If only there were some kind of potion or pill that had everything you needed to live life your life with health and vitality! These multitasking "super foods" are the next best thing. They provide multiple disease-fighting nutrients, fill you up so you can enjoy plenty of food without excess calories, and are easy to include in everyday meals and your smoothies. Here's my favorite 7 super foods!
Chia seeds: Ch-ch-ch-chia! The fuzzy little green pets may be the first thing you think of when you hear the word chia. Nowadays, chia is better known as one of the Superfoods. They are from a flowering plant in the mint family native to Mexico and Guatemala These amazing little seeds are packed with calcium, fiber, protein, phosphorous, manganese, and omega-3 fatty acids. They lend an instant creamy thickness to any smoothie. Chia seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family that's native to Mexico and Guatemala, and has a history of being known as an ancient Aztec superfood.
Cacao: Dark Chocolate Yes, it's true! Chocolate is a healthy food. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and boost overall heart health. Choose chocolate that is at least 70 percent cacao to optimize the antioxidant power and health benefits. Dark chocolate may even boost your mood. Cacao contains up to 10% of its weight in flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that significantly lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Enjoy a scoop of raw cacao in your smoothie for a decadent and nourishing chocolate-y treat.
Bee Pollen: Fans of bee pollen call it one of nature’s best-kept secrets. Pollen is an excellent source of easily digestible protein as well as the antioxidants lycopene, selenium, and beta-carotene. Many herbalists believe that bee pollen improves allergies and asthma.
Spirulina: This type of blue-green algae is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Initial research suggests that the health benefits of spirulina are vast: it is a powerful anti-histamine and may boost the growth of probiotics, fight disease, and reduce allergies. Readily available at a health food store or amongst the ingredients list of a 'Greens' powder blend.
Hemp seeds: The amino acid profile of hemp seeds is close to complete, making them a superior protein source. They are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, B vitamins, and folic acid. Blend a spoonful of hemp seeds into your favorite smoothie for an extra nutritional kick.
Kale: The health benefits of kale cannot be overstated. In addition to being extremely high in many vitamins and minerals, kale contains unique chemical compounds that boost DNA repair in cells and appear to block the growth of cancer cells. Here is one of our favorite Kale Salad Recipes.
Blueberries: In addition to being delicious, blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. Research shows that blueberries are potent anti-inflammatories and aid in everything from blood pressure regulation to improving memory in older adults. Did you know that much of the power of blueberries lies in their color? That deep-blue hue is a by-product of flavonoids — natural compounds that protect the brain's memory-carrying cells (neurons) from the damaging effects of oxidation and inflammation. Since blueberries are one of the best sources of flavonoids you can find, it's no surprise that this superfood has been shown to help preserve memory function. Blueberries, like other berries, also have a high water content, which makes them hydrating for your skin and other cells of the body.