You hear about it all the time, especially from yogi and vegan people but everybody should have some superfood added to their diet (even bodybuilder, crossfitter, powerlifters and bikini athletes).
So what are the most popular superfoods out there?
Just to clarify, the “usual suspects” include cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, cold, flu indigestion, overweight and the rest of lifestyle diseases.
Goji berries (also known as wolf berries) - coming to us from China and packed with nutrition! Great for overall health and protect against the usual suspects.
Acai berries – coming to us from the rain forest, also named as “secret weight loss pill”, they’re very healthy and protect against the usual suspects but you won’t lose weight by eating it, you still got to move and not eat junk.
Maca root – coming to us from Peru, this root is not only great for skin and anti-ageing purposes, but also helps with everything to do with hormones and sexual health (PMS, fertility, menopause, mood balancing and more). Great for energy. Don’t take more than 5 grams in a dose!
Chia seeds – coming to us from Mexico. These seeds are packed with fiber, protein and omega 3 and of course protect against the usual suspects.
Hemp seed – coming to us from all over the world. Because its cousin (marijuana) is not legal to grow in some countries. But it’s a superfood - not a drug (it doesn’t have THC and it will not make you high). It’s not just super healthy, packed with nutrition and protects against the usual suspects; it can also be used to make cloths, ropes and papers! Nature at it best J
Cacao powder/nibs – you know why! In case you forget check the post about it: cacao post
Cayenne pepper – coming to us from Guinea (formerly French Guinea), this is a must if you’re trying to lose weight. You eat it and like all spicy food it makes your heart beat faster for a few second and that helps you to burn fat (same as HIIT cardio). It also protects against the usual suspects and tastes good!
Cinnamon – you know why! Check the post about it:cinnamon post
Turmeric – coming to us from India, this orange coloured root protects against the usual suspects and promotes brain health (helps you study and stay focused at work instead of Ritalin)
Stevia - sweetener and sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. Looks like a mint leaves and has zero calories. It’s a healthy, easy to enjoy sweet thing without using sugar or its very unhealthy substitutes.
And now, I’m sure you want some recipes how to use them?
Goji berries & Cacao:
· 100g 90% dark chocolate (or you can make the chocolate by yourself click for recipe
· 2 tbsp coarsely chopped almonds
· 2 tbsp Goji berries
1. Melt the chocolate using the “2 bowls method”
2. Lay out a sheet of greaseproof paper over a tray or plate.
3. Divide the melted chocolate into 8 rounds on the baking paper and sprinkle the tops with almonds and GojiGoji berries (press them down gently to make sure they stick in the chocolate). Place the plate in the fridge.
4. Leave in the fridge until the chocolate has completely hardened again, at least 20 minutes.
Check the Facebook page for more recipes like Goji tea or Goji and cacao nibs protein bar click here
Acai berries and chia seed “ice cream”:
· 1 packet of frozen organic acai berry pulp
· 2 heaping handfuls of organic spinach
· 1 frozen banana
· ½ cup your choice of milk, unsweetened
· 2 tablespoons of chia seeds (soaked for at least 20 minutes in some of the milk)
· dash of cinnamon
· ice as needed to thicken
1. Simply add all ingredients into your Vitamix or high speed blender until thick and creamy.
2. The texture should be very thick, if too thick then add more milk. If you stick a spoon into the mixture, the mixture should be able to be thick enough to stay on the spoon; if not, add ice or more frozen bananas.
3. Eat after making.
· 1/4 cup Chia seeds
· 200ml your choice of milk
· 1/2 tsp sugar free vanilla
· 2 RAW pitted date
Put everything in a bowl. Let it sit for 30 min and stir every few minutes. You can add fresh fruit to it like blueberries or pomegranate.
· 1½ cups walnut kernels
· 10 Medjool dates, pitted
· ½ cup raw cacao powder
· ½ cup Goji berries
· 1 tbsp chia seeds
· 1 tbsp Maca powder
· 1 tsp cinnamon powder
· 1 tbsp spring or filtered water
1. Add walnuts to the bowl of a food processor and process for a few seconds until walnuts form a coarse meal.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients (except water) to food processor and run until a crumbly dough has been formed. Using fingers to 'pinch' dough together, checking it if will stick together. If mixture is too dry then add water, a little at a time and process again for a few seconds, until it holds together
3. Take tablespoon amounts of dough and use hands to roll into balls. Enjoy, or store in a covered container in the fridge for up to one week.
And that’s it for now. Hope you learn and get healthier now.
Remember…Health is fun and easy J
Research and writing by Dana Gat ©2014