08 Jun Top 10 Summer Superfoods
Summer is almost upon us. With summer comes the classic warm-weather problem: how does one stay looking good at the beach? This can be a tricky problem as most people are surrounded by temptation– delicious cheeseburgers on billboards, candy leering at you from the aisle at the grocery store–and of course the ever present option of just hitting up the cheesecake factory. Staying ahead of the calorie curve can be tough, but sometimes its easier to take a look at what you eat as opposed to how much. So we’re going to break down some superfoods that you should look for this summer, so as to not lose any gains you have made while preparing your beach body.
Here is your 2015 summer superfoods countdown:
- Matcha Powder: So you’ve probably hear the numerous benefits of green tea in your diet, and there are plenty. It is loaded with antioxidants, it can boost your metabolism and protect your brain as you age. Which is pretty great, right? But matcha powder takes these things to a new level. Why? its simple. Matcha powder is finely ground tea leaves, so all of the benefits of green tea are magnified by this concentrated powder. It tastes pretty good too.
- Chlorophyll: And speaking of green: chlorophyl– don’t worry, this isn’t going to become biology class. Chlorophyll is actually super good for you and can be taken as a supplement. Chlorophyll is high in magnesium, which is vital for your cardiovascular health and oxygen delivery to your cells. Chlorophyll is also loaded with vitamins, such as vitamin E and A, which have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Chlorophyll can even protect your breath because it promotes digestive tract health. So add a chlorophyll supplement to your diet to feel good, and maybe even smell good.
- Seaweed: Speaking of the beach, seaweed is *ahem* making waves as a super nutritious food. Seaweed is a type of algae that grows close to the seabed–you may be familiar with words like nori, wakami and kelp but seaweed comes in hundreds of other forms. Since it lives in
seawater, it soaks up minerals throughout its life, and you get these minerals when you consume it. Seaweed is a great source of fibre and iodine–which supports your thyroid. Click here for some ideas on how to cook it.
- Kefir: Here we are switching gears a bit. Kefir is a yorurt-esque fermented milk drink. It is created by inoculating cow’s milk, sheep’s milk or goat’s milk with kefir grains. Kefir grains are a combination of yeast and healthy bacteria. The benefits you get from kefir are numerous: b vitamins, essential amino acid and most notably–probiotics. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that help digestion, aid your immune system and supports you well-being.
- Amaranth: Quinoa is a bit of a celebrity among the grains, and has been referred to as a superfood for some time, but amaranth is beginning to make a name for itself as well. The grain is packed with protein, making it ideal for vegetarians and vegans. It is also high in zinc, magnesium and calcium–making it a very nutritious addition to your diet.
- Wild Game: So this one may strike you as a bit uncouth but the truth is wild game is very good for you. You have probably hear the benefits of grass-fed beef–lower (better) fat, more vitamins etc. etc–the thing about wild game is it’s all grass-fed. Or at least the animals eat what they are supposed to eat and are often very healthy. Wild game animals also lead active lifestyles (lol) and are very lean. Bison and Elk, in particular, are loaded with nutrients such as B vitamins, niacin, phosphorus and zinc. Just remember to cook wild game slow for good taste, and cook it thoroughly for safety.
Coffee: Hardly a new trend coffee is still fairly controversial on the nutrition front. In fact many claim that coffee is not very good for you, while others say it is. Lets set the record straight–coffee has many health benefits. Period. Lets start with the obvious: caffeine. Caffeine will not only raise your energy levels which can help you exercise effectively, but it can literally make your brain function better. When Caffeine reaches the brain it blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine. When this particular neurotransmitter is blocked your neurons fire better. Coffee also contains numerous healthy nutrients such as riboflavin and vitamin B5. There are numerous other health benefits associated with coffee including increasing you metabolic rate and staving off disease. So don’t worry about that morning cup of joe, maybe just don’t add sugar.
- Bone broth: Don’t save the bones for Henry Jones…save them for you. Bone broth and gelatin are very good for you. Bone broth supports gut health and contains glucosamine–which is good for your joints. Bone broth also has collagen which supports skin and hair health. Bone broth also contains phosphorous, magnesium and calcium for your own bone’s strength. The best part is it’s easy to make at home.
- Coconut flour: You’ve probably heard all of the benefits of coconut oil. But it turns out that coconut flour is a thing too. Crazy, right? Coconut flour is gluten free, high in protein and loaded with dietary fibre (more even than wheat bran). Coconut flour is also packed with the same beneficial medium chain triglycerides that you get from coconut oil–which have antimicrobial properties and can boost the metabolism. Try it as a substitute for flour the next time you bake, you just might like it.
- Hemp seeds: Of course no Hempmeds blog would be complete without talking about something to do with hemp. Hemp seeds are an amazing food. They are a complete protein, meaning they include all essential amino acids. Hemp seeds also contain vitamin E and plenty of B vitamins. Hemp is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, such as Gamma linolenic acid–which can help your skin. Hemp seeds are also easy on digestion. Basically, quite messing around and get hemp seeds in your life.
Food trends come and go, but if you can building healthy dietary habits can have permanent benefits. Use this list as a guide, but explore more options as well. And remember–get some hemp in your life.