Children|Mom life|Parenting

99 Days Until Christmas and Im Hooking You Up with Prima’s List of Top Toys for 2018

Wow!  Yesterday marked 99 days until Christmas 2018.  Can you believe that?  With the Festive Season just around the corner, it’s time to start working on those Christmas gifts for your little ones (and yourselves).

I’m not normally not one to shop ahead of time but with my boys getting bigger, deciding what to buy for them seems to have become more challenging with each year that passes, but … this year is going to be different.

Different, because I recently attended the much-anticipated Prima Top Toys Carnival launch for Christmas 2018.  I arrived not knowing what to expect, but left with every expectation having been exceeded.  I’m a big kid at heart and the Prima Top Toy Carnival, which emphasized the theme, Let Them Play, unleashed my inner child.  We got the incredible opportunity to play with some of the Top Toys for 2018, needless to say I was like a kid in a candy store.  Rest assured that the Prima Tops Toys for 2018 has been #MomApproved

This Festive Season there is something for everyone and for all ages from toddler to tween to teenager. There is also a wide range of classic and new games that adults can enjoy.

The Official Prima Top Toys List for the Entire Family

Girls Toys

  • Shopkins – This season sees the launch of Shopkins’ Season Nine – Wild Style, which introduces the Shoppets. They are adorable little pets for the Shoppies dolls and are larger than a Shopkin, but smaller than a Shoppie.  The Lil Shoppies dolls that are included with the Happy Places playsets are the new cute kids on the block in Happyville.

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  • L.O.L. Surprise – The success of the products hinges on the fact that it’s all about unpacking the surprises inside until you have put together a complete toy. The products have won a range of international awards and continue to fascinate girls  from the age of four and up.images
  • Baby Secret – is a retro toy that has made a comeback. Baby Secrets is collectibles range which features a unique element, that of discovering if the character is a boy or a girl by bathing it in water. The nappy changes colour to either blue or pink to reveal the gender. How’s that for a surprise?!
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  • Baby Love – is Prima Toys’ own baby doll range. The success of the dolls hinges on the fact that they were designed with a South African audience in mind and each doll speaks a national language. Baby Bella speaks English, Baba Tasha speaks Afrikaans and the hugely successful Baby Thando speaks English and isiZulu. Parents and little girls can look forward to a new isiXhosa speaking doll. For 2018 the range now includes a Baby Love Buggy.
  • Little Live Pets
  • Baby Born
  • Baby Annabell – Baby Annabell® is almost like a real baby with lifelike functions and a cute expression on her face.
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  • Disney Doorables! – Through a collection of figures and connectable playsets, Disney Doorables empowers kids to become storytellers by uniting beloved Disney characters in one land – where surprise and delight await behind each door.
  • Scruff-a-luvs are adorable fur ball, rescued pets. The pets come in pink or blue and untangle in water to reveal your puppy. Find us Scruffy, Make us Fluffy! These unloved and abandoned pets are in need of your help! When buying your Scruff-a-Luv, they arrive as a sad ball of matted pink fur, but once you bathe them, dry them, brush them and love them, you will discover your puppy! 86270 - SCRUFF A LUVS (11)

Boys Toys

  • Ben 10 – This superhero is still a favorite.  This year sees an incredible range of additions to the Ben 10 collection27311 - BEN 10 ACTION PROJECTION OMNITRIX.jpg
  • Big Hero 6 – The toys in this range are based on the animated superhero series of the same name.
  • Treasure X – Especially for boys who love to hunt for treasure, Treasure X is a new toy that engages the senses as children scratch, dig and unearth the lost bounty. Like any good treasure hunt, Treasure X is about more than just what you find, it’s about the fun of finding it too. Hidden somewhere inside the Treasure X brick are a collectible skeleton figure and a treasure chest which contains a gold treasure.

