Food & Drink

Unicorn Toast

July 6, 2017

Pretty food taste better, right?

This unicorn rye toast doesn’t just look amazing but will help set you up for the day, superfood style.

 

Almond milk yogurt mixed with spirulina. Topped with mint, edible silver glitter and spirulina powder.

 

Almonds:

Like almost all nuts they are a great source of mono-saturated fats as well as high in vitamin E, which is important for healthy glowing skin. Almonds are also high in calcium- essential for strong bones and teeth.

 

Green Goodness:

Spirulina is a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium which grows in both fresh and salt water. This nutrient dense blue-green algae is high in protein, fibre, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, manganese, chromium and iron. An extensive list. In particular, it is rich in leucine and lysine. These are stimulators of brain functions which improve physical endurance by acting as a natural energy boost.

100g of Terrafertil’s spirulina powder provides:

  • 68g of natural and pure protein
  • 327mg of calcium – 41% of your daily needs
  • 85mg of iron – 607% of your daily needs
  • 290mg of magnesium – 129% of your daily needs
  • 19,900UG of Vitamin A – more than 100% of your daily needs

Spirulina has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and is said to detox heavy metals from the body, reduce cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, help stabilise and control blood sugar levels, decrease likelihood of strokes and alleviate sinus issues. It is even said to have anti-cancer properties, especially against oral cancer.

As several metabolic diseases and age-related degenerative disorders are closely associated with oxidative processes in the body, the use of herbs and spices as a source of antioxidants to combat oxidation warrants further attention.

 

Almond milk yogurt mixed with beetroot juice. Topped with beetroot, edible red glitter and beetroot powder.

Beetroot:

Not just a pretty colour…

Historically the beetroot’s root was used medicinally for a range of ailments, including fevers, constipation and skin problems.

Beetroot is a great source of iron and naturally occurring folic acid (folate). It also contains nitrates, betaine, magnesium and other antioxidants (in particular betacyanin).

Recent health claims suggest beetroot can help lower blood pressure. This is because when ingested our body converts nitrates into nitric oxide, a chemical thought to lower blood pressure. Beetroot is also thought to boost exercise endurance and performance, and even prevent dementia as it has been suggested beetroot juice may increase blood flow to certain areas of the brain.

 

Almond milk yogurt mixed with turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. Topped with edible silver glitter, almond milk yogurt, yogurt mixed with beetroot powder and beetroot.

In Turmeric we trust:

Dubbed ‘The Indian Healer’, this powerful spice holds anti-inflammatory properties, is a natural pain killer and is great for circulation and your skin.

Colourful plant foods are supposedly so good for our health due to their phytochemical properties (plant pigments) and turmeric is no different. It owes its countless health benefits due to its yellow pigment: curcumin. 

Another active component in turmeric is turmerone. Although far less is known about turmerone compared to curcumin, it can be obtained from whole ground turmeric. Some studies suggest tumerone can support cognitive performance due to its neuroprotective properties.

This spice is guaranteed to brighten up your day.

 

Cinnamon:

This popular spice has been used medicinally around the world for thousands of years. According to researchers, out of the 26 most popular herbs and medicinal spices, cinnamon ranks first in terms of its protective antioxidant levels.

The health benefits of cinnamon come from the bark of the Cinnamomum tree. This bark contains several special compounds including cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid and cinnamate. These compounds make cinnamon one of the most beneficial spices on earth. Its abundance of assets include foremost being an antioxidant, as well as being anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting and helpful in fighting allergies. 

The health benefits of cinnamon are attributed to antioxidants called polyphenols, phenolic acid and flavonoids. These are similar antioxidants to those that can be found in other superfoods including berries, red wine and dark chocolate. These compounds work to fight oxidative stress in the body, which can lead to disease formation when uncontrolled.

One tablespoon of ground cinnamon contains:

  • 19 calories
  • 0 grams of fat, sugar or protein
  • 4 grams of fibre
  • 68% manganese
  • 8% calcium
  • 4% iron
  • 3% Vitamin K

A little bit of cinnamon goes a long way: 1/2 teaspoon daily is said to have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion and immunity. However, stronger doses are also extremely beneficial for improving heart disease risk, by reducing several of the most common risk factors, including high cholesterol levels, high triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure. In addition, reducing your risk of diabetes, cancer, and neuro-degenerative diseases.

Plus, it also aids dental health and acts as a natural breath freshener. Bonus.

 

Ginger:

The root is the part of the plant most widely used in all forms of medicine, given it is rich in volatile oils. These oils contain the active component gingerol: a very potent anti-inflammatory compound. Gingerols inhibit the formation of inflammatory cytokines (chemical messengers of the immune system), so therefore effectively alleviating pain.  

Ginger is also regarded as an excellent carminative; it is a substance that promotes the elimination of excessive gas from the digestive system and soothes the intestinal tract.

Additionally, Ginger is used to treat symptoms associated with motion sickness, including dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweating. 

 

A ‘tie-dye combination’ of all of the mixtures to create this hypnotic hybrid. Topped with edible silver glitter and sprinkles.

 

The Hybrid: a superfood medley on toast.

 

What’s the logical thing to do when you are in a frantic morning rush and have real things to do? Well if you’re me, it’s spending way too much time perfecting your beetroot flowers and sprinkle arrangements.  But yes, definitely worth it.

 

 

A toast…to superfoods!

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