The term “superfood” is blowing up all over the internet and blog-o-sphere and while some may be sick of seeing it, I love the attention it’s getting! People are finally starting to notice POWERFUL foods that nature provides us that we can incorporate into our daily diet to basically change our lives. These foods have been around for hundreds of years yet our society has gotten so far away from them most people have never heard of them. We’ve become a society of convenience stretching from our hobbies all the way to the foods we consume. We want things fast, simple and easy.
Today I’m sharing 4 Superfoods that are just that… fast, simple and easy. You can EASILY sneak these into your day without any added work.
1. Ground Flax Seed
- In conjunction with proper hydration, flax helps you gain a healthier gut and avoid internal inflammation. It helps you clean out all of your unwanted toxins in the body.
Flax seed is most easily consumed by our body when it is ground. You can purchase ground flax seed in most supermarkets today or if you have the extra time you can grind your own using a food processor. Since flax seed is a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids it’s best store in the refrigerator.
- To Incorporate Into Your Day: Sprinkle it on your cereal in the morning, mix it into a smoothie, top it on a salad or sandwich, or use it in a coating for chicken or fish for dinner.
- Lentils are loaded with healthy fiber to not only “keep things moving” but help you sustain healthy energy levels throughout the day. Lentils help you control your blood sugar so you get no “crash” after meals. Lentils are also packed with a healthy dose of iron.
You can buy canned lentils in most supermarkets but I suggest buying bulk dry lentils. They’re much cheaper and you can control the sodium content when cooking them. Keep them in a glass jar in your pantry to have on hand for busy nights. They cook similarly to brown rice. I use the 2 cups water/stock for every 1 cup lentil method (2:1). Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer for 20-30 minutes. You can do all the rest of your meal prep while the lentils are cooking.
- To Incorporate Into Your Day: Add them into soups or salads for lunches, mash them with honey for a spread on toast, make a burger patty, blend into a dip for vegetables.
3. Goji Berries
- Who knew these little berries could be a complete protein?! Yep. They are. They’re also loaded with antioxidants, fiber and 21 trace minerals including calcium and iron. Each berry offers a powerful dose of long-chain sugars known to feed your immune system and keep it strong and energized. If you have a cold have a handful of goji berries to help fight it off.
Goji Berries are mostly found in specialty retail food stores such as a local organic co-op or Whole Foods. They’re usually found dried like a raisin. You can eat them dry or soak them in water to plump them up. Dried goji berries will keep for several months in an airtight container in the pantry and away from heat.
- To Incorporate Into Your Day: Since these are naturally sweet, they’re easier than most super-foods to add into our day. Top on cereals, oatmeal or smoothies in the morning. Make your own trail mix for when your stuck in traffic and incorporate these berries. Add plump, soaked goji berries to a salad. Even incorporate them into your baking for a sweet replacement of chocolate chips.
- Ginger is more of a spice/herb than a “food” but it’s still SUPER important to nutrition and your overall health. Ginger aids in digestion and contains anti-inflammatory properties which can help eliminate and ease heartburn and gas. A little goes a LONG way to helping your system. Say goodbye to excessive heartburn medication and antacids! Ginger really does save the day.
You can find ginger root in most supermarkets. Ginger also comes in organic tea forms, ginger ale and as a powder. To get the full benefits of ginger it’s best to use the root in its most natural form, by grating it. Fresh ginger root will store in your crisper drawer for 7-14 days. Make sure it’s firm and free of mold every time you use it.
- To Incorporate Into Your Day: Add some grated ginger to a glass of warm water with lemon after meals to tame your digestion. If you start your morning with this, this will really help your digestion all day long. Add ginger into soups for a spicy kick. Top grilled vegetables with ginger. Use it with some greek yogurt for a dipping sauce. Any time you want to add heat to a recipe add ginger!