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Superfoods!

By Kateryna Bakh on Jan 21 2014

Sometimes it is hard to get all of our nutrients just relying on food we eat. I have been vegetarian for about three years now and even though my diet mostly consists of vegetables and fruits, I love adding superfoods to my daily meals. I prefer them better to supplements, because they contain much higher and more concentrated levels of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins in a plant form. There are a few of my favourite superfoods:

• Chia is high in omega- 3 fatty acids, fibre, phosphorus and manganese, making it perfect for our bones. The amino acids in Chia seeds promote healthy weight, regulate mood and improve sleep. It is also high in protein that works great for vegetarians or vegans.

To enliven your morning porridge and granola you can add some Chia seeds previously soak them overnight in water. There are a few kinds of this superfood you can find in the store, brown, black or white. I usually buy whatever is available organic, my last purchase was Raw Health Organic Chia Seeds White

• Açaí berries have good quantities of iron, potassium, magnesium, copper, they are rich in vitamin K and B- complex. Açaí provides Omega 6+9 essential fatty acids that help to nourish skin, hair and nails, as well as help to reduce cholesterol. It is also claimed that Açaí superberry assists fat burning and therefore supports weight loss.

I personally like to add Açaí powder into my smoothies and deserts. If you would better prefer to take 2- 4 capsules a day to get essential amount of nutrients from this amazing superfood, you can try certified organic freeze dried Açaí berry from Rainforest Foods that can be found here

• Maca is a root vegetable, native to native to the high Andes of Peru. It contains 20 fatty acids, around 20 of trace minerals (like selenium and zink), and 17 amino acids with around 10% protein. Maca is a medicinal herb, a true superfood and aphrodisiac. It helps those with stress and emotional disorders, fatigue. By balancing the progesterone and estrogen, Maca facilitates migraines and anxiety.

Sounds impressive, isn’t it? You can experience the benefits of taking this superfood yourself by adding 1-3 tablespoons a day to your meals. Usually I mix my juices with Maca powder from Naturya, which I buy from here

• Spirulina has about 2300% more iron than spinach and 300% more calcium than milk. It is a complete protein, dense in essential omega fatty acids (3,6 and 9), chlorophyll and vitamins A, B complex, C and E. It powerfully detoxifies our bodies and balances the immune system.

Spirulina powder has a quite strong taste which makes it hard sometimes to find a good combination with other foods. Normally I am okay with the taste of the powder and mix it with water to drink as a shot before breakfast. However, you might find it easier to take Spirulina in tablets throughout the day. In this case, it worth to have a look at the option from Synergy Natural Organic

• Wheatgrass, like most plants, contains chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, and enzymes. However, it is claimed that Wheatgrass is superior to other vegetables in its content of vitamin B12. A great source of protein and potassium can be also found in Wheatgrass, as well as dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. This list could be endless.

In order to cleanse the body of toxins, to promote general well-being and even to prevent cancer, you might want to consider growing your own Wheatgrass which sounds like lots of fun! If you willing to do so, you can find Wheatgrass Growing Kit here and extract Wheatgrass juice with a manual juicing machine. If that doesn’t sound like your option and you would better prefer powder, have a look

Here is my Top 5, but I also love Goji berries, Lucuma, Camu Camu, Raw Cacao, Hemp, Barley Grass, Chlorella, Coconut Oil and Water. There is no reason we cannot be healthier than ever with such a variety of superfoods which are available in almost every health store in the country. However, it is better not to consume too much of everything at once when you begin your journey with the superfoods. Try to start off slow and work your way up, listening to the needs of your body.