Superfoods = Food that gives you superpowers! That is what it sounds like.
Some people would say it’s a hoax, but why don’t we dig into it and figure out what that so called “superfood” really is.
The term “superfood” is fairly recent and it refers to foods that offer very high nutritional density for minimal calories and healthy properties. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and flavonoids. Studies have shown that foods with a high density of antioxidants and flavonoids help prevent coronary disease and cancer.
Scientists criticize the overuse of this term as a marketing tool, which is true in my opinion. Too many items are
categorized as “superfoods” without requiring many rules or regulations regarding the use of this term. Instead of
listening and trusting brands that only want to sell us their product, why don’t we educate ourselves and learn which
foods actually have very high nutritional density and healing powers.
Berries (Blueberry, cranberry, strawberries, acai berries)
These are proven to have high levels of flavonoids that lower the risk of a heart attack. They are rich in vitamins, soluble
fiber and phytochemicals.
Kale and other dark leafy greens (Swiss chard, collard, mustard, spinach, cabbage, broccoli)
These veggies are loaded with vitamins, fiber, calcium and other minerals.
Sweet Potatoes are ranked as one of the top healthiest vegetables. They are known for their dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars and complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Not to mention they are packed with antioxidants! Thinking about them is making me hungry!
Beans and whole grains are a great source of low fat protein, iron, soluble fiber (which provides a longer feeling
of fullness) and loads of vitamins.
Nuts and seeds contain high levels of minerals, healthy fats, irons and proteins. The only downside to this superfood is
that they are high in calories.
Salmon, sardines, mackerel and certain other fatty fish are rich in omega 3 fatty acids (helps to reduce the risk of heart
disease and stroke)
Avocados are very nutritious and a great source of monounsaturated fat, which can reduce risk of heart disease.
They are also great for your skin and hair either if eaten or used topically.
Noni fruit, dragon fruit, pomegranate and rambutan are also famous for being dense with nutrients.
Pomegranate have antioxidant properties that prevent cells from damage or disease. For example, pomegranates contain
ellagitannins. Have you ever been told to drink pure pomegranate juice to help fight off a urinary infection? Did
Superfoods you ever wonder why pomegranate juice helps? Well, the antioxidants help push out the bacteria so it cannot latch
onto the walls of the bladder.
There are other superfoods you may find in a seed or powder form. Something great for adding into smoothies, drinks, or toppers on salads and foods.
These superfoods contain plenty of protein, healthful fatty acids and fiber. Hemp seeds are also a healthful source of vitamin E and minterals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
One of the most popular superfoods, is a blue-green algae high in vitamin, copper, iron, magnesium, phycocyanin.
These nutrients are responsible for producing protein and creating energy. Phycocyanin have antioxidant, pain-relief
and anti-inflammatory properties. This wonderful superfood can help provide you with you nutrients on a daily basis. It is usually ingested in powder or tablet form. This is a great source of nutrients for vegans or vegetarians. I have used this super food while traveling to remote places where I might not be able to find the amount of protein or nutrients my body needs to survive without eating meat or dairy, and it has worked wonders!
These little seeds are great as salad toppers, in smoothies, puddings, and you can even put them in your water! They are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and fiber. It is said they can assist you in losing weight, as they tend to keep the stomach feeling “fuller” for longer.
This can be found in the form of powder, or whole (usually in nibs you can sprinkle on food). The flavonoids in this superfood may help to increase insulin sensitivity, helping reduce the risk of diabetes. Amongst many more things, Cacao also helps reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure.
Many more foods can be categorized as a superfood. For example, garlic, wheatgrass, beets, turmeric, barley, grapes and more. Some people may think these are only needed by non-meat eaters like vegans, vegetarians and pescatarians, but it is not! Everyone should be enjoying the benefits of foods packed with nutrients and healthy properties.
We are actually in the middle of a pandemic… a time when you can catch a nasty and deadly virus, so why not put all the odds on your side and keep your immune system boosted by providing your body all the best and only the best? That is what a superfood does!
Check out the ingredients of Belle Surf Cafe’s menu, we serve many different types of superfoods to keep you healthy and energized for the day!