Lately, I’ve been trying to pack as many superfoods into my diet as possible! Â 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. Â Chia Seeds. Â The people of the ancient Aztec and Mayan empires revered chia seeds as vital nourishment. Â They are packed with Omega-3, protein, rare antioxidants, and fiber, without the sugar, gluten and other additives that we consume all the time. Â 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). Â Next to flaxseed, these have the highest Omega-3 fatty acids of any food. Â Omega-3 help with inflammation, which we well need. Â 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. Â I regularly use them in my oats, smoothies, and puddings (as you will see).
2. Â Spirulina. Â Until about a month ago, I had only heard of spirulina, but wasn’t quite sure what it was. Â We had a potluck at school and a classmate brought spirulina pudding. Â It’s bright green and looks
grossÂ healthy. Â 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. Â I loved it and just made my own batch a little bit ago. Â Spirulina is an algae packed with nutrients as well. Â It provides antioxidant protection, cardiovascular health, immune defense, eye and brain health, anti-aging benefits, and cellular health. Â One serving of spirulina is equivalent to 7 servings of vegetables in terms of antioxidant content (beta-carotene). Â A word of caution… a little bit of this goes a long way in food. Â 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. Â Transfer to a sealable container and stir in chia seeds. Â Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour – overnight is best.
3. Â Spinach. Â 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. Â 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. Â I promise that you CANNOT taste it in a smoothie no matter how hard you try.
4. Â Green Tea.Â I don’t think pure green tea is consumed enough. Â 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. Â Green tea contains catechin polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants. Â They work to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and killing them without harming healthy tissue. Â It also has been effective in lowering the LDL cholesterol (the “bad” type), and prevents the formation of blood clots. Â It contains natural caffeine for energy and acts as a natural fat-burner. Â I notice that I feel much better (meaning more alive and energetic) when I have green tea. Â Try it my friends.