Superfoods are a class of the most potent, super-concentrated, and nutrient rich foods on the planet, and they have the ability to empower all of the organs in our bodies. Tasty and satisfying, superfoods have the ability to increase the vital force and energy in one’s body, but some of their other contributing factors, are the reasons you want to know more about them.
Not only do superfoods taste great on their own or mixed with sauces, salads and soups, most superfoods are packed with vitamins and minerals, loaded with disease fighting abilities, and generally are also lower in calories than typical foods. For instance, one red bell pepper has twice the amount of vitamin C than an orange!
Superfoods are a great choice for improving overall health, boosting our immune system, elevating serotonin production (a hormone which plays an important role in regulating sleep, mood, learning and possibly anxiety, migraines and appetite), enhancing sexuality, cleansing, and lowering inflammation. Now, if you, like most of us are constantly burning the candle at both ends with 12 to 14 hour days, are stressed by life and its everyday challenges, or are the one in three uninsured Latinos in the U.S., superfoods just may be what can help you reclaim your health.
My top 5 Latino Superfoods are:
Sweet potatoes: great source of Vitamin C and fiber. Replace your French fries with some sweet potato fries for a satisfying yet low calorie side.
Leafy greens: collard greens, spinach, kale are some of the best superfoods around, they are a great source of vitamin A, C, and K and also have lots of folate, potassium, magnesium and iron. Haven’t acquired a taste for them? Put them in your smoothie with some fruit like I do works every time.
Lentils and Garbanzo beans: great source of protein and starch in one, depending how they are prepared, any type of bean is good for you.
Berries: raspberries in particular, have the highest amount of fiber. Berries boost brain health, helps the brain function better, sharper. Top your oatmeal or pancakes with some!
Broccoli: has lots of vitamin C, K, antioxidants and fiber. Steam them and add a splash of lemon juice and you’re good to go.
What I find most interesting about superfoods is that some feel as if they have made a new discovery of sorts. In actuality, our grandparents and ancestors lived off of these home grown, hand picked, health-giving and wholesome foods, they just didn’t use a catchy phrase like we do today. Our ancestors kept it simple, they used what they had and thrived, often raising multiple generations on home grown herbs, legumes, and vegetables. Not all of our health solutions come in form of a pill or prescription! Make prevention your first and best tool in caring for the temple you’ve been given, you only get one body, how are you going to take care of it?
By Being Latino Contributor, Maria G. Rodriguez, RN, BSN, CHHC, www.connectmymindbodyandspirit.com