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5 Superfoods for a Health Fall!
Fall is a time where we are all more vulnerable to catching colds, flu and other diseases. Here are 5 Superfoods that will help fight off and prevent illness.
Super foods are a special category of foods that are calorie-sparse and nutrient-dense. They are also high in fiber, protein, enzymes, essential fats, vitamins and minerals. Superfoods will keep you feeling great. These amazing nutrient rich foods will be a perfect addition to any healthy fall needs. They can all be easily incorporated to any type of smoothie, soup, desert etc.
Raw cacao (Theobroma Cacao) has more antioxidant flavonoids than any other food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green tea. The antioxidant content benefits the cardiovascular system and general whole body health. The phytochemical analysis of cacao beans reveals that raw chocolate is perhaps the most chemical complex food on Earth. Phytochemicals usually degrade in the cooking process, so the raw forms of them should be abundant in every diet for longevity.
The essential fatty acids found in raw cacao may help body to raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. It is also a great source of magnesium, which is beneficial for heart health, good digestion, brain alertness, strong bones, and mental health. Most people following the standard American diet are lacking magnesium.
Raw cacao also contains many important Vitamins and Minerals, including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, protein, fiber and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C and E. It also contains chromium, phosphorus, Omega-6 fatty acids, saturated fat, amino acids, soluble fiber and enzymes. It has heart healthy fat: oleic and monounsaturated fat. Some of the benefits of cacao range from reducing cataracts to improving heart function to alleviate stress. Theobromine found in cacao is naturally a mild, non-addictive, stimulant that some believe can treat depression. It may cause the brain to produce more of a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which would account for the euphoric sensation some feel when indulging in chocolate.
Pumpkins are both beautiful and delicious. They are an excellent source of Vitamins and Minerals. They are loaded with Vitamin A, E, B2, and C. Pumpkins are high in fiber and a great source of Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Folate, Thiamin,and Niacin. Pumpkins promote healthy eyes, reduce risk cardiovascular disease and cancer. They have anti-ging properties and aid in weight loss. Pumpkin seedsare a great source of protein and zinc, nutrients needed to maintain a strong, healthy immune system.
A teaspoon of honey a day can prevent many infections as well as keeping your energy high. Honey contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. Many people use honey for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, and first aid treatment for burns and cuts. Holistic practitioners consider it one of nature’s best all-around remedies, aiding with sore throats, congestion, digestive issues, skin problems and more. Honey is also great for natural sweetener in any desert or tea etc. To make sure you’re always getting the full benefits of honey make sure it’s always good quality, raw and organic.
Hemp seeds are a high, whole food protein source containing all nine essential amino acids. They also include essential fats, Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, B-Vitamins (1, 2, and 6), Vitamin D, Vitamin E, calcium, copper, potassium, chlorophyll, enzymes and more.
Hemp seeds can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, and lactose. Hemp seeds are naturally gluten-free, making them a great alternative to wheat products. Making these seeds very popular amongst people with celiac disease or gluten sensativities.
Benefits of eating hemp seeds:
- Increases weight loss
- Lowers cholesterol
- Increases and sustains energy
- Reduces inflammation in the body
- Lowers blood pressure
- Great source of plant based protein
- High in vitamins and minerals
- Rich in chlorophyll and enzymes
Hemp seeds taste incredible! They have a creamy texture and a rich, earthy flavor. Hemp seeds can be blended into shakes, nut milks, nut butters, smoothies, and ice cream for a creamy taste and consistency. They can be sprinkled on top of food such as yogurt, salads, granola, etc. Hemp seeds can also be used in baking, sauces and spreads!
Dates are a much loved and ancient fruit, because they are very sweet and a great vegan source of potassium, fiber, calcium, copper and iron. They are great for digestion, and to help with constipation just soak 2-3 dates overnight in water, and consume first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
Benefits of Raw Organic Dates:
- Delicious Natural Sweetener
- Promote good digestion
- Great source of potassium
- High in calcium, copper and iron
- Certified Raw, USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan and Pesticide-free
- Satisfying alternative to processed sweets
Try adding dates to sweeten any recipe such as raw energy bars, desserts, and sauces. They can be cut up and added to cereals, granola, trail mix, and yogurt, for additional sweetness and texture. Dates can even be stuffed with raw nuts, and pair wonderfully with almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts and hazelnuts. Children and adults can enjoy eating dates right out of the bag for a delicious and satisfying alternative to processed, or unhealthy sweets.