The list of superfoods is long and exotic. We show you healthy, native alternatives to chia seeds, maca, aronia berries and co. Eat yourself healthy and beautiful with sustainable superfoods from Switzerland.
There is no definition as such. However, the name ‘superfood’ is given to foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, amino acids and secondary plant substances. They have a beneficial effect on our health and give us an inner glow. Melodious names like spirulina and baobab sound impressive, but unfortunately many superfoods come from far away.
It's time to shine the spotlight on our native superfoods. They have nothing less to offer than their glamorous foreign counterparts. On the contrary: with Swiss superfoods, you eat sustainably, save money and take care of your health at the same time. There's no need to search for superfoods far afield – we have native foods here that also provide vital nutritious elements. Eat yourself beautiful in summer with a spinach smoothie and in winter with a parsnip soup, for example.
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It is undisputed that superfoods contain higher concentrations of nutrients. However, it is only by combining superfoods with different regional and seasonal foods that a meal is healthy and wholesome. These recipes will add variety to your daily menus. Tip: when shopping, always pay attention to the origin and seasonality of the products. Aronia berries are also available from Switzerland, for example, while blueberries are often imported from overseas.
Used to enrich a vegan eating plan, there is no reason why superfoods should not supplement a wholesome diet. In a vegan diet, it is particularly important to ensure that the body is sufficiently well supplied with nutrients such as vitamin B12, protein, calcium and iron. Read our tips on following a vegan diet.
They are certainly a hype – but a positive one. In many cases, native superfoods are foods that have been neglected over the decades. Ask the older generation: they’ve long been familiar with today’s trendy superfoods and may even let you have one of their favourite recipes.
Yes, both barley and wheat grow in Switzerland and have long been familiar crops in our fields. Barley grass is the young shoots of barley, also known as cat grass. And wheat of course grows here in Switzerland too. These grasses are rarely available to buy fresh, but rather in powder form as well as wheat germ oil.
Yes, cranberries, bilberries and rosehip can even be grown in pots on the balcony. And spinach, cress, kale and parsnip can easily be cultivated in raised vegetable beds. Nettles grow everywhere anyway and, if you have a large garden, you can also plant your own hazelnut or walnut tree. And to benefit from all the goodness of ginger, an indoor pot is all you need.