Sunday, July 15, 2012

Superfood Sensations – 8 Foods You MUST Add to Your Diet!

 

The Newest Superfood Sensations

Superfoods are phenomenal foods that are packed with nutrients, phytochemicals, and health benefits. Adding these special foods to your diet help fight cancer, help you look younger, and give you tons of energy. Here are the newest and most healthy superfood sensations that will nourish your body and leave you thriving.

1. Kefir

Kefir is an extremely nutritious cultured product similar to yogurt.  It has a similarly pleasing creamy texture and tangy taste with less sugar and more protein. Kefir is made from milk. It can be made with dairy milks from cow, goat, or sheep.  There are also dairy free options derived from coconut, rice, and soy milks. Kefir is packed with probiotics, healthy bacteria that enhance the immune system and possibly even protect against colon cancer. Kefir makes a wonderful replacement for yogurt in parfaits, try freezing it for a scrumptious frozen yogurt alternative, using it in a salad dressing, or throw it in your smoothie.

 
 2. Jicama

Jicama is a crunchy root vegetable that has an ever so slight sweet taste. Jicama contains inulin which is a fiber that helps flatten your stomach and promotes good bacteria in your gut. It also features vitamin C which can boost the immune system and reduce wrinkles. Jicama is delicious in its raw form.  It can also be cooked in salads, slaws, stir frys, and tacos.  For an unusual twist, try it coated in lime juice and chili powder.

 
 3. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are nutrient-filled little seeds that are packed with heart healthy omega-3s, calcium, and iron. As little as one tablespoon of these amazing seeds contains the same amount of fiber as an entire bowl of oatmeal. Chia seeds work well to thicken puddings and stir frys, but can also be a great addition to soups, cereals, and salads.

 
 4. Sprouts

Broccoli plants that have been sprouted for three days have up to 50 times the amount of anticancer properties (like sulforaphane) than fully grown broccoli! Sprouts are some of the most wholesome foods on the planet. You can use sprouts to top just about anything, including salads, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, stews, tacos, and baked potatoes. Sprouts are not only easy, but super fun to grow on your own! If you don’t have time though, you can also find them at any grocery store.

 
 5. Black Garlic

Black garlic is fermented to give it a deliciously sweet clove and caramel flavor. The fermentation process also concentrates the antioxidants to almost double that of regular garlic. These properties can help decrease your risk of cancer. The sweet garlic can be enticing in sauces and on pizza.  Here’s a surprising tip: black garlic will also work very well to spice up sweets like cookies, cakes, and brownies.

 
 6. Kelp
Kelp is a beneficial sea plant that is shown to help fight breast cancer. It is an extremely rich source of calcium, vitamin K, and many other nutrients. Kelp is delightful in its noodle form or in powdered form which you can add to recipes to give them a big health boost.

 
 7. Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast is a cheese-like, flakey powder containing 9 grams of protein per serving. The amount of B vitamins in this unique food surpasses the recommended daily amount. B vitamins are crucial for health and in high amounts can help reduce stress, increase energy, and decrease risk for serious illnesses.  These flakes are tasty as a powdered cheese substitute on popcorn, potatoes, pasta, and eggs.

 
 8. Barley

Barley is an amazing grain that is packed with cancer fighting lignans and niacin, which is perfect for your hair and skin. The fiber in barley is also great for your cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease. Use it as a replacement for other grains like rice or pasta.

 

 

Lindsey Adams is a guest blogger, specializing in health-related topics.  In addition to finding creative ways to add nutrient-rich foods to her diet, Lindsey also uses B12 injections (purchased here) to maintain a healthy lifestyle.