Food that is Super!

February 2, 2011

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1. Goji Berries
2. Salmon
3. Spinach
4. Blue Berries
5. Pumpkin
6. Hot Peppers
7.  Green Tea/Macha
8. Cinnamon
9. Yogurt… FAGE being my ultimate favorite!
10. Whole grains and Oats

You’ve probably heard the word SUPER FOOD over and over and over again.  The term “super food” is actually another way of saying a food has a high level of  phytonutrient, resulting in great health benefits. In other words these foods contain significant amounts of antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins and minerals (depending on the food).

Goji Berries, the newest to the smart food group  have caught much attention to the health world! Its seems like they are be able to do everything- from treating diabetes, hypertension, malaria, fever and even cancer! They pack in more vitamin C then oranges and more beta- carotene then carrots. So add them into your morning smoothies, these guys are winners!

Wild Salmon, (BC Salmon of course!) contains oils that are rich in Omega-3. This is the fat that you want to put in your “good books”. It protects your arteries against plaque and cholesterol build up, as well as lowering your LDL “bad cholesterol”. Omega-3 also has been found to improve brain function, slow down Alzheimer’s disease and reduce inflammatory changes with people suffering from arthritis.

Dark Green Veggies such a spinach, Kale and Broccoli all contain  phytonutrients, helping fight off cells that  lead to cancer and are also able to boost your immune system. It gets better, greens are fully loaded with Vitamins A, C & K, folate, potassium, magnesium and iron.

Berries!! Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries are all your friends! They have every category of immune boosters you can thing of!  They are filled with antioxidants, phytonutrients, are low in calories (my favorite part), and are high in water & fiber to help control your blood sugars- keep you feeling full longer! Number one on the berry list, are the big plump blueberries, packing it in in first with the most antioxidants.

Pumpkins. Extremely high in fiber and low in calories! They also contain disease fighting nutrients, including potassium, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and vitamins C and E. Pumpkins also contain the richest supply of bioavailable carotenoids! Lowering the rates of breast cancer and heart disease. So grab yourself a slice of pumpkin pie and enjoy!

Hot peppers, are great to add to any chili or stir fry. Not only because of the delicious flavor, but because their high content of antioxidant carotenes and flavonoids, and contain almost twice the amount of vitamin C found in citrus fruits.

Green tea. Ahh those two words bring me to a whole other world of relaxation. While all teas have antioxidants, green tea has the antioxidant ECGC. ECGC has shown to inhibit the growth of cancer and even helps in lowering cholesterol. So go grab a good book and enjoy a nice hot cup of green tea!

Cinnamon. Doesn’t that just make you think of a yummy cinnamon bun?? Mmm. Okay, sorry back to business. Cinnamon actually can help with all your yo-yo cravings! There is in interesting link in it’s role in lowering blood sugar. Studies are showing that it’s effects can be seen with a daily dose of just a half a teaspoon…(i think a cinnamon bun will do!). Okay maybe sprinkling it on your toast or oatmeal is a better idea!

Yogurt actually has nutritional benefits greater then milk! It’s main goal of action is to aid in many intestinal conditions due to the probiotics (good bacteria) it contains. Studies haves have shown that eating low fat yogurt, (Fage 0% being be ultimate favorite) can improve weight loss and increase your immune system.

Whole grains and oats are loaded with tons of fiber and B vitamins. Make sure that all the wheat you are eating is whole grain, everything from your pasta to your morning oatmeal! Oats have shown to reduce cholesterol up to 23%! They are also a great choice of grain for diabetics as they have less impact on blood sugar then any other grain!