Recently we hear the word superfood very often, but what do we mean by that? Most of us carry the idea that superfoods are good for weight loss but actually they have a lot more benefits than we expect. The term is described as food packed with nutrients and large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, and vitamins. Eating them reduces significantly the risk of chronic disease, increasing natural energy, and boosting metabolism. Because of these numerous health benefits I decided today to write a post about some new trends in healthy food. Check out some of my 5 superfood choices and how each one benefits your body.
Maca is an ancient Peruvian superfood which is revitalising and energizing. It is rich in vitamin B1, B2, C, iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Maca helps decrease stress levels, enhance strength, and boost your energy. In addition, it balanced the hormones which is both good for men and women. Moreover, it has numerous benefits for the skin as it clears it and decreases sensitivity. Just add a spoon of maca to you smoothie and enjoy!
Cacao is the raw unprocessed form of chocolate. It is one of the superfoods which offers a lot health benefits for your body. Cacao is rich in antioxidants, essential vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E) and minerals (magnesium, calcium), and heart healthy fat. It is mood-enchanting, has 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries and has more calcium than cow milk.
Matcha green tea outweighs some of the most powerful superfoods we know today as it is one of the most antioxidant rich foods. It has 60 times more antioxidants than spinach, 7 more than dark chocolate. Matcha originated in China in 9th century and has been a traditional part of both Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies. It detoxifies the body effectively and naturally, boosts your metabolism, and burns calories. Of course it cannot replace a healthy diet but is a good supplement to it.
The Ethiopian gluten-free superfood Teff is said to be the new “it” grain surpassing quinoa because of its high level of calcium, iron, and protein. Although you might have not heard of it, teff has became recently popular among celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham. As teff doesn’t contain gluten it is a good substitute for any wheat flour based recipe. It is good for blood sugar management and weight control.
Although they may seem little, chia seeds are packed with nutrients. In fact in Mayan chia literally means strength. Chia is rich in protein, Omega 3, vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium etc. As they provide a sustaining flow of energy, I like to put them in my breakfast cereal or smoothie to boost my day. However, even though they are very tiny they absorb 12 times their weight in water so I always put them in a cup full of water for 5 minutes before I use them.
Would you add some of these superfoods to your diet? Comment below. 🙂