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Have You Ever Tried some of These 10 Mind-Blowing Exotic Superfoods?

Our body is our temple. Period. Food is the essence of living well. We’ve all bare witness to people getting to 100+ simply because of what they eat. Take Japan for instance where the average life expectancy is 83 years! And why is that you might ask? Well first of all they know what is good for them. We present to you the 10 superfoods that will not only make you feel better, but they will also cleanse your body thus make you feel better spiritually.

 

Goji Berries

Goji BerriesChinese medicine has always fascinated us. These berries have been used through centuries as a cure-all. Know to improve circulation as well as to increase the libido they’ve made our top list. Western medicine tells us that these are filled with nutrients and outrank blueberries and prunes by far in antioxidant load. They are packed with 18 amino acids, essential fatty acids — including good sources of protein – and these are just the few.

What to do with them?

These can be more on the expensive sides to be honest, and a bag of these can vary between 6$-12$ a pop which has about 2 cups. You can always mix them with everyday foods which contain high amounts of anti oxidants for a lot less cash.

 

Chia

ChiaI remember someone once told me that there used to be a commercial about the Chia Pet. Wasn’t born back then but I remember that the first time that I heard it, the jingle got stuck in my head. Aaaaaanyways. Back to the subject.
These little seeds are currently responsible for our wellness! Yes you red correctly. These seeds have such an amazing palette of nutrients and are high on Omega-3, they contain high levels of protein and also are a great source of fiber.

What to do with it?

Easy. You can hydrate them with warm water for a few minutes to allow for all juices to start flowing and allow them to bloom, much like the tapioka. You can eat them dried as they are sweet and crunchy you can even eat them like breadcrumbs! If you want to remain fit and healthy, especially after 40, why don’t you make some oats and chia for breakfast for a fiber packed day?

 

Quinoa

QuinoaBack in the day (and I mean wayyy back) this was discovered by the ancient Aztecs as a source of energy for their warriors. Quinoa comes from a colorful (very nice to have in the garden as well as a decoration) looking leafy plant that grows in South America.

This is complete protein! Has 9 essential amino acids, oh, and did I mention that it’s great for vegan diets? It’s very rich in manganese which helps your bones be strong and healthy and it also normalizes blood sugar levels with it’s fiber content. You love your junk food? Don’t worry, Quinoa has niacin which has been proven to lower cholesterol levels and tryiglycerides.

What to do with it?

Quinoa has proven to be an amazing nutritious alternative to white rice (I would say a better alternative to be honest). Easy to make, gluten-free and even easier to get it out of you. You can make Quinoa with mushrooms or you can even make an entire diet out of it!

 

Edameme

EdamemeAhhhh Asian cuisine. They sure know how to make it tasty! One more in the basket for them! And on the plus side, you can find these in most frozen isles in the bigger markets! And they come cheap also!

Edameme (or fresh soybeans) are wealthy in calcium and also rich with low fat protein, vitamin C and A. Some would say that it’s a much nicer way to enjoy soy simply because it’s not processed and packed like soy foods and are not exploited and advertised and health foods.

 

What to do with them?

You can basically add em’ in every bean dish (this goes especially well for you Mexican food lovers) such as burritos. They also go well if you combine them with dips and soups. And for the summer months, when the weather is hot, you can always make a salad, or serve them with a flaky piece of white fish.

 

Flax

FlaxThere are people who are actually nuts about this stuff. Most probably they will tell you that after having a shake of this, they literally feel fuller on life and that they believe that their life expectancy increases.

These are really full on omega-3 and just a couple of tablespoons can give you more than the recommended daily intake. But, their absorption is low. Let me explain. Flax is mostly made up of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that isn’t well converted compared to those docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), found in fatty fish.

There are benefits from it though and you can get quite an intake of the little fatty acids which will help bone health, they’ve been also proven to be mood enhancers and even to decrease inflammation.

What to do with it?

Have you ever thought of baking your own bread? And for those of you with a bit of a sweet tooth, make sure to try the Flax Waffles!

 

Tumeric

TurmericThe bad boy of spice. No, really. It’s powerful, has talents to treat skin disorders, can even calm PMS (this is for you gents just in case if you cook for your lovely better half), it can fight cancer and it’s tart. There was also an extensive research which showed how it can fight fat tissue growth.

Yes, yes. It does have a lot of qualities (I mean really it’s really like a rock star among spices) but will you like the taste when you try it? I doubt it. However, there is a solution. Using it in small amounts in your favorite recipes makes it undetectable. And this is thanks to it’s powdered form!

What to do with it?

If you are a curry lover, than this is what gives the curry that yellowish color. Or why not make spiced popcorn just for that movie night in with your friends?

 

Dandelion

DandelionThis came in our list because many people wouldn’t guess what lies in their yard. “Wet the bed” is what the French use as an official expression for the cleansing capabilities of this plant. No seriously, it’s called “piss-le-lit”.

This common plant can and will serve it’s duty by protecting the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. Seriously. Ayurvedic Doctors have been found to recommend eating the leaves of this plant just for the aforementioned reasons since 1 cup dandelion leaves has 25 calories, and contains 112% of your vitamin A and 32% of your vitamin C needs for the day.

What to do with it?

Why not start your day with a tasty Bacon & Eggs with Dandelion sandwich?

 

Maca

MacaI don’t know how many of you knew this but the root of the Maca plant has been used ever since the time of the Andes. It thrives in the rocky earth of the Peruvian Highlands.

A lot of stuff has been packed in this thing – amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, C, E and minerals including calcium, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium and iron. It even contains potassium which is crucial for our blood pressure and the equilibrium of water in the body.

 

What to do with it?

Maca can be found in powdered form. That means that it can be made in smoothies, added in warm milk and mixed with honey just to make it the perfect nightcap so you can tuck away under the warm blankets and fall asleep next to a burning fire (I really took it too far but imagine you’re in a cave up in the mountains and have a sleeping bag!)

 

Camu Camu

camu camuAnother Andean berry. It grows in the swamps on trees. An interesting fact is that it takes 100 pounds of berries, to make 4 pounds of dried Camu Camu powder (which makes it much more expensive). The price though doesn’t match the Vitamin C punch that this contains which is 40-60 times more than an orange!

Flavenoids, powerful antioxidants put a tiara to this unique flavor that literally reminds on cranberries with citrus. Vitamin B and several amino acids give this a diverse number of nutrients also which is why this has been on the table as a cure-all: anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, hair tonic and even anti-viral!

What to do with it

Since the powerful pack of Vitamin C is more than enough within a single tablespoon of powder (literally gives you 1000% more than your daily dosage), why not make something unique, refreshing but also that even the kids would appreciate, like camu-camu popsicle maybe?

 

Lucuma

Lucuma3:0 for the Andes. This is used as a sweetener since it comes out of a fruit which has a wide palette of nutrients such as Vitamin B, fiber, niacin, calcium and iron.

It does contain a lot of calories and carbohydrates though (60 calories per tablespoon) but makes up for it by being low in sugar. When you get it in powdered form, it has a wonderful maple flavor which makes it perfect for puddings!

What to do with it?

As I mentioned, due to it’s maple-y flavor, why not use it and combine it with some sweets which are chocolate, vanilla, banana or why not make some almond bars?

 

 

 

 

 

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