WHAT EXACTLY ARE SUPERFOODS?
Everyone has seen and read the term “superfood” but what does that actually mean? If my blueberries aren’t putting on a cape and flying through the sky then what makes them a superfood? By definition, super foods are low in calories and high in nutrients, how amazing! Superfoods are full of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. It is said that eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease and some cancers.
Now lets get into the different types of superfoods that you should incorporate into your diet!
LET’S TALK ABOUT GREEN SUPER FOODS:
Green superfoods have the highest concentrations of easily digestible nutrients, fat burning compounds, vitamins and minerals to protect and heal the body. Here are some examples:
Wheat grass is the sprouted grass of a wheat seed. Unlike the whole grain, it no longer contains gluten or other common allergic agents. Wheat grass is super alkalizing and is excellent for promoting healthy blood.
Barley grass has 11 times more calcium than cows milk, 5 times more iron than spinach and 7 times more Vitamin C and bio-flavonoids than orange juice. Wow!
WILD BLUE GREEN ALGAE
Wild blue-green algae is a phyto-plankton and contains virtually every nutrient. With a 60% protein content and a more complete amino acid profile than beef or soybeans. It contains one of the best-known food sources of beta-carotene, B vitamins and chlorophyll.
Though it may have a taste that takes some getting used to, its high content of everything nutritious makes up for it. Spirulina’s top two ingredients are protein and omega fatty acids. This is a great way for vegetarians to incorporate these into their diet!
NUT, SEED AND FRUIT SUPERFOODS:
Up next we have nut, seed and fruit superfoods. These superfoods are high in anti-oxidants that fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals sound like alien invaders that are coming to destroy your precious health! When enough of these free radicals invade our immune system problems occurs. This is when we need super foods to come save the day.
These distinctively flavored red berries are a very rich source of vitamin C, having 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges and actually more than any other fruit. They are a great source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E and contain a full complement of protein with 18 amino acids.
Raw cacao beans contain possibly the most concentrated source of antioxidants found in any food. It has 14 times more flavonoids (antioxidants) than red wine and 21 times more than green tea.
With the appearance of a purple grape and taste of a tropical berry it has been shown to have powerful antioxidant properties thanks to a high level of anthocyanins, pigments also found in red wine. This high level of antioxidants will put a stop to those free radicals floating around your body.
These seeds are good for your head with their high content of omega fatty acids that increase healthy brain function. They also have a wide variety of nutrients, such as: protein, fiber, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, calcium and antioxidants.
Now the easiest way to get these superfoods flying into your life is… drum roll please… SMOOTHIES! Craving more recipes? Find them here!
Antioxidant Acai Cacao Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/4 avocado
- 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 tablespoon almond butter or a handful of raw almonds
- 1 tablespoon goji berries (blended or sprinkled on top)
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1/2 tablespoon cacao nibs (blended or sprinkled on top)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon bee pollen
- 1 teaspoon acai powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon