Putting The Super Into Superfoods!
Food ‘Superfoods’ are all about nutritional value, and incorporating them into your diet is an important first step on the journey to a happy and healthy life.
It’s easy and affordable
“A superfood is a food that has a high level of nutrients — including antioxidants, minerals and vitamins — that can help prevent disease and improve the quality and length of your life,” explains Joy McCarthy, Holistic Nutritionist and owner of JoyousHealth.ca.
“A lot of people think that superfoods are exotic and expensive but that’s not always true, in fact there’s a lot of superfoods locally grown in Ontario that are not expensive at all.”
"A lot of people think that superfoods are exotic and expensive but that’s not always true, in fact there’s a lot of superfoods locally grown in Ontario that are not expensive at all."
Superfoods can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease and help to balance blood sugar. They’re easy to find at any local market or store, think about blueberries, kale, apples, tomatoes and hemp seeds, they’re all superfoods.
Two of McCarthy’s favourite superfoods are coconut oil and ginger. “Coconut oil is a fantastic source of medium chain triglycerides, which, instead of storing as fat on your belly or thighs, your body uses up as energy,” she says. “You can use it on your skin and hair too, it’s so versatile.”
Ginger works as an anti-inflammatory, an immune booster, is great for digestion and is also a natural antibiotic; now that really is a superfood. “I love grating some fresh ginger into a veggie stir fry,” says McCarthy. “And it’s great in a fresh juice, too.”
Don’t forget the greens
Superfoods are essential in any healthy diet, but it’s important to eat lots of greens too. McCarthy recommends that, for two of your daily meals, half of your plate should be made up of vegetables. Green vegetables are a good source of chlorophyll, which is detoxifying, and leafy greens are very high in fiber which is important for keeping your blood glucose levels in check, preventing things like diabetes.
“Everyone knows that eating salad is healthy, but thinking outside the box to get more greens into your diet is important,” says McCarthy. “Definitely try tossing in a handful of spinach into a smoothie, or kale into soup.”
Don’t waste any more time, let it be today that you and your family embrace superfoods and add more greens to your diet. “People think that being healthy is complicated and that it’s not tasty, but that couldn’t be further from the truth,” says McCarthy. “Healthy can, and should, be absolutely delicious.”