My new cookbook, Super Food Family Classics, is out now, and to celebrate, I wanted to share a round-up of the most useful info from my first super-food book, Everyday Super Food, to help you and your family live well.

You might be wondering why I’m banging on about my last book with a new one out, but ultimately that was the start of the super-food journey for me, and the info I shared there has become the foundation of the new book, too.

I’ve followed the same framework when it comes to putting delicious, nutritious recipes together, and the philosophies below will help you to live a healthy, happy life, and in turn, empower your loved ones to do the same.

12x8 BreakfastIt’s so important in setting you up for the day, it will fill you up, prevent you snacking on foods high in fat/sugar and can kick you off with a boost of micronutrients. We’ve got loads of super-delicious breakfast recipes to inspire you, some for every day and some that are more of a treat – enjoy!

PrintEat the rainbow, mixing up your choices with the seasons and aiming for at least five 80g portions of fresh, frozen or tinned veg and fruit every day of the week.

12x8 CarbsStarchy carbs are wonderful and provide a large proportion of the energy we need to move our bodies, and the fuel our organs need to function. Choose fibre-rich wholegrain and wholewheat varieties when you can, which take longer to break down, are slow-releasing, and give us a more sustained level of energy. Check out these clever carb swaps from my nutrition team, plus other easy ingredient swaps to inspire you.

12x8 FibreFound mainly in plant-based foods, and also classed as a carbohydrate, most of us need to up our fibre intake. I’m celebrating carbohydrates and fantastic fibre, and want you to, as well!

12x8 ProtienWhile protein is an integral part of our diet, it does, like everything else, need to be eaten in the right amounts. Think of protein as the building blocks of our bodies – it’s used for everything that’s important to how we grow, repair, feel, break down and absorb things, and how we fight disease and infections. Find out more in my feature about the power of protein.

12x8 OrganicWhenever you can, trade up to organic food, both for your own health and for the good of the planet. If we start to readdress what we buy, cook and eat, gradually buying better and wasting less, that’s only going to help to move our food system forward in a positive and more sustainable way. Daniel Nowland, my in-house expert on all things food- and farming-related has some helpful tips on how to be an ethical shopper.

12x8 DairyDairy foods, milk and dairy alternatives (such as fortified almond or oat milk) offer us an amazing array of nutrients. Just remember that it’s organic milk, yoghurt and small amounts of cheese, rather than butter and cream, that we should generally be favouring as the portion of dairy in our meals, to maintain a healthy diet.

12x8 FatOf course, fat consumption needs to be controlled, but a healthy diet does require good fats, so choose unsaturated sources where you can, such as olive and liquid vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, avocado and omega-3 rich oily fish. 

If you’re veggie or vegan there are wonderful ways of getting your omega-3 from plants. Check out chef and plant-based food blogger, Bettina Campolucci-Bordi’s ideas to get inspired.

12x8 HydratedTo be the very best you can be, staying hydrated is absolutely key. After all, water is essential to life.

12x8 SleepIt sounds simple, but getting enough sleep is absolutely essential. It’s one of the biggest contributors to good health, giving our bodies that crucial time they need to grow, heal and repair. Swot up on on my top tips for a good night’s sleep.

12x8 MovingMovement is incredibly important, and being active should be a natural habit in all aspects of daily life – let’s all challenge ourselves to be more naturally active each day, and quite simply to move a bit more! This is one of the things I learnt from all the amazing people I’ve met around the world that are living super-long lives.

12x8 BoozeAnd do this every week to give your liver a break. Regardless of quality, alcohol, as far as your body is concerned, is not nutritious and is toxic, and it’s very high in calories, too. It’s also been responsible for some of the worst behaviour on the planet! But I do love it – just please be responsible.

Extract adapted from Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver, published by Penguin Random House Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2016 Super Food Family Classics). Cover photography by Paul Stuart.


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  • Nicola Scribbly Andrew

    Dairy is terrible for humans! it’s meant for baby cows and there are so many studies showing this. Why are you advocating dairy? funding by the Milk Marketing board? Plant-based is the healthiest diet, as indicated by so many studies, including the latest one from Havard University. The UN has also said that meat eating should be stopped for the sake of the planet. Get with it, Jamie, and use your position to ACTUALLY do some good.

  • Nicola

    I’ve had a few interesting conversations with nutrionists and it is noteworthy, while thenselves being vegan/vegetarian, how many of their cleints they had to ‘break the news’ to that they have to include animal protein in their diet. And this after a meal plan was worked out for them to help them cater for their new life style. Their hair were falling out and they started to become sick. After including 2 or 3 meals a week with animal protein their health marginally improved. A plant based diet does not work for everyone, unfortunately and that is a fact I am living testament off that. Do not berate people on their choices, Jamie promotes conscious purchasing of meat, sourcing and supporting honest traders and not commercial industrial meat suppliers. He also promotes eating less meat and cooking meatless meals. The most agro post I usually read is always by vegans and vegetarians insulting people. You are like a religion forcing your believes on people who did not ask for it. If you want people to respect your life descisions then learn to respect your fellow human beings and support sites that share your ideals. You are as bad as christians thinking it is your job to convert everyone even my vegetarian friends feels openly ashamed how bad rap vegans and vegetarian are getting due to their insistent dis respect for other people.

  • Jose Antonio Chavez Alfonso

    Well said!