Health and wellness is on the uprise, specifically superfoods that are now integrated in our smoothies, baked goods, comfort foods, and even our water. However, which of them are actually doing good to your body?
Here are 5 superfoods that are essential to healthy living while eating a holistic diet.
Maca is a root, similar to turmeric or ginger, and it is grown and imported from Peru. Some health benefits of maca are boost energy, improve fertility, sexual health, hormone levels, and athletic performance. This superfood has a natural earthy smell and taste and is often found delightful to consume in a pot of mixed herbal teas or masked in smoothies. Incorporating just 1/2 a teaspoon of maca powder into a smoothie, oatmeal or tea can provide the full benefits of this wonderful root.
1 glass of hot water
1 echinacea tea bag
1/2 tsp maca powder
1 pat of cinnamon
1 pinch of cayenne
1/2 – 1tsp turmeric powder
2. Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds can easily be made at home simply by carving out the insides of a pumpkin. Benefits include sufficient protein, magnesium, omega 3, and zinc. They are extremely easy to incorporate into diet as they can be put in and on top of just about anything. Pumpkin seeds are common in both savory and sweet foods such as salads, pizzas, granolas, breads and more. There are hundreds of recipes out there that are perfect for sprinkling an extra crunch on all while receiving the many benefits of this superfood
Turmeric is a well known spice originating from India as it was used as spice in foods as well as medical functions. This superfood is highly anti-inflammatory and could alleviate pain from related injuries or health issues. This spice is easy to incorporate in tofu scrambles, soups, and teas. Enjoy the power of this superfood in powder form or whole form with foods that will allow your body to fully absorb the nutrients, such as black pepper, for maximum benefits.
This ancient and sacred bean originates from Africa and is now widely grown in tropical areas around the world. This may also be confused with cocoa. Effective benefits of this food consist of lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow, mood booster (anandamide), and increased metabolism. A crucial difference is cocoa is a processed version of cacao and usually has 90% or more of its organic nutrients drained from the process. Cacao comes in the form of powder or nibs and can be found at any health food store. Indulge guilt free by adding cacao to baked goods, beverages, or even topped on a smoothie bowl.
Garlic is a monster superfood that helps the body prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, and even helps cure sicknesses. This antifungal food is put in just about any dish and can boost the immune system, kill common colds, and even cure yeast infections. Garlic can be consumed raw, cooked or in extract form. This food is especially accessible and inexpensive to people all over the world.
There you have it, just 5 immensely beneficial superfoods out of hundreds that are easy, affordable, and beneficial to help you achieve optimal health through nutrition.