We all love to eat, but deciding the best food for our bodies is sometimes more difficult that we think. We generally enjoy food in all shapes and sizes, but some of us are not too keen on the quality and type of food that we take. At Viance, it’s important for us to be selective about what foods we put in our all natural, non-GMO products, and one of the things we absolutely adore are superfoods!
Fortunately, because of more brilliant minds and more comprehensive research, we can now pinpoint where a certain food item falls in terms of the “goodness” spectrum: from doctor-advised and scientifically healthy to downright bad and sickness-inducing. In fact, this quest to eat the right kinds of food gave birth to the concept of superfoods.
Superfood is a category of food claimed to have outstanding nutritional and medicinal benefits. While this definition is not professionally used by dietitians, superfoods are labeled by advocates as significant health boosters and alternative medication. The amount of nutrition contained in superfoods are found to be, well, super!
That is why many nutritionists recommend them as part of your daily intake, as does our resident nutritionist Natalie. We incorporate many different superfoods in our Viance bars and Vitality Blend Shake because we believe in the power of transformative foods.
To give you a heads up on what you should include in your diets as early as today, here are 7 of the best superfoods known to have amazingly positive effects on your body:
Originating from the mountain range of Andes in South America, this grain is known to have a super low fat and calorie count per serving. More importantly, quinoa is a unique grain because it has high protein – 15% of the total quinoa content, larger than any other standard grain! Quinoa also contains riboflavin and is gluten-free, unlike other grains we consume.
Because of its high-protein and low-calorie profile, quinoa can suppress your appetite and make you consume less food. Earlier studies have revealed that quinoa can lower blood sugar levels, which is pretty big news for people with diabetes.
Classified under green and leafy vegetables, kale has earned its stripes as a superfood by being an amazing source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, beta carotene and calcium. This vegetable belongs to the plant genus Brassica along with broccoli, which has long been known to supply sufficient nutrition…and torment children all around the world!
Seriously, kale’s status as a superfood could not be underestimated. Aside from vitamins mentioned above, kale also contains sulforaphane (a cancer-blocking agent) and indole-3-carbinol (a booster for cell DNA repair).
Raw is the best form to eat kale, as it retains the most natural nutrients. However, if you cannot stomach raw kale at the start, you may steam or microwave them, but don’t resort to boiling – your kale may lose it’s nutrients in the process!
If you think avocado is the healthiest fruit available to humans, you’re right! This variant of the fleshy fruit is claimed by its supporters to have some of the best health benefits of any superfood available. For starters, organic avocado has monounsaturated fats that help fight bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body.
It also doesn’t hurt that the avocado fruit’s meat is soft and pleasant to the mouth, and is perfect for spreads and dips. Guacamole, anyone?!
Wild Alaskan Salmon
World-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay has been mentioning this fish in his television shows, particularly in Masterchef. Aside from being elegant and classy, wild Alaskan salmon is chock full of nutrients. It contains two kinds of omega-3, one of which is DHA, an important nutrient that ensures a healthy and safe pregnancy and prevents mental diseases and certain cancers.
In addition, this salmon variety is a solid source of protein and Vitamin D. A super-substitute for chicken or beef!
Organic Coconut Oil
The benefits of going organic cannot be stressed enough, and coconut oil is no exception. Oil from coconut shells should be extracted without pressing, processing or modification, in order to preserve the health benefits of the liquid. In fact, some experts advise against exposing this oil to heat for fear of degrading its nutritional content. In other words, take it as is or in capsule form.
Benefits of ingesting coconut oil in its organic form include lower blood cholesterol, healthy hair and skin, better metabolism, and improved immunity against sickness.
Like grapes and wine, blueberries have natural anti-oxidant properties that fight memory failure, motor skills degradation, and high blood pressure. Ladies, you’ll also be happy to know that eating fruits packed with anti-oxidants can prevent your cells from aging, giving you less wrinkles and a more supple skin.
We have saved the best (or best-tasting) superfood for last, because as they say, you can have your chocolate cake and eat it too! If you plan to incorporate this sweet creation into your diet, use the dark chocolate variant so as to tap into its high amount of antioxidants. It’s also chock full of other nutrients such as phosphorus and magnesium for stronger bones.
As with any kind of diet, the key here is to eat in moderation. Instead of binging on each of these superfoods individually, try to include a variety of these seven food choices in your weekly diet. That way, you get the health benefits of each superfood without getting tired of eating kale until it comes out your ears.
If you’re incorporating Viance products into your everyday diet, you’ve probably seen more than one of these superfoods on your nutrition label. That’s because we pack each of our bars and powders with dozens of organic, natural, vegan superfoods that nourish and replenish your body. We love seeing you healthy, so if you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate superfoods into your diet, try the Viance program today!
Are you ready to start a new diet using superfoods? Here’s a healthy and fun recipe for a salad containing quinoa and kale:
- 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 cups kale, finely sliced
- 1 large apple, finely sliced or diced
- 1/4 cup pomegranate
- 1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup feta, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Bring the quinoa and water to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the water is absorbed, about 15 minute, turn the heat off and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the remaining ingredients.
- Toss the kale, quinoa, pomegranate, walnuts and feta with the mixture of the vinegar, oil, garlic, maple syrup, dijon mustard, curry powder, salt and pepper.
- Option: If you have 1 cup of cooked quinoa on hand you can use it and skip step one.
- Option: Replace the feta with aged white cheddar cheese or a mild blue cheese or goat cheese.
- Option: Replace the walnuts with pecans.
- Option: Omit the curry powder.
- Nutrition Facts: Calories 290, Fat 15g (Saturated 3g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 8mg, Sodium 181mg, Carbs 34g (Fiber 5g, Sugars 10g), Protein 8g