My 3 Favorite Superfoods + How To Use Them
Superfood. You might have heard this buzz word and wonder what the heck it means. Here’s my definition:
A super food is one that is nutrient-dense, benefits your health in many ways, and is easy to incorporate into your diet.
Today I’ll share my 3 favorite superfoods and how to add them to your daily life.
DISCLAIMER: Superfood does NOT mean that you can simple eat them every day and all your health dreams will come true. They are simply another tool in your wellness toolkit; albeit a good one!
FIRST UP: CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds pack a massive nutrient-punch with very little calories. They were a source of sustainable energy for the Aztec and Mayan Indians long ago. In fact the word “chia” is the Mayan word for strength!
In just 2 tablespoons you get 4 grams of protein, 5 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids, and 11 grams of fiber! That’s almost half the daily value of fiber suggested for women in just 127 calories. You also get a good amount of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.
Bottom Line: Chia seeds are great for weight loss, can help lower blood pressure + inflammation and are excellent for strong bones.
My favorite way to use chia seeds is to add them to my shakes in the morning. I fill a blender bottle with 8 ounces almond milk, add my favorite shake flavor (I love USANA Chocolate Whey Nutrimeal), 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and another cup of cold purified water. Shake it up and enjoy.
KEEP IN MIND chia seeds gelatinize when you soak them in liquid. I like to make my shake first thing in the morning, stick it in the fridge while I’m doing my hair and makeup and then grab it when I’m heading out the door. This allows the chia seeds to absorb the liquid and soften up.
SECOND UP: HEMP SEEDS
What makes hemp seeds special is they contain all of the essential amino acids, making them a complete protein. This is rare for a plant-based source of protein. They are also one of the easiest forms of protein to digest.
Three tablespoons of hemp seeds will give you a whopping 10 grams of protein, 3 grams of Omega-3’s and 2 grams of fiber. Throw in 50 percent of your daily value of magnesium + phosphorous, 25 percent of your daily zinc and 15 percent of your daily iron and VOILA, you’ve got yourself a superfood. This one has a bit more calories at 170 in 3 tablespoons so be aware. A little goes a long way.
Bottom Line: Hemp seeds are easy on your digestion and are great for your heart, your brain, and your bones.
My favorite way to enjoy hemp seeds is to sprinkle on my plain greek yogurt with berries for a healthy + filling snack.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: FLAX SEEDS
The best thing about flax seeds: they are the #1 source of lignans in the human diet. Lignans are special antioxidants that help balance female hormones, amongst other things.
In just two tablespoons you also get 2.4 grams of Omega-3’s and 4 grams of fiber for just 74 calories. Woohoo!
A key thing to know about flax seeds are that they need to be ground up in order for your body to get the nutrients. Otherwise they’ll just be passing through
Also, be sure to store in a cool, dark place or they’ll go rancid. In fact, I recommend storing all three of these superfoods in the refrigerator.
Bottom Line: Flax seeds can help lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar, improve digestion, and decrease menopause symptoms.
My favorite way to use flax seeds are to make a green smoothie. Here’s a delicious recipe you can enjoy for breakfast or a snack later in the day.
SIMPLE GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE
(gluten free + dairy free)
INGREDIENTS: Use organic whenever possible.
- 1 cup coconut water
- one big handful of dark leafy greens
- ¾ cup frozen berries
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil or ¼ avocado
Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite super foods? Share with me in the comments on the blog or show me your pics on social media using #svwellness.
Lots of Love,