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Everyday Roots™ Book by Claire Goodall

215+ Home Remedies, Natural Beauty Recipes and DIY Household Products

Table of Contents
Introduction ................................................................................................... 5
The Problem with 21st Century Eating Habits ................................................ 7
Way Back in Time........................................................................................ 7
Not So Long Ago ......................................................................................... 7
Convenience vs. Nutrition........................................................................... 8
Empty Calories = Low Nutrition Foods ........................................................ 8
Society’s Expanding Waistline..................................................................... 9
The Truth about Carbs, Protein &Fat ........................................................... 11
Simple vs.Complex Carbs .......................................................................... 12
What Quality Protein Does for Your Body ................................................ 13
Fat: Why You Need It ................................................................................ 14
Incorporate Superfoods for Super Health .................................................... 16
What Makes Food Super? ......................................................................... 16
Benefits of a Superfood-Rich Diet ............................................................. 16
How to Incorporate Superfoods into Your Diet ........................................ 17
20 of the Best Superfoods ........................................................................... 18
Green Tea ................................................................................................. 18
Almonds .................................................................................................... 18
Avocados .................................................................................................. 19
Bluberries ................................................................................................. 20
Flaxseed .................................................................................................... 20
Olive Oil .................................................................................................... 21
Eggs........................................................................................................... 21
Salmon ...................................................................................................... 23

Spinach ..................................................................................................... 23
Probiotic Yogurt ........................................................................................ 24
Oats .......................................................................................................... 24
Açai ........................................................................................................... 25
Kale ........................................................................................................... 26
Jerusalem Artichokes ................................................................................ 26
Wheatgrass ............................................................................................... 27
Chia Seeds................................................................................................. 27
Adzuki Beans ............................................................................................. 28
Spirulina .................................................................................................... 28
Lentils ....................................................................................................... 29
Broccoli ..................................................................................................... 29
Superfood Recipes to Consider .................................................................... 31
Hot & Tangy Broiled Salmon with Green Beans ........................................ 32
Spinach, Red Lentil and Bean Curry .......................................................... 34
Frozen Yogurt Sundae with Spiced Nuts ................................................... 35
Conclusion ................................................................................................... 37

Introduction
Are you looking for ways to improve your eating habits that will help you to
live a long and enjoyable life? Are you tired of feelingtired? Do you want to
learn how to feel great, sustainyour health and lose weight in the process?
If you answered yes to these questions, then this guideis exactly what
you’re looking for! You’ll learn how you can make yourself feel like a whole
new person just by adding some delicious, nutrient-dense foods to your
diet.
You’ll find out for yourself what it’s like to have energy, feel good and love
life!
If you’ve made some not-so-healthy choices in the past and you’re feeling
the results now, that’s okay. Sometimes it’s necessary to live and learn. But,
you don’t have to stay in a world where you barely have the energy it takes
to make it through your day.
You don’t have to live your life with aches and pains, disease and illness.
While you can’t stop every little bug that finds its way into your body, there
are a lot of things you can do to turn your immune system into a warrior
that defends against practically everything!
And, you don’t have to spend your life being overweight and miserable. Fad
diets leave you feeling hungry and lacking, but when you load up on
superfoods, it’s like you lose weight without even trying!
You can have just as much energy and vitality at the end of your day as you
do at the beginning. You should look forward to every day and bounce out
of bed, ready to take on the world!
The way to make all this happen is to eat the right foods - superfoods!
When you incorporate these into your diet, you’ll feel so different, so good,
that you’ll wonder what took you so long to discover them.

If you don’t know a thing about superfoods right now, don’t worry because
you will soon be able to load up your grocery cart with 20 of them. In fact,
by the time you’re done reading this eBook, you will know:
 What effect your current eating habits are having on your body and
how you may be sending yourself to an early grave
 How your low energy and shifting moods may be more related to the
foods you eat than they are to the external stressors that you endure
day in and day out
 The carbohydrates and proteins you should be eating and which ones
you should avoid at all costs!
 Why fat in your diet is beneficial and how you can become healthier
by making sure you get enough
 Which foods you should add to your diet, allowing you to feel the best
you possibly can – every day, all day!
 How making just minor changes to what you eat can bring you major
results
 Ways to make adding superfoods simple and enjoyable!
 A couple different recipes to get you started on your journey to health
and wellness.
You don’t have to settle for a so-so body. It’s possible– many nutritionists
would argue it’s necessary - to eat in a way that supports your long, healthy
and weight-stable life.

