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There has been a lot of talk recently about Superfoods and their benefit to our health. Not that I am a fan of fad diets or food bandwagons, but this one really caught my attention!
They not only work with your body, but they can help improve your cardiovascular system as well!
I’ll share some secrets on how to add these superfoods into your meals without anybody noticing their presence!
Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids you can get from a plant source. Loaded with protein, minerals, and antioxidants, they help you eliminate free radicals from your body and promote a healthy blood flow in the body due to their antioxidants. Chia seeds are also loaded with soluble and insoluble fiber to help keep your digestion moving the right way.
Since Chia Seeds are pretty tasteless when eating alone, (which I personally don’t recommend) you can use them in a meal you prepare. Throw them into your smoothie, or even add them to your muffin mix! You can even use them as an egg replacer by soaking one part of chia seeds into two part of water for fifteen to twenty minutes. The chia seeds will increase in size, which will create a gluey mixture that resembles that of an egg. The best part? You don’t even need to tell your kids that you didn’t use eggs in their favorite muffin mix; just enjoy seeing them eating healthy. Try adding them to our favorite healthy banana muffin recipe.
**I recommend one of my favorite Gluten-Free banana muffin recipe, find it HERE.
Turmeric: This bright yellow spice is what gives curry its original taste. Normally eaten in it powder form by adding it to various meals, its antioxidant, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory features is what catches my attention. With all of its components, it can help protect the body from various cancer cells development while improving circulation and preventing unhealthy blood clotting. Turmeric also promotes a healthy weight loss by minimizing bloating.
You can add it to your favorite salad dressing or even throw in a spoon or two of it when you go to soak some chicken in your favorite oil and spices. When you add turmeric to your meals you’ll notice that it doesn’t taste that strong, which is great because this means your children won’t notice the add-in!
I most often just take turmeric supplements (in pill form) as directed on the bottle.
Coconut Oil: What I like most about this oil is its versatility; you can eat it by the spoonful, add it to your salad dressing, or even fry your chicken in it! Coconut oil is filled with antioxidants, which helps your body run smoothly by keeping viruses and bacteria away. It can also boost the thyroid function and control the blood sugar while reducing bad cholesterol! If you’re struggling with thyroid, insulin, weight loss, or other hormonal imbalances, my new Happy Hormone Guide can help! I created this guide specifically at the request of my community for an effective, easy, and fun complete program to follow. Find it here.
When adding this to your current diet, you can cook it with your vegetable stir or use it to sauté your garlic or onions before adding it the chicken or chicken soup. You can even replace butter with coconut oil in your dessert recipes.
I love using coconut oil in my family’s sweet potato brownie recipe. Find it HERE.
Matcha: Matcha literally means, ‘powdered tea’ and it’s a special form of green tea that is usually grown in Japan. Unlike traditional green tea where the leaves are infused into hot water via tea bags and then later discarded, with matcha you are actually consuming the entire chlorophyll-rich leaves that have been handpicked, steamed, dried and ground into a fine green powder. Matcha contains EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) a very potent antioxidant, which increases fat oxidation by 33 percent.
33% more fat burn just from drinking tea? Hellllsssss yeah! EGCG inhibits fat cell development, increases fat excretion, and revs ups your metabolism. That sounds great right?
Matcha tea provides an energy boost without the coffee crash headache thanks to the relaxing properties of L-theanine. This helps to counterbalance the “jittery” effects of caffeine. My favorite matcha powder that is a trustworthy quality brand is by Jade Leaf Organics. Find it HERE.
Cordyceps Mushrooms: Cordyceps Mushroom come from an Asian mushroom known as Cordyceps sinesis (C. sinesis), which sprouts from the body of dead caterpillar in the wild.
Oh man. The shizznet we’re willing to take to get an edge. Gross I know, but oh so effective.
Cordyceps is categorized as a medicinal mushroom with thousands of years of use in Chinese medicine. Also referred to as Adaptogens, which are a group of non-toxic, non-habit-forming substances that help your body to adapt to your environment. For example, if you’re experiencing a lot of stress, adaptogens help your body adapt to that stress and handle it better.
This is why it works so great as a pre-workout supplement. When you work out, it puts stress on your body and this herb helps your body to better cope and handle that stress. This mushroom has become a popular health tonic, widely known for its non-steroidal athletic performance enhancing abilities. Not only do cordyceps mushrooms support better and stronger workouts, but it also supports your adrenal glands and helps to produce and maintain constant energy levels. Many people like to take cordyceps about 30 minutes before a workout to enhance endurance and performance, pretty much to seem like a badass at the gym. Four Sigmatic makes an awesome Cordyceps and you can find it HERE.