Superfoods 101

 

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Superfood is a word thrown around these days and is associated with many  different foods. Superfoods, in definition, are a group of foods that are the most potent, super-concentrated, and nutrient dense. Superfoods have amazing abilities to increase and change the energy and vitality in one’s body for optimum health; boosting immune system, enhancing sexuality, cleansing, detoxifying, and alkalizing. This all being said, superfoods are something you have to be careful incorporating into your diet. They should be portioned correctly and used consistently to see the health benefits. Here are five of my favorite superfoods that all can be bought at Whole Foods, online, and sometimes even in T.J.Maxx (keep your eyes out).

Maca: This superfood contains 5x more protein than a potato and 4x more fiber! It is known for its amazing ability to increase one’s energy, strength, and libido. Dried Maca powder contains more than 10% protein and 20 different amino acids. Maca is a superfood you need to be extra careful with and only portion out one to two tbs per day.

Spirulina, Chlorella & Other Blue Algeas: Spirulina is the highest source of complete protein in the world at 65%. It also provides a wide variety of minerals, phytonutrients and enzymes. Chlorella is another amazing superfood (the #1 superfood on the planet) because of its high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is known to reduce inflammation, promote cleansing within the body, improves skin and odor, aids in digestion, and has anti-cancer fighting properties.

Goji Berries: These little red berries are known for their strength building properties and their ability to increase one’s longevity. Goji Berries contain 18 different amino acids (including the 8 essential), over 20 different minerals, high amounts of antioxidants, iron and B& E vitamins.

Cacao: This is the nut/seed of a fruit in the Amazon. It is RAW chocolate and is the #1 source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, manganese and chromium on the planet! Cacao is known to improve cardiovascular health, improve bone strength, boosts mood and energy levels, and increases longevity. Yes, eating chocolate can help your chances of living longer (with other good healthy habits of course).

Bee Pollen: This superfood contains almost all of the B vitamins, including a great amount of folate, as well as all 21 essential amino acids which make it a complete protein. Honey (another bee product) is an easier way to get this same superfood side effect as well. Organic honey is rich in antioxidants, probiotics, and enzymes. Honey is a great substitute in cooking and baking for any type of sugar or sweetener.

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A great easy way to start adding a mix of superfoods into your daily routine for a low price is with the ALOHA line of “Daily Good” dried juices. These are so easy to mix with water, nut milk or toss in a smoothie, yogurt or oatmeal. Each one is packed with a unique combination of superfoods. Want to try them out? Use my code: SUNSF33 for 20% your first order 🙂

Other great superfood companies are Navitas Naturals and Organic Burst.

 

Four Powerful Spices & Supplements to Boost Your Health

Now that we are officially in the thick of the fall & winter season that means we have also entered into cold and flu season. I wanted to share with you four spices & supplements that I use almost every day that have incredible health benefits and help fight of viruses.

ginger

1. Ginger: This impressive spice is well known for aiding in gastrointestinal relief. It contains active enzymes which relieves digestion, nausea and motion sickness. It is known to help prevent and fight cold symptoms including coughs and sore throats with its immune boosting properties.

How to Use: There are many awesome green teas on the market that contain ginger or you can add some fresh ginger into your tea yourself. I also love to add fresh ginger into my morning smoothies for an added boost of flavor. Ginger is also a great spice to mix into mashed sweet potatoes or sprinkle over roasted squash.

garlic

2. Garlic: This well-known spice packs serious health benefits most people are unaware of. Garlic is an antibiotic and detoxifier. It is immune enhancing and has anticancer properties. It also aids in lowering cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure.

How to Use: Garlic is easy to incorporate into your diet by adding it as a spice to meats, vegetables, soups, and salad dressings. I personally love to buy cloves of garlic and slow roast them in the oven alongside my vegetables for added flavor.

turmeric

3. Turmeric: This secret spice has too many health benefits to even list. Studies keep coming out with more and more research leading to prove that this spice can prevent and slow many diseases including different types of cancers and leukemia. Turmeric is a detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial agent. It is known to significantly detox the blood stream and liver. It has also been known to improve depression symptoms. In recent studies it has shown to speed the healing of wounds and help remold damaged skin areas. Another important side effect is its power to reduce joint pain.

How to Use: Turmeric is a little bit harder than the rest to add into your diet. It packs a little heat and has an interesting kick. The easiest way to try it, is using it as part of your seasoning on meats and vegetables. You can also sprinkle it into your smoothie or cup of tea. When first trying turmeric I recommend starting slowly and adding more depending on your tolerance to the flavor.

spirulina

4. Spirulina: This type of algae contains so many nutrients and is becoming more prominent in the health food scene. Spirulina is known to enhance speed, endurance, and mental ability. It contains nine essential amino acids, enzymes and probiotics, and most importantly, it is a complete protein! It actually offers 3x as much protein as beef by weight. Spirulina is an excellent source of a healthy amount of good fat and iron as well.

How to Use: This algae can be bought in tablet or powder form. It is commonly found in the green powder mixes you can buy in health food stores as well. It can be taken as a supplement or added into smoothies, yogurts, and oatmeal. Spirulina is starting to show up as a flavor in many nutrition and protein bars and granola as well. Look for it as one of the main ingredients the next time you are cruising through a Whole Foods or Natural Market.