Unveiling the Mask: The Super Powers of Super Foods

Movies are filled with superheroes that swoop in to save the day. Although those superheroes don’t exist in real life, we have the next best thing: Super Foods. These foods have high levels of the vitamins and minerals that we need to grow big and strong. They have high sources of antioxidants and act as our heroes in fighting against cell damage and diseases. So, next time you’re looking through your app for a healthy meal, check out these super foods that can turn you from an unhealthy damsel in distress to a healthy and hearty citizen.

Açai Berries

Although you might not be able to pronounce it, you’ve definitely heard about açai berries. Native to South American rainforests, açai berries have been made popular by celebrities and dieticians. The fruit’s super powers include the ability to fight cancer, prevent heart disease, and help you lose weight. These powers come from its high level has very high levels of antioxidants known as anthocyanins. Since it’s only native to one particular area, they are hard to come by and are generally sold in stores as tablets, powders, or juice.

Seaweed

Also known by its Japanese alter-ego, nori, seaweed can help save the citizens of the world from heart attacks and strokes. The underwater hero provides many important minerals like calcium, which can strengthen bones, and magnesium, which can improve the functions of the brain and heart. Seaweed can also provide you with a special omega-3 potion that will improve your eyesight and increase the functions of your brain. With enough seaweed, you too can become a superhero.

Spirulina

Although it has a cute name, don’t underestimate the power of Spirulina. This super food packs a wicked punch full of antioxidants. There are many reasons to try spirulina, but the most important is because it is extremely high in many necessary nutrients. Spirulina swoops in and saves you by zapping you with protein, Vitamin B1-3, copper, and iron. It’s also good for a diet because it only has 20 calories and 1.7 grams of carbohydrates.

Avocados

This super food likes to spend its time in the sun in order to harvest its powers. When full grown, it comes in to save the day by providing 20 different vitamins and minerals. These nutrients include Vitamin K, folate, Vitamin C, potassium, and Vitamin E. Avocados have far stronger potassium powers than bananas and can even prevent cancer and lower cholesterol levels.
So, next time you’re in need of saving from the evils of an unhealthy diet, call in one of these super foods to save the day.

Author: Jane Sandwood

Drink Coffee in the Morning, and Tea at Night. Here’s Why


You shouldn’t have to choose between the delicious taste of tea or a refreshing cup of coffee. The good news is, is that you can drink both. Each of these staples are in millions of people’s lives. Two drinks we look forward to every day. What is a morning without coffee? Or a hot cup of tea on a snowy evening? You can incorporate both these drinks into your day for added health benefits, a boost of caffeine, and a delightful taste.

History Doesn’t Lie

Tea and coffee have been in existence for literally hundreds of years. Coffee is one of the most highly traded and sold commodities and is a huge force in the worldwide market. Tea originated in China, where it was used as a drink to help heal. Both drinks have antioxidants in them (some brews more than others) that help fight illness and help heal. Both are also plant based and grown in many regions around the globe. Also, both have not only existed but thrived since their creation and discovery. Now, they are a daily part of millions of people’s routines.

More and More

There are lots of other health benefits for both coffee and tea. Coffee studies have shown that it helps your blood clot faster which can prevent excessive bleeding, it increases kidney function, promotes healthy eyes, as well as nails and hair. It also provides endurance, and a few other health benefits. Tea is no stranger to added benefits either. Studies have shown that tea drinkers can reduce the risk of heart disease, clogged arteries, promote better cognitive functions, lower cholesterol, and assist in weight-loss.

Drink Coffee When?

Coffee can be enjoyed either hot or cold. There are many additions you can put in your coffee, but to receive the maximum health benefits, it is encouraged that you stay away from anything artificial. Coffee has a much higher concentration of caffeine and is more potent.

Many people love drinking coffee in the mornings because the caffeine is a stimulant that increases brain function. Drinking coffee in the late afternoon or evening hours can interfere with your sleeping schedule. So, if you want to be awake all night, morning time is the best time to enjoy your favorite cup of Joe.

Drink Tea When?

Tea and coffee can both come in decaffeinated forms which can be consumed throughout the day. Black tea has more caffeine in it the than green tea, so the timing should be a factor when enjoying your cup. Tea generally has less caffeine in it than coffee. Many teas like chamomile are used to help promote sleep. Tea can also be consumed hot or cold, but hot tea soothes the mind and body and encourages the winding down process after a long day.

