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Superfoods and How To Use Them

February 2, 2017
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What are superfoods?

Superfoods are foods that are nutrionally dense foods that are therefor packed with lots of vitamins and minerals in a small amount of food.

Over the years I have done much research and learned more about different foods/drinks that I could add into my diet for better health and nutrition.

Wild Caught Salmon

Known for its high source of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon also benefial s ource of vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium,Β protein,etc.. Uping your intake of wild caught salmon could help with bone and joint health, brain health (focus and memory), heart health and skin health.

***Farm raised salmon is NOT my go-to. Why? Because they a fed articial food to give them their bright orange color and pumped with mercury and other toxins.

What to do with it?

Add 1 tbsp. of coconut aminos and 1 tbsp. apricot preserves to each salmon fillet. Bake on 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and viola! Dinner is served πŸ™‚

Collagen

A true super-food! As we age, our collagen starts to deplete. By adding collagen to your diet, you will notice positive changes in your digestion, hair and nail strength, skin, etc. It aids in joint and bone health, weight loss and improved sleep.

What to do with it?

I add it to my smoothie or my coffee EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

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Kelp or other seaweed

Packing a huge punch of iodine and other important minerals and vitamins, seaweed delivers so many nutrients to your body.

What to do with it?

I love eating seaweed snacks when I am in the mood for something salty and crunchy! Swap out popcorn or chips for this delightful, nutrient dense snack.

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Turmeric and black pepper

Turmeric is a root that is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. I use the powder form to many dishes for both medicinal and flavor needs.

Adding some black pepper with the turmeric to your dish helps your body absorb the healthy components in the turmeric.

What to do with it?

To see how I use this powerful root click here for a delicious and beyond easy crockpot chicken dish, click here for a one tray dish filled with flavor and click here for a super simple and tasty turmeric rice side dish.

Almonds & walnuts

 

Cacao nibs

I love adding cacao nibs on top of my smoothies for an extra crunch, topping them on a rice cake with almond butter and making these delicious superfood balls like the one’s I made here.

Coconut oil

Awww yes, coconut oil! The superfood ingredient that many are usually for basically everything and anything. Coconut oil is used outside of the body to moisturize, as well as used in cooking.Β 

What to do with it?

Try my coconut oil plantains – they are eaten up as soon as they hit the plate!

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Chia & Flax seeds

 

 

Goji berries

Packed with beta-carotene these dried berries help promote healthy skin, boost your immune system and eye health.

What to do with it?

To incorporate them into your diet check out these recipe here and here.

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Kombucha

I am a HUGE proponent of kombucha. It has done wonders for my digestive system. To learn more about why I drink this magical elixir, click here.

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Maple syrup

When you need a boost of sweetness in any recipe, adding maple syrup is a great way to add sweetness in addition to trace minerals and antioxidants.

What to do with it?

Click here to see how I make my homemade creamer using maple syrup to sweeten and here to see how I use it in a delicious morning meal.

Acai

I just got on the acai train. And I am never getting off! Acai has a very mild flavor, but the medicinal purposes are out of this world. Acai is a berry that is great for your heart health, aids in weight loss, helps with digestion and more!

What to do with it?

I throw it in my smoothies like I did here.

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Avocado

Not only do avocados contain more potassium than bananas, but they are filled with heart healthy fats that can actually help lower your cholesterol and triglyceride (sugar) levels.

What to do with it?

Try out my super creamy and tasty guacamole here!

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Eat it on top of your salad.

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Or freeze it in ice cube trays and pop it into your smoothie for a creamy finish.

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What are YOUR favorite super foods?

Cheers!

xxJ

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1 Comment

  • Reply Rachel Gouz February 8, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Hey lady,

    This is my most favorite article. “Super Foods”. My use of Vital Proteins has increased my hair growth instantaneously and intake of avocados in my protein shakes keep my skin glowing all week. Coconut oil in my coffee every morning has given me a great boost of energy to start the day.

    Thank you for encouraging the use of these amazing, nutritious, & fabulous foods.

    xo rlg

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