Superfoods get a lot of love. But there’s actually no legal or medical definition for the term superfood.
When a food wins the tagline “superfood” – it generally contains high levels of antioxidants or other nutrients.
If you think about it, all fruits and vegetables are especially “super” – given that they contain dietary fiber and other important vitamins and minerals.
But if you love healthy, high fiber foods and you’re looking to spiff up your superfood arsenal, check out these 5 new super foods you need to know about:
It’s time to cool it on the quinoa! Amaranth is an awesome, gluten free grain that has more essential amino acids than any other plant food:
- Amaranth is the only grain with vitamin C
- You can prepare amaranth as a hot cereal grain or combine into starch dishes as you would quinoa or barley
- If you want a killer way to incorporate more amaranth, check out KIND Healthy Grains – a granola mix with 5 super grains, including amaranth
If you’re tired of flax on your cereal and in your smoothies, check out these new super seeds:
- Chia Seed: made from the same stuff as chia pets, chia seeds are high in fiber and help you feel fuller for longer
- For an on-the-go chia solution, check out Chia Slims stick packs from Chosen Foods – simply add a Chia stick pack to 16 oz of water for 12% of your daily value for fiber
- Daikon Radish & Broccoli Seeds: your favorite vegetables are now available in seed form, packed with antioxidants and great flavor too
- Way Better Snacks’ Simply So Sweet Chili and Simply Unbeatable Blues tortilla chips contain sprouted daikon radish and broccoli seeds; sprouting increases digestibility and antioxidant content in these gluten-free and non-GMO corn torilla chips
The green juice revolution is so passe! Red juice is now where it’s at!
- Beet juice is an incredibly nutrient dense superfood with the proven capacity to boost energy for exercise and improve blood flow and blood pressure
Everyone knows olive oil is a heart healthy fat. But avocado oil is coming up strong as an alternate!
- The majority of the fats in avocado oil are heart healthy mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids
- The high smoke point of avocado oil makes it a versatile tool in your kitchen
For more tips on becoming super food savvy, check out my segment clip from Good Morning San Diego.