Superwomen need superfoods. Feed your body with nutrient-dense goodness and you will be rewarded for years to come!
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
Sunny Fruits & Veggies
Bell peppers, yams, squash, cantaloupe, and carrots contain an antioxidant called beta carotene, which our bodies convert to vitamin A. Adequate vitamin A intake means a strong immune system, clear vision, and a radiant complexion. Instead of buying countless beauty products and serums, the answer could be in your fridge. Eat your way to trouble-free, glowing skin and put less chemicals on your body’s biggest organ.
Although they can stay in your teeth like visiting in-laws, sunflower, pumpkin, flax, chia, quinoa, and hemp seeds are packed with crucial micro nutrients such as vitamin B1, copper, amino acids (muscle’s building blocks), and essential fatty acids to keep our arteries unclogged and joints limber. Numerous studies have shown they prevent not only heart disease but also fat gain. Look for certified organic labeling to avoid pesky pesticides that can undermine your health. Liberally sprinkle these powerhouses like confetti, but keep floss around.
Nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, and walnuts are just like seeds in how such tiny sizes contain so much nutritional goodness. Nuts provide not only heart-healthy monounsaturated fats like omega-6 and vitamins B2 and B3, but are so versatile as buttery spreads! I love adding organic PB to my smoothies for flavour dimensionality (peanuts are technically legumes, but also highly nutritious). Soak raw nuts—seeds too—in filtered water at home to make their nutrients more bioavailable.
Kimchi, miso, tempeh, sauerkraut, borscht, and pickled anything in general are not only deliciously satisfying for salt lovers but also incredibly beneficial for the GI tract. Every part of our body is its own microcosm, and our gut is no exception. Eating fermented foods regulates the stomach’s acidity levels for optimal digestion. Amazingly, they also release compounds that fight bacteria. Plus, as a bonus for diabetics, the carbohydrates in fermented foods are already broken down for easier digestion!
Dark-green veggies such as kale, swiss chard, and spinach are extremely fibrous. Fibre equals healthy bowels, stable blood sugar and possibly aid in weight loss. These alkalizing foods are bursting with vitamins, A, C, and K, folate (essential for pregnancy), magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. From peppery to mildly sweet, dark leafy veggies offer a spectrum of earthy flavours that make your meals nourishing PLUS cancer-fighting. Added bonus: since they contain so few calories, you can eat as much as you want!
Berries, Berries, Berries
If you love colours you must love berries! Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, currants, acai berries, and Goji berries all contain antioxidants that protect against cellular damage caused by overindulgence and stress. These vibrant red, blue, and purple bad boys are loaded with dietary fibre for a whistle-clean GI tract, vitamins C and E, and potassium, calcium, and iron. Hop on the locally grown cherries, strawberries, and blueberries this summer to brighten up your breakfast bowl and spinach salads.
Also known as algae, the flora of the sea are one of the planet’s most nutritious foods. It is no wonder the Japanese enjoy such longevity with seaweed as a cultural staple. Spirulina, a blue-green algae, is very popular in many health foods—even my delicious plant-based protein and greens shake by Ergogenics contains a healthy serving! What is even more impressive is chlorella, a green algae—no other food contains more chlorophyll. Both contain an abundance of antioxidants, which is a strong defender against cancer.
Called the “Peruvian ginseng”, this root has a butterscotchy, smoked caramel flavour and is rich in vitamins B, C, and E, as well as iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. I had my first taste of maca in a Body Energy Club smoothie called Maca Rush—what a treat! This delicious supplement is used to treat hormonal imbalances, cramping, and mood swings. Note: do not consume in hot beverages—heat destroys its nutrients.
With the sun finally coming around, the outdoors are calling your name! Your body needs up be up for the challenge. Befriend these nutritious superfoods to keep your energy levels high, appetite satiated, and cells happy and healthy.
Keep strong and see you next week!