Caffeine: Less or More

Both brews and time can play a factor into the strength of tea or coffee. Darker roasts of coffee have less caffeine because the bean has been processed more. Lighter roasts have beans that had less tampering, and therefore the caffeine dosage will be stronger.

Teas depend on the type and steeping time. Black tea is known to have more caffeine, and steeping your tea for longer also increases the level too. Keep in mind that steeping it for too long can result in a tea that is too bitter.

You can have your tea and your coffee too! It is best to have the most highly-caffeinated drink in the morning, which, according to some studies, is coffee. Tea, especially herbal and decaffeinated tea, is best for relaxing both mind and body and encouraging a restful evening.

Bio: Sarah never forgets to enjoy a cup of coffee and tea every day. On We Dream of Coffee, you’ll know why she loves these drinks so much and why you should too.

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CALIFIA FARMS: Specializes in almond milk and grows their own using NON-GMO in SUSTAINABLE ways! They are vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free! 2016 is the year that they phase out carrageenan! They give a generous pour of almond milk and various fruit frescas and fruit aquas – have a great diy recyclable bottle to use – and provide the company with a great need! Try their Iced Coffee Almond Milk too!

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WORLD PEAS: I think you guessed it – this is a snack of peas! Chick peas, green peas, fava beans, and more! They are crunchy, and flavorful, and not too hard on the chips. They are vegan, NON-GMO, gluten-free, and kosher certified!

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SAFFRON ROAD: What else can be said? This company has always striven to be as sustainable as possible, and while they are rarely vegan and sometimes vegan and mostly omnivorous, they work very hard to give the best care to all of their sourced meat. They are gluten-free, nut-free, and kosher!

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MULBERRY LOVE: Truly a refreshing drink and so wonderful to know that they harvest through sustainable means. They offer both non-organic and organic juices. They are dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, organic, soy-free, and vegan!

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CUP 4 CUP: Gluten-free aware and very gluten-free certified, Cup4Cup’s kitchen has prided themselves on being able to serve the public! They are gluten-free, kosher, and NON-GMO!

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Author: Christine

New Survey Shows Plant-Based Milk is Preferred over Dairy!

 

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Taste, health and environmental/animal welfare concerns are top reasons cited for consuming plant-based milks in BerryCart/Califia Farms’ survey; over 50% of omnivores surveyed drink plant-based milks several times a week

Los Angeles, CA  January 18, 2016 – A new survey conducted by Califia Farms, one of the fastest growing natural beverage companies in the United States, and BerryCart, the app for organic, natural and non-GMO food rebates, indicates that plant-based beverages are no longer ‘niche’ and are rapidly entering the mainstream. The survey results mirror industry data that shows a dramatic increase in household penetration of non-dairy milks – from 27.3% in 2013 to 55% in 2015.

The survey, conducted online among over 2,500 BerryCart users in Q4 2015, asked respondents to identify themselves as either omnivore, flexitarian, pescatarian, vegetarian, ‘not able to mix milk and dairy,’ or vegan, and focused on why consumers are opting to drink plant-based milks.

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PLANT-POWERED BEVERAGES: NOT JUST A VEGAN THING… NEW SURVEY SHOWS ALT DAIRY BEVERAGES ENTERING MAINSTREAM

Author: Christine

Thanks For a Wonderful Run with the BerryCart Box!

Thank you BerryCart users for having a trial run with our BerryCart Box! It didn’t reach our goals as we intended so we discontinued it, unfortunately, and refunded any users who wanted to try it out or continue the service! We do apologize for the inconvenience but we are so so glad that you all enjoyed it! These brands are still on the BerryCart Deals page! Yum!

Personally, have tried a good fair of these… I give them great ratings!

