Superfoods have tones of great benefits that help with overall digestive health and wellness, often times having properties that prevent cell damage, slow down aging, and fight diseases.
There is a long list of superfoods but there are a few that are amazing for maintaining weight and healthy weight loss. They might be small fruits and seeds, but they pack a punch.
Goji berries are dried shrivelled red edible berries that have been used in traditional Chinese medicine. It's antioxidant that helps against cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, vision problems, neurological properties or as an anticancer agent. If all that wasn't enough, Goji berries, are rich in nutrients. They are low-cal, fat-free and loaded with fibre, beta-carotene and are a good source of vitamin C. They have all of the essential amino acids. They are rich in E and B
vitamins, and it stimulates the secretion of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) which means increasing muscle mass, having younger and firmer skin, and finally, aids in weight loss.
Tip: Throw them into a salad, trail mix, or into your favourite smoothie.
Coconut oil is a fully digestive oil, and even those who have their gallbladder removed or have a difficult time digesting fat will have no problem with this superfood. Polynesians have been using coconut oil in traditional food and they are one of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world. It's antiviral, antibacterial, helps with weight loss, increases metabolism function and energy, helps control diabetes and chronic fatigue, improves digestives problems, protects against liver damage from alcohol, and lastly prevents wrinkles and revitalizes the skin.
Tip: Use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil when you cook. You can put it on your morning toast, or add it to smoothies.
Surprised to see the OG source of chocolate on this list? Well, raw cacao powder has almost 20 times the antioxidant power of blueberries. It is a great source of calcium, protein, magnesium, carotene, vitamin C, and zinc (to boost your immune system), just to name a few, and the benefits are incredible. Increased blood flow to enhance brain function, happier mood, maintaining blood sugar balance, cleansing the digestive system, and it has certain compounds that trigger weight loss. I should note that this isn't a pass to buy a carriage full of chocolate, moderation is key!
Tips: Buy 70% or higher dark chocolate, and add cacao powder to smoothies, homemade hot chocolate, or sprinkle on your morning coffee. You can even eat cacao nibs as a snack or add them to a trail mix, or to a dessert. The possibilities are endless!
Hemp Seed seed is so convenient and can be used multiple ways for any recipes. You can have it as a shelled seed, butter, oil, flour, and protein powder. You can eat them solo or use them in any recipe. Hemp seed have both essential fatty acids (LA & ALA), and a balanced amount of all essential amino acids. It's also an amazing source of protein, helps fight heart disease, cancer, and even feelings of depression. It has omega 3 and 6, and vitamin E, which is important for a healthy immune system, helps with weight loss, lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure, gives you energy, and improves digestion.
Tips: Use hemp seed when making energy balls, sprinkle it on your yogurt and cereal, use it in desserts, and of course you can add it in your smoothies.
Last on our list is chia seeds, which comes from the mint family. In the past, chia seeds were a staple in Aztec and Mayan diets. It was used medicinally for joint pain and sore skin.
Its high in omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and in minerals such as zinc and magnesium. Chia seeds are rich in fibre, high in protein, and have double the amount of calcium, potassium and antioxidants than other seeds. We use chia seeds in our meals to help slowly digest carbohydrates and converting those food into sugar. Which means you are fuller longer. It also gives you a massive energy boost and helps against diabetes and heart disease.
Tips: Use chia seeds in yogurt, cereal or oatmeal in the morning with fruit. Sprinkle on desserts, toast, and salads. When mixed with wet ingredients, it becomes really think and chia seeds can then be used as an egg substitute.
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