Superfoods (part 1)

There are SO many superfoods to talk about, we decided to roll these out in a series of bit-sized posts for you. Here is Part 1 featuring blueberries, kale, broccoli and oats! See Part 2 and Part 3 for more :)

What is a Superfood?

STRONGER THAN A SEQUOIA TREE, FASTER HEALTH BENEFITS THAN A SPEEDING BULLET...IT'S... IT'S  SUPERFOODS!!!! 

Okay. We can now calm down. But the name does pack quite a punch. Can it really be called such an ostentatious thing? Well, compared to the average North American diet, we'd have to say yes. If it means people will be more inclined to eat these foods based on their name, by defining them in their own "superhero" category, then we say why the heck not? 

These nutrient dense natural food items are all so beneficial because they are packed with antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals that they just HAD to come up with a very own category for them. In many cases, they may reduce the risk of things like cancer, and increase longevity and overall well-being.

The best part is - they aren't all exotic foreign foods - you may already eat many of them without knowing! Here we give you some good reasons to have more. 

Blueberries

Originally forest fruits, blueberries are now easily cultivated year-round. They are full of phytonutrients known for their ability to neutralize free radicals (i.e., they prevent aging and cell damage). You need these babies!!!

HAVE SOME: add fresh berries to your morning cereal or yogurt, or include frozen berries in your smoothie. (Try our berry smoothie recipe here.)

Kale

An alternative to spinach in salads and juices, kale is from the cruciferous family of plants- so you know it's good for you! Kale has zero calories, it is rich in dietary fibre, iron and vitamin K, A, C and has no fat. You can steam it to get more cholesterol-lowering benefits because the fiber-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they've been steamed, and when this happens, it's easier for bile acids to be excreted, resulting in a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Fascinating stuff isn't it?

HAVE SOME: Its taste or texture is not for everyone but it goes well in a salad with a home-made balsamic vinaigrette, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and apple or pear slices.

Broccoli

Another cruciferous vegetable, broccoli contains phytonutrients claimed to reduce the risk of tumors and cancer. Just one cup of broccoli can supply you with your daily dose of immunity-boosting vitamin C and a large percentage of folic acid. Your mama always said to eat your greens... well there was a reason for it!

HAVE SOME: accompany with brown rice in a stir-fry with your choice of protein, add to a veggie soup, or make in a hearty salad with poppy-seed dressing!

Oats

Already eating them? Great! While we recommend steel cut, oats in general are full of fiber, magnesium, potassium, and phyto-nutrients. Participating in the body’s complex reaction kinetics with sugar, magnesium works to regulate blood-sugar levels.

HAVE SOME: add cooked to your plain yogurt with cinnamon and fresh fruit, enjoy in a dessert with baked apple or fresh dairy free cookie recipe, use in homemade granola bars, or whip up a batch on the stove for your morning oatmeal!

Sources

http://www.canadianliving.com/health/nutrition/article/top-10-superfoods-goji-berries-cinnamon-turmeric-and-more

http://www.readersdigest.ca/food/healthy-food/5-super-foods-you-should-eat/

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20306775,00.html