From a vegan who likes some good snacks:

– Beanfields: crunchy and tastes like Nachos with lots of good powder!
– Laughing Giraffe Chocolate Snackaroons: soft with total coconut and chocolate goodness… mm, and they come in travel size!
– I Heart Keenwah: crunchy but such a good good square… mmm!
– World Peas: vegan depends on the flavor but they are crunchy and easy to eat!
– Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts: absolutely perfect for salads, oatmeal, hot veg meals, noodles, rice, on their own, blended with cheese, topped onto juices and smoothies! travel size and full size!
– Simple Squares: it’s huge! it’s not tiny, that’s for sure. and it is so soft and delicious. yum!
– Kutoa: Crunchy, sweet, and nutritious, and very nutrient-dense! and I’m glad that they donate a bar to a hungry child in need too!

Don’t take it personally that I haven’t tried Pyure or Ips.. fruit and vegan are my excuses. 🙂

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Author: Christine

What is Organic? Part C

“Organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Specific requirements must be met and maintained in order for products to be labeled as “organic”.

Organic foods provide a variety of benefits. Some studies show that organic foods have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, According to most health experts, consuming fruits and vegetables with a small amount of pesticides poses a very small health risk. Also, large-scale studies suggest the residues are not likely to be an important risk factor for cancer, especially because of the known health benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables, regardless of how they are grown.
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Organic crops must be grown in safe soil, have no modifications, and must remain separate from conventional products. Farmers are not allowed to use synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers.

Organic food is often fresher. Fresh food tastes better. Organic food is usually fresher when eaten because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is often (but not always, so watch where it is from) produced on smaller farms near where it is sold.
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Organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farming practices reduce pollution (air, water, soil), conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. In addition, organic farming is better for birds and small animals as chemical pesticides can make it harder for creatures to reproduce and can even kill them. Farming without pesticides is also better for the people who harvest our food.

what do the labels mean?

-100% Organic means all ingredients (except water and salt) and foods are completely organic and GMO-free.

-Certified Organic or USDA Certified Organic means 95% of the ingredients are organic and usually GMO-free.

-Made with Organic means up to (did you catch that? “up to”) 70% of the ingredients are organic and not usually GMO-free.

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Author: Kira 

Top 5 Reasons to Avoid Conventionally Grown Meat

Meat, the highest source of protein that the average person receives, is perhaps the top food group that is overlooked when a person decides to start eating more organic and naturally. Some people think they have to write off meat entirely to eat organic and healthy, while others see no difference between a normal grocery store chicken breast and an organic one, because it isn’t as visually apparent as most other organic foods.

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But, the truth is there are several reasons that you should start avoiding conventionally grown meat.

 

  1. Living Conditions.

 

While meat animals are generally treated better than animals that produce animal by-products, like dairy cows and egg-laying hens, meat animals are still fed less-healthy food and live in much poorer conditions than those raised under the National Organic Program standards. Conventional meat cattle and birds are kept in small cramped quarters, called “feed lots,” usually severely crowded by others of their kind.  Feedlot chickens are often even raised in these cramped quarters without light. NOP animals are allowed to roam and graze and live their life in more natural conditions. Because it is required by NOP that the animals are left to graze most of their lives, the pastures are open, spacious areas in order to provide enough food for the animals. Organic standards forbid feed lots for both cattle and poultry.

 

  1. What They Eat, You Eat.

 

Now, you might not be bothered by the conditions that the animals are raised in. Some people just choose not to think about it.  However, as we just mentioned, cattle raised under the organic standards are allowed to graze, which means their diet consists largely of grass, rather than grain and by-products like soy bean casings. Therefore, NOP meat actually contains less omega-6 than beef that has been fed with high levels of grain. High levels of omega-6 are known to promote breast cancer and prostate cancer, as well as other health conditions.

 

To see the full picture, it’s important to note that some omega-6 is part of a normal diet, but high levels are not, the same as it is with many other food properties. The important thing to know is that the level in commercial beef is higher than it should be for a healthy diet, especially when dealing with a staple food.

 

Grass fed beef also tends to be leaner and therefore easier on your cholesterol. According to a clinical study by two doctors,  Hunninghake and Davison, who ran a long term study on grass fed versus grain fed beef, grass fed beef has a very similar level of fat to skinless chicken breast.

 

Grass fed animals also have a higher content of vitamin E.

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  1. Lower Fat and Additives – Lower Calories

 

The fact that grass fed beef is leaner also means it’s lower in calories. When comparing two 6 ounce sirloin steaks, a grain fed steak contains approximately 100 more calories than a grass fed steak.

