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)
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?