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  • Stretch-Mini Figures – Stretch Justice League Figures are just some of the fantastic toys available in the Stretch range.  Each toy can stretch up to 5 times its original size, it then slowly shapes back, ready to be pulled and twisted all over again.  I keep one at my desk for the those days when I need to release a bit of tension 😉
  • Trixx – is much more than a car that turns 360! Everything is usable in Trixx360! Use the packaging box to build your own circuit! Make as many combinations as you can imagine!But not only that. All the accessories of the cars are interchangeable, including the wheels and the bodies! Collect the 8 cars with their ramps and make multiple combinations!Image result for trixx prima toys

Top Tech Toys

  • Fingerlings – As the best-selling technology toy for 2017, the Fingerlings have become a phenomenon in the toy world and have made their way onto the top of “MY” Christmas wishlist.  Brightly coloured with adorable faces, these palm-sized pets curl around your finger and come to life when you play, responding to sound, motion and touch with over 40 animations.  The latest editions have me obsessing about the Dino Velociraptor

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  • Teksta 360 – Incredibly lifelike, the classic robotic Teksta puppy is back with more interactive features than ever before. The puppy responds to voice, movements, lights and sounds through a built-in artificial intelligence program. It communicates its emotions with barks, whines and changes in eye patterns, just like a real puppy.  Teksta will also react to your hand gestures to sit, stop and flip backwards. downloadtek.jpg
  • PokiBot – The PokiBot is a fun miniature interactive robot that can move, spin, dance and even talk. The bot stands at 8cm and is sound activated – clap your hands and PokiBot will playfully respond as his mouth and eyes light up. Added to the fun is a feature that allows you to make 3 recordings of your own voice to play back in PokiBot’s robotic voice!
  • Robo Chameleon – Move, Aim and Catch! A Robot Chameleon that can Shoot the tongue out and snap up the “food”!
  • VR Real Feel – VR Real Feel is the game that makes virtual reality a reality! Experience 3D high-definition graphics with your iPhone or Android smart phone using the VR Real feel headsets.
  • VR Real Feel Alien Blasters – For fans of virtual reality over the age of 8 years, the VR Real Feel Alien Blasters will meet all your Virtual Reality expectations and more.
  • Show off your skills with the Laser X Two-Player Laser Tag Gaming Set. With two blasters and two receiving vests, players are ready for one-on-one competitions, but can also join in on team play since the sets are all compatible with each other.
  • ARIA – A.R.I.A’s Adventures is an educational interactive set with 3 different games in 1 box. It includes 100 interactive flash cards, a Virtual Reality animal park and 3D colouring pages. Use your smart device or the included VR head set and allow A.R.I.A to take you on an incredible virtual journey.

Top Science Toys

  • National geographic has launched a new range of S.T.E.M. toys that stimulate the imagination and help children develop an aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The range has fun, educational, stimulating and inspiring toys for kids.
  • Nat Geo figurines – Wildlife Wow is a revolutionary NEW wildlife series! Soft and squeezable with the same level of detail as hard figures. Each figure is hand-painted with non-toxic paint. These animals come to life with a free virtual and augmented reality experience and the app’s X-ray vision lets you see the skeletal structure inside each animal. Watch videos, learn facts, and explore each animal with the educational interface.
  • Games – This year the Prima Toys’ collection of games is bigger and better. From the classics to brand new games that will have your skills tested to the limit, all in the name of fun! Two of the brand new games happen to be favourites in our home:

          – Flipslide is a fast-paced electronic game that tests your speed and reflexes.                  Players need to flip to find the colour and slide to match the lights. It can be taken              anywhere and played anytime. What’s more, it is perfect for teenagers and my 14-              year-old is obsessed.

           – Boom Blast Stix – this is another of our favourites.  The game is simple yet                       dynamic and will entertain the whole family, from the little ones aged six and up               to the adults. Players take turns to lock a stix and then add it to the pile on the lid,               until one of the stix spring open and “explode” the other stix in the pile. The                         winner is the player who “booms: with the most stix.

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  • Rubik’s Cube –  We are the hugest fans of the Rubiks cubes and Ashton has an impressive collection to be honest.  This classic toy is for both veterans and amateurs, Prima Toys welcomes the Rubik’s 2 x 2, the Rubik’s 4 x 4 and the new version of the Rubik’s 3 x 3.

