base ingredient used to make cocoa / dark chocolate (cacao is processed and cooked to turn it into cocoa, whihc is then processed further to create dark chocolate. This processing and cooking destroys much of the original nutritional content, so choosing cacao over cocoa is a good idea). Try our Choc Chilli Cacao Mousse recipe for a decadent, heart-friendly dessert. ------ This article is presented by our online health partner Health365. To buy Nature's Way Superfoods online, visit www.health365.com.au/shop.
5 Easy Tips To Reduce Stress
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5 Easy Tips To Reduce Stress

Stress can be a debilitating condition. It can have serious effects on your emotional and psychological well-being, making your life feel like a never-ending bad dream. Stress also has serious implications for your physical health and can play a role in development of a range of diseases and conditions...  

Stress Related Diseases

Stress-related diseases include (but aren't limited to):
  • psoriasis and other skin conditions
  • muscle spasms
  • headache
  • depression and other psychological conditions
  • high blood pressure
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • heart attack
 

Symptoms of Stress

If you are likely to be subject to highly stressful  experiences or environments, it is important  that you understand the symptoms of stress. This will help you self monitor and know when your stress levels are elevated and - perhaps - hamful. It is also critical you have a plan to deal with that stress once you've identified it. Symptoms of stress include (but are not limited to):
  • agitation and frustration where you normally might not feel that way
  • low energy
  • an over-active mind / experiencing trouble quieting your mind
  • headaches
  • stomach upsets
  • feelings of muscle tightness / anxiety
  • insomnia
  • lower self esteem
  • increased use of alcohol or other substances
 

5  Easy Ways To Deal With Stress

It is important to note that if you are experiencing ongoing stress that you do not feel capable of handling or if you are suffering sever stress symptoms, you should talk to your health professional. If your stress is work-related, it may be appropriate to talk to your manager or supervisor. For lower to intermediate levels of stress, the below potential coping mechanisms may help during times of stress.  

1. Talk to Someone

The anxiety and tension that accompany stress can often be (at least partially) relieved by talking to a friend, councillor or doctor. Having a sympathetic ear that you can share your problems with will not only help you feel better, it can also be a useful way to identify the main causes of your stress. Thirdly, it is a great way to work out strategies on how you can mitigate the source of your stress. Having a fresh perspective on the situation can help you see past the blinders we sometimes have on during times of stress.  

2. Resist Temptations

During stressful times, it can be enticing to have a drink (or four) to calm the nerves. Alcohol and substance abuse are common coping mechanisms in Australia. These substances may offer temporary relief from stress, but only serve to amplify stress symptoms once their effect wears off. Do your best to resist.  

3. Chill Out / Fire Up. Every Day.

Finding activities that reduce stress, and forcing yourself to do them every day, is a critical stress management technique. However, the exact activities that help relieve stress will vary from person to person. If you tend to fire up and become angry or agitated during times of stress, force yourself to do an activity every day that calms you down and helps quieten you to counter that. Similarly, if you tend to become depressed or withdrawn under stress, try to make your daily stress relieving activity something that excites and stimulates you, something that energises and excites you.

4. Diet and Exercise

There are a wide range of benefits from exercise. Exercise reduces stress. It boosts endorphins. It has a calming, mind-clearing  effect similar to meditation. It boosts mood. Whilst exercise of almost any type can help reduce stress, aiming to get 45 minutes of high intensity exercise 3 times or more per week can work wonders for your ability to deal with stress. Diet is another important way to deal with stress. When you are stressed, your body has an elevated need for vitamins and minerals, making it all the more important that you eat a variety of healthy foods to support your health. In particular, your body may need increased levels of: - Vitamin C (oranges, red capsicum, chilli or Super Kale). - Vitamin E (almonds, tofu, spinach, avocado) - B Vitamins (meats, fish, poultry, milk, dark green leafy vegetables or Super Spirulina)  

