they are the apples to my oranges, the peanut butter to my jelly,
and the better half to my sweatpants
I have eaten healthy for several years, but not until I became pregnant did I really look into the effects of diet on the human body. Food can be the source of nutrients but can also be the cause disease and lower energy levels. I rely on my diet to provide me with the energy I need to chase after my 1 year old son. Superfoods provide my body with the nutrients that I sometimes lack and I try each day to eat some with every meal.
What are they??? What can they do???
Superfoods are “whole” and “natural” and their nutrients are easily absorbed by the body
they can satisfy the Recommended Daily Allowance when eaten regularly
they contain disease-fighting nutrients (phytochemicals) and help strengthen the immune system
they are high in fiber and antioxidants
But what are they??? (This is my list of Superfoods that I try to include in my diet as much as possible)
nuts heart healthy, antioxidant, high fiber and protein content
berries low calorie, high water content, satisfy sweet cravings, contain antioxidants and phytonutrients
(blueberries lead the way with their availability and high antioxidant content)
beans heart healthy, loaded with fiber, assist in lowering cholesterol, low fat protein source, and are often substitutes for meat/poultry
superfruits these fruits are sometimes difficult to find but have extremely high phytochemical content
(blueberries, acai, cranberries, mangosteen, pomegranate, goji)
others flax seeds, quinoa, coconut oil, avacado, leafy green vegetables (kale, spinach)
Popeye was strong because he ate his spinach…Wimpy was wimpy because he ate hamburgers!
I keep nuts in the freezer to maintain freshness and use them for raw recipes, salads, and as a quick snack
I prefer Nevita Naturals Dried Goji Berries and use them in energy bars, smoothies and salads