With today’s influx of nutritional information, one never truly knows which food is the best for the body. In my own experience and how I have watched my body transform over the past year from eating these certain foods and with the almost perfect health I’ve experienced, here is my own personal list of the healthiest and most powerful superfoods you can consume:
Quinoa is a superfood rich in fiber held sacred by the ancient Incas. They referred to Quinoa as “the mother of all grains”. A huge highlight of eating quinoa is that it is gluten free and can be replaced in many recipes requiring pasta or even couscous. It is highly adaptable to different ingredients and can be eaten as a savory or sweet dish. It is also an amazing source of protein as it contains all the essential amino acids that we need – perfect for vegans and vegetarians alike. Quinoa is also very high in antioxidants which help in the fight against ageing and helps your body ward off diseases. It also helps with weight loss in that it increases your metabolism and reduces your appetite. It really is a superfood that should be incorporated into your daily diet.
- Goji Berries
Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, hail from the Himalayas and are used in treating hypertension, diabetes and fever amongst other ailments. They contain more beta-carotene than carrots and strengthen the health of your eyes and are packed with more vitamin C than oranges. They are also very high in antioxidants. Goji berries can be used in all different kinds of salads, desserts and make a wonderful addition to any kind of healthy breakfast. I recommend mixing goji berries into your bowl of quinoa. The difference in textures and tastes makes for a delicious treat.
- Pumpkin Seeds
Native American tribes valued pumpkin seeds and treated them like a treasure. They used them not only in their everyday diet but for their medicinal qualities as well. The Aztec cultures of South America used them as well and from these places so their popularity grew spreading to all the corners of the globe. There is a diverse mix of antioxidants that the body needs found in pumpkin seeds that is not found in many other types of food. For this reason alone, pumpkin seeds are very unique. They are good for the health of your heart and are a rich source of Omega-3‘s which aid against depression and also promotes good joint health. Pumpkin seeds are great in salads and soups and make a wonderful snack.
- Green Tea
Green tea contains huge fat-burning properties and improves physical performance. The antioxidants found in green tea have also been known to lower the risk of certain types of cancer. I drink at least three cups of green tea a day. Without this “miracle tonic” I wouldn’t have lost the weight I carried as quickly as I did. I also use it to flush out any bad toxins in my body. It is a healthy alternative to coffee should you need a natural caffeine boost and provides a lot of energy and healthy brain functioning. It is wonderful plain and sweetened with natural raw honey and there is a huge array of different green teas on the market mixed with such popular teas as Early Grey and Chamomile as well as Mint. It is my absolute favourite go-to beverage.
Turmeric is a spice showcasing a warm, dark yellow golden hue and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It has been greatly used in both Indian and Chinese medicine. An intake of turmeric is known for improved liver function, cardiovascular protection and protection against Alzheimer’s disease. It also helps aid the fight against colds and flu amongst many other health benefits. A mixture of ginger, raw honey and turmeric in your green tea makes for a powerful flu fighter and helps soothe sore throats. It is also a very versatile spice. It is fun to use in the kitchen because of its colour, aroma and taste. It can easily be mixed into rice, soups, lentil dishes, all curries and even smoothies.
A great way of incorporating all these Superfood ingredients into one meal is to have a supercharged, amazingly healthy breakfast that packs a punch and gives you all the energy you need for the day. I also find that eating this meal puts me in an incredibly good mood!
My breakfast recipe: Add Goji Berries and Pumpkin Seeds to a bowl of boiled Quinoa. Add pink Himalayan sea salt for taste. Mix in a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil. I also like to add sunflower seeds for that extra crunch sensation. With this drink Green Tea plain or mixed with mint/Earl Grey/chamomile and add a big teaspoon of raw honey and a quarter teaspoon of Turmeric. Lastly get ready for an energy boost and enjoy!