How To Live Green ?
5 Superfoods You Need to Know About and How to Use Them
The “superfood” trend is taking the world – and now Egypt – by storm. More and more people are becoming health conscious and are going out of their way to eat healthier.
What better way to do that than with superfoods?
A superfood is any type of food that is very rich in nutrients and helps improve a person’s health. Superfoods are usually, but not always, plant-based. Though quinoa is the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind when it comes to superfood, it is not the only one.
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Quinoa is the most common choice for any beginner. Quinoa is an edible seed that is gluten-free, making it perfect for all those who have gluten intolerance. It is one of the very few foods that contain all nine amino acids. Because it’s so rich in fibers, it helps reduce the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. Not only that , it contains a lot of minerals like iron, which helps increase hemoglobin formation, and magnesium, which helps relieve migraines, amongst many other health benefits.
You can easily incorporate quinoa into your diet whether it’s in a salad, breakfast fritters or even as a dessert (puddings, cakes, etc).
Chia seeds are very fibrous and are a great way to help regulate your digestive system. They are considered to be very high in nutrients and protein, which means they are an excellent addition to any diet as a great way to boast energy levels. You could add Chia seeds to yogurt or cereal, as well as to soup or even in protein shakes.
Granola is usually a blend of nuts, honey and oats. People often add a variety of ingredients to their granola, from fruits or raisins to chocolate. This is a great snack for weight loss as it is very filling and yet very light. It helps reduce cholesterol levels as well as the risk of some kinds of cancer. Granola also helps prevents anemia and increases the intake of Vitamin E and minerals like manganese. You can eat granola on its own, which is a popular breakfast choice, or as a snack in the form of a granola bar or in baked goods like cookies and cakes.
Oats are high in nutrients, protein and fiber yet they’re low in calories, making them a nutritious and delicious choice. They are also 100% whole grain and known to help reduce bad cholesterol. Enjoy them a million different ways for breakfast, or baked in pie crusts, cookies and cakes.
This superfood is thought to have been cultivated by Ancient Egyptians and is considered to be highly nutritious. Some of the health benefits include reducing the risk of skin and prostate cancer and liver disease as well as lessening depression. Enjoy all these benefits by adding flaxseed to smoothies, casseroles or other baked goods.
Kernel Pumpkin Seeds
- Pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package, with a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc.
- They contain a wide array of beneficial plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, which can give your health an added boost.
- Pumpkin seeds may benefit your heart, liver and immune system, help fight diabetes, and offer unique benefits for men’s prostate health and women’s relief of menopause symptoms as well
In order to preserve the healthy fats present in the seeds, pumpkin seeds should be eaten raw.However, most nuts and seeds have anti-nutrients like phytic acid . So if you plan on consuming seeds or nuts on a regular basis, it would be wise to soak or sprout them.
To make them more palatable, you can then dehydrate them in your oven, or better yet and more cost effectively in a dehydrator.
If you prefer to eat the seeds roasted, do so yourself so you can control the roasting temperature and time. Raw pumpkin seeds can be roasted on a low heat setting in your oven (no more than 170 degrees F or 75 degrees Celsius), sprinkled with Himalayan or other natural salt, for about 15-20 minutes.
- Mohamed Tarek