What are Superfoods?
Superfoods, is a term used when referring to nutrient-dense whole food fruits or vegetables that contain a high amount of antioxidants, minerals, proteins, fibre, omega-3 or other essential nutrients that have amazing health benefits.
Yup, it’s that simple!
They are not processed, they are not powders, but Superfoods are real foods that have super high nutritional value!
Superfoods are full of micronutrients and are also low in sugar, calories and salt.
Superfoods are super easy peasy to incorporate into your daily meals to give you an added boost of nutrients and will leave you feeling more energized and improve your overall health and wellbeing.
You’ll see from my own recipe here at AlmostRawVegan.com that I often include many of these ingredients to my smoothies, salads, and most meals ~ so by default many of the AlmostRawVegan.com recipes are superfood recipes 🙂 That said, you can easy add any of these superfood ingredients to existing recipes for that added nutritional boost!
The benefits of raw cacao powder are incredible. Not only can it improve your memory, but also reduce the risk of heart disease, promote weight loss, boost immunity and increase energy level.
The cacao bean is full of Calcium, Magnesium, Sulfur, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin E, B2, A, C and Fibre.
Chia seeds are tiny little seeds but are a real nutritional powerhouse. They are a great source of Omega-3 Fats, Fibre, calcium, Manganese and Phosphorus. They can prevent blood sugar spikes, improve heart health and help to regulate appetite.
You can sprinkle them on any food like smoothies, soups, salads or create a delicious Chia breakfast pudding like the recipes in my 21-Day Raw Food Recharge. The good thing is you can add chia seeds to anything and everything – sprinkled on salads, added to your granola or mixed into your soup. It’s also great as a thickener as the chia seeds when mixed with liquid get very gelatinous. The options are endless.
Blueberries are not only delicious but also packed with disease-fighting phytochemical, soluble fibre, vitamins and antioxidants. They are a great source for Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Copper. Blueberries help to lower inflammation in the body and reduce “bad” cholesterol.
List of Superfoods
Always make sure to buy good quality, organic if possible to increase the nutritional value of Superfoods and to avoid toxins and pesticides.
Dark Leafy Greens