Toddler Toys

  • LeapFrog prepares your child for a lifetime of learning. The brand is the leader in innovative solutions that encourage a child’s curiosity and love of learning throughout their early developmental years. An extensive range of new LeapFrog products are available to help your child develop a love of learning during the early childhood year.

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  • V Tech – VTech creates age appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children of various ages. The products enrich children’s development and make learning fun.Image result for prima toys vtech
  • Peppa Pig – Inspired by the TV show, expect all things Peppa Pig.
  • Little Tikes – Little Tikes is a range of toys for indoor and outdoor play that will entertain your child while helping them to develop their mind and imagination. The toys encourage discovery and learning through active, creative and social play and provide hours of fun.

Disney – Mickey Turns 

With Mickey turning 90 on 18 November. Disney will be running a nationwide campaign to celebrate all things.  Expect see Mickey everything!!41972 - 60CM CLASSIC BIG HEAD MICKEY

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Children|Fitness

BOS Sport Announces its TEAM UP School Challenge 2K18

It doesn’t matter what sport you play. If you’re in a school team, it’s time to TEAM UP with BOS Sport. The sports drink powered by rooibos is challenging school sports teams to TEAM UP and stand the chance of winning their share of R50K in prizes for their team and school.

Is your team up for the challenge? Registration is open, so Go Team, Go BOS!

BOS Sport contains organic rooibos, less sugar, zero colourants and essential electrolytes. All ensuring you stay hydrated and perform at your peak in the healthiest way possible. BOS Sport gives you the power to last longer and push yourself harder – WANT STAYING POWER? GO BOS.

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South African school sport represents everything BOS Sport is passionate about – active lifestyles, a sense of fun and team comraderie and commitment.

No matter what team you are in, from hockey, soccer, rugby, netball, cricket (and everything in between!) … If you’re in a school sports team, it’s time to TEAM UP.

“We believe sport is the vehicle to unite and inspire youth, instilling in them the powerful values of commitment, perseverance and team work. The TEAM UP campaign has been developed to reward school sport teams who show a passion for their team and sport, no matter the results. TEAM UP and GO BOS,” says William Battersby, BOS South Africa Managing Director.

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To enter your school sports team, simply log onto http://teamup.bossport.co.za, register your team name, add a profile picture, tell us a little about what makes your team great and then Go BOS! Share your team profile via social media or email and get your team and supporters to vote for your team as the BOS Sport TEAM Up winners of 2K18.

Voting closes November 15th 2018, and the teams with the most votes stand to win the following fantastic prizes:

  • 1st Prize: R10K each for the school and the team plus 10 cases of BOS Sport.
  • 2nd Prize: R5K each for the school and the team plus 10 cases of BOS Sport.
  • 3rd Prize: R2K each for the school and the team plus 10 cases of BOS Sport.

The top 25 runners up will each receive BOS Sport branded water bottles plus a total of R10K in BOS Sport product.

Teams will have an opportunity to earn bonus points by taking part in a number of Team Up monthly social media challenges, so keep an eye out on the BOS Sport social channels to give your team an added advantage. Remember to tag @BosSport and include #BosSport #TEAMUP and #[your TEAM UP ID].

BOS Sport uses the very latest understanding about how best to harness the necessary energy (from carbohydrates) our bodies need for performance, while minimising the negative effects excess carbohydrates can have. The medium GI and natural balance of sugars in FRUIT UP™ allows for the use of less processed sugars while achieving sustained energy release in the product.

The range was developed to be your perfect workout partner. Rooibos is a natural carrier of essential electrolytes (magnesium, potassium and sodium) for optimal rehydration, and is also rich in antioxidants to boost circulation and fight inflammation, helping heal damaged muscle tissue.

BOS Sport is colourant-free and comes in a variety of great tasting flavours including; Blueberry, Lemon Lime, Mandarin Orange and Red Berry.

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“We encourage all school sports teams to take part in the challenge, to show us and South Africa why theirs is the best team to play for while inspiring everyone to Go BOS!” concludes Battersby.

