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By Maria Yeonhee Ji
Wedding planning isn’t always as fuss-free as we hope it’ll be - no matter how organised and detail-oriented your timelines may be there will always be unexpected hurdles along the way. Part of getting through the months of planning such a significant event in your life is making sure you’re taking care of your physical health so that you’re in the best state to tackle the challenges ahead. So we’ve brought you a list of six superfoods with various beneficial effects that will help you get through the wedding planning.
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It’s the only carbohydrate that contains all nine essential amino acids (the building blocks of your body), but that’s not the only charm of quinoa as a superfood. With high quantities of minerals like iron, manganese, copper, phosphorus, and plenty of fibre which is excellent for your digestive tract and feelings of satiety after meals, it’s no wonder this has become a staple in the diets of the health-conscious. Whether you choose to have it as the main carb in a clean eating meat, in a salad, or in a smoothie, the nutrients in quinoa will give you the long-lasting support you need to get through the ordeals of wedding planning.
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Made from the inner bark of Cinnamomum tree species, cinnamon is spice that can be found in any supermarket or grocery store. Its accessibility belies the amazing properties of this spice which - unlike many other marketed superfoods - has its beneficial properties backed by scientific literature. Consumption of the compounds found in cinnamon has been linked to improved insulin sensitivity and glucose levels in several human studies. It may even have anti-tumour effects, with cinnamon extract being found to induce tumour cell death in an animal model. With an endless range of recipes that call for a sprinkle (or more) of this spice, incorporating more cinnamon into your diet is an easy way of giving your metabolism a little love.
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If you’re the kind of person who likes a caffeine boost to help you get through a long to-do list, matcha is the superfood to try. Ground from shade-grown green tea leaves, hot matcha is prepared and served in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies in an embodiment of the mindful and spiritual. The ceremonial-grade powder can be used in matcha lattes or mint iced teas for rejuvenating beverage options that you can drink to your heart’s content. The best part of it is that they won’t give you the caffeine crash associated with coffee. A culinary-grade powder can also be used to make all manner of snacks including protein squares, roast matcha almonds, and bliss balls.
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Native to Mexico but now commercially grown in some countries, chia seeds are one of the most versatile and nutrient-dense superfoods. Packed with plenty of essential vitamins and omega-3 fatty acid, you can enjoy chia’s subtle nutty tones knowing you’re also consuming a rich source of a lot of important dietary components. You can eat chia seeds dry as toppings, or soak them in liquid - chia seeds quickly develop a gelatinous texture that makes them perfect for puddings.
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The açaí berry is a black-purple stone fruit that grows on slender palms native to South America. Purported by many to be an effective weight-loss and anti-ageing ingredient, the açaí fruit contains high levels of antioxidants as reflected by its high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score. Obtaining fresh fruit can be difficult, but açaí is widely available for purchase as frozen fruit, tablets, freeze-dried powder, puree, or juices, and can be easily blended with a range of healthy fruits to make Instagram-worthy smoothie bowls that will keep you energised through longer wedding planning sessions. Be wary of pre-prepared açaí juice drinks, however, as these are often supplemented with large quantities of sugar in order to enhance the flavour.
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Tumeric is the new superfood on the block. Having been used for thousands of years by Indian and Asian cultures, the western world is finally catching on to the advanced healing properties of this brightly coloured superfood. It has been quoted as being “potentially the most powerful plant on the planet in its ability fight and reverse disease” by Dr Josh Axe, and it has almost 10,000 articles written on it, all referring to the positive effects of the powder. Tumeric contains fibre, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin C, and magnesium. So what symptoms can you expect to quell with this powerful superfood? Tumeric is believed to have a positive effect on the following: blood sugar level, mood, skin, intestinal inflammation, and immune function. Tumeric’s relationship with weddings goes back thousands of years too, in Indian culture, where some brides use turmeric directly on their cheeks to help them glow (of course, we don’t recommend this to the fairer skinned brides as it almost certainly will not have the same flattering effect).