Friday, 4 December 2015

Superfoods: step out of your comfort zone



When the word “super” is used to describe something, you expect it to be better and more powerful, right? Superfoods claim to do just that. These foods contain many unique properties, such as meeting many of your health requirements.
Superfoods contain protein, vitamins, minerals and more. They help to correct imbalances and nourish many things, like hair, skin, nails, etc. This can help you stay healthier as the weather gets cooler and sickness starts going around.
As the chilly winter months approach, take care of your body and protect it in any way possible. Eating superfoods can help you do just that. According to The Huffington Post, there are about 13 seasonal superfoods you should be including in your diet. These consist of:
• Chicories — a type of leafy greens. They can be used in salads, on sandwiches or a variety of other things.
• Root vegetables — like turnips and beets. They are loaded with minerals that are absorbed from the soil.
• Jicama — also known as a Mexican potato.
• Winter squash — high in beta-carotene, which is good for healthy eyes and building the immune system.
• Cabbage — helps make you feel full and can help fight cancer.
• Cauliflower — a good substitute for starch and has lots of vitamin K, which helps blood clot properly.
• Chia seeds — these tiny seeds are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which help to curb cravings. They can be sprinkled on anything.
• Avocado — contains magnesium and potassium and helps your body absorb other nutrients.
• Citrus fruits — include oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, etc. These fruits can help your body absorb iron.
• Kiwi — high in vitamin C which helps with wound healing by repairing tissue.
• Pomegranate — can help you live longer.
• Pears — contain vitamins B2 and E. Vitamin B2 helps provide the body with natural energy; vitamin E helps the immune system stay strong.
• Berries — full of antioxidants which help stop free radicals that try to destroy cells.
Some of these superfoods may not sound familiar, but most are readily available at local supermarkets or grocery stores.
If there is a superfood you’ve never heard of, try it. Stepping out of your comfort zone could make you feel super.
Find more information at www.huffingtonpost.com or the University of Maryland Medical Center website at www.umm.edu, which offers much information on vitamins and minerals.
Jicama Mango Salad
with Cilantro and Lime
1 large jicama, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1 small red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
1 large firm mango, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1/2 red onion, cut into matchsticks
Dressing:
1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Toss jicama, bell pepper, mango and onion together in a large bowl. Set aside.
Stir cilantro, lime juice, honey, salt and cayenne pepper together in a bowl.
Pour cilantro mixture over jicama mixture, toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, refrigerate at least 15 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.


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