Satch is beginning a short series of telling us why these "superfoods" are so super, and will also give you some advice on how to use them. We are going to provide you two every second week for the next few weeks, so that you can go to the store, grab them, and try to incorporate them in a lasting way. Hopefully after a little while you'll have a beautiful layering effect of superfood power in your diet! You'll be feeling more energetic, well-fuelled and vibrant. Who knows - you may even feel leaner and tighter!
Chia Seeds â Chia seeds were considered a staple in the Aztec and Mayan diet due to their many health benefits. These seeds are excellent sources of plant protein with just two tablespoons containing 4 grams of this essential macronutrient. They also have a high content of omega-3 fatty acids and are a natural source of iron, magnesium and calcium - nutrients that many of us tend to be low on. This is a great food for vegans or vegetarians to include! The rest of us should cut down on our animal foods, and begin incorporating the many incredibly nutritious plant-based foods available.
How to eat it: Add two tablespoons to your morning cereal, oatmlea or shake for an added protein boost and for dinner use these seeds as a healthy âbreadingâ on your next baked fish or chicken recipe. Sprinkle it on your green smoothie! Put 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds into a mason jar with some unsweetened almond milk and add some cocoa and a sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup, stevia) for a delicious pudding ready the next morning! **Vegans, chia seeds are an excellent egg replacement for baked goods**
Broccoli â This super green should be at the top of everyoneâs grocery list. It is loaded with vitamins A, C and K as well as being a rich in iron, calcium, fiber and potassium. These greens are also high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation as well as helps maintain a low blood sugar.
How to eat it: Steam some broccoli ahead of time, leaving it a nice bright green colour and a little bit crunchy so that you can toss it into stir fries or omelettes for a quick meal (I love it combined with some coconut oil!). Keep some raw in the fridge to toss into a pot for soup (all you really need is some stock, a potato, an onion and some garlic, salt and pepper for a delicious soup!). And some raw broccoli and hummus (along with carrots and cucumbers) makes a delicious filling and satiating afternoon snack.