SUPERFOODS ARE NUTRIENT POWERHOUSES THAT BOOST YOUR HEALTH
What superfoods are all about? Foods that make us superhumans? I wish. Technically, this term describes foods that are rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins – aka nutrient powerhouses. They increase our energy and fight diseases. The latter doesn’t mean that if you eat chia seed pudding for breakfast tomorrow, it’ll cure cardiovascular disease, or if you add flax seeds to pancakes once a month, it’ll prevent you from getting cancer.
Nevertheless, if you incorporate superfoods into your diet on a regular basis, it’ll reduce the risks of getting cancer and other diseases. It does make a difference, trust me. As the old saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And this proverb isn’t about some miraculous properties of apples – the key word is ”a day” = consistency. In the end, what cancer is all about? It’s still unknown, yet there are many theories and studies explaining it.
The way I understand cancer is that it’s a mix of poor meal decisions, bad habits, and a negative mindset throughout many years. While positive thinking is a whole different topic that I plan to discuss separately, let’s talk about the effects of food on our well being. Specifically, this article is about superfoods that will be trending in 2017.
Not to say that those foods were just recently discovered, but it’s more like marketing buzz shed the light on these superfoods and they are becoming heavily popularized.
So, people were going crazy about acai, chia seeds, spirulina, kombucha, cactus water, and kelp for the past years. Now, game is changing, and scientists highlight new superfoods that have tons of proven health benefits. Here are 3 superfoods you should include in your diet today! Read about their health benefits as well as various recipe ideas featuring those superfoods.
You probably look at this picture below, and you are like, “Eww gross!” I know, I know, this picture doesn’t look quite appetizing, but I didn’t have red algae handy in my kitchen to take a food-friendly picture. One of algae species is called Nori in Japanese and is often included in sushi. The other type is called Dulce and is found in Canada and Eastern Europe.
Since algae is very rich in essential fatty acids, it’s a good source of Omega-3 that can substitute animal products if you are vegetarian.
- has a strong antioxidant effect
- counters viruses, so it can help to prevent HIV
- treats cold sores
- rich in protein, fiber, and vitamins
- contains 13% of total calcium and 55% of magnesium human body needs
- Sushi Rolls – cut carrots, cucumbers into long sticks; boil rice, and mash an avocado. Then roll all the ingredients in Nori Roasted Organic Seaweed (50 Sheets)
- Seaweed Chips – preheat oven to 250 F. Cut nori into squares and brush a light coat of toasted sesame oil onto both front and back sides. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on top and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Jellies – agar agar is derived from algae and is a vegetarian substitute for gelatin. Heat up 2 cups of orange juice, then add 1 ts of agar agar powder. Stir well and wait until it boils. Then simmer while stirring until agar agar is dissolved. You can add nuts or dried fruits and put in the fridge until it becomes a jelly.
- Supplement – Red Marine (90 VegCaps) combined with Organic Spirulina
- Miso Soup – bring 4 cups water to a low simmer, then add 1 sheet of nori (cut into triangles) to it. Simer for 5-7 minutes, then add 1/2 cup chopped green onion, 1/2 cup leafy greens, 1/4 cup firm tofu, and 3 tbs fermented miso. Cook for another 5 minutes and add sea salt.
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This is a star that has started rising in 2016 and will explode in 2017! Turmeric has terrific health benefits: it is a very strong antioxidant and has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. It’s the ingredient giving that heavenly delicious taste to curry chicken and other dishes in Indian cuisine.
- kill cancer cells or at least prevent them from growing at early stages
- treat arthritis symptoms sometimes better than drugs
- fight against Alzheimer’s disease
- improve brain function
- lower risks of heart disease
- treat depression
- help to delay aging
- reverse Type 2 Diabetes
- Turmeric Lassi – blend a cup of Greek yogurt, 1 frozen banana, 1 tbs of honey, 1 tbs of turmeric, and squeezed lemon juice together. You’ll love it! The main difference between a smoothie and lassi is that the former is made out of fruits for the most part, while the latter’s main ingredient is yogurt/kefir. Smoothies are more fruity, lassies are more creamy.
- Turmeric Omelette – stir fry chopped onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers. Then pour in egg mixture and add 2 tbs of turmeric.
- Turmeric – Rubbed Grilled Chicken with rice on side.
- Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls – mix 6 dates, 1/2 cup oats, a few almonds, lemon juice, and 1 ts turmeric in the blender, then roll the mixture into balls and cover them with coconut shred. Place on a plate and freeze.
- Creamy Turmeric Tea – 1 cup coconut or almond milk, 1/2 inch chopped fresh ginger root, 1/2 ts turmeric, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and some honey.
I’ve tried a few brands, and so far my favorite is Simply Organic Turmeric Root Ground Certified Organic. Its curcumin content is minimum 4%, which proves the high quality of the powder. This organic turmeric powder has warm a color and flavor and is very affordable, so just throw it in your cart on Amazon and give it a try.
Even though hemp seeds won’t get you high, they are still an excellent superfood, I’d say protein perfection. Hemp seeds contain all 20 amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids that our bodies can’t produce, Omega-3 fatty acids (good for heart), and Omega-6 fatty acids (balanced hormones.) They are tasteless, and are a great nutritional addition that can be added to smoothies or sprinkled on salads. 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds contain 170 calories.
- consist of 33% protein and 35% essential fatty acids
- high in magnesium and phosphorus (bone health)
- high in iron and zinc (immune health)
- rich in minerals and high in fiber
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- Banana Hemp Smoothie – blend 1 frozen banana, 1 ts of hemp seeds, and some berries for a crunchy rich smoothie.
- High Chicken Salad – mix spinach, avocado, feta cheese, grilled chicken, and cranberries, add 1 tbs balsamic vinegar and 1 tbs hemp seeds.
- Hemp Pancakes – blend 1 banana, 1 egg, and 1 ts of hemp seeds together. Then heat the pan with a tad bit of oil and cook yummy pancakes with a nutty flavor from hemp.
- Pasta Sauce – saute diced onions and garlic in olive oil for about 7 minutes, then add tomatoes, basil, oregano, sea salt and hemp seeds. Simmer for about 2 hours on a low heat.
- Granola Bars – bake a mixture of 2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup raw almonds, a handful of dates, agave nectar, 3 tbs hemp seeds, and 1 tbs sunflower seeds.
I use Nutiva Organic Hempseed, Raw Shelled and highly recommend them. They are non-GMO, USDA approved hemp-seed bestseller for a very reasonable price.