The Sirtfood diet involves adopting a diet rich in ‘sirtfoods’. According to the diet’s founders, these foods work by activating specific proteins in the body called sirtuins. These are believed to protect the body's cells from dying when they are under stress, as well as helping to regulate inflammation, metabolism and the ageing process.


For more information, check out: what is the Sirtfood diet?

Visit our ‘All you need to know about diets’ page for recipes and more expert advice on weight loss, including low-GI and the Mediterranean diet’

Our top 12 Sirtfood diet recipes

1. Matcha with vanilla


Swap your regular cuppa for this delicious Japanese-style green matcha and vanilla tea. It takes just five minutes to make at home.

Matcha with vanilla

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2. Turmeric tea


Rummage through your spice rack to make this caffeine-free turmeric tea. The vibrant spice is joined by honey, ginger and orange for a comforting brew.

Turmeric tea

3. Date & walnut cinnamon bites

Date & walnut cinnamon bites

Whip up these simple date & walnut cinnamon bites in no time when you're craving something sweet.

Date & walnut cinnamon bites

4. Red chicory, pear & hazelnut salad

Red chicory, pear and hazelnut salad

This wintry chicory, pear & hazelnut salad makes a great starter before a warming casserole, plus it can be on the table in under 20 minutes.

Red chicory, pear & hazelnut salad

5. Kale with lemon tahini dressing

kale with lemon tahini dressing

Drizzle a lemon tahini dressing over stir-fried kale for a flavourful way to get your greens.

Kale with lemon tahini dressing

6. Broccoli & kale green soup

Broccoli & Kale Green Soup

This super-healthy soup combines two of the most common sirtfoods – kale and turmeric – with broccoli, ginger and coriander for a nutrient-dense, low-fat lunch.

Broccoli & kale green soup

7. Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad

strawberry, tomato and watercress salad with honey and pink pepper dressing

Serve this summery, juicy salad as a side, or on its own as a light lunch. The pink peppercorns in the dressing bring a gentle heat.

Strawberry, tomato & watercress salad

8. Soy salmon & broccoli traybake

Soy salmon traybake

Five ingredients are all you need to create this zingy soy and citrus-flavoured fish dish, with healthy greens and fresh lemon.

Soy salmon & broccoli traybake

9. Super-healthy salmon salad

Super-healthy salmon salad recipe

This salad, with broccoli, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds and watercress, is high in omega-3, iron and calcium and counts as two portions of your five-a-day.

Super-healthy salmon salad

10. Malabar prawns

malabar prawns

Make one of Kerala’s staple dishes – malabar prawns, a speciality of the South Indian coast. They're quick and easy to prepare and full of distinct flavours.

Malabar prawns

11. Chicken, kale & sprout stir-fry

Chicken, kale & sprout stir-fry

Popular sirtfood kale is joined by Brussels sprouts in this nutritious, high-protein noodle dish that has plenty of crunch.

Chicken, kale & sprout stir-fry

12. Chicken, broccoli & beetroot salad

chicken, broccoli and beetroot salad with avocado pesto

This is packed with ingredients to give your body a boost – red onion, nigella seeds, walnuts, rapeseed oil and creamy avocado.

Chicken, broccoli & beetroot salad

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This page was published on 6th November 2020.


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