The transition from winter foods to spring foods is always a welcome one. After months of heavier soups and stews, it’s a relief to finally bring in the new season with some lighter, fresher meals. Green superfoods are particularly easy to work into your spring diet, giving you a boost of health and energy for the warmer months ahead. Delicious avocados are packed full of vitamins, potassium and lutein, while kiwi fruit contains twice as much vitamin C as an orange. Leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, can be used in a huge number of different ways; either blend them into super-healthy smoothies, chop them into salads or even make kale chips by baking it in the oven.
Today at Alyaka, we’ve gathered together some of our favourite online recipes to provide you with tips for healthy eating and incorporating these green superfoods into your everyday diet.
Avocado and Kale Superfood Smoothie
Smoothies are one of the best ways to start the day, and here at Alyaka, we love them – a delicious combination of super-healthy, vitamin-rich ingredients blended together, they make a brilliantly quick and easy breakfast. To make this simple avocado and kale superfood smoothie, simply place a frozen banana, blueberry yoghurt, kale, avocado and unsweetened almond milk into a blender and mix until smooth.
Quinoa with Edamame, Parmesan, Avocado and Egg
If you’re the type who likes something a little more hearty for breakfast, eggs make a great option – particularly when teamed with green superfoods such as creamy, energy-giving avocado. To make this tasty and simple breakfast, mix together the cooked quinoa and edamame, then sprinkle with parmesan and top with a fried egg. Garnish with sliced avocado, and enjoy!
Spring Superfood Salad
One of the things we miss during the winter is a crisp, cold, refreshing salad. One of the healthiest mealtime options, there are a 101 ways to make a salad your own. This spring superfood salad is made up of a beautiful rainbow of ingredients: mix together blanched kale, spinach, lettuce, asparagus, scallions, avocado, radishes, smoked salmon, orange, cranberries and cooked quinoa in a bowl, and drizzle with homemade lemon vinaigrette. Top with goats cheese and season well with salt and pepper to finish.
Spinach and Quinoa Patties
Whether you’re a meat lover, vegetarian or vegan, sometimes nothing beats a good burger. Topped with your favourite garnishes, sauces and chutneys, and finished with a side of sweet potato wedges, there’s something really satisfying about such a hearty meal. The great news is, we found a superfood version made from spinach and quinoa. Simply combine cooked quinoa, salt, parsley, garlic, carrots, onions, chopped spinach, grated parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs in a bowl and mix well. Form into patties, then fry for around two minutes on each side, or until they’re golden in colour.
Pizza is one of those foods that almost everyone likes, and the best news is that they can actually be an incredibly healthy meal option. This superfood pizza has a quinoa crust, and is completely vegan and gluten-free – and tastes great. Start by placing the pre-soaked quinoa, water, olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, yeast, salt and pepper in a blender, and mixing until smooth. Pour into a tart pan, then bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden, then remove and top with pesto, tomatoes, arugula, basil and spinach.