SUPERFOOD! WHAT IS IT, WHO NEEDS IT AND HOW DO I GET IT IN ME?
For the past few years now, ‘superfood’ is a term that has been thrown around my table at home, out in restaurants, in my friends homes and on TV, in magazines, newspapers, blogs, health forums, you name it… I hear it everywhere! So why is it that we are now drawn towards these so called ‘super’ foods? and what are they?
What are they?
By definition, these food groups are low in calories and packed with a nutrient punch. Most importantly these food groups that fall under the ‘super’ banner are natural, in other words, man cannot make these nutrient rich foods. There is actually no specific or legal term to describe super foods… however these natural food groups are rich in contributing good health – who doesn’t want to be healthy!?
How do they benefit you?
There are green, fruit & nut, bee, seaweed and herb superfood groups that we can include in our daily diets that actually stimulate our muscular skeletal system, our nervous system, contribute to brain health, burn fat, heal the body, antioxidise the body and much more!
It’s all part and parcel to a healthier and brighter inside to your being and just knowing that makes me feel better!
The top must have SUPERFOODS are… (organic ones!)
Avocado’s – Loaded with healthy fats, omega 9, improves blood vessel health and seeds up your metabolism.
Berries (Blueberries, Strawberries, Goji berries) contain an anti pain compound, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions.
Leafy Greens (Broccoli, Kale, Spinach, Rocket, Wheat Grass) to help cleanse the blood and have allot of calcium and magnesium for healthy bones
Quinoa – Packed full of all 9 essential amino acids the body can’t produce on it’s own, also packed with concentrated proteins
Watermelon – Is very high in vitamins A & C and can lower blood pressure as well as reduce the risk of heart decease.
Salmon – Is super high in omega 3, which may help to reduce the risks of heart disease and it can also assist the skin with sun damage.
Nuts and Seed, Lentils and Beans – all high in protein for the body, folate, magnesium and lowers the risk of cholesterol.
coconuts and much much more…
A superfood breakfast that I do make in a big batch is Brown Rice, Quinoa and Porridge! I have made this for most of my friends and I actually first had a version of this at the Daylesford Yoga Retreat. It was so incredibly delicious that I experimented with what I had in my cupboard and have come to my own creation of a very special superfood breakfast!
Brown Rice & Quinoa Porridge with fruits, seeds and spice – oh my!
Brown Rice – 2 cups (you could also use pearl barley)
Quinoa – 1 cup
Water – 4 cups
Chia Seeds & Flax Seeds – 2 tblsp each
Nuts (Almonds, Walnuts, pecans) – 1/2 cup
Cinnamon – 1 whole stick
All Spice – 1 tblsp
Goji Berries – 1/4 cup
Dried or raw figs – 4
Apricots – 5
Apples or Pear or Banana (or all) chopped – 1 cup
Almond Milk – 1.5 cups
add all the ingredients into a solid pot or slow cooker and allow the mixture to soak for a few hours… it takes 5 minutes to put the ingredients into a pot and put the lid on. If you make it before bed, then you can place over a medium flame for 30 minutes in the morning (until the rice and grain is cooked through)… as the water starts to get soaked up into the rice, add Almond milk to the mixture and watch your beautiful rich superfood turn into an incredibly aromatic porridge.
To finish, add some blue berries and some grated coconut with cranberries – simply AMAZING!!
yummy in your tummy,
good for all people, gluten free, vegan, allergy prone and humans in general – Super Breakfast