Top 10 superfoods
The food we consume can either contribute to our health and longevity or accelerate aging and invite disease. Superfoods may have medicinal qualities and have been known to improve overall health.
There are several varieties of kale to experiment with, but dinosaur kale leaves are absolutely delicious when eaten with avocado, lemon juice, salt, pepper and a few tablespoons of nutritional yeast. Get a little up-front-and-personal with this beautiful gift from nature and massage the avocado into the kale leaves, using clean hands of course, to nicely coat each piece.
Packed full of vitamins
Protects the body from diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease
Here is the scoop on this yellow, nutty, cheesy-tasting, immune-boosting superfood. Nutritional yeast is inactive yeast derived from sugarcane and beet molasses, high in B-complex vitamins.
Helps with anxiety
Reduces the risk of heart disease
This creamy, satisfying fruit full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats can indeed aid in shrinking the waistline.
Reduces risk of certain cancers
Helps regulate blood sugar
Eases arthritis symptoms
Apple cider vinegar
Raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is a great addition to salads when whisked with olive oil and honey. Apple cider vinegar supports the acid-alkaline balance in the body, preventing the onset of disease.
Aids in digestion
High in potassium
Helps in the regulation of blood sugar
Raw cacao has an alarming amount of antioxidants, nearly four times the amount found in processed dark chocolate.
Lowers blood pressure
Aids in blood flow to the heart and brain
Fiber content supports digestion
In the Mayan language, chia means "strength." It has been known to be a popular source of fuel for long-distance runners and warriors. Simply add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds to a morning smoothie for an energy boost.
High in protein
Good source of omega-3 fats
Consuming 1-2 cloves per day is a great for an improved immune system. Blend in a food processor a can of rinsed chickpeas, a squeeze of lemon, olive oil to taste and 1-2 cloves of raw garlic for a delicious cold-fighting hummus.
Fights off coughs and sinus issues
Contains anti-inflammatory properties
Helps with high blood pressure
Coconut oil is an immune-boosting, healthy alternative to other oils.
Improves memory in older adults
Aids in belly fat loss
Mushrooms are full of vitamins B and C, calcium and potassium. They contain fungal enzymes that aid in digestion.
High fiber content for weight management
Good source of vitamin D
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which may help fight prostate, stomach and lung cancers. A very quick and oh-so-delicious recipe consists of sautéed grape tomatoes in olive oil with fresh garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Simply pour this mixture over a warm bowl of pasta or spaghetti squash.
Promotes regular bowel movements
Good source of vitamin C
Heating tomatoes provides the highest health benefit