I was thinking the other day about the very best foods I regularly eat everyday, and this led me to examine all the superfoods I normally eat in any given day. And I found out I regularly eat 9 Superfoods everyday on a very consistent basis.
Characteristics of a Superfood
Rich in Vitamins and Minerals.
Superfoods are super-rich in vitamins and minerals. More so than almost all other foods that they are given this special distinction. Thus the name: Superfood.
Rich in Phytonutrients.
Superfoods contain more phytonutrients (or micronutrients) than most other foods.
Ratio of Calories to Nutrients is Low.
Superfoods are packed full of nutrients, yet they are low in calories. Thus, eating an abundance of Superfoods will give you more nutrients per gram or ounce.
Typically, Superfoods are Whole Foods.
Of course, everyone is talking about the benefits of eating fresh, organic whole foods, and Superfoods are basically whole foods. And they are rich in fiber, which is crucial in sweeping toxins through the digestive system and helping to keep your digestive tract clean. Especially if you eat a LOT of animal foods, most of which have NO FIBER, you need to eat plenty of fiber-rich Superfoods to counteract the animal foods.
What Are Those 9 Superfoods?
I always have the following superfoods handy in the kitchen. For instance, Blueberries, Chia Seeds and Raw Cacao, which I always have in my morning smoothie. It helps to give me energy and keeps me ‘regular’.
I eat almonds, but I do use a LOT of almond milk in my smoothies as well.
With Spinach, I typically make a Spinach stir fry with mushrooms, garlic, and green onions. And I regularly put Spinach in my green smoothies.
Lately I’ve been making a Potato and Kale soup, but I can put Kale in my vegan sandwiches and salads too.
Quinoa is a grain that we keep in rotation along with white rice, brown rice, couscous, and corn tortillas. Quinoa is great because I’m gluten-free.
I use Avocados in my raw vegan sandwiches, and of course, I make guacamole and place in my garden-style salads.
See Also: OrganicFacts.net
The 9 Superfoods
|Whole Foods||Key Nutrients||Key Benefits|
|Broccoli||Vitamins: C, K, B9
Minerals: Potassium, Manganese, Iron
|Antioxidants, considered anti-cancer food, fiber, phytonutrients|
|Raw Cacao Powder||Vitamins: A, C
Minerals: Calcium, Iron
|Highest plant source of Iron, more calcium than Cow’s Milk, natural anti-depressant|
|Blueberries||Vitamins: C, K
|Antioxidants, anti-cancer, weight loss, brain health, digestion, heart health|
|Almonds||Vitamins: E, B2
Minerals: Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Phosphorus
|Antioxidants, protects cell membranes, helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol|
|Avocados||Vitamins: C, E, K, B5, B6
Minerals: riboflavin, niacin, folate, magnesium, potassium
|heart-healthy monosaturated fats, fiber, helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels|
|Chia Seeds||Vitamins: B1, B2, B3
Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
|antioxidants, anti-aging, skin, boosts energy & metabolism, heart health|
|Kale||Vitamins: A, C, K, B6, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate
Minerals: Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium, Copper
|high in fiber, digestion, elimination, high in Iron and Vitamin K, a powerful antioxidant, good for detox|
|Quinoa||Vitamins: Folate, Riboflavin, Thiamine, E, B6
Minerals: Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Potassium,
|All essential amino acids, protein-rich, fiber, digestion & elimination|
|Spinach||Vitamins: Folate, Thiamine, Niacin, B6, C, E, K
Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Zinc
|Helps lower cholesterol, neurological benefits, improves eyesight, helps strengthen muscles, helps reduce risk of cataracts, boosts metabolism, helps prevent heart disease|
All of the 9 Superfoods above are 100% vegan. Most of them can be eaten raw, but you can cook them too.
Non-Vegan superfoods would be: Salmon and Eggs.
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