Any nutrition professional worth listening to will tell you there’s no such thing as a Superfood.
Some foods however happen to offer particularly excellent nutrition and many of them are already in your kitchen. Here are 3 special ones that you can celebrate and enjoy immediately.
There are two types, heading and sprouting. Try both.
Broccoli is a very low calorie vegetable providing just 34 calories per 100g.
Rich in dietary fibre, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants, is a powerhouse of many phyto-nutrients and flavonoids that help protect against a host of cancers and along with the Vitamin A, this everyday vegetable works to maintain your skin and mucus membranes.
It is a rich source of vitamins A, B-3, B-5, B-6, Vitamin-C a powerful natural anti-oxidant and immune booster as well as Vitamin-K and folates that are especially important during pre-conception and pregnancy.
Also a good provider of calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc and phosphorus.
Many of these nutrients are abundant in the leaves so be sure to gobble them up.
Steam or blanch to retain the best nutrition and to improve digestibility. Use in stir fry and soups and my personal favourite, lightly steamed and tossed with garlic, lemon, sea salt and good extra virgin olive oil. It can be eaten raw, but I like to chill after blanching/steaming then add to salads.
Ginger root has been in use since ancient times for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-flatulent, and anti-microbial properties. It has an especially powerful ability to deliver antioxidants.
It improves gut motility and is a superb anti-inflammatory and painkiller and can help relieve migraine and decrease the nausea from motion sickness and pregnancy. Also helps to relieve diarrhea, especially in children.
Ginger provides many essential nutrients such as Vitamin B-6, B-5 that are required for optimum health.
Also provides a good amount of potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
Add raw to juices, smoothies and shakes. I love fine grating ginger into sauces for stir fry. To relieve common cold, cough, and sore throats, generously fine-grate into hot water with the juice of half a lemon and some raw honey to taste. Store in the freezer and grate from frozen or keep in the fruit bowl if you plan on using more frequently.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Has been used in Ayurvedic practises and traditional western medicine for centuries.
Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar contains a variety of probiotics that are excellent for regulation and balance of your gut bacteria for improved digestive function and overall health. It can aid in the regulation of pH levels in the body, helps blood pressure and reduces bad cholesterol. Containing antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal compounds, it can help bolster your defences.
Apple Cider Vinegar provides a good dose Manganese which is important for your connective tissues, bones, sex hormones and blood clotting factors as well as calcium absorption and for normal brain and nerve function.
The most important characteristic of Apple Cider Vinegar is its ability to improves Insulin sensitivity therefore helping blood sugar regulation when consumed with or prior to a carbohydrate rich meal. This is particularly helpful in overweight, pre-diabetic and type-II diabetic individuals.
Use in dressings, soups and stir fry sauces where it balances sweetness and lightens oily dishes. Some diets suggest up to two tablespoons diluted in a large glass of water as a pre meal supplement.
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