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Menu Swap: October 5th

Posted Oct 05 2009 10:00pm
The Super Food Challenge
B efore we begin to what are “super foods”, let’s start by saying what they aren’t. Super foods aren’t: a magical “cure all”, a lose weight diet asset, money burning ingredient, or related to Super man in any way, shape, or form.
Right, nice try broccoli.

What super foods really are, are foods with a high phytonutrient content that may benefit the health of those who consume them. A phyochemical are compounds that are naturally found in vegetables and fruits that may affect the health for the better. Of course, the majority of these theories of the effectiveness of phytochemicals are merely speculations with little evidence. Even with these speculations, there are certain foods that were analyzed and considered to be more beneficial to the human body via consumption over another assortment of vegetables. Unfortunately, everyone has their own conceivable list of super foods, but after searching many websites, I made a small list with the foods that I believe are a true and beneficial “super food” that should be part your daily diet. Of course, it is hard to consume each and every item per day, so, at least try to consume a substantial amount of items from this list.

Avocados
Berries (See my later article about the “exotic super berries”)
Beans, Lentils, Pulses
Cacao
Cinnamon
Dark Leafy Greens
Eggs
Eggplant
Flaxseeds
Garlic
Kiwi
Mushrooms
Nuts (Almonds and walnuts specifically)
Oranges
Pumpkin
Red Wine
Salmon
Sea Vegetables
Soy
Sweet potatoes
Tomatoes
Tea
Whole Grains
Yogurt

Your Mission: include at least 10 of the listed ‘super foods’ in your menu.
Your Reward: delicious and nutritious food.

My Super Menu for October 5th
Breakfast
Apple Brown Betty with Walnuts
Mexican Bread Pudding with Cacao Nibs

Lunch

Black Bean Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Roasted Tomatoes
Sweet and Sour Jicama Salad w/ Crispy Tofu
Broccoli Waldorf Salad
Fluffernutter (For National Fluffernutter Day)

Dinner
Polenta Gratin
Greek Vegetable Tart
Mushroom Steak, Egg, & Potato Salad
Baja Fish Salad
Gingersnap Crusted Eggplant Gratin w/ sautéed greens & potato salad

Others
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Wedding Cake #1

Uhm, more if I’m crazy enough.

Meet the Challengers
Wendy at Celiac’s in the House takes the challenge head on with full speed balancing nutriton around the bustling activity going on in her house. It sounds like she has her hands full with a birthday bash, home coming, sports games, and travel! Even though her hands sound full, at least their stomachs with be stuffed with her chicken corn chowder, Mexican style pasta skillet, pizza and fishcakes. Honestly, who can pass up fishcakes?
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