Posted by cleancowgirl on August 6th, 2012 |Filed Under Uncategorized |
Super food. What is exactly is a super food? Isn’t all nutritious, healthy, non-chemically processed foods considered a superfood? Is it a food superman or the green lantern take for their supernatural powers?? Is it faster than a speeding bullet…. more powerful to a locomotive… No….. It is Nutients packed with health enhancing powers… a hmmm I mean properties.
I am going to list a super food over the next 7days… I know you thought I was just going to give you a list and you could run to walmart and grab a cart full of these so called super powers. No I want you to learn about why you should be eating it. I know not everyone will like each superfood, which makes it so great. Nature has given us so much variety to choose from it’s bounty, you are bound to find several that will appease to your palate.
HERE COME THE SUPERFOODS! Okay you just want the facts…
These foods benefit your body in so many ways. They power your brain, and correctly and efficiently fuel your body. Super foods fight infection, enhance your immune system, and protect against diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, and respiratory infections.
While this list of super foods may be longer than most, it shows that great things do come in small packages. These foods are not only healthy, but they’re also affordable, familiar, and readily available at regular grocery stores and farmers markets. With so many choices, you’ll discover just how easy it is to eat super healthy every day…even when on a tight budget.
This is an all-inclusive list, but some foods might not be right for your tastes, preferences or health goals. Remember that no single food can provide everything you need to be healthy. That’s why it’s important to choose a variety of super foods from each category to meet your daily nutrition needs.
There are probally over a hundred superfoods I could list for you but I am going to give you the top 7 that are readily available to you and that you don’t have to take out a bank loan for or go 100 miles to a “Whole foods type store”
SPINACH! This is the top superfood and one of my favorites. Popeye was right: Spinach should be part of your diet. It’s low in calories and high in nutrients. Research has shown that spinach aids in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, some cancers and cardiovascular disease.
Spinach strawberry Summer Salad
1/3 c almonds, slivered
4 c baby spinach
- 1 T balsamic vinegar
1 t Dijon mustard
1 t honey
3 T extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
- Place the almonds in a dry skillet or saute pan. Cook over low heat, shaking the pan the entire time until the almonds are toasting. Almonds are done when you start to smell a “nutty” scent.
Remove almonds from the pan to cool. (Do not cool in the skillet because they will burn from the heat that remains in the pan.) Wash and dry the spinach.
Prepare the dressing by placing the vinegar, mustard, and honey in a mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil until all is incorporated. Place spinach in a large bowl. Add strawberries, almonds, and dressing. Toss to coat. If desired, season with a pinch of salt and pepper.