20 ways to recharge

We reckon all food is super, yet these next few wonders are especially charged with special powers



1. Chillies

Did you know the hottest part of vitamin C-ful chilli is the white membrane that holds the seeds together? Scrape it out to get more of the chilli’s fruity flavour.

2. Luscious Organic Lemons

When life (or your box) gives you lemons, make zingy salad dressings, brighten up soups and help tenderise meat in marinades. As if that wasn’t super enough, they’ve got antibacterial and antiviral properties too.

3. Sweet Spuds

Regular potatoes don’t count towards your five-a- day, so swap them for vitamin A-rich sweet potatoes. They come in all sorts of colours, from a creamy white to a deep purple (cue a rocking riff), and they don’t need peeling before cooking. Simply scrub, chop and bake, roast or boil.

4. Fancy a Date?

Fancy a raisin? How about a date? As well as inspiring the best fruit-related chat up line this side of ‘you drive me bananas’, dates are also nature’s fudge and contain ace minerals like selenium and magnesium.

5. Coconut Oil

As popular with beauty mags as it is cooks, coconut oil is a great alternative to butter (especially in brownies). Ours is made from freshly harvested coconuts that are fermented for up to 36 hours.

6. Kefir

A fantastic digestive support, drink it straight up or pour over fruit for an instant dessert.

7. Pomegrantes

The pomegranate puzzle is solved. To get to the ruby-red, vitamin C-ful seeds, halve the fruit, hold over a bowl and whack on the back with a wooden spoon. Bish, bash, bosh, a plate full of jewels.

8. Almonds

Almonds are a bit magic. They can turn into flour, butter and even milk. For milk, simply soak a handful overnight, then blend with a few spoonfuls of water to a smooth paste.

9. Venison

It's game on for this flavourful, lean meat. Our Wild venison is ace flash fried.

10. Turmeric

The King Midas of roots, this turns everything it touches to gold. Rich in a treasure trove of vitamins and antioxidants, its warm, peppery flavour cheers up stews and pilafs.

11. Broccoli

These tiny trees hide a secret. They have more vitamin C than an orange (gram for gram), and their trunks taste wicked in a stir-fry.

12. Ginger

Try another root manoeuvre with ginger. Looks as good in a stir-fry as it does in a ballgown (or are we confusing gingers?), it adds warmth to curries too. Said to help settle stomachs, try in a tea.

13. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds You shall go to the bowl. Sprinkle over your morning muesli for added vitamins, minerals and happiness. Prince Charming not included.

14. Trout

Expand your fishy horizons with this sustainably farmed fish. It’s rich in essential oils and tastes fantastic paired with orange, almonds, chillies, garden herbs like dill, mint and parsley, and butter.

15. Garlic

Garlic to the rescue! This little bulb is packed with powerful antioxidants, vitamins and trace minerals. The finer you chop or crush your garlic, the more garlicky your meal will be. Chomp on a whole clove to shift a cold.

16. Shiitake Mushrooms

Mushrooms are the only vegetable source of vitamin D, and shiitake mushrooms have the most. Add to sliced veg and noodles for a warming winter soup.

17. Watercress

The Romans loved the crunchy stalk-velvety leaf combo of this powerful little plant. Ace with roast beef.

18. Kale 

Kale seaweed, kalespresso, kale pesto. It's brilliant all ways, and full of vits A and C.

19. Avocados

#avocados are the break out star of Instagram, especially smashed on toast. They’re full of potassium, too. Share your favourite way to eat these green gems (that clearly aren't going anywhere) with #myabelandcole

20. Sprinkles, Powders and Supplements

Bit of a cheat, this one. There's just so many, mind - from Camu Camu Powder (it's said to have 60 times more Vit C than an orange) to the darling of the moment, Chia Seeds (rich in antioxidants, minerals and all manner of virtuous vitamins). Hop to our shop to see what's what and add some oomph to your smoothies, juices and plenty more. 



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