Super foods have been a popular topic lately. Our County Home & Community Education Club is having a lesson on Super Foods this next week and guess who the hostess is? Yep, it’s me. So today, I’m sharing my findings with you from the research I’ve been doing to prepare for the meeting. WARNING VERY LONG POST. YOU MAY WANT TO PRINT THIS TO READ LATER WITH YOUR … YUMMY GREEN SMOOTHIE. (okay, here I sit with coffee and chocolate…)
1st – What is a “Super Food”
Follow the Bees!
Acai Berries are powerful antioxidants, regulate cholesterol, & are high in fiber, proteins, calcium, vitamins B6, A, E and are extremely beneficial for the human immune system. Recent research has shown Acai berries help control cancer.Coconut contains copper and vitamin C, a perfect combination of elements to keep the skin flexible and elastic.
Coconut has the minerals that help build strong bones, regulate blood sugar levels, and relax the mind and body. Selenium in coconut helps reduce joint inflammation from arthritis. The fiber present in coconut improves digestion, curbs food cravings helping aid weight loss.
Blueberries are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and anthocyanin, removing toxins and supplying all the essential nutrients to the body. Blueberries improves urinary tract health and prevent aging by neutralizing the free radicals in the body. They boost to the immune system, and help in effective weight loss.
Goji Berries contain specific elements that help boost vision, immune system, & strengthen the metabolism. They also improve the circulation of blood, detox the system and help weight loss while stocking the body with great nutrients.
Pomegranates flush out harmful toxins from the body, resulting in a slimmer body and shiny skin. Whoohoo! The juice prevents dental plaque & the formation of skin, breast, and prostate cancer. Pomegranate regulates blood pressure levels and prevents the onset of Alzheimer diseases and osteoarthritis. (Unfortunately this is one juice I have not been able to stomach. Some of my friends just love it…)
Cranberry is native to North America with a long history of use for medicinal uses, including treatments for wounds, urinary disorders, diarrhea, diabetes, stomach ailments and liver issues. We use it in our family for urinary tract infections. Research is being done now on cranberry’s effects on heart disease, yeast infections and its potential against cancer, stroke and viral infections. Be careful though! Most store bought cranberry juice is mostly sugar &/or corn syrup. The best I’ve found is Knudsen Just Cranberry, but you may want to add it to apple juice because it has super-pucker power!
Noni berry fruit from an evergreen shrub known as canary wood native to tropical areas of the South Pacific. The green fruit, leaves and rhizomes were traditionally used used in Polynesian cultures to treat menstrual cramps, bowel irregularities, diabetes, liver diseases and urinary tract infections.
Raspberries are among the highest fiber-containing foods, a great source of vitamin C, manganese, B vitamins 1–3, folic acid, magnesium, copper, iron and contain the all-important anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, gallic acid, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicylic acid which our bodies need to fight sickness and desease.
One serving of Strawberries offers 85 milligrams of vitamin C, or 150 percent of the Daily Value plus fiber, manganese, folate, potassium, and like the rest of the berry family, antioxidants. Make sure to purchase organic ones if you can, because they are usually sprayed with lots of nasty chemicals. The best strawberries (other than garden fresh) are from Kathryn’s Thrive Cozy Pantry. They are freeze dried and the children love to snack on them as is. I love making muffins out of them. I just add a little extra milk to my muffin recipe and let it sit for a few minutes before cooking. A great hit in our family. They have really wonderful sales on all the fruits!
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