There is a massive craze around health foods right now with so many people saying that we need a random product in our diet to survive. Honestly, this kinda makes me not want to try any newly discovered health food since it could be a scam, but there are a few great health foods out there that are tried and true and we all can benefit from eating. Best thing, you ask? Some of this may be in you pantry/fridge already; you just did not know how good it was!
Don't know matcha bout this health food? Matcha is a green tea powder that has up to 127 times the antioxidants and amino acids of green tea and up to 20 times as much as other super foods like blueberries, pomegranates, and spinach. Matcha can be made into desserts, smoothies, and, of course, teas. This is one of those health foods that covers all your bases: it will help with anti-aging; lower stress levels; help brain function; and has anti-carcinogens that will reduce the risks of cancers.
We all know that kale is great, but I know so many people who are still not eating it or, only eating it cooked to the point of no nutrient recovery. Tisk tisk. Kale is great for us. You can put it raw in smoothies, in salads, juiced, or sautéed with some garlic, white wine vinegar, and seasonings for the best thing you have ever eaten in your life. Seriously. By eating kale this way instead of boiling or over-cooking, you will get health benefits like your daily servings (times like 100) of vitamins A, C, and K. It is also a great sours of protein, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Yes, vitamins are technically considered a health food. As long as you are taking the right ones, these supplements will soon become your best friend. Vitamins will help increase energy, improve immunity, keep us strong, and improve our overall health. Just be sure to get the right ones. There are a lot of vitamins out there that go through very little content testing and are mostly chemicals and filler. Yuck. The best ones I have found are through Nutrilite - they are 100% organic and massively quality controlled.
4. Dark Chocolate
I think I just heard the sound of women everywhere cheering. Dark chocolate is great to eat, especially for women. Dark chocolate has been found to reduce stress, reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), and reduce blood pressure. Sadly though, we do not need a pound a day to get all the health benefits; a quarter of an ounce should do the trick. Tease.
5. Red Wine
Another one of those that we can all cheer for. Although doctors are wary of recommending anyone drink alcohol in general, they have found that a glass of red wine is good for the heart. The antioxidants in red wine help lower bad cholesterol levels and improve the lining of blood vessels. Funny, but new research has found the same benefits in beer.
Garlic is not just good for the way it tastes. This yummy food can help reduce bad cholesterol and lower our blood pressure. Garlic is also great to take when you are sick or not wanting to become sick. Components of garlic help fight bacteria, even E. coli.
Like matcha, spirulina is a green powder. But, spirulina is a blue green algae that has been dried and powdered. Spirulina is a great source of protein (60% of it is protein!), a great plant source of iron, it helps detoxify the body, aids in weight loss, and is high in vitamins B, D, and K.
There we are, some health food you may have never heard of before, and some that are probably sitting on your kitchen counter now. Even better is that all of these taste great or have hardly any taste at all. What are some of your favorite ways to serve health foods?