As the majority of us do not get the nutrients we need from our daily diet, supplementation is crucial to boost levels of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants as health insurance and prevention. But what if the food we consumed on a regular basis WERE our supplements? Enter Superfoods! These nutrient-dense foods pack a lot of nutritional punch by weight. We have all heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’, so why not eat the best and most nutritionally dense foods available? With every meal or snack food we are making decisions about what nutrients we want to consume, what growing practices we want to support, and how we want our diets to contribute to our health and happiness. Choosing nutrient-dense organic superfoods as part of our everyday food choices enables us to get the most out of every meal.
Some of the imported superfoods from around the world get a lot of media attention, such as goji berries, coconut oil, cacao beans, and acai. But there are also more familiar, less exotic superfoods that many of us eat every day, such as fresh local berries, deep green leafy vegetables, and cold pressed nutritional oils. Just about any brightly coloured fruit and vegetable fits the category of superfood, as do many raw seeds such as hemp, chia and flax. The more of a spectrum of colours we eat the better. The pigments in foods offer superior sources of essential nutrients that are naturally occurring, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant.
A few superfood highlights:
- For anti-inflammatory action seek out brightly coloured fruits and veggies such as berries and deep green leafy greens. These foods are also highly alkaline contributing to a healthy ph balance.
- Turmeric and cinnamon are just a few brilliantly coloured spices that offer loads of anti-inflammatory action as well as being powerful anti-oxidants.
- For extra fiber, chia and flax seeds not only offer abundant soluble and insoluble fiber to our daily diet, but are loaded with essential Omega 3 oils.
- Hemp seeds contain GLA, the superior form of Omega 6, and is high in protein.
- Bee pollen gives us a wide spectrum of B vitamins and minerals.
- Pine and Green Tea pollens are potent superfoods with a range of nutrients and are complete proteins.
- Blue-green algaes are loaded with chlorophyll, minerals, vitamins and unique compounds that can contribute to heavy metal detoxification, cellular repair and mood enhancement.
Incorporate a variety of superfoods into a meal by making smoothies, adding them to oatmeal and salads, rice dishes and trail mixes. Choose raw, fresh, dehydrated or frozen versions over more processed options. Wherever you can, consider how you can make each meal more nutrient rich, vibrant and super!
Michelle’s superfood pick:
Chia seeds are an amazing superfood. Although very high in protein, calcium and Omega 3 oils, these nutrients are only available to the body when the seeds are ground into a flour or sprouted. Ground chia is a fantastic in baking or added to oatmeal or yogurt.
In their whole form, chia is an awesome fiber and can add texture and thickness to a variety of foods such as smoothies and desserts.
Chia makes a great egg substitute in baked goods. To replace 1 egg, add 1 tbsp of Chia flour to 3tbsp water and let thicken for 15 minutes.
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