The newest superfoods craze has pointed attention to exotic compounds from Peru- Peruvian Maca Maca fruite, China-Chinese Hemp Seeds and Tibet- Tibetan Gogi Berries.
It would be fun to pack our bags and go on a global quest for exotic superfoods, but the simply fact is you don’t have.
It’s just as easy and less expensive to find a variety of superfoods in your favorite local grocery store because superfoods, simply put, is food that is higher in nutrients per calories than most common food.
Superfoods are easy to grow, cook, juice, blend or eat raw. It’s just a matter of changing shopping habits.
EGGS are easy to blend, cook and scramble with other foods, and are high in fat-soluble vitamins, choline, folate, selenium, lecithin, iodine, and omega-3 fatty acids. Don’t throw out the yolk, great for blending when juicing or adding into homemade dressing.
Best to buy eggs from a grass-fed, pastured, organic source
SEAWEEDS such as nori, kelp, dulse, algae, spirulina, chlorella and other ocean flora are incredibly high iodine, magnesium, manganese, iron, and trace minerals. This is often found in the Asian food section of local grocery stores.
Seaweed products are wonderful to sprinkle on food or add dried kombu to soups and stews, salads Nori wraps come in different flavors and is a delicious alternative to bread or grain-based wraps.
ORGAN MEAT organ meats and oils blow nearly any other food out of the water. What is an organ meat?
Thyroid, heart, liver, bone and bone marrow and just about anything other than the skeletal “meat” of an animal.
Liver is THE SUPERFOOD, a major source of fat soluble vitamins, with nearly every other nutrient on the face of the planet. Best to purchase liver from a clean, reputable source – such as a local, organic, grass-fed beef .
BONE BROTH is most commonly known by using a whole chicken, although you can also use beef, pork or other bones. Bone broth is easy to make and a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. When consumed along with the marrow that seeps into the broth, it can also heal your digestive system, fix joint pain, and enhance sleep.
OYSTERS AND MUSSELS are extremely nutrient dense. Just a few medium-sized oysters can supply over 1000% of your daily vitamin B12 needs, along with enormous doses of vitamin A, Vitamin E, copper, selenium, zinc and essential fatty acids.
Mussels are a close second to oysters, and are rich in the entire B-vitamin complex, along with selenium, zinc, protein, magnesium, and manganese. A serving of superfood shellfish once or twice a week can make improvements in overall nutrient intake.
NATTO is a fermented soybean and often takes a bit of getting used to because of the slimy texture. Mixing it into virgin olive oil or mustard and seasoned with natural salts can help change the texture.
Natto is truly a super food containing extremely high levels of one important bone and blood-building vitamin that most people tend to be very deficient in: vitamin K2.
DARK FRUITS, VEGGIES AND STARCH
Superfoods are chocked full of colorful compounds. Lack of color equals lack of life!
The polyphenols and bioactive health compounds found in plants are no higher than in fruits.
blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, purple grapes, pomegranates and currants, vegetables such as purple cabbage, kale, organic tomatoes and dark orange carrots, and starches such as sweet potatoes, yams and taro.
Fermentation of a food increases nutrient bioavailability and digestibility. Many foods would be irritating to the digestive tract if not fermented (such as wheat, dairy or soy)
natto, kimchi, kefir, yogurts, and torshi, sauerkraut, rakfisk, poi and kanga pirau. In kombucha , dark chocolate (preferably organic 80%+).
Including a variety of superfoods in your diet is not that hard to do and will help to balance gut bacteria and strenghten the immune system, your body will thank you.