Children|Parenting

Guess Who’s Turning 90 in 90 Days

Guess who’s turning 90 years old in 90 days?  It’s our favourite Disney cartoon character, iconic legend Mickey Mouse.

Icon Mickey will beturning 90 on 18 November 2018.  Disney will be running a nationwide campaign to celebrate all things Mickey.  So prepare for the hype during the months of October through to December as we not only celebrate but honor Mickey Mouse.

The famous cartoon character has been bringing smiles and joy to kids and adults alike for nine decades.

Random Facts About Mickey

  • Mickey Mouse was inspired by the pet mouse Disney had as a child
  • Mickey was originally going to be named Mortimer!
  • Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to ever speak. And what were his first words? “Hot dogs!”
  • There are hidden Mickeys all over Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Spotting them is part of the fun of going to the theme parks.
  • Mickey wears white gloves so that you can see his hands (otherwise they would blend in against his body.
  • Walt Disney said that Minnie and Mickey Mouse are indeed married, although they keep it private and they do not share a home.
  •  Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In the 1970s, Mickey released a disco album which went double platinum.
  • Mickey Mouse only has four fingers! Walt Disney felt that five fingers resembled a “bunch of bananas.”
  • Walt Disney himself voiced Mickey Mouse for many years.
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Photo captured at the Prima Toys Carnival a few months ago

Prima Toys has an amazing range in store for you guys.  This season there really is something for everyone! Keep your finger on the pulse by going to www.primatoys.co.za or www.Facebook.com/primatoys and follow @PrimaToys.

Thanks for all the awesome memories, Mickey!  We love you

Children|Parenting|Review

Cartoon Network Live Tour Hits Jozi

As the cold front gripped Gauteng, parents were left looking for ideas to keep their little ones entertained  that didn’t involve the outdoors.  The timing of the opening show of the Cartoon Network Live Tour in Johannesburg, couldn’t have been more perfect.

In a story inspired by “good can conquer evil”, Cartoon Network Live Tour brings to life the much-loved characters from DSTV’s channel 301. The kids eagerly arrived to take their seats and one could see their anticipation build as they awaited the appearances of their favourite Cartoon Network characters.

The show sees characters such as the Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Gwen, Jake and Finn, fighting villains live on stage in a performance filled with music, dance, colourful lights and a willing participation from the kids and parents alike.


Kelvin Gizmo, scientist extraordinaire, transported us into the world of Cartoon Network which is under threat of Zarr, the evil robot.  We travelled through the Land of Ooo, the city of Townsville and Elmore to help Kevin Gizmo stop Zarr and his evil plans.

What was originally assumed to be a show for the kids only, turned out to be a show that catered for the entire family.  The kids clapped, danced and sang along.  There was a definite highlight for the kids and they revelled in every second of it, but you will need to attend the show to fully feel and understand that part of the experience.

The props and effects are rather impressive, resulting in the show providing an atmosphere similar to that of a concert.  Cartoon Network Live ends on an absolute high, leaving everyone wanting for more.  An extremely creative, fun and interactive production that the kids and entire family won’t want to miss this winter school holiday.

Cartoon Network Live will be showing in Johannesburg at Montecasino from 3rd – 8th July 2018
Tickets are available from Computicket: R175 – R390 – up to 50% off all off-peak shows

Please don’t forget to share your experience with us via social media using the #CNLSA

 

Children|Lifestyle

The far reaching effects of bullying

As a mom who has experienced both her sons having being bullied, this is a matter very close to my heart. Ash and Sky were both bullied within the first two years of starting Primary School. They experienced it again with the change in schools due to us relocating from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

Sky is a lover not a fighter and somehow managed to remain unaffected by the incidents imposed on him. Ash on the other hand hasn’t been that fortunate. The bullying he has been subjected to has had far-reaching effects that affects us daily. At the age of 9 he was diagnosed with anxiety disorder and depression. 5 years on and this is still very much our harsh reality. At the beginning of 2018 he started High School, the anxiety and fear of being bullied again, had him in an absolute frenzy. We have a course of action to help him cope but that’s a blog post for another day. All I am saying is bullying should never be underestimated.

