4 SUPERFOODS TO REV YOUR DIETARY ENGINE

I have to admit, my routine gets out of whack sometimes, and I find myself either not eating or grabbing a quick and easy meal (meaning not very nutritious). Life just happens and I don’t always have the time or energy to be a good foodie. To compensate for my less-than stellar diet I add superfoods to my meals whenever possible, especially in my morning smoothie. So how can you rev up that dietary engine of yours? Try incorporating some of these superfoods into your daily regimen.

COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is a saturated fat, but it is a medium-chain fatty acid; which means it is more easily digested and utilized by the body than other saturated fats (i.e. butter, meat and eggs). Most saturated fats are stored in the body’s cells, but the fatty acids in coconut oil are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy. It is considered a “heart healthy” fat. Coconut oil helps speed up the body’s metabolism so you burn more calories in a day which can contribute to weight loss. It also has powerful antimicrobial properties.

Add To Your Diet:

  • 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing other oils/butter in recipes
  • In solid form use as a replacement for butter/Crisco/Pam when greasing pans, cookie sheets, etc.
  • In liquid form (melted) use as a replacement for various oils when baking, cooking, sauteing, etc.
  • Melt and add to smoothies for additional nutritional punch and yummy-ness

Bright and beautiful goji berries.

GOJI BERRIES

Goji berries are also known as wolfberries and are native to southeastern Europe and Asia. They have 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges! They are an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E, contain high levels of antioxidants, and most contain a full complement of protein with 18 amino acids and 21 trace minerals. The Vitamin A, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene found in Goji berries help protect eyesight and prevent macular degeneration. They also help lower bad cholesterol levels and protect the heart from disease. If that’s not enough, the antioxidants contained in the berries have been linked with slowing the aging process and reducing wrinkles! Goji berries are typically purchased dried and soaked in water prior to eating.

Add To Your Diet:

  • Sprinkle on salads or in soups
  • Blend into smoothies or juices
  • Eat as you would raisins

NOTE: If you take warfarin (a blood thinner), you may want to avoid goji berries. Goji berries may also interact with diabetes and blood pressure medicines.

SPIRULINA

Spirulina is a blue-green algae which was consumed for thousands of years by the Aztecs. It is a complete protein, which means it contains all eight essential amino acids and it is a great source of protein. Along with antioxidants and minerals it is rich in beta carotene, iron, B-12, Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. Studies have shown that spirulina helps to: control blood sugar levels; maintain healthy cholesterol levels; increase energy; reduce blood pressure; and increase antioxidants in the blood. It also helps to reduce inflammation, fight allergies, support healthy digestion PH levels, and immune system function. Spirulina is available in tablet and powder form.

Add To Your Diet:

  • Sprinkle on salads, soups, ice cream or popcorn
  • Blend into smoothies or juices
  • Take as a nutritional supplement in tablet form

WHEAT GRASS

Wheat Grass is the sprouted grass of a wheat seed. Unlike the whole grain, because it has been sprouted, it no longer contains gluten or other common allergic agents. The above-ground blades of grass are used to make the juice. Because of its high alkaline mineral content, wheat grass helps to restore alkalinity to the blood, increase red blood-cell count and helps to lower blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways throughout the body. Wheat grass is a powerful detoxifier and contains beneficial enzymes and amino acids. It can also help to neutralize toxic substances such as cadmium, nicotine, strontium, mercury, and polyvinyl chloride.

Add To Your Diet:

  • Available commercially in powder, liquid or tablet form to be taken as a supplement
  • Wheat Grass kits are available so you can grow your own and juice at anytime

Do you supplement your diet with superfoods? If so, let us know by commenting below. We’d love to hear from you.

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