The Problem with 21st Century Eating Habits
There’s no doubt that, as a society, we eat differently today than we did in
the past. Because of these changes, we have eating habits that are
essentially chopping up our life span into a fraction of what it could be.
Way Back in Time
Look at the way our ancestors ate long, long ago. The cavemen went out
daily and gathered food for every meal. If not, they didn’t eat! So, they
hunted for animal meat and foraged fruits, berries and nuts to bring back to
the women to cook and eat right then and there.
They didn’t the option of going to the local supermarket or convenience
store and picking up a bunch of processed foods when they were hungry.
Food wasn’t always available to them. They had whatever they could locate
that day at their disposal, nothing more.
Now, one could argue that they didn’t live very long either, which is true.
But it certainly wasn’t that healthy diet that killed them; it was the lack of
medicine to treat conditions which today are completely manageable with
modern knowledge and technology.
Not So Long Ago
You don’t even have to go back that far to see that things have changed.
Think back just a few years to when you were growing up. You can easily
see in just that short time frame that we’re in a completely different place
food-wise than where we used to be.
Today’s lifestyles as a whole have dramatically changed. Men used to go to
work every day while the women stayed at home and tended to the
housework and children. Every night,dinner was spent with the whole
family sitting down to anutritious,home-cooked meal.
Unfortunately, as far as eating habits are concerned, those days are gone. In
fact, the entire makeup of the average household is different. People are

more often time constrained between work, household duties, running here
and there, and doing everything else required to keep everything together
and afloat. The result? No time to prepare healthy meals and practice good
eating habits.
Convenience vs. Nutrition
We’re in an era of convenience. If we’re hungry, we stop at fast food
restaurants. If we want a snack, a gas station or corner store offers a
plethora of items. We eat a majority of our meals on the go.
When was the last time you sat down to a home-cooked meal that took
some time to prepare? And, how often do you get this opportunity? Sadly, if
you’re like most people, it’s not often enough.
Most of the time we choose what we’re going to put in our bellies based on
how easy it is to obtain as opposed to its nutritional content. We’re so tired
from all our other obligations; the last thing we want to do is take the time
necessary to prepare meals that meet all of our nutritional requirements.
Empty Calories = Low Nutrition Foods
When we choose foods based on speed versus nutrition, obviously the end
result – what we put in our stomachs – is not very healthy for us. Foods that
are quick to grab tend to be loaded with chemicals and preservatives to
help them have a longer shelf life. They’ve been processed so much that
most, if not all, of the nutrients that the food once had are gone.
That means that we’re missing out on the necessary vitamins and minerals
that our bodies need to feel good and work efficiently. The very foods that
we’re eating to sustain ourselves are filling us up, but they’re not actually
helping us become strong and healthy and full of energy.
In fact, they’re doing just the opposite. They’re leaving us lethargic and
miserable. They’re leaving our bodies open to illness and disease.

Society’s Expanding Waistline
Because of these dietary changes, as compared to both the distant past and
the more recent pre-convenience era, society isbecoming fatter and
suffering a long list of health problems linked to overconsumption and
malnutrition. The prevalence of obesity (considered 20% or more over
healthy body weight) is so high that health and fitness experts often refer to
it as an epidemic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “More
than one-third of older adults aged 65 and over were obese in 2007–
2010.”That number is the same for middle-aged adults as well!
What’s even more scary is that experts believe that if we keep going at this
rate, then two-thirds of adults will be obese by 2020. When will it stop?
When you carry too much weight, there are a whole series of negative side
effects to be expected. Your body isn’t designed to carry that much excess
fat so it retaliates.
On a simplistic level, it becomes harder to move around. Day-to-day
activities require more effort than normal when you have 10, 20 or 100
extra pounds of fat carried by your bones and muscles.
If you’re extremely overweight, you’ll be restricted from doing certain
activities. To the extreme, maybe you no longer fit in an airplane seat and
cannot travel.Or, to a lesser extent, perhaps you find it difficult to walk so
sightseeing is out of the question without a roomy vehicle.
On a more complex level, when you have too much of the white stuff in
your body, your vital organs can’t function as intended. Your heart and
lungs have to work harder. Your whole body struggles to keep up with being
much bigger than it should be,rendering all your organs less effective.
As a result, health condition after health condition starts to crop up. The
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute points to obesity as the cause of an

