Monday, June 6, 2011

Superfoods Part X

Step outside of your comfort zone and try these 3 Superfoods. They are rich in vitamins and nutrients and not typically what you would see on your plate.

Seaweed - The most nutritionally dense plants on the planet as they have access to all the nutrients in the ocean. They can contain up to 10 times more calcium than milk and eight times as much as beef. The chemical composition of seaweeds close to human blood plasma, that perhaps their greatest benefit is regulating and purifying our blood system. In addition, seaweed helps to alkalize our blood, neutralizing the over-acid effects of our modern diet and protect us from a wide array of toxic elements in the environment, including heavy metals, pollutants and radiation by-products converting them to harmless salts that the body can eliminate. Now here is something seaweed does that all woman will be happy to know, it boosts weight loss and deters cellulite build-up. The high concentration of natural iodine helps to stimulate the thyroid gland so that food fuels are used before they can be turned into fatty deposits. At the same time, the minerals act like electrolytes to break the chemical bond that seals the fat cells allowing trapped wastes to escape. Both by eating sea vegetables or bathing in them helps reduce cellulite and stimulates lymphatic drainage.
How to prepare: Use Nori for sushi rolls; take a bath in Kelp, season foods with Dolse, and if you don’t like the flavor of seaweed, try Kelp pills.

Fiddleheads – I have recently been seeing these at both the Farmer’s Markey and Whole Foods and finally decided to investigate and try them out. Fiddleheads are the young, unfurled leaves of the ostrich fern; they get their name because of their resemblance to the neck of a fiddle. These vegetables contain a variety of nutrients, particularly carotenoids and phenol compounds. Studies have shown that these nutrients make fiddleheads one of the most antioxidant vegetables out there and they can play a significant role in hindering the growth of cells that lead to several types of cancer.
How to prepare: It is important to note that fiddleheads can be toxic when raw and it is therefore important to properly cook them. Choose fiddleheads that are firm and green, shaking them well to get rid of any brown stems that could be attached. Wash the fiddleheads, changing the water several times before cooking them in boiling water or steaming them for 10 minutes. Serve with a bit of olive oil and lemon, or sauteed with garlic, ginger, curry or onions. Enjoy this spring treat while you can.

Acai Berries – This fruit contains several substances called anthocyanins and flavonoids. Anthocyanins are responsible for the red, purple, and blue hues in many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Anthocyanins and flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against life's stressors. They also play a role in the body's cell protection system. Free radicals are harmful byproducts produced by the body. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants may interfere with aging and the disease process by neutralizing free radicals. By lessening the destructive power of free radicals, antioxidants may help reduce the risk of some diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
How to prepare: Eat them alone, have it as a juice, or enhance a morning breakfast of yogurt

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