5. Try a Supplement

We always advocate eating a healthy diet over taking a multivitamin. However, during times of stress, we usually don't have the time to create a meal plan, buy groceries and cook healthy meals. As such, a broad range multivitamin may help support your body during times of stress. Look for one that contains vitamins C & E, plus magnesium for relaxation, lemon balm (traditionally used to help rest and relaxation) and the B vitamins. Alternatively, Super Spirulina has been called "Nature's Multivitamin" due to it's high vitamin content. Including it in your cooking, juice, smoothies etc can give an added nutrient boost to help your body deal with increased demand during stressful times. ------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. For more information on handling stress, visit www.health365.com.au.
3 Tasty Superfood Recipes for Stress Support
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3 Tasty Superfood Recipes for Stress Support

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Why You Need Fibre In Your Diet
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Why You Need Fibre In Your Diet

Increasing your fibre intake may - at first - seem like a bit of a contradiction. On the one hand, fibre not typically absorbed very well by the body. Why eat more of something that your body can't absorb? On the other hand, if your diet lacks fibre, you will definitely know about it. Let's take a closer look at why you need fibre.  

Why You Need Fibre

The benefits of fibre can best be studied by looking at what diets lacking in fibre can cause versus the benefits that diets rich in fibre offer. Diets low in fibre can lead to a number of health conditions, ranging from constipation and weight gain to fatigue and blood sugar fluctuations. Diets high in fibre generally lead to  much better overall health, weight management, more regular bowel movements, better digestion and a reduced risk of a range of serious diseases.  

The 2 types of fibre

There are two types of dietary fibre that are both subtly different, yet both are important for overall health.  

1. Soluble Fibre

Soluble fibre can be digested by your body, but usually very slowly compared to other carbohydrates. As a result, when you eat a diet rich in soluble fibre, the soluble fibre is digested slowly and can lead to more sustained energy and constant blood sugar levels after eating. High fibre diets can also help with weight loss, as the slow digestion of soluble fibre leads to longer feeling of fullness that may prevent snacking and a more prolonged energy release.  

Why You Need Soluble Fibre

Soluble fibre may help with:
  • cholesterol management
  • controlling blood sugar levels
  • inflammatory bowel conditions

Good Sources of Soluble Fibre

  • Oats
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • peas
  • Vegetables
 

2. Insoluble Fibre

We have established that soluble fibre can be digested, albeit slowly. Insoluble fibre, on the other hand, remains largely undigested as it passes through your digestive tract. Just because it is not digested does not mean it doesn't play a critical role in digestion and overall health. During digestion, insoluble fibre passes through to the intestine, bringing water with it. This increases bulk and hydration of waste products. In short, this helps you go to the bathroom more regularly and the additional water in your waste helps you avoid constipation. Insoluble fibre can also help promote a feeling of fullness for those looking to lose weight / reduce snacking.  

Why You Need Insoluble Fibre

Insoluble Fibre may help with:
  • maintaining regular bowel movement
  • weight management
 

Good sources of Insoluble fibre

  • leafy green vegetables
  • root vegetables
  • carrots
  • raisins
 

Superfoods For Fibre

Super Chia Seeds not only contains double the amount of fibre than oats, they also contain both soluble and insoluble fibre, so are a great way to top up your dietary fibre levels. Try them if you are actively looking for an easy way to increase your fibre intake.

Final Tips For Increasing Fibre

  • Adults need to get 25 to 30g of fibre each day. Most Australians do not get this much fibre. If you are struggling to get enough fibre in your diet, a fibre supplement like our Adult Fibre VitaGummies  may offer some benefit.
  • Sudden increases in dietary fibre may cause abdominal pain or flatulence. If you currently have a low fibre diet and are trying to increase your fibre levels, do so gradually over the course of several weeks.
  • Finally, increasing your fibre intake may require an increase in the amount of water you need to drink in a day. Since you pass more water as waste in a high fibre diet, increasing fibre intake may bring increased risk  of dehydration. Dry mouth, increased thirst, headache or dark coloured urine are all signs you may be dehydrated and need to drink more water.
------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. If you would like to learn more about why you need fibre (among other things), visit www.health365.com.au.