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Ashton consented to me sharing this information about him with all of you in the hope that it would make a difference.

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Children|Fitness|Fitness event

Neon Exercise Evening with the Kids

In the month of February, my kids and I headed off to the Neon Exercise Night in Centurion at the Els Club hosted by Karmically Fused.  Karmically Fused was founded in 2009, by best friends, who both have the passion for helping people to become better versions of themselves.

Managing Director, Clair Buck said they wanted to create an exercise event for the whole family.  As a fit mom in the making, one of the biggest frustrations I face is not always being able to workout with my kids. Fitness events are on the rise, however there isn’t much that caters for simultaneous workouts for both parents and kids. Yes some gyms have these facilities but they do come at a price and let’s be honest not everyone can afford a gym membership for each child. Gyms also have restrictions in terms of supervision and the type of exercises performed by them which means that the kids are often bored and frustrated.  Which really translates to “parents are frustrated AF”.

This is why the Neon Exercise Evening appealed so much to me.  The line-up included kiddy yoga lead by Clair herself, African gumboot dancing, Zumba and even bootcamp for the kids.   The line-up also included the kid’s yoga Brand Ambassador for Magic Mat and its Little Secret.  The Magic Mat series is a magical tool for teaching yoga to 5 to 12-year-old kids.

We arrived in our neon gear ready for some fun under the stars.  Upon arrival and after registration, we made our way to the talented face painters who used special glow in the dark paints.  I opted to have my tattoo coloured in instead of my face.

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I’m just a big kid at heart

Seeing as the event is done in the dark, specialized lighting was used to ensure everyone glowed beautifully.   I must admit it looked fantastic and the kids absolutely loved it.

The Neon Exercise Evening was filled with energy and fun. Classes were run by qualified instructors, dancers and personal trainers. The weather on that particular Friday wasn’t great at all and a few minutes into the workout the rain began.  The amazing part is that almost everyone continued to dance and workout in the rain.  The kids were in their element and the eccentric Zumba instructor had us laughing  like crazy while we moved to the beat.  All music and instructions for the event were actually heard through headphones.  My boys said that was the coolest part of the evening.

There were also various stalls selling goods from health products, natural cosmetics and  food.

Sharing the experience with my kids was really awesome and we had such a wonderful evening that we are looking forward to the next Neon Exercise Night.

Events such as these reinforce the importance of fitness, healthy living and quality time spent together as a family. Fitness workouts help develop athletic skills. The kids get the opportunity to learn basic goal-setting skills and it definitely boosts ones self-esteem.

The Neon Night will be held in various locations throughout South Africa. This was the first event and with it being the first event you always get a few teething problems.  Despite some issues, it was a fantastic night and I can see this event growing from strength to strength.

Children|Food|Healthy eating

Superfood for My Superheros

This self-declared Boss Lady of Meal Prep doesn’t just meal prep for herself, she does it for her kids as well.

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Mom’s Superheroes

Being a working-mom means that I’m a slave to the clock and time is pretty much never on my side. So meal prepping for the kids lunches saves me loads of time in the morning when all hell is breaking loose.

I’ve tried my best to keep it simple but my sons are like day and night, especially when it comes to their eating habits. My little one is indeed a picky eater and would rather starve himself before eating tomatoes, olives or cheese for examples. My eldest on the other hand is an absolute pleasure to make lunches for. He eats absolutely anything. All this means that I pack different lunch boxes for each child (yes this extra work is indeed self-inflicted).

Below is my standard list of lunch picks. All items listed below in blue are meal prepped on a Sunday afternoon. The key to success for me is to select at one item from each category listed below, keeping the specific dietary requirements of each child.

1. Main Course

In an attempt to reduce their carb intake, we aim for sandwich free lunch on most days. The rule however doesn’t apply on Fridays. Monday to Thursday Options:

  • Chicken strips
  • Ham & cheese pinwheels
  • Chicken drumsticks
  • Meatballs
  • Beef or chicken kebabs
  • Egg muffins
  • Bacon wrapped egg cups

Friday Options:

  • Burgers
  • Wholewheat wraps
  • Wholewheat pitas

2. Fruit or Veg

All the items listed below can be prepped in advance.

