Ever wondered how to make the most of a 1 kilogram pouch of superfoods, seeds or flour? Well, batch cooking is the answer. Most bakes, chia puddings and vegan stir-fries can safely be stored in the fridge for a few days.
While smoothies are a quick to make, nutrient-dense and visually appealing way to consume more superfoods at once, remember that superfoods are extremely versatile! They can be made into cakes and chocolate, added to stir-fries, pasta, salads and soups. Now, if you agree that you can never have too much of a good thing, take a moment to discover a few of the benefits of cooking superfood enriched meals and desserts in batches, beyond minimising food waste.
- Switching to nutritious snacks means that you’ll experience fewer sugar cravings, energy slumps and hunger pangs
Often misinterpreted as a lack of determination to stay loyal to your fitness goals, sugar cravings, extreme sudden hunger and decreased energy during a workout are frequently a sign that your nutrition plan is lacking structure or is simply deficient in the nutrients your body needs most. While it’s inevitable that you’ll occasionally ignore your overall health to meet daily demands, it’s essential (and quite simple!) to continue to prioritise a highly nutritious diet. Batch cooking your meals and snacks will save you time, help you never skip a meal again, as well as allow you to have better control of the nutritional profile of your meals.
Generally, it’s recommended that you aim for a combination of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates with all your meals and snacks. Take as an example a bag of crisps, a bagel, or a chocolate bar – these will rarely keep you full for long because they don’t include all the macronutrients your body needs (i.e. protein, fats and carbohydrates). Protein and fibre in particular deserve attention because they have the ability to regulate your appetite.
In addition, every vitamin and mineral on earth plays a role in diverse body functions. Vitamin C, iron, magnesium, manganese and copper contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism. Magnesium also nourishes mental wellbeing. Copper, vitamin B12 and D support a healthy immune system. Vitamin A contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and vision. Omega-3 healthy fats help balance cholesterol levels.
Imagine you can experience several health benefits by replacing your usual snack on the go with a superfood-enriched delicious homemade snack! Instead of picking up a refined sugar-loaded snack in a meal deal, reserve an hour a week to baking a tray of superfood loaded brownies, flapjacks, chia puddings or overnight oats. Experiment with a combination of plant-based protein powders, Cacao Powder, natural sweeteners such as Agave and Coconut sugar, gluten-free and fibre-rich flours such as coconut flour, dried fruit and seeds to create nourishing snacks!
Bonus: If you batch cook breakfasts for the week, you’ll be able to sleep for longer. Getting enough sleep in (7-8 hours per night) is also required for keeping your hunger hormones balanced. You’ll notice that you’re more likely to crave and turn to sugary foods on days you feel tired.
- Batch cooking healthy meals is a great solution for those with food intolerances or allergies
While most restaurants and supermarkets cater for those with food intolerances or allergies, the choice is still quite limited. Again, we must reinforce that having a variety of vitamins, minerals and all the macronutrients with your meals is important to maintain good health. This is where batch cooking will become your best ally:
- It’s more budget-friendly than the free from supermarket option.
- It’ll save you time as you’ll no longer browse the supermarket shelves and read the ingredient list in search of something you can safely have.
- It’ll also guarantee that your food tastes great and your body receives all the nutrients it needs.
Browse our online store to discover a fantastic range of certified gluten-free, vegan and high-protein seeds and powders.
- Batch cooking with superfoods will help you get the best of both worlds –you’ll satisfy your taste buds as well as your nutritional needs
Contrary to popular belief, you can create thousands of delicious yet healthy sweet or savoury recipes. And, when something is that good for you, why not make it in larger portions so you can enjoy the benefits more often or share it with others? Create a healthier version of chocolate, probably the most popular dessert in the world, using organic melted Cacao Butter Beans, Cacao Powder, Coconut Sugar and Goji Berries. Store it in the fridge or freezer for up to two months. Make protein and omega-3 fatty acids loaded Chia Pudding on a Sunday and refrigerate it for up to 5 days. Swap between different flavours of our Protein Blends to discover a new taste every day of the week. Boost stir-fries and soups with immune system supporting Kale, Ginger or Reishi powder.
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