Here is it, my list of Superfoods that I love.
What makes a Superfood?
It’s nutrient dense. It’s also better if it’s live, organic and non-gmo but especially nutrient dense – that is why it’s called a Superfood.
It confuses me when I google Superfoods and I get Broccoli, Eggs, Blueberries…….I don’t think so!!! 🙂
There are other Superfoods out there as well that aren’t on this list, but these are my favourites and ones I use. I wanted to share just some great things about them and why I use them so as I continue to create recipes with Superfoods it will make more sense why and how to add them in.
Even though I am a big believer in eating fresh, green and as much live foods as possible, they still don’t have the nutrition in them like they used to, that is one reason to add in Superfoods. They are also old ancient foods that have been around for 100’s if not 1000’s of years, we’ve just forgotten about them due to man knowing better and modern day conveniences.
Adding in even 1 green drink a day will make a big difference in how you feel – of course depending on the greens you use – always make sure they are live, organic and non-gmo – the best! And if you don’t like drinking or want more nutrition add them to your smoothies, sprinkle them on your cereal, your salads, your baked potatoes or anything else – just don’t heat them as it cooks out all the nutritional benefits.
I don’t understand why we add hemp and chia to baked goods. Chia was taken years ago but the Aztecs and Mayans on long journeys when it wasn’t practical to carry much food. Some Chia and water gave them energy for hours and took away the hunger as it was filling (chia expands and becomes gelatinous when soaked in water) so why would we bake it?? Constipation comes to mind!!
I was going to do a brief break down of the benefits – but it’s not my specialty area – I just know what I know and I love adding them into recipes as my body loves them, my body loves it and it’s a great way of truly feeding the body and nourishing it.
I’ve made a list of the Superfoods that I like to use below with the most common nutrients with them.
Please note know your sources NOT all Superfoods are clean, many are contaminated – not a sales pitch here but that is why I choose and use Purium – I know their standards and I know David Sandoval and Amy Venner’s bit pull like stance when it comes to that, working directly with the farmers, certified organic and beyond, passion and knowledge for real health and not just a buck!!
Spirulina, Chlorella, (dark green pictured above), Hemp, Maca, Raw Cacao, Chia, Kamut,
Spirulina is a blue green algae, a complete protein that is easily digestible, vitamins, trace minerals, GLA, chlorophyll
Chlorella -singled cell green algae, dark green a highest form of chlorophyll, 60% complete protein in free amino acid form (very easily digested), different vitamins, iron (so great for women), trace minerals, omega 3’s, GLA, Enzymes
Hemp – has been quoted as the most nutritious seed in the world. Nutty flavour,- another easily digestible protein, bursting with Omega 3’s & 6’s, GLA’s Amino Acids, Antioxidants, Vitamins, Rich in Vitamin E and Calcium and so much more.
Maca – it’s ground root with an earthy, nutty taste rich in B vitamins, vitamins, calcium, iron, amino acids, high in protein, fibre
Raw Cacao – notice I said Raw – if it’s not then these nutrients have probably been processed out, magnesium and other minerals, vitmains, relic acid, protein, fibre and more plus it’s good!!
Kamut – ancient heirloom seed to Wheat Grass. Again loaded with chlorophyll, trace minerals, magnesium, enzymes, alkalining, and so much more. Kamut is one of my favorite greens – it bring so much goodness to the body and I don’t use it to cook / bake with. Always on it’s own.
Chia – high in Omega 3’s, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, zinc, copper – good for helping fill you up and creating a gelatinous like substance (puddings, replace eggs in recipes)
Hope this helps, I’ve kept it simple yet it may explain why Superfoods are a great way of getting better nutrition in your body therefore nourish your body. And why I add them into foods!!
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PS Here is a site – Positive Health Wellness – with some more great information on Spirulina that takes it further than I do!!