 

While we’re on this subject, even though chicken isn’t affected by the fat problem, they are affected by the solute problem, which also can cause issues in your weight and health. Have you ever noticed the difference in texture between organic poultry and commercial poultry? That’s because commercial poultry is injected with solutions (usually salt based) to make it look plumper and add weight. That extra isn’t good for your health.

 

Do you avoid red dye when you buy foods? Ever thought about why that meat at some major chains looks REALLY red? Both commercial chicken and beef (mostly beef) can have added dyes to make them more visually appealing to consumers and to make the meat look fresher.

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  1. Who Needs More Hormones and Antibiotics?

 

While you may be on hormone therapy from your doctor, you certainly don’t need the hormones fed to cattle. Part of most commercial beef programs involve the use of several types of hormones to cause the cattle to gain girth and grow faster. These include hormones that are rarely given to humans in large doses, such as testosterone,  estradiol, progesterone, zeranol, and trenbolone, and melengesterol acetate. These hormones, of course, can continue to stay present in the meat. High levels of artificially introduced hormones of these types have been known to cause several types of cancers,  effect sperm counts, growth rate issues in children, early puberty,  and other reproductive problems. While the USDA maintains that the hormones are kept at safe levels, many don’t feel that it is worth the risk of artificially introducing added hormones to their bodies. Some European countries have even banned the importation of U.S. grown beef because of it. A study at Montana State University found that commercially grown beef contain 47% more hormones than GOP beef.

 

Growth hormones cannot be used in the growth of chickens, per USDA standards, but this doesn’t make commercial chicken safe. Living in cramped quarters creates an environment where illnesses and germs and bacteria are rampant. Many types of infections or disease would wipe out the whole feed lot. As a result, both beef and chicken are routinely given antibiotics to keep down the spread of these infections and diseases. These can stay in the body for weeks, depending on type and amount given. When you consider that chickens grow to maturity between 8-16 weeks, depending on breed, that doesn’t leave much time for the antibiotic to be out of the system and still allow the poultry to be protected from the conditions in the feed lot. Grazed and free ranged animals do not require the intensive treatments, because they are not in the same risky environment. While the USDA does require a waiting period after the antibiotics are administered, traces may still be present and they were still put into the animal’s system and therefore the meat.

 

  1. Longer Shelf Life via Additives and Radiation:

 

Irradiated meat is treated by either electricity or a machine that exposes the meat to cobalt 60, which is a radioactive material that must be manufactured in a nuclear reactor. The process is done in order to destroy the bacteria present in food, which can often be the result of the poor living conditions in the feed lots. Irradiated foods look no different than non-irradiated foods.  This may sound like a very swaying argument, because no one wants bacteria from a feed lot in their food. However, there is more to the story.

 

We know that radiation can destroy good cells as well as bad ones. Along with bacteria, irradiation destroys enzymes in the food that help you to digest it. It also decreases vitamins and a variety of other enzymes. In short, the nutritional value of the food is compromised.

 

Even worse, depending on the type of radiation used, the food can retain trace amounts of radioactivity. There is no long term study in humans regarding the safety of irradiated food, and no studies at all on the effect of irradiated food in children. However animal studies showed increased incidents of kidney failure, tumors, and reproductive issues.

 

There are other, bigger issues involving irradiated foods, including the transport of the irradiation machines and the handling of materials, labelling issues, and many other concerns. Irradiation also produces free radicals during the irradiation process.  All of this is avoided with organically produced food, which by GOP requirements is free of radiation.

 

As we mentioned earlier, there are additives to commercial meats that are designed to improve their appearance and add weight, but those aren’t the only chemicals found in commercial meats. There are also additives that preserve the meat to extend its shelf life. It’s common to find potassium lactate and sodium lactate on poultry. If you’ve gone Thanksgiving shopping recently, you may have discovered that a turkey that has not been injected is a rare find.

In addition to preservatives, there are flavor and texture enhancers, such as Bromelain and ficin, hydrolyzed protein, monosodium glutamate and papain. Beef often contains phosphates and propyl gallate, butylated hydroxytoluene, and various water solutions. These and other meats can contain nitrites and nitrates.