  • Apples
  • Bananas (we avoid this on super hot days as they spoil easily)
  • Grapes
  • Naartjies
  • Peaches
  • Blueberries
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Olives
  • Cherry tomatoes

3. Snacks

  • Popcorn
  • Biltong
  • Nuts
  • Banana crunchies
  • Power balls ( I make these on a Sunday during my meal prep)
  • Chocolate or yoghurt covered rice cakes
  • Pretzels

4. A Drink

  • Water
  • Juice
  • Fruit infused water
  • Hot chocolate (in winter)
Balanced lunchbox ideas obtained from Montagu Dried Fruit & Nuts

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#PimpMyLunchbox game on point, so we are definitely ready to tackle the 2018 school year

Happy First Day of School Fit Like Mummy xxx

Children|Food|Healthy eating

Superfoods

A lifestyle change pretty simply meant changing the way I ate. It is after all 80% what you eat versus 20% exercise. Truth be told, I didn’t eat badly, granted carbs and sugars were my Achilles heel. I did however consume far more calories than my body needed. So I did some research to figure out the foods that would be more beneficial to my health and well-being and then came across the buzzword SUPERFOODS. Pretty much everywhere l looked and everyone I spoke to mentioned superfoods.

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Definition of Superfoods

According to the Oxford dictionary Superfoods are nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.

The Lovely World of Marketing

Superfoods are however somewhat subjective. There is no legal or medical definition for superfoods and they don’t have their own food group. As a result marketing companies world-wide have jumped onto the bandwagon and have made extensive use of the term. They are able to use the term SUPERFOODS to get more feet in the doors and improve their sales. Despite this fact, superfoods do have major health benefits so it’s a matter of knowing the details behind the so-called superfood in question. Superfoods should be as close as possible to their natural state.

What’s So Super about Superfoods

Superfoods are packed to the brim with antioxidants, minerals, polyphenols and vitamins. Eating them is a good idea as they may reduce the risk of chronic disease and prolong life. People who eat more superfoods tend to be healthier than those who don’t and in the struggle to lose weight and/or stay healthy, we can do with all the help we can get. So fill up on nutrient packed foods that can not only help flight disease, but also leave you feeling more energetic and even aid in weightloss.

While there is a long list of superfoods one can consume, here’s a breakdown of the superfoods always found in my kitchen :-

