For many years it has been believed that eating the right kinds of foods is better at healing and preventing ailments as compared to prescription drugs. Although there are diseases that need prescription drugs to be cured, in general many nutritionists and scientists believe that the nutrients and minerals found in natural food are the best to prevent diseases and maintain overall health.

Imagine a food that is potent enough to help lower cholesterol, minimize the risk of developing heart disease or cancer. Imagine a food that can help a person lower the chances of developing depression and actually put a person in a good mood. No artificial sugar rush, no side effects and they are readily available at your local supermarket or your nearby farmers market. According to Elizabeth Somer, author of “Food & Mood, Nutrition For A Healthy Pregnancy”, the effect diet can have on how we feel today and in the future is astounding. She also added that even healthy people can make a few tweaks and the effects will be phenomenal. She added that 50-70% of people suffering from chronic diseases can  minimize these by what they eat and how active they are.

Food as medicine. Image courtesy of greatlakesvoice.com

Food as medicine. Image courtesy of greatlakesvoice.com

A healthy diet that incorporates different types of Superfoods can help anyone to maintain their weight, minimize diseases, detoxify their body and add years to their life.

Superfood Advantages

The term “Superfood” has been around since the 80s and is mostly used as a marketing term. Some scientist believe that the term Superfood is  just a marketing ploy that offers no scientific evidence of advantages. Some experts, nutritionists and scientists countered that the term superfood is not misleading since foods that fit under the phrase are in fact beneficial.

Superfoods are:

  • A rich source of antioxidants
  • A good source of vitamins and minerals
  • Natural concentrated food
  • An aid in digestion
  • A cancer fighter
  • A heart disease minimizer
  • A metabolism regulator
  • A body inflammation reducer 
Examples of superfoods that you can buy at your local grocery stores. Image courtesy of bitesizewellness.com

Examples of superfoods that you can buy at your local grocery stores. Image courtesy of bitesizewellness.com

5 Easy Superfood Recipes That You WillEnjoy

You don’t need to be a hipster to enjoy a nutritious serving of healthy food. You just have to be aware of its health benefits to enjoy naturally great tasting food. Let’s begin.

1. Blueberry Salsa          

1 cup fresh coarsely chopped blueberries

1 seeded and minced jalapeno

½ seeded and diced red bell pepper

2 tbsp of minced cilantro

2 finely chopped green onions

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

A pinch of sugar

A dash of your preferred hot sauce

Combine and mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate the salsa mix for 30 minutes before serving. This salsa can last up to 3 days.

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Image courtesy of www.thecooksnextdoor.com

2. Tropical Smoothie

1 cup raw coconut milk

1 frozen banana (organic)

¼ cup of frozen and cubed papaya

¼ cup of frozen and cubed mango

A teaspoon of Maca powder

1 teaspoon of goji berry powder

1 teaspoon of bee pollen

A slice of any fruit you prefer to garnish

Mix everything in a high speed blender. If you want to achieve a more liquid consistency, add more coconut milk.

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Image courtesy of wonkywonderful.com

 3.  Raw Chocolate Chia Bars

1 cup of slivered and raw almonds or raw shelled pistachios

1 ½ cups of pitted dates

1/3 cup of raw, unsweetened cocoa powder

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/3 cup of whole Chia seeds

Oat flour for dusting (optional)

Puree the dates using a food processor until it thickens. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla, Chia seeds and the almond extract. Add the almonds and then pulse until the nuts are finely chopped and distributed evenly in the mixture.

Lay a large sheet of wax paper on a table and dust with the oat wax. Transfer the mixture into the wax paper. Use a wax paper to press the mixture into ½ inch thick rectangles. Wrap it tightly and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, unwrap the block and slice it into 8 bars and enjoy.

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Image courtesy of www.eatchicchicago.com

4. Quinoa Salad With Pomegranate Seeds

1 cup quinoa

1 ½ cups of water

1 lemon juice

¼ cup of olive oil

1 cup chopped kale

½ teaspoon of salt1 cup of pomegranate seeds

1 Haas chopped avocado

½ minced onion

¼ cup of additional olive oil

Cook the quinoa in water or a rice cooker. If you’re cooking the quinoa over the stove, place the quinoa and water in a 2 quart pot then bring to a boil. After 15 minutes, lower heat and let it simmer. Transfer the cooked quinoa in a large bowl and let it cool.

In a separate bowl, mix the kale, lemon juice,  olive oil and salt and then toss until the kale is well coated.

Mix the kale mixture, quinoa, pomegranate seeds, onion, avocado and the additional olive oil and toss well. Serve immediately and enjoy.

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Image courtesy of www.elizabethrider.com

5. Shirred Eggs With Smoked Salmon

4 large eggs

4oz of smoked salmon

2oz of Brie

½ cup of heavy cream

1 sliced shallot

Salt and pepper

6oz of red or green swiss chard

A tbsp sliced chives

2 tbspn of olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350 deg F. Wash the Swiss chard thoroughly. Shake the excess water and then stack the leaves before slicing. Sweat the shallots using the olive oil until transparent and then season with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and then add the sliced chard.

Use 2 ramekins or any baking pot that you have in layering the sliced smoked salmon and the chard. Crack the eggs in each dish, split the Brie, chives and heavy cream between the two dishes. Slightly season with salt and pepper. Wrap the 2 dishes with aluminum foil and then place them on a baking tray for 15 minutes.

Remove the foil on each dish and then bake for an additional 5 minutes or until the egg whites are already set. This goes well with a whole wheat baguette.

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Image courtesy of www.kneadforfood.com

Start now, make it a habit and be healthy for many years to come.

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