Everyone has seen them. Sprinkled on top of steel cut oats, or blended into smoothies, superfoods are all over your favorite health blogger’s Instagram. While we all know the basics such as kale and quinoa, there are more choices for fun foods for better health. Check out our favorite lesser known superfoods below!
Ancient grains include gains that have been largely unchanged over time. These grains are closer to an unrefined form and hold in more nutrients than products like white flour or processed grain products. Ancient grains often include spelt, kamut, farro, barley, sorghum, millet, and quinoa.
Chia seeds are a complete protein and provide an easy way of adding iron, potassium, and fiber to any meal. Chia seeds are commonly made into pudding or baked into bread. Check out 10 ways to use chia seeds here!
Kefir is a kind of tart, thin, fermented yogurt that is high in antioxidants and probiotics. Probiotics keep your digestive system healthy and provides healthy bacteria for a well operating body. It also has high levels of calcium. Try it by itself or in smoothies.
Wheatgrass can be found as a juice or powder and is loaded with Vitamins A, B, and C. It also contains high levels of calcium, phosphorus, magneisum, sodium, and potassium, similar to many vitamin supplements. Wheatgrass can be found at your local health food store.
Cacao powder is minimally processed raw chocolate. Its properties include containing flavanols that can lower blood pressure. The antioxidants in cacao powder help decrease free radicals in your cells, which cause early aging in those who are exposed to common environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke. Cacao powder is a great way to provide a chocolaty taste to foods without adding any sugar. Mix it into smoothies or yogurt to satisfy a chocolate craving.
Maca powder is made from a root grown in the high Andes Mountains of South America. It has been reported to improve endurance and serve as an energy boosting ingredient. It is an adaptogen, which means that it helps with regeneration of energy and repairs damage from fatigue. You can easily bake Maca powder into bread or add it to oatmeal in the morning.
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