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July 3, 2017
When did food get so “super”? All over social media is the word “Superfoods” and a list of the latest and greatest…it’s getting all a tad confusing. What is a superfood? Well, in a nutshell it’s simply food. Specifically, good, whole, plant-based food. And it usually has a strong colour, like; green (kale), blue (blueberries), or red (beets). Every colour in the rainbow has a superfood!
They’re also jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that and can boost your energy, brighten your skin, and help you feel amazing. Raw cacao (chocolate), goji berries, and kale have enjoyed their time in the spotlight lately…and for good reason. They’re SUPER healthy, but they’re not the only ones. I’d like to open up this category to all fruits and veggies, especially the extra colourful ones.
They get their “super” title by being chock-full of antioxidants (the colour) and other spectacular phytonutrients (nutrients from plants). And we need more of these in our diet, which is why every nutritionist around (including me) raves about superfoods.
How do you choose? It’s easy – grab some brightly coloured veggies, bonus if you grab a fruit or veggie that you don’t normally buy, or is a colour you’ve never tried. And enjoy!
And even try some that are extra super – those are nutrient-dense superfoods we don’t usually include in our diet, like; spiralina, chlorella, wheat grass, and goji berries.
Don’t like kale? That’s okay, try rainbow chard! Don’t like beets? Try watermelon or raspberries. There are so many options for every colour, you’ve just got to try a few.
You may be wondering; Do I REALLY need to eat these in my diet?? I’m glad you asked. Here are 9 reasons you need to include superfoods in your diet:
And the best part; they like to work together – eating a variety of whole superfoods allow the phytonutrients to be absorbed better. I.e., lycopene in a tomato is better than in a capsule. Enjoy them together for an added bonus!
What’s your favourite superfood? Let us know on social media with #BotanicaHealth #MindfulLiving We’d love to hear from you!