Lately, I’ve been trying to pack as many superfoods into my diet as possible! This post is dedicated to showing you that these “trendy,” yet incredibly healthy foods aren’t as gross and scary as most of you may think.
1. Chia Seeds. The people of the ancient Aztec and Mayan empires revered chia seeds as vital nourishment. They are packed with Omega-3, protein, rare antioxidants, and fiber, without the sugar, gluten and other additives that we consume all the time. You can use them in yogurt, baked goods, smoothies, pudding, drinks, or whatever else you can be creative with… there is no taste to them (just texture). Next to flaxseed, these have the highest Omega-3 fatty acids of any food. Omega-3 help with inflammation, which we well need. In one serving of these little guys (1 Tbsp), there is 5 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 2.5 grams of Omega-3. I regularly use them in my oats, smoothies, and puddings (as you will see).
2. Spirulina. Until about a month ago, I had only heard of spirulina, but wasn’t quite sure what it was. We had a potluck at school and a classmate brought spirulina pudding. It’s bright green and looks
gross healthy. I tried it with a little bit of relunctance, but much to my surprise, it tasted like the bananas she had put in the pudding. I loved it and just made my own batch a little bit ago. Spirulina is an algae packed with nutrients as well. It provides antioxidant protection, cardiovascular health, immune defense, eye and brain health, anti-aging benefits, and cellular health. One serving of spirulina is equivalent to 7 servings of vegetables in terms of antioxidant content (beta-carotene). A word of caution… a little bit of this goes a long way in food. I would only use 1-2 Tbsp in most cases.
1/2 Cup Almond, Soy, or Coconut Milk
1 Medium Banana
1/4 tsp. Vanilla
2 tsp. Spirulina Powder
1-2 Tbsp Agave Nectar (I used Stevia)
1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
Blend all ingredients except chia seeds in the blender or food processor. Transfer to a sealable container and stir in chia seeds. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour – overnight is best.
3. Spinach. Most people aren’t scared of spinach and use it regularly, but a great way to get some greens in the morning or just add some more to your day is to add some to a smoothie. If you just add in a handful of spinach, you are getting another big punch of nutrients to fight off toxins, boost your immune system, add vitamin K to your diet, help your bones, eyes, brain, and skin. I promise that you CANNOT taste it in a smoothie no matter how hard you try.
4. Green Tea. I don’t think pure green tea is consumed enough. It’s so great for the body and provides energy, so I think more people should give it a try in lieu of their morning latte. Green tea contains catechin polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants. They work to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and killing them without harming healthy tissue. It also has been effective in lowering the LDL cholesterol (the “bad” type), and prevents the formation of blood clots. It contains natural caffeine for energy and acts as a natural fat-burner. I notice that I feel much better (meaning more alive and energetic) when I have green tea. Try it my friends.