LET’S TALK SUPERFOODS.
These are superfoods that as a health coach, I include in my diet every single day, and that I recommend you adding to your routine as well! Add these into your diet I promise your body will thank you later. I linked all of my favorite brands to make it easy for you!
Superfoods You Need in Your Diet:
1. Maca Powder
Maca is a root that is dried and turned into a powder. It is known for it’s medicinal properties specifically it’s ability to balance hormones naturally and increase exercise performance.
I love adding 1 tsp of this to my smoothies in the morning – it has a vanilla like taste which makes it super yummy.
In addition, maca powder is high in vitamin C, iron, potassium, copper, B6 and manganese.
Spirulina is packed with nutrients! It is rich in chlorophyll, disease fighting antioxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
Did you know that spirluna contains 10 times the amount of beta-carotene that carrots have? OMG! 60% of spirulina is pure protein, and is loaded with iron.
It also works to get rid of any bad bacteria lurking in the gut. Like maca, I like adding about 1 tsp to my green smoothies! Most importantly spirulina removes heavy metals from the body that contribute to diseases like cancer and Alzheimers.
3. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are tiny but mighty! They are known to be great for brain health due to their omega 3 properties. Chia seeds are a great source of b-vitamins, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium and vitamin E. They improve memory, focus and concentration as well and prevent diseases like cancer, heart disease and stroke. You can use chia seeds instead of eggs while baking, throw them in a smoothie or even make chia pudding.
4. Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are a great source of healthy fats that you can add into your diet. Like chia, flax seeds are high in essential omegas that support brain health and prevent diseases like cancer, and heart disease.
Furthermore, they are very high in fiber which helps to maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation. Also, you can make flax crackers, add flax to a smoothie, use it instead of eggs in baking, add it to oatmeal or even to a pizza crust.
5. Hemp Seeds
I am obsessed with hemp seeds. They make smoothies creamier, they can be used to be into creamy salad dressings, and are so healthy for you at the same time.
They are rich in healthy omegas, they protect the heart and are packed with protein, vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.
I even love sprinkling these on top of a salad. They have a very mild flavor so you can really add hemp seeds to anything.
Turmeric is truly an all-star. All diseases are caused by inflammation in the body. Turmeric works to reduce chronic inflammation in the body naturally.
It has disease fighting antioxidants and has been proven to shrink tumors and stop cancer from spreading. In addition, it is also great for memory, brain function, focus and concentration.
In order for turmeric to be fully absorbed in the body, it needs to be paired with black peppers. I would recommend taking it in supplement form to get the maximum benefits. However, you can cook with it as well!
7. Barley Grass Powder
Don’t be fooled by the name, although barley is not gluten-free, barley grass powder is gluten-free and celiac friendly. Barley grass powder is packed with vitamins such as A, B and C, and contains essential minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
Barley grass juice powder is known to improve insulin resistance in individuals with type 2 diabetes, natural detoxify the liver, improve skin health, reduce cholesterol, promote weight loss, prevent asthma, boost the immune system and prevent osteoporosis.
I like adding this into my green smoothies!
Have you ever heard of cocoa? Cocoa is roasted raw chocolate while cacao is simply raw chocolate that hasn’t been heated or cooked. Cacao contains more nutrients than cocoa.
In addition, cacao is packed with antioxidants that work to prevent aging and fight chronic diseases. Cacao has 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries, it has more calcium than cow’s milk, it is a natural anti-depressant, it is one of the highest sources of plant-based iron, and is filled with magnesium.
You can bake with this just as you would cocoa, or add it to a smoothie.
Matcha is simply ground up green tea leaves. We all know green tea is highly beneficial for one’s health, matcha can be thought of as very potent, highly concentrated green tea. Matcha is another one of those superfoods that contains an abundance of antioxidants. Try drinking matcha tea instead of coffee for a disease fighting, cancer preventing, anti-aging boost.
10. Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast is extremely nutrient dense and the best part is, it tastes like cheese! I love adding nutritional yeast to salads, sauces, pasta, soups, you name it! It is very high in protein and essential b-complex vitamins. It helps to lower cholesterol and boost the immune system.
Also, nutritional yeast is a great source of b12, a vitamin that everyone needs to makes sure they are receiving.
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