 

Preservatives have serious side effects. They can cause stomach issues, allergic reactions, and different types of cancer.  Yes, preservatives and radiation do extend the life of meat and protect from various airborne bacteria, but the consequences and risks of eating these treated foods are something to also be considered.

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Only you can decide what to put in your body, but we hope to help you make an educated choice. Many of these processes do cut the cost of the product. However, we believe that the long term health benefits are worth spending the extra money or the effort that goes in to catching a sale.

Author: Julia

Healthy Subscription Box!

 

 

The BerryCart Box

BerryCart is a new monthly subscription box that will allow people to try 9-10 organic, non-GMO, and all-around healthy products.  Enjoy new snacks and exclusive cash-back rebates to use in your app!

Sneak Peak: In the April box, we currently have 9 products, 5 are full-sized.  Here is the breakdown:

–        8 Non-GMO

–        5 Organic

–        6 gluten-free

–        4 Vegan

–        3 Kosher

–        4 Soy Free

–        5 Dairy-Free

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Enjoy a $5 cash back rebate with our new BerryCart Box too, good for either 1 month or 3 month plan!

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Did you know that if you refer a BerryCart Box to a new subscriber that orders, that $5 is applied to your account?

Happy BerryCart’in!

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Author: Christine

Which Oils Are Good For You?

As we all know, not all fats are created equal. Back in the day, you might remember your grandmother saving bacon drippings to cook with, or at least you heard about it. We’ve learned a lot since then, so let’s take a look at some modern findings:

 

Olive oil

Olive oil is not only flavorful, but good for you. This oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, which are known to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the healthy kind of cholesterol (HDL). To increase this benefit, high-polyphenol virgin olive oil has been found to have an even greater benefit than regular olive oil.

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Hemp Oil

Hemp oil contains all of the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids that a human body needs.  It has a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omeg-3, a balance shown to be ideal for the cardiovascular system. It also contains fatty acids that are known to be crucial for brain and optical health. In fact, pregnant women are encouraged to include hemp oil in their diets to aid in the development of their growing infant. Hemp oil is also good for mood regulation and immune system health, as well as intestinal health.

Topically, hemp oil is easily absorbed into the skin and excellent for moisturizing  poor skin conditions or as a base for healing blends, treating psoriasis, eczema, itchiness, and irritated skin.

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Avocado Oil

This tasty oil is especially rich in alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein absorption. It is found to lower cholesterol, and to be good for your kidneys by improving kidney function through the way the way kidneys respond to hormones.

Avocado oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and can help stimulate cartilage growth and repair. One study also noted that it helped ease the symptoms of knee and hip arthritis as well as helped prevent periodontal disease

When blended with Vitamin B12, it has also been found to be an excellent topical treatment for psoriasis.

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Apricot Oil

Apricot oil has a sweet, nutty aroma. As a food, it is high in oleic acid and linoleic acid. It is often used in recipes interchangeably with almond oil.

However, apricot oil is primarily a topical. It is commonly used in cosmetics, creams, soaps, lotions, and others. It is also frequently used in massage, as it is easily absorbed into the skin and does not leave a greasy residue. It is also one of the gentlest topical oils, which makes it suitable for use in children, elderly patients, and those with sensitive skin.

Topically, it can be administered to:

–           reduce stress

–          ease pain

–          treat inflammation

–          leave an overall sense of well-being

–          as an emollient and antioxidant

–          an antiseptic and antibacterial that can be used in open wounds and cuts

–           believed to be anti-aging

–           As a topical hair treatment and can nourish weak, brittle, and damaged hair.

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Coconut Oil

The benefits of coconut oil include helping the body to fight off disease and increase proper thyroid function. A study in 2009 found that women who consumed coconut oil saw a reduction in abdominal fat, due to the type of medium chain triglycerides that it contains. Coconut oil is also rich in antioxidants.

