Superfoods (part 2)

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 2 featuring alfalfa, goji berries, cinnamon and chia seeds! See Part 1 and Part 3 for more :)

Alfalfa

As a kid, sandwiches were made with this stuff. Smart way to sneak in some very healthy sprouts! Alfalfa is extremely nutritious because of its extensive root system: it absorbs high levels of nutrients from the soil. It's a source of vitamin B12, A, D, E and K.

As for minerals, alfalfa is rich in iron, niacin, biotin, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium, and yes it's even a decent source of protein!

HAVE SOME: Add this to your sandwich, top off your salad, or decorate a creamy butternut carrot soup! Pretty, and good for you too! 

Goji berries

Often in the form of dried fruit, this Himalayan berry has inspired a surge of interest for its use in treating diabetes, hypertension, malaria, fever, cancer and other ailments. On a weight basis, this little red berry has more vitamin C than some oranges and more beta-carotene than carrots.

HAVE SOME: Sweet and sour at the same time, they are a great addition to your oatmeal, salads, and on cereal. Better yet, grab some on the go with a few almonds or cashews.

Cinnamon

You love this stuff, and not just on the sugary cereal or in a latte right? One of the world's oldest known spices, cinnamon is becoming known for its polyphenols in lowering blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.

HAVE SOME: You can easily incorporate this with your plain greek yogurt and banana, in your smoothies, on your oatmeal, even in your squash soup!

Have you tried cinnamon-flavoured chewing gum?

Chia Seeds

Native to Mexico, this nutrient-rich superfood is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium. These seeds are a great way to add omega-3 fatty acids to you diet if you do not consume fish. They expand when soaked in water and coagulate and for this reason, so they can serve as substitute for butter and milk in pancake mixtures.

HAVE SOME: An easy addition to smoothies, salads, stir-fries, and in hummus!

 

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