March 7, 2011 § 7 Comments
Months and months and MONTHS ago I said that I would start a superfoods section at the Strawberry Patch. Whatever happened to that?! Recently I used this idea and wrote a post for the blog that is connected to a magazine that I am writing for. You can see the online article here, but I’ve also copied it below. Who has the sudden urge for dark leafy greens?!
Reach Your Training Potential With Superfoods
Have you heard the term ‘superfood’ being thrown around the gym, the supermarket and in the magazines but you’re still unsure about what they are and what it means for your training? Don’t worry you’re not alone!
Last week the VoulezVousMag blog set you the challenge of fourteen-days sugar free. Now that we know what NOT to eat, this week we’ll discover what we NEED to eat for the health of our organs, bones, muscles and immune systems.
Superfood is a term that was originally used by the Japanese back in the 1980s to describe food that was dense in nutrients. These days, the word ‘superfood’ encapsulates any food that is dense in vital nutrients that the body needs to thrive.
Superfoods are packed with protein, that magic food group that helps keep us away from sugary snacks, and satisfy our daily vitamin and mineral requirements. What this means is that by eating superfoods you are fuelling your body with proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, phytonutrients, good fats and oils, amino acids and essential fatty acids. You’ll never have to reach for that multivitamin tablet again!
When our bodies are fed with demineralised food, i.e. food that has been grown in poor-mineral soil, or food that is highly processed, high in sugar or low in antioxidants and natural cell repairing fats and oils, we begin to show these deficiencies physically, first through our breath, then through our skin, hair and nails, and finally the internal systems of the body will begin to breakdown.
But how can superfoods help your training? When you follow an intense training program your body becomes affected physically and emotionally. So when you’re back at the gym doing it all again, your body is still trying to play catch up for cell growth and restoration. By fuelling your body with superfoods you are giving it the nutrients and minerals it needs to recover as quickly as possible.
And most importantly, superfoods are low in calories and high in nutrients, which means even small quantities will help to detoxify the body, achieve your ideal weight and provide you with the much needed energy and stamina to reach your training goals!
Superfoods For Your Shopping List
America’s South: Harris Teeter carries a small range of health food but for a one-stop shop, head to EarthFare and don’t forget to check out the bulk buy section for great prices on all your nuts and seeds.
Australia: Woolworths stocks the Macro range now, but if you’re in Bondi Junction go to The Suv for the BEST value organic market.
- Raw unsweetened cacao: High in sulfur and magnesium, cacao beans reduce appetite and strengthen nails and bones. Use this superfood to help curb those chocolate cravings and stay true to your ‘no sugar’ pledge.
- Maca: Known as the Incan superfood, Maca root is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins and tannins. Sprinkle it on your yoghurt or mix it into a smoothie.
- Goji berries: Also known as the wolf berry, goji berries are high in Vitamin C and contain amino acids, essential fatty acids and 12 trace minerals. Just remember that these babies are reasonably high in sugar, so consume in moderation.
- Chia seeds: An ancient food used by the Aztecs, which contain protein, calcium, vitamns and minerals. Sprinkle a tablespoon of chia seeds over your soups, salads and yoghurts, or into a bottle of water to keep you feeling fuller for longer (Miranda Kerr does!) link – http://www.koraorganics.com/
- Brazil nuts: The only nut with a “complete” protein content. Limit your serve to 3 Brazil nuts per day as they are high in fat.
- Broccoli: Possibly the most powerful weapon in the dietary arsenal against cancer. Broccoli boosts the immune system, lowers the incidence of cataracts, supports cardiovascular health, builds bones and fights birth defects. If that’s not enough, a cup of broccoli only has 30 calories, so get steaming!