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Black Cumin Oil

Black Cumin Oil is considered to be an ancient healer and appears in ancient Chinese, Greek, and Egyptian medicine. Black cumin seed extract is believed to fight cancer and help increase the body’s production of bone marrow by 250%, increases immune cells, and natural interferons. Black cumin oil contains over 100 chemical compounds, vitamins, and nutrients and is used to treat a wide range of ailments including:

–          cancer

–          allergies

–          tuberculosis

–          multiple sclerosis

–          asthma

–          liver problems

–          sluggish metabolism

–          lethargy

–          fever

–          lowers blood sugar level

–          Inhibits tumor growth by 50%

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As a final note, research has also discovered that the commercial processing of homogenizing, which began as a way of lengthening the shelf life of the product, actually changed the properties of oil into saturated fats during the process. As 7-time Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Johana Budwig put it, this removes many of the healthful benefits of the oil and makes it behave more like “tar” in the body. Cold pressing is the most widely available positive processing that is accepted as a good way of preserving  an oil’s natural properties. Always look for oils that are non-homogenized.

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Author: KIra

Top 5 Superfoods

What exactly is a “superfood”? A superfood is simply a superior food, one that has especially high benefits when eaten, particularly in comparison with others of its kind.

 

So what superfoods should you be eating? Lucky for us, many of these foods are easy to find!

 

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are considered to be a treasure for health. Chia seeds are very rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and can be stored for long periods without deteriorating because they don’t need to be ground to release their health benefits. They are rich in vitamins A, B, E, and D and are an excellent source of protein. They are also vitamin rich and carry zinc, thiamine, silicon, sodium, niacin, iron, calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium and are a great source of fiber. The seeds have 6 times the calcium found in milk, 6 times the protein found in kidney beans, and 3 times the iron found in spinach.
Add to your diet by:

–          Health snacks and chips

–          Sprinkle into a smoothie

–          Add to baked goods as an egg substitute or grind a few pinches into your flour.

–          Sprinkle into yogurt

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Kale

Kale is a strain of wild cabbage and is one of the most powerful green leafy vegetables that you can eat. Kale contains all 9 of the essential amino acids that are needed to form protein in the body and has a 3 to 1 carbohydrate to protein ratio. This is very welcome news to vegetarians! Kale is considered easy to digest and is very low in calories and has a higher rate of omega 3 than omega 6 fatty acids, an unusual occurrence in nature. Kale is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium.

Add to your diet by:

–          Kale flakes

–          Health snacks and chips

–          Mixed in stir fry

–          Added to salad

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Walnut

Walnuts contain the most antioxidants of any type of nut, which helps to stave off premature aging, cancer, and heart disease. They are also the richest nuts in omega-3 fatty acids, and are a great substitute if you don’t like to eat fish. Walnuts contain manganese, and vitamins E, C, B, and A.

Add to your diet by:

–          Sprinkling onto salad

–          Stirring into yogurt

–          Add to baked goods

–          A yummy snack!

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Blackberries

Easy to find and a delight to go gather for yourself! Blackberries top the chart due to beating the competition by having an overall nutritional levels that beats out other fruits. They have the highest vitamin K of all berries and are very high in antioxidants. Blackberries have a high omega-3 count and are high in fiber. They are rich in potassium, and vitamins A, B, C, and E. Blackberries are rumored to have qualities that help with coordination, balance, and cognitive function, due to polyphenols. Blackberries also have properties that can help aid in digestion.

Add to your diet by:

-A handful for a snack.

–  Juiced

– Added to baked goods

– As a preserve

– Sprinkled onto yogurt or salad.

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is touted to be useful for almost anything. It has immune boosting properties, controls blood sugar levels, boosts energy, and is rumored to help lower the instance of abdominal fat. Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants that help prevent illness, viruses, and bacteria. It can also boost thyroid function and blood sugar control. Coconut oil is loaded with healthy types of saturated fats (medium chain triglycerides) that raise good cholesterol and change bad cholesterol to a benign subtype. Because of the medium chain fatty acids, the body processes coconut oil differently than other fats and oils. They go straight to the liver, where they are used for energy or turned into ketone bodies, which are known to improve the condition of brain disorders. Coconut oil also reduces triglycerides and improves blood coagulation.

Add to your diet by:

–          Baked goods

–          Cooking as you would with vegetable oil

–          In dressings

 

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One final thing that is important to remember when choosing superfoods is that your end goal might vary what is best for you as an individual. For example, foods that are the richest in nutrition might also be higher in calories than alternatives, so it is important that you understand your health goals when making a dietary plan for yourself. Our list is one that reflects overall well-being and health. Happy eating!

Author: Kira