Being healthy, and a having a healthy lifestyle in general, has become a huge part of my life. I have more energy, I’m happier and I feel much better in general.
So today I wanted to share my favorites Super Foods with you.
I’m not going to go through every single benefit these seeds/powders provide, but the ones that are important to me, and also how I normally use these so called ”Super Foods”.
I think Chia Seeds were the first ones I tried. I remember searching for super foods and Chia seeds were everywhere, they’re amazing for for us, and here are some of their benefits:
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds contains:
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
- They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
I like to use Chia seeds in smoothies, I allways put them in at the end because I really like their texture. When I don’t drink smoothies I just throw them on my salad (I’ll be posting a recipe for my favorite Quinoa Salad). I recently also made a strawberry Jam (with no refined sugar, I can share that recipe too) and the Chia seeds were perfect to give that jam like texture.
Flax seeds are full of Fiber, they contain both the soluble and insoluble types. I mostly like to throw them in salads or just sprinkle them on rice, they’re also an amazing substitute of eggs in recipes (just mix some seeds with a bit of water and voila!)
I just bought Hemp seeds a few weeks ago, I like the taste and I heard a lot of good things about them. I like to sprinkle them on fruits and also salads (I sprinkle everything on Salads). They’re full of good fats, and contain more digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food. They are also rich in Vitamin E, which is amazing for your skin.
Finally Matcha tea, this is a Japanese green tea powder, usually used in tea ceremonies. This is my morning coffee (I actually love coffee but in Germany the coffee is completly different from the coffee in Portugal, and I’m still not used to it), I’m gonna leave some of the benefits here because I don’t really hear that much about Matcha:
Among its many health benefits, Matcha..
- Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
To drink Matcha tea, you just have to boil a bit of water, add about 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder and mix it very well, that’s it!
These are my favorites seeds and powders. The next Super Food that I really want to try is Maca powder, I heard it’s really good to regulate the female Hormones, which is always a good thing :p