These edible superheroes have earned their nutritional super-powers, with health benefits that include improved blood circulation, better heart -health, clearer skin, and longer life. With a few exceptions, these foods are typically plant-based, so head to the produce aisle and stock up on these super healthy foods. Fruits and vegetables have long been considered the staples of a healthy diet, but there is a new category of popular nutrient-packed foods called super-foods.
The grass really is greener on the healthy side, thanks to green grasses that are like amplified vegetables. They contain vitamins, minerals, fatty acids (which are essential to your digestive system), and healthy bacteria to clear waste from the body. Because their nutrients are so concentrated, you don’t have to eat these foods in large quantities to benefit from them. Two of the most common kinds of green grass superfoods are alfalfa grass and wheatgrass. Alfalfa grass is full of vitamin C (move over, oranges—you don’t hold a candle to these babies!), calcium, chlorophyll, and flavonoids. Wheatgrass, which is most often consumed as a quick juice shot, is rich in enzymes and it is stacked with iron, potassium, zinc and calcium.
Some of the healthiest products in nature’s bounty are from under the sea. Sea veggies are popular in Asian foods, such as sushi restaurants that wrap their rolls using nori. Seaweeds come in different shades, so they also make for a colorful meal when added to dishes with beans, rice, or fish. Try making your own sushi at home with nori, with is full of calcium and iron. You can also check out lesser-known seaweed, like kombu and kelp, or make lettuce wraps with wakame. If you just can’t get onboard with eating seaweeds, the ocean also provides another super-food in fish. Salmon, in particular, provides healthy omega-3’s and lots of protein.
Algae is easy to digest, and it’s high in enzymes and protein. Chlorella and Spirulina are two examples of algae super-foods, and they’re easily added to a smoothie or juice in tablet and powder forms. Spirulina is packed with protein, and its sweeter nature helps to satisfy cravings. Meanwhile, Chlorella has vitamin B12, iron, and other nutrients that are great for your immune system.
You’ve probably heard of kale by now—it’s been stealing the nutrition spotlight for the past few years. While we certainly don’t want to take the wind of out kale’s sails, there are many other green leafy veggies that deserve a chance to shine. Mustard greens, collard greens, kohlrabi, arugula, spinach, and chard are all leafy greens that have been credited with a host of health benefits, from weight loss to a lower risk of cancer, inflammation, and heart disease. Try sautéing collard greens with olive oil, and add a few of your favorite seasonings. For a hearty salad that’s heavy in nutrients, toss arugula with watermelon radish, a tablespoon of hummus and some olive oil, then add pine nuts for crunch. The hummus will make a Caesar-esque dressing that’s filling and tasty.
Sprouted anything is a great source of nutrients—the protein content of a seed dramatically increases when it’s enjoyed in sprouted form. Sprouted food is food at its highest potential, and it’s known for being great for digestion and alkalizing the body. Sprouted beans are a great source of fiber and protein. They are heartier than sprouted grasses, so they keep you feeling full long after a meal. Some of the popular and delicious sprouted bean options include mung beans, chickpeas, lentils and soy. Beans are great to sprout in groups, because they make a delicious meal when combined. Try buying 3 or 4 kinds of sprouted beans (or try sprouting them yourself!), and combine them to make a colorful, filling bean salad. You can also toss in some pumpkin seeds for crunch, and some green leafy lettuce for added nutrients.
We rarely wake up feeling energised or refreshed, so we pop some vitamins, slug a coffee and get going. Julie Montagu has the answer. She is The Flexi Foodie and her book of 90 delicious recipes and friendly facts will show you how to introduce plant-based superfoods into your daily diet. Through meat-free, dairy-free and sugar-free recipes made with unrefined, wholesome ingredients, you can raise your energy levels, lose weight, lower your cholesterol, keep blood sugar levels under control, and look and feel more youthful than you have in years. Simply by adding more good foods into your day, you will naturally crowd out the bad ones.
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