What the Heck Are Superfoods?

The Alarming Truth About ‘Healthy’ Cereal

Well, we’re sorry to say that such a food has yet to be discovered, but superfoods might just be the next best thing. A superfood is a food that is extremely high in antioxidants; the consumption of superfoods has been linked to a wide rage of health benefits. Being full of free radical destroyers called antioxidants, they have been shown to fight cancer and slow the aging process. They are loaded with phytochemicals, which are linked to everything from keeping your heart healthy to keeping your immune system strong. These powerhouses of nutrition have even been shown to have energy enhancing, metabolism boosting, and waistline shrinking abilities. When measured by weight, the more disease-fighting, wrinkle-preventing antioxidants packed into one food – the more “super” it is. To measure antioxidants, an “ORAC Scale” (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is used and it tells us, scientifically, just how healthy a food is. For example, a traditional high-antioxidant food, like the blueberry, has 2,400 ORAC units per 100g. Blueberries are definitely healthy, but do not qualify as a superfood. Goji berries (a pink Chinese berry) have 25,300 ORAC units per 100g and raw cacao (chocolate) has about 98,000 ORAC units per 100g.

I use: 1/2 cup Daisy Brand Low Fat Cottage Cheese 1/4 cup Grape Nuts (original) 1/4 cup fresh California strawberries” — Katherine Brooking, MS, RD, co-founder of AppforHealth.com Pink Smoothie I have rolled oats with chia seeds and cinnamon and maple syrup during some autumn and winter cold mornings. But during warmer months, I have a protein smoothie before workouts. Recipe: 2 scoops whey (or other) protein powder 1 ripe banana 1 cup fresh/frozen organic blueberries, strawberries and raspberries 8 ounces unsweetened almond/coconut milk 1 tablespoon coconut butter 1 teaspoon maca powder 1 teaspoon camu camu powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Pinch pink Himalayan salt Blenderize and top with cacao nibs or beans, golden flax seeds and chia seeds. Serves two. — Rochelle Sirota, MS, RD, CDN Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal “I enjoy two breakfast choices: Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal: Old-fashioned oatmeal slow cooked with dried cherries. I add vanilla bean and vanilla extract. Drizzle in warm honey. Florentine Omelet: Egg whites with sauteed spinach, onion and red pepper, melted jack cheese and a slice of whole grain toast. — Angela Ginn-Meadow, RD, LDN, CDE Protein-Filled Pancakes “My favorite protein pancakes! Recipe: 1 small ripe (overripe is perfect) banana 2 eggs or 4 egg whites 1 tablespoon peanut or almond butter Pinch of cinnamon, if desired Drop of vanilla or almond extract, if desired Instructions: 1.


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