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Getting Healthier This Year With Superfoods

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It’s the first week of the new year, how many of you guys have kept your resolutions? It can be a challenge, I know. But if one of your new years resolutions had anything to do with getting healthier, here are a few tips that may help. Most of you have heard of superfoods. Those foods that are packed with nutrients, antioxidants and awesome health advantages. These superfoods are beneficial for all us, especially for those of us who made a resolution to be healthier this new year.

I can probably guess what you’re thinking right now – yuck! Am I right? These superfoods may seem weird, and some are, but they’re actually quite tasty. (says pizza is my favorite food girl!)

Here’s a list  of recommended superfoods provided by nutritionists:

Quinoa. What’s quinoa? It’s a tiny seed that is packed with proteins and nine essential amino acids. It’s also gluten-free. Okay, we know what quinoa is, now how do we cook it and eat it? Think of quinoa as a grain like rice or barley, and replace it in recipes. It’s easy to boil and use with a veggie stir fry, tossed on a salad or a side dish to fish, lean beef or chicken.

Kale. This is one of my favorites, because it’s a leafy green. Just like spinach, collard greens, mustard greens and so on. You’ve probably seen bundles of kale in the grocery store. Just cook kale like you would every other green. Delicious!

Chia Seeds. Another tiny seed that yes, is used on the popular Chia-Pets! Hey, don’t knock ‘em before you try ‘em. Packed with heart healthy omega-3 fats, a huge dose of fiber content (5 grams per tablespoon), a nutrient which many of us are lacking in our diets.Blend these in your smoothies for breakfast or a healthy snack.

Cacao. Yep, delicious dark chocolate. It’s heart healthy and sweet. Not as sweet as milk chocolate but sweet. Cacao has cardiovascular benefits  from polyphenols and flavonoids, antioxidants that help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and keep blood sugar levels stable. Cacao also gives you magnesium and iron. And like that’s not enough, cacao signals the release of neurotransmitters that boost mood.

Goji Berries. These berries are considered ancient super food from China. It’s said the Chinese doctors have used the berries for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The berries are used for everything from diabetes to high blood pressure. Filled with powerful antioxidants, the berries are also great for your skin. Goji is packed with an antioxidant that helps protect skin from sun damage, they also contain beta carotene to reduce inflammation and promote new skin cell growth. Mix these powerful berries in your oatmeal, yougurt or bake them in cookies.

I wish you all the best with your resolution to get healthier this year. When it gets hard, and it will, just remember why your doing it! Best wishes!

 

 

 

 

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