7 SuperFoods To Add To Your Diet

su·per·food
ˈso͞opərˌfo͞od/
noun
a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.

Check out the 7 nutrient dense superfoods that get us all kinds of excited here at SOVI FIT.

Maca

Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Peruvian Andes. This root was sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicine in South America for centuries. Maca was eaten by Inca imperial warriors before battles and is now used today for its ability to enhance strength and endurance. Here at SOVI FIT we love maca powder because it provides long lasting energy without any sort of crash. It’s provides a nice, steady boost to keep you going throughout the day. According to webmd, women use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and symptoms of menopause and in agriculture, it is used to increase fertility in livestock.

Recipe Tip: Try adding maca to your super secret family guacamole recipe to supercharge its nutritional value.

Sacha Inchi

Sacha inchi, also known as the Inca peanut, is the seed of a plant that grows in the highlands of Peru. Sacha inchi has been cultivated and used as a food source for 3,000 years in the Amazon rainforest. It has been called a “super food” because of its high content of essential fatty acids and complete proteins. Just one tablespoon of this magical powder contains .5g of fat, 2g of carbs and 6g of protein. DID YOU HEAR THAT VEGANS? That’s 6 grams of protein per tablespoon! With a yummy nutty flavor, Sacha Inchi Powder is a great addition to smoothies, desserts and other food dishes.

Recipe Tip: Add a tablespoon of Sacha Inchi to your favorite smoothie mixture.

Cacao

The fruit of the theobroma cacao tree contains a small bean from which all chocolate is made. Each cacao pod that emerges from the tree typically houses between 40 and 60 cacao seeds. To make chocolate, cacao beans are roasted and grounded and after further processing, are the basis of chocolate. When the beans are dried at low temperature they are called raw cacao beans, which can be consumed whole, broken into pieces called nibs or ground to produce raw cocoa powder. Raw cacao can lower blood pressure, improve circulation, improve digestion, promote healthy cardiovascular function and enhance physical and mental well-being. Cacao is bitter in its raw state so feel free to add a bit of honey or natural sweetener.

Recipe Tip: Take 2 cups of high quality soft Medjool dates (pitted), 2-3 tablespoons of raw cacao and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and blend in a high speed food processor. Roll into small balls and refrigerate for one hour.

Gogi Berries

Gogi is a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub that’s native to China. In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hope of living longer. This powerful little superfruit contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Their amazing antioxidant properties and polysaccharides help to boost the immune system. It’s no surprise to find out  that in traditional Chinese medicine they are renowned for increasing strength and longevity. Goji berries are one of the most abundant sources of antioxidants, and they’re also a good source of protein, vitamin A and vitamin C. They contain a low glycemic index. Foods with a low GI are said to satisfy hunger quickly and reduce food cravings. Hence, consuming goji berries reduces our cravings for starchy and sugary foods. Goji berries have a mild tangy taste that is slightly sweet and sour.

Recipe Tip: Bring quinoa, oats and goji berries to a boil, then shut off the heat, cover the pot, and let it sit till morning. Overnight the grains absorb the water and all you have to do is reheat in the morning!

Chia Seeds

Chia is a powerful seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. Chia seeds have around 140 calories per two tablespoons, along with a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. They contain all nine essential amino acids, which are the muscle-building protein building blocks our bodies need but don’t produce naturally—we have to get them through our food. The hydrophilic action of chia seed will keep you full longer than many other seeds. Since chia seeds are capable of absorbing a lot of liquid, it’s important to stay well-hydrated when consuming them.

Recipe Tip: Did you know that chia gel (chia + water) can also be used as a substitute for eggs in many baked goods. Use a proportion of 1 to 6 ratio of Chia Seeds to Water to make chia gel. Use approximately one tablespoon of chia gel to replace one large egg in your baked goods.

Spirulina

Spirulina is the world’s first superfood, and one of the most nutrient-rich foods on Earth. It is one of the oldest life forms and in fact, this blue-green microalgae is partially responsible for producing the oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere that billions of years ago allowed the planet’s originating life forms to develop. What?!? So it’s not that much of a surprise to learn that spirulina provides a wide range of health benefits almost immediately upon ingestion. People who consume this superfood on a regular basis usually notice an increase in energy and overall health. Spirulina supplies nutrients needed to cleanse and heal while providing protection from all kinds of cancers as well as multiple viruses including influenza, herpes, mumps, measles and AIDS. Spirulina has been shown to encourage and support the growth of healthy bacterial flora in your gut, which can help keep candida overgrowth under control. Throw a little bit of spirulina in a smoothie or consume it in capsule form. Click here for information on SOVI SUPERFOOD SUPPLEMENTS.

Recipe Tip: Mix 1 tablespoon of spirulina into 1/2 a cup of warm water and let dissolve for 5 minutes. Add to lemonade, stir and add ice. 

Hemp Seeds

Hemp has been cultivated for over 12,000 years around the globe. The hardy plant has been used as a food, fiber, textile, paper, and even fuel. Hemp is a type of cannabis plant, but the only high these will give you is a protein high (insert cheesy laugh)! One serving of this magical seed contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas per 30 gram serving, providing more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax. With a pleasant nut-like flavor and creamy texture, hemp seeds are a nutritious and delightful addition to hot cereals, smoothies, desserts, breads, pancakes, granola bars, salads and rice.

Recipe Tip: Get ready to have your mind blown when you switch up your tabouli recipe by nixing the bulgur and replacing it with hemp seeds.

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Disclaimer: There are many types of superfoods out there so it is important to do your homework before making a purchase. Read labels and make sure you are taking the right dosage for you. Superfoods are a healthy foods, not a miracle drug. Superfoods are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.If you’re currently taking medication or have any types of conditions or diseases, talk to your doctor before consuming any of the superfoods listed above. These statements herein have not been reviewed by the FDA.

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