READ - Super Food Series - Part Two
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Are you falling in love with superfoods as much as we have?
We hope you have gained some insight into why superfoods are called super and that you have begun to introduce them more into your day to day eating.
Let's continue to dive into our favourite, functional foods...Continuing our journey through the superfood alphabet!
FLAXSEED/LINSEED are the same thing! These little seeds are full of oily fibre which is a prebiotic, and they assist the bowels to move well. They also provide a beautiful balance of omega 3 and protein, as well as many micronutrients, and are one of the oldest seeds in the world.
G I N G E R is warming, encouraging the blood to move around the body It is also anti-inflammatory and can assist with pain, cramps, cold hands and feet, and arthritis. A little ginger each day can assist in healing a leaky gut as well.
GOJI BERRY is the ultimate berry! They are unlike any other berry as they are full of protein, including 18 essential amino acids. Plus more beta carotene than our carrot friends, high vitamin C, B2, A, iron and selenium. Gojis are also full of antioxidants which are great for the skin and in preventing cancer.
GOLDEN BERRIES are full of vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre and calcium. They have a high protein count and are a good source of bioavonoids (vitamin P). Gobble these straight up, or add to trail mix, fruit cakes, muffins and more.
H E M P is full of chlorophyll, all 8 essential amino acids, essential fatty acids- omega 3 and gamma-linolenic acid. High in iron, magnesium and zinc, it is a great source of plant protein. It is easy to digest and is alkaline to help balance hormones, as well as provides full amino acid pro le, is high in minerals, and easy to absorb. Note: hemp seeds DO NOT contain THC.
H I M A L A Y A N S A L T is an amazing substitute for avoiding refined salt. This is most important due to the additions of nasty chemicals and bleaching that can be found in your average table salt. Pink salt helps to balance electrolytes in the body so that you hydrate better while providing a huge array of micronutrients. It also has healing properties and is known for its effect on allergies, sinus and asthma. It aids in nutrient absorption and helps to reduce fluid retention, and maintains an acid-alkaline balance in the body. Plus it contains over 84 minerals!
K A L E will assist with liver detox and fat metabolism, like most leafy greens. It also has the added bene t of being jammed with so many nutrients that it has been dubbed a superfood in its own right. It is full of vitamins and minerals including the ever elusive and always needed magnesium.
L U C U M A contains carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It is loaded with antioxidants such as beta carotene and complex carbs, fibre, B3, zinc, magnesium and iron. With a creamy citrus flavour, not only does it smell delicious, it can also be used as a low GI subtle sweetener and as a natural flavouring.