08 Jun Top 10 Summer (or Fall) Superfoods
Welp, summer is over and we’re already well into fall (and inundated with pumpkin spice everything!)
Just because the calendar has closed on the summer of 2017 doesn’t necessarily mean we have to say goodbye to our top 10 summer superfoods. With a little bit of adjustment and effort, you can keep these super health foods inside your daily diets.
As season’s go, fall is full of calorie landmines. The aforementioned pumpkin spice takeover leads to many empty calorie binges. Football season’s in full go mode, which means plenty of pub-inspired grub on the weekends. Then, of course, there’s the scariest one: Halloween. More chocolate and candy than you can shake a fun size Snickers at.
Then, batting cleanup is the great gobbler: Thanksgiving. Yep, the fourth Thursday of November is like taking all of the first three and combining them into some super, massive holiday that literally orbits around the household, inviting you to stuff yourself with carbs and gravy. Mmmmmmm… gravy.
Staying ahead of the caloric curve can be tough, but sometimes it’s 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’ve enjoyed all summer long, but you don’t have to give up just because it’s colder outside.
Hemp seeds, aka hemp hearts, are an essential superfood.
Here is your 2017 summer-into-fall superfoods countdown:
1. Matcha Powder: So you’ve probably heard 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. Matcha powder is finely ground tea leaves so all of the benefits of green tea are magnified in this concentrated powder. It tastes pretty good, too.
2. Chlorophyll: Speaking of green, what about chlorophyll? 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 antioxidant 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.
3. Seaweed: Speaking of the beach, seaweed is *ahem* making waves as a superfood. 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 ingest these minerals when you consume it. Seaweed is a great source of fiber and iodine–which supports your thyroid. Click here for some ideas on how to cook it.
4. Kefir: Here we are switching gears a bit. Kefir is a yogurt-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 your overall well-being.
5. 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. This 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.
6. Wild Game: So this one may seem like a bit of a wildcard, but the truth is wild game is very good for you. You’ve probably heard about 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.
7. 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. Let’s set the record straight–coffee has many health benefits. Period. Let’s 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 your metabolic rate and staving off disease. So don’t worry about that morning cup of joe, maybe just don’t add sugar.
8. 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? It’s easy to make at home.
9. 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 fiber (more 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.
10. Hemp seeds: Of course no HempMeds blog would be complete without talking about something to do with hemp. Hemp seeds are an amazing food. As super as superfoods get, hemp hearts (as they are often referred to) 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. What we’re saying is, quit messing around and get hemp hearts in your life!
Go ahead, extend the summer into fall and enjoy our top ten list of superfoods as much as you can. We’re not saying you can’t enjoy some of the classic fall indulgences, we’re simply saying that you can balance it out with some nutrient-rich superfoods. Have a great summer, don’t change, KIT.