5 Super Foods for Super Powers!

Via on Feb 8, 2012

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In an attempt to eat less meat (being kinder to my body), and more local produce (being kinder to the planet), I’m finding myself with lower energy and really not being kind to anyone.

It’s not that there aren’t enough great food options available, there are, I’m just not exactly sure what they are.  So, I did a little googlin’ looking into foods to boost my energy.  They’re not local (it’s February in Ontario so not much is).  But they are veggie and they are  Super!

1. Quinoa ~ Once referred to as the “gold of the Incas”, this super food is high in complete proteins, which means it  contains all nine essential amino acids which make up a protein molecule.  Quinoa is also a great source of manganese, magnesium, folate and phosphorus making it a great option for those suffering from migraine headaches and those looking to boost their heart health.  Other benefits include: brain function, bone builder and internal cleanser.  This ancient grain can be substituted for most hot cereals and rice dishes.  Also great added into salads and stews.
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Italian Broccoli and Quinoa Pilaf Recipe

 

2. Leeks ~ Loaded with vitamin C, manganese, folate, iron and vitamin B6 this super food helps prevent heart disease and reduce the risk of certain cancers.  Leeks are also known to lower blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar levels.  As an immunity booster, warm leek soup is a great meal on a chilly February day.

 

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Quick and Easy Leek and Potato Soup Recipe

 

3. Soy ~ Soybeans (edamame) come from the legume family.  I got turned on to edamame while living in S. Korea.  My favourite way to take in the benefits of soy is right out of the pod.  However, soy is available in a ton of different varieties: tofu, tempeh, soy milk, soy flour, soy burgers, miso…  And the benefits are as diverse as the methods: decreased risk of heart disease, helps to prevent bone loss, reduced menopausal symptoms in women, and lowered rates in certain types of cancer.  Oh, the power of soy!
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Edamame Appetizer Recipe

 

4. Spinach ~ Packed with vitamins and minerals, spinach is one of the most nutrient dense foods in existence today.  No wonder Popeye popped the spinach on the daily.  Vitamin A, K, folate, magnesium, manganese and a dozen different flavonoid compounds work together to give this superfood it’s super punch.  Helping to kick cancer to the curb, while improving cardiovascular health and brain function.
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Stir-fried Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan Recipe

 

5. Hemp hearts ~ Not just for birkenstock wearing, dread-headed hippies, this super seed is a super food for all and can be added everywhere!  Smoothies, sandwiches, soups and salads, cereals and savoury dishes.  High in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, protein, vitamin E, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese.  Toss in some hemp hearts and reap the benefits.  *Knitted poncho and pipe not included.

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Recipes using Hemp

 

Any additions?  What super foods give you super powers?

 

About Shawna Turner

Shawna Turner. Aimless wanderer. Happiest with a book in one hand, glass of wine in the other, dreaming of down dogs, knitting, and really good cheese. Blog: a side of yoga..

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8 Responses to “5 Super Foods for Super Powers!”

  1. Lorin Arnold Lorin says:

    Posted to Elephant Food on Facebook and Twitter.

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  2. Tanya Lee Markul Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Posting to Elephant Yoga on Facebook and Twitter.

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  3. Kalyn says:

    Thanks for the shout out for my Stir Fried Spinach Spinach with Garlic and Parmesan!

  4. Shawna Turner Shawna says:

    Kalyn! Cool. Your site is great! During this whole process of shifting my way of eating I will for sure be using some of your recipes. Like your most recent recipe for Pecan crusted Dijon Salmon, this might just have to be dinner tonight!

  5. Shawna Turner Shawna says:

    Thanks Lorin and Tanya for spreading the love!

  6. phineasjalyper says:

    Good health nut information from my fellow culinary comrades! Gotta be careful in cambridge dentists can be few and far between, should I get into a sugar slump. :) Thanks for the info.

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