Superfoods for a super school year!
With school back in session and summer holidays coming to an abrupt end, time to start thinking about eating healthy so our kids are able to work at their peak...mentally & socially as well as physically.
Help your kids make great choices and keep your kitchen stocked with simple, nutrient-dense superfoods.
Superfoods are simply ~ plant based foods. They are ‘real’ unprocessed foods that everyone needs to be eating to help maintain a healthy weight, fight disease and live longer, happily and comfortably. Before adding to our first post, I want to repeat the following important information:
Imagine a Superfood, not a drug, powerful enough to make you feel great while reducing cholesterol levels and your risk of getting heart disease and cancer. And, the only side effects were positive ones: better moods, better hair and skin quality and weight loss. Sound too good to be true? NO! ~ these 'superfoods' are found in every supermarket across the country...they are real, unprocessed foods.
You do not need to eat specific foods for specific ailments. A diet of mainly fruits and veggies will help you fight disease, live longer and will help maintain your ideal body weight. Just about every brightly colored fruit and vegetable fits the 'Superfood' category as do nuts, beans, seeds and aromatic and brightly colored herbs and spices. Superfoods are found in nature and are calorie-sparse and nutrient dense.
In addition today, we are adding:
Apples: a.k.a. Nature’s toothbrush! There is good reason for the old adage ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’…Apples help protect our heart, our brain, improves our lung capacity, prevents constipation, blocks diarrhea, cushions our joints (helping to reverse arthritis) and reduces the risk of prostate, colon and lung cancers. Click here for our Apple recipes from October 22, 2010.
Beans: a.k.a. legumes. Beans help prevent or reduce inflammation and blood pressure. Inflammation is a key driver of all chronic disease. Beans also help to stabilize blood sugar levels, which is very important in slowing the aging process and preventing diabetes and many degenerative diseases. And as the saying goes…beans are indeed good for our hearts, they help prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, lowers cholesterol and on top of all this, beans combat cancer. Click here for our delicious bean recipes.
Blueberries: The super antioxidant. The darker the color the better. Eat half a cup a day to combat cancer, protect your heart, boost your memory, prevent constipation, and reverse arthritis inflammation…Blueberries also help to stabilize blood sugar levels like beans, slowing the aging process and preventing diabetes and many degenerative diseases. Blueberries are full of potassium and vitamin C. Click here for our berry recipes.
Broccoli: A great source of antioxidants, broccoli is also an anti inflammatory food, it helps to strengthen bones, saves our eyesight, controls blood pressure, and protects our hearts. Broccoli has been a proven cancer fighter, immune booster, and a superb source of protein and calcium. Click here for our wonderful broccoli recipes.
Oranges: These fruits are one of the easiest to always have on hand. Their thick skin means that it is ok to buy non-organic, although if you use a knife to cut them into slices, wash the outer skin first, so that you do not contaminate the flesh with chemicals from the skin. Oranges support our immune systems, protect our hearts, helps respiration and combats cancer.
Spinach: Spinach has the highest concentration of vitamins A, C and folic acid. Make sure to eat spinach with tomatoes, as tomatoes help our bodies absorb the iron in spinach. Please check out our spinach recipes.
Tomatoes: The light acids in tomatoes aid digestion. Eating tomatoes also protects your heart, prostate, lowers cholesterol and combats cancer. Cherry tomatoes are a great anti-inflammatory food. Tomatoes are full of vitamin C. Some great tomato recipes for you.
Walnuts: These nuts are one of the best sources of plant protein and are loaded with omega 3s. Walnuts are great for boosting memory and moods. They protect us from heart disease, diabetes, reduces cholesterol levels and combats cancer. Eating a handful a day will reduce your chance of getting a heart attack by 15% and as much as 50%. In 2004 the FDA approved labeling walnut products as being heart healthy.