In today’s society, we struggle to find the right balance of healthy food, proper proportions and time to prepare and enjoy our meals. It is important to stay healthy so we can enjoy our families, careers, leisure time, etc., but how do we accomplish this with an increasing amount of stress (including environmental), soil depletion and loss of nutrition from transportation of foods? One way to help enhance our nutrient intake is through superfoods, along with minimizing our processed food intake and maximizing the amount of whole foods we eat.
What is a superfood?
- a whole food
- a raw food
- easily digestible
- contains high quantities of nutrients
- rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, fatty acids, antioxidants and phytochemicals
- promotes healthy elimination
What is the difference between supplements and superfoods?
While super foods may be categorized as supplements the reverse is not true of all supplements. A supplement may or may not be naturally derived, but super foods are 100% natural, with the following benefits:
- Boosts nutritional intake
- May be used to target specific areas of healing
- provides nutrients needed for optimal function and rejuvenation
Who can benefit from a daily intake of super foods?
Anyone who has:
- an inflammatory condition
- decreased blood flow
- poor cardiovascular health
- low essential fatty acid intake
- weak eyesight
- digestion issues
- weight to lose
- difficulty with recovery after workouts
- constipation or any other bowel issues
- low energy
- aches and pains
- blood sugar issues
- difficulty sleeping
There are many different super foods, but one of my favourites are goji berries. They are small but power packed! A complete protein (meaning it has all the essential amino acids), over 20 vitamins and minerals and loads of antioxidants. Also known as the “happy berry”, it is great for your mood!
Check out my Growing Up Nourished Cookbook, which has 2 recipes (granola and nourishing tea) which includes goji berries.