It’s a bread… It’s a grain… no, it’s Superfood!
What makes a food make the superfoods list? The clinical definition of superfood is pretty grey. To us, though, foods soar to super status if they’re rich in phytonutrient content such as certain antioxidants or beta carotene that provide specific health benefits. Or likewise, foods that complement one another in a way that super charges the effectiveness of their nutrients.
There are some incredible rewards associated with eating superfoods. So, Randy and I are building this ongoing superfoods list to help spread the word and hopefully get your body supercharged too! We’re beginning with some of our favorite superfood combinations…
Combo Superfoods List
Oatmeal and Orange Juice: It’s the breakfast of champions and our all-time favorite superfood combo. This combination of oats and OJ can leap the high cholesterol levels in a single bound and defend you against heart disease. If you want a happy heart, eat a bowl of oatmeal while drinking a glass of orange juice. Your heart will love you for it.
Green Tea with Lemon: Next on the superfoods list, but no less powerful, is our green tea and lemon escape. By simply sipping a cup of green tea with lemon, you can reduce your risk of stroke, cancer, diabetes, and help to prevent heart disease. Brew, sit back, and enjoy a stronger healthier self… Ahh, green tea – drink it.
Avocado and Salsa: This superfoods list combo is our most eye-pleasing. It’s combined powers of just the right fat and lycopene allows your body to absorb antioxidants like a sponge! Plus, it’s pretty to boot! Ok, pretty is not a big deal when it comes to absorbing lifesaving antioxidants, but I’m a buried in the closet artist – everything colorful is pretty to me.
Cantaloupe and Yogurt: You didn’t think we would ignore your sweet tooth did you? Well, if you enjoy a little something creamy sweet, try a wedge of cantaloupe with some low fat yogurt. This most tasty treat combination will provide your body with optimal vitamin A absorption along with free radical reduction. It’s sweetness superfied!
Peanut Butter and Milk: My little Charlie’s favorite on the superfoods list is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a glass of ice cold milk combo. The good fat in peanut butter enhances your body’s absorption of the vitamin D found in milk, resulting in stronger bones. I’m glad this one is Charlie’s favorite. He needs to be a man of steel the way he crashes on his bike!
Now onto some foods that are super all on their own…
Individual Superfoods List
Cacao: Cacao beans make number one on our singular superfoods list. They have the highest concentration of antioxidants such as polyphenols, catechins and epicatechins among any other food in the world – more than blueberries, goji berries, pomegranates, acai, and red wine combined! Among other superior nutritional content, cacao may, also, have the highest concentration of Magnesium, Chromium, and Manganese. This little bean is a brutus of a bean when it comes to health – it is THE BEAN!
Goji Berries: Goji Berries, also known as the wolfberry, desert thorn, matrimony vine, and boxthorn, make the superfoods list for a variety of super good reasons. Goji berries strengthen our immune system, increase vitality, offer liver protection, and improve our eyesight and the quality of our blood. These little red berries are real powerhouses when it comes to fighting against heart disease as well!
Broccoli Sprouts: Not only do these cute little sprouts taste good, they’re loaded with cancer fighting phytochemicals called sulforaphane. They work like tiny Hulks in your body helping to smash free radicals, destroy toxins, and even help those with digestive disorders. Have an ulcer? This makes broccoli sprouts angry!
Wheatgrass Juice: If broccoli sprouts are like tiny Hulks, think of wheatgrass as the Hulk! Believe it or not, it’s more nutritionally dense than most vegetables. Wheatgrass juice has been argued to increase energy and stamina, improve digestion, muscle recovery, and remove toxins from the body. Both Randy and I have experienced positive results from drinking it.
Pomegranate: Pomegranates make our superfoods list with a kick-punch forward towards heart health. These tasty little jewels of nutrition were said to have been cherished even by the Gods themselves. They must have known of it’s ability to fight off inflammation, balance blood cholesterol, and keep our arteries soft and flexible. Adding to this with a “WHAM,” the pomegranate may indeed have anticancer effects, as well, related to its potential ability to induce cancer cells to self-destruct!
Quinoa: This tiny grain is not to be measured by its size. Quinoa is jam-packed with life-sustaining nutrients including all 8 essential amino acids and is gluten and wheat free. It is so full of so many nutrients that the Incas referred to quinoa as “chisaya mama” meaning mother of all grains!
Blueberries: Mother Nature’s little blue pill on the superfoods list – no bottles, no side effects, just pure power in a tasty beautiful berry. Tiny though not weak, blueberries rein on top among the highest of antioxidant valued fruits. These richly colored little fighters neutralize cell damaging free radicals in the body working to prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease and other degenerative diseases. But that’s not all…
Blackberries: Just 1 cup of blackberries has 62 calories and provides 1/3 of your daily fiber needs. Blackberries are a strong anti-aging superfood and have shown the ability to enhance mental performance in animal studies. According to a study by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a compound found in blackberries shows great promise in destroying leukemia cells. Blackberries score even higher on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) score than blueberries which means they have more disease fighting abilities. Its’s time to make some kick-ask berry pie I’m thinkin…
Mushrooms: Mushrooms contain virtually no fat, sugar or salt and are a valuable source of dietary fiber as well as B vitamins thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6) and folate. They also contain the essential minerals potassium, copper, phosphorous and iron, and most significantly a rare mineral called selenium. Selenium works as an antioxidant to protect body cells from damage that might lead to heart disease, some cancers and other diseases of aging. Regular ingestion of mushrooms over long periods of time has been proven to decrease the amount of cancerous cells in the body. They not only fight and reduce cancerous cells and tumors, but they help prevent more of those cells from forming in the body – wow, learn to like fresh mushrooms if you don’t already!
That’s it for now folks. Keep checking back with our superfoods list for new additions…
Do add as many superfoods into your diet as you can, and you will end up being super yourself!
Randy and Amy