The early 2010’s gave us a lot of good health trends, including the “kale craze”. You’ve most likely heard of this first famous superfood through friends, social media, or your yoga instructor. Yes, this leafy green vegetable has stolen the hearts of health-nuts all across the globe with its plethora of whole-body health promises. And it doesn’t stop with the little winter vegetable that could: it turns out, there are many different foods that could be called “super”. Let’s go over a few common (and uncommon) nutrient-dense foods and what to do with them—because, to be honest, raw kale is… earthy, at best. Read on to learn more about savory and sweet superfood cooking.
Understanding What Makes a Food “Super”
Generally, a superfood is a food which, unprocessed, contains a high amount of one or more vital nutrients such as vitamins, antioxidants, probiotics, fiber—the list goes on. It isn’t a science-based term, instead, more of a cultural trend. Unlike the resurgence of Crocs, the superfood craze is one we can definitely get behind.It can be difficult to get all the nutrients our bodies need in the fast-paced, always-connected world we live in today (we have a solution for that, by the way). So, any time a trend comes around that promotes health and wellness, it’s a win.
Superfoods You Should Know—And Love
What exactly makes a food “super” is up for debate but, one thing’s for sure, the foods jam-packed with goodness should be incorporated into your diet ASAP. Many of the foods you may already eat every day fit the bill—blueberries, broccoli, avocado, walnuts, salmon, even cacao powder. Here’s a surprising one for you: coffee is its own kind of superfood. Loaded with antioxidants called quinines, you can feel good about reaching for that morning cup of joe—sans the refined sugar and artificial creamers, of course.
Other foods high in multiple nutrients include pumpkin, acai berries, seaweed, chia seeds, kefir (or it’s tamer cousin, Greek yogurt), pomegranate, green tea—the list goes on and on. Some foods are more super than others but, when it comes to superfoods, there isn’t a wrong choice.
Side Note: Fresher is Better
Now we know what makes a superfood, you’re probably already thinking of what new and exciting options you can add to your grocery list. Unfortunately, so much of the food available today is processed, preserved, and packaged to store, nearly indefinitely, on a shelf. There’s a time and place for prepackaged produce, and there are many healthy canned options. But, be wary, as many have had nutrients stripped and come packed with extra sodium, sugar, or preservatives. Buy and cook with whole, unprocessed foods whenever possible, or check the label to know what’s really in that bottle of “pomegranate” juice.
Classics with a Twist
Alright, now on to the good stuff! Kick the familiar up a notch with five recipes designed to provide a flavorful twist on familiar superfoods:
- “Everything Sprouted” Smoked Salmon
- Roasted Yam and Kale Salad
- Spinach-Walnut Pesto Noodles
- The Best Pumpkin Spice Latte—A USANA original, jam-packed with goodness like ginger and Nutrimeal™
- Sweet n’ Salty Sweet Potato Dessert Fries
Try Something New
Feeling adventurous? Try one of these five different-but-delicious recipes, designed to incorporate one or more exotic superfoods:
- Edamame-Sesame Salad
- Nori Avocado Quick-Wrap
- Baked Broccoli Spirulina Tots
- Spicy Goji Berry Soup
- Hydrating Dragonfruit Smoothie
A USANA-Inspired Super-Recipe
Trust Your Gut
There are so many different and exciting recipes incorporating superfoods, it can be somewhat overwhelming to know where to begin. You most likely already have steady nutrition habits, and are motivated to add superfoods to your diet. As you introduce new foods to your digestive system, make sure your belly’s microbiome is equipped to handle it. Adding foods high in fiber or nutrients your body isn’t used to could cause your stomach to do flips as it figures out this healthy, new nutrition. One way to help digestion is to maintain your probiotic health, either through natural sources, such as Greek yogurt, or with a little help from a supplement like the USANA® Probiotic.*
Go Forth and Cook
Do you have any recipes using your favorite superfoods? Or maybe a favorite superfood you simply enjoy by itself? Please, share them in the comments below! We would love to hear from you.
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