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.
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.
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!
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.
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.