  • Almonds – are a great source of potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorous, and iron. They make for the perfect snack and almond flour is the perfect alternative for healthy baking!
  • Avocados – are a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids. Although most of the calories in an avocado come from fat, the good kind that is!
  • Beans & Lentils – eating more legumes (such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils) improved blood sugar control and reduce heart disease risk for patients with type 2 diabetes. Legumes are a powerful weight-loss super food.
  • Bell Peppers – Red bell peppers are packed with antioxidants. The combined effects of vitamin A and C create a great antioxidant capacity, and with lycopene in the mix, the red bell pepper becomes a top notch superfood. I use the green, yellow and orange ones as well.
  • Blue berries – packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, these berries are also high in potassium and vitamin C, making them the top choice of doctors and nutritionists. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflammatory. I always keep a stash in the freezer just in case
  • Broccoli – has held the reputation for being the healthiest veggies because of its nutritional makeup. This superfood is loaded with fiber, antioxidants to fight cancer, and vitamin C to aid in iron absorption
  • Cauliflower – This super-power-packed veggie has plenty of benefits of its own. Part of the cruciferous family (including other superfoods like broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts), cauliflower includes plenty of vitamins and minerals, but its real power comes from cancer-fighting compounds known as glucosinolates.
  • Chia seeds – are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, antioxidants, and calcium. Chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds).
  • Coconut – Whether you eat the meat of the fruit, drink the water or milk, or use the oil, you can get some serious health benefits and even improve your appearance with this tropical food. One of the striking and unusual features of the coconut compared to other fruits is the amount of water it contains. This water has provided important hydration for people for thousands of years. In addition to the water in the young fruits, people have always eaten the meat, or the white part of the fruit.
  • Dark chocolate – The cocoa bean contains antioxidant flavonoids, insoluble fibre, magnesium and copper. The fibre helps lower cholesterol and may help reduce the rate of cancer as well as constipation. Magnesium helps soothe the nervous system and relax muscles. And while still inconclusive, studies are linking cocoa to slowing dementia because of the antioxidants and Vitamins E and B. The polyphenols found in cocoa have also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity that can lead to diabetes.
  • Eggs -Eggs are considered to be a complete protein because they contain all 9 essential amino acids. They are building blocks for the body. Eggs contain nutrients that are believed to prevent heart disease: B6 and B12 vitamins, riboflavin, folate, and choline. Additionally, they contain lutein and zeaxanthin which help with eye health, as well as Vitamins A, D, and E, selenium, and iron.
  • Flax seeds – has been linked to reducing your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes as well as reducing inflammation in those suffering from arthritis. Flaxseed has four great ingredients that give it its healthy reputation: essential fatty acids, lignans, flavonoids, and fibre. They curb stiffness and joint pain, lowering levels of depression, improving lung function in asthmatics by lowering inflammation, and improving mental and cognitive skills.
  • Garlic – Consuming garlic on a daily basis helps to lower cholesterol levels because of the anti-oxidant properties of Allicin. It is also immensely beneficial to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
  • Greek Yogurt – this dairy product, which is different from regular yoghurt is a creamy, rich yogurt with less sugar, more protein, and a tart taste. The acidity also makes it easier for your body to absorb other nutrients.
  • Hot Peppers – In addition to capsaicin, chilies are high in antioxidant carotenes and flavonoids, and contain about twice the amount of vitamin C found in citrus fruits. Almost any dish can benefit from small amounts of hot peppers.
  • Lemons & Limes – besides tasting delicious and providing my dishes with a light and fresh flavor, lemon has a wide variety of health benefits that shouldn’t be ignored. They are filled with large amounts of vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants. It boosts the immune system and increases overall heart health.
  • Mushrooms – are also great sources of protein, fibre, B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, minerals and selenium. They also contain some unique antioxidants, such as ergothioneine, which according to studies is a highly powerful antioxidant
  • Olive Oil – Olive oil, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, is a major component of the Mediterranean diet. Populations from that region have longer life expectancies and lower risks of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, compared with North Americans and Northern Europeans
  • Pomogranates – the benefits of this fruit in the edible seeds and the sweet-tart juice. Just one glass of pomegranate juice has the same polyphenol content as two glasses of red wine, four glasses of cranberry juice, or 10 cups of green tea. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and calcium.
  • Quinoa – is filled to the brim with a variety of nutrients including plenty of protein, potassium and fibre. This round seed is used as a grain or as a substitute for rice and is closely related to species such as beetroots and spinach. It’s gluten-free and high in essential amino acids!
  • Salmon – Like walnuts and flaxseeds, -salmon contains a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which research suggests can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Sunflower Seeds – reduces the risk for heart disease, helps to prevent cancer due to high antioxidant content and supports thyroid function through selenium. It also helps combat osteoporosis, bone loss, and muscle cramps. Sunflower seeds balance blood sugar levels and Helps Ward off Diabetes. Improves Skin Health.
  • Sweet Potatoes – are high in many important nutrients. They contain a good amount of fibre as well as vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and several other vitamins and minerals. In addition to the nutrients above, sweet potatoes also contain riboflavin, phosphorus, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium and iron.
  • Tomatoes – classified as a fruit (not a veggie), tomatoes have the ability to protect against prostate cancer including digestive tract, cervix, bladder, and lung cancers. Ironically, processed tomatoes play a key role in reducing risks.

On a final note, just remember that all SUPERHEROES need SUPERFOOD. So do your research and fuel your body with your favourite superfoods.