Nigella Lawson’s healthy breakfast tip? Add baobab. Here’s why + where to buy

The domestic goddess uses baobab – a powdered fruit – on her breakfast bowl, and you might want to follow her lead

Baobab breakfast bowl
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The healthy breakfast Nigella Lawson showed off on Insta looked super nourishing to us with fresh fruit as well as muesli. But apparently it needed something else. That extra ingredient the domestic goddess added? Baobab. It's not made it on to our list of healthy breakfast ideas yet, but we'll put it there pronto.

Morning! Yes, I am going to add #boabab to this bowl to super charge my day Nigella

A photo posted by @nigellalawson on Jul 20, 2020 at 9:54pm PDT

Wondering what the deal is? Well, baobab is high in vitamin C, which you’ll recall is an important part of your daily diet, maintaining skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage, and protecting cells. So far, so healthy.

It’s also a good source of the potassium that’s necessary for the normal functioning of all cells, and of carbohydrates. Baobab also contains other nutrients like calcium and magnesium, which is all good news.

Researchers have even looked into whether it has anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, but more is needed before these claims might be made.

So what exactly is this breakfast boost Nigella’s fallen for? Well, like the strawberries and banana already in the bowl, baobab is a fruit. It comes from the Adansonia genus of trees (just in case you need to know for a pub quiz). These grow in Madagascar, Africa and Australia (again, it might come in handy). The tree’s fruit comes in the form of pods, and their contents can be dried and ground into a powder.

And while baobab is healthy, it’s tasty, too, so you won’t spoil your breakfast if you take a leaf out of Nigella’s book. The taste is citrusy, and pleasing to the palate.


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Aduna Organic Baobab Superfruit Powder 275g, was £12.99, now £10.39

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