5 unusual ingredients and where to find them


A healthy diet doesn’t have to be a complicated one. Plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, low GI, wholegrain carbs and lean meats from happy, healthy animals (think free range and grass fed) form the basis for a healthy, sustainable eating plan. Plenty of our delicious and nutritious recipes use ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and/or fridge or are easily available at your local supermarket. As you become more confident in the kitchen however, you may want to expand your horizons and experiment with some different ingredients.While you absolutely don’t have to include these in your diet to lose baby weightit can be fun to mix things up and discover a few new favourites. Some of our recipes include ‘superfoods‘ like buckwheat (like these healthy eating apple and cinnamon buckwheat pancakes), cacao (like this delish almond and cacao fudge) and chia seeds (like this amazing and super easy berry chia jam). Here’s where to track them down.

 – Buckwheat – Buckwheat is a gluten free, high fibre alternative to standard wheat/flour based products. While many people think that buckwheat is a grain, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb, not wheat. You can find buckwheat in flour, pasta and groat (the hulled seeds of the plant) form. Buckwheat products including flour and pasta are available in the organic section of your local Coles supermarket as well as at health food stores. You can also find a full range of buckwheat products online at Honest To GoodnessWe love it in these Apple And Cinnamon Buckwheat pancakes.


Healthy Eating Apple + Cinnamon Buckwheat pancakes

Cacao – Cacao usually refers to any of the food products derived from cacao beans – the seeds or nuts of the cacao tree. These include cacao nibs, cacao butter and cacao powder. We love cacao here at The Healthy Mummy and for good reason! It’s high in antioxidants, sugar free, a mood booster (really!) and can help lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. It’s important to note that cacao and cocoa are two different products and cacao/cocoa and chocolate are very different again. Cacao is intensely rich and quite bitter so its best mixed with other ingredients. You can pick cacao up at most major supermarkets and health food shops nation wide as well as online. We love it in Healthy Sweet Cacao Squares.

cacao recipes

– Chia seeds – These little healthy eating bombs used to be on the ‘hard to find’ list but have becoming an almost mainstream ingredient lately. While tiny in size, the humble chia seed is a real nutritional powerhouse. Packed full of fibre, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, they’re also what is referred to as a ‘complete protein.’ This means that they contain all the essential amino acids your body needs to stay fit and healthy. Chia seeds are also proving to be a great weapon in the battle against the bulge. If you’re trying to lose weight or following a weight loss plan adding chia to your diet can help can supercharge your results. You can find chia seeds at all major supermarkets, deli’s and online. We love adding them to porridge, popping a handful into baked goods and in these delicious Chia Seed breakfast puddings.

chia seed recipes

 – Wild rice – It may look and cook like the more well known white, brown and basmati varieties but wild rice isn’t actually a relative of your usual stir fry accompaniment but a gluten, grain free alternative that’s actually a form of aquatic grass! Deliciously nutty, rich in protein and jam-packed with antioxidants, wild rice alternative to regular rice or quinoa. While it used to be quite hard to find, wild rice is now stocked in supermarkets as part of the Tilda range of products and at Woolworths as part of the Macro Organic rangeYou can also find it in health food shops and online. One of our favourite ways to use it is in this quick and super tasty Jambalaya. 

wild rice recipes

 – Goji Berries – Small in size but big in flavour, the goji berry is high in antioxidants, contain all essential amino acids, are loaded with vitamin C and trace minerals and are high in fibre, iron and calcium. It’s a pretty impressive rep for such a small berry! Usually eaten dry, goji berries are ideal for adding to baking, homemade trail mix, smoothies and breakfast cereals or porridge. Their increasing popularity means they can usually be found easily at the supermarket (usually in the health food aisle) as well as at health food shops and online. We love adding them to yummy nut and seed bars.

goji berry recipes

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