alarmingly high number of people afflicted with conditions such as heart
disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.
While these health issues also affect people of a normal weight, they are
inarguably more prevalent in those who carry a lot of excess fat on their
body. That means most sufferers of these chronic conditionslikely wouldn’t
have to endure the pain, discomfort and expense of being ill had they just
changed their eating habits.
So far, these statistics are just about adults! Childhood obesity is on the rise
as well, having doubled in kids 2–5 years old and tripled for older children in
recent years. Is this the lifestyle we want to teach our kids?
Because of the health issues that are a result of a nutrient-deficient diet
that includes too much food, overweight people are dying at a younger age.
According to the National Institutes of Health, if we don’t change our ways,
theaverage life expectancy of Americans is going to drop by five years over
the next few decades.
Can you imagine being at death’s door and knowing that you could have
had five more years had you merely taken better care of yourself? How gutwrenching is that thought?
Here is the important thing to remember:You don’t have to let it get to that
point. You can do something about it starting now. Make a commitment to
better health today, and begin making choices that support total health.
The first step in your quest is education. You have to know what you’re
putting in your body and the effects food has before you can find
motivation and methods to change your eating habits.

The Truth about Carbs, Protein &Fat
In considering the average person’s diet, we need to talk about three main
components: carbohydrates, protein and fat. Where a food falls in these
categories, called macronutrients, is dependant on each ingredient’score
components and, subsequently, what effect they have on the body.
Simple vs.Complex Carbs
There are two types of carbs, separated based on the effect they have on
your body. The simple carbs, commonly referred to as the bad carbs, are
digested rather easily. These are your sweets like candies, cakes, cookies
and pies. They’re also your salty snacks like pretzels, chips and crackers.
Anything with white sugar or white flour belongs in this category.
When your body digests food, it sends whatever it breaks the food down
directly into your cells and blood stream. Carbohydrates are broken down
into glucose, which is a type ofsugar.
So, the problem with simple carbohydrates is that they are processed so
quickly by your body that it creates a surge of blood sugar. That’s why you
feel so good when you eat them. It creates that sugar high feeling.
You may think that that is good, but the high is quickly followed by a crash.
Your body produces insulin in an attempt to lower your blood sugar.
Because it surged so quickly, your body often produces too much and
overcompensates, leaving it lower than before, which causes you to feel
lethargic and moody.
Your body doesn’t like to feel down like that and cravesanother high. It
wants to have energy and feel good. So, in order to chase that experience, it
makes you want more simple carbs.
It can’t rationalize that they’re bad in the long run. Your brain and body just
feel that blood sugar levels are too low, and they want another spike. Thus,
the cycle of cravings begins.

Compare that to complex carbohydrates–the good carbs– and you’ll see a
completely different pattern play out. Because these foods are closer to
their natural state, it takes your body longer to digest them. Therefore, you
don’t experience those hard-to-beat cravings. Your blood sugar remains
stable, and you’re often not as hungry because the foods are being broken
down in your body longer.
Complex carbs are also better for you also because they are higher in
vitamins and minerals as they’ve not been processed out. The more you
change the structure of a food, as in changing whole wheat flour to white
flour, the more you risk losing all the health and nutrition it once contained.
Good examples of complex carbs are whole wheat, brown rice, oatmeal and
barley. These foods help your body get the sugar it needs to burn as
immediate fuel without negative consequences, both in the immediate and
distant future.
What Quality Protein Does for Your Body
Protein is just as important to the body. It helps supply your muscles with
what they need to stay big and strong. Additionally, protein is the
foundation of a healthy immune system and gives your body the hormones
it needs to function as intended.
When most people think of protein, they think of bodybuilders. While it’s
true that they are the icon for this particular macronutrient, every single
person needs protein in their diet. However, those who consistently push
their bodies as hard as weightlifters do need more protein because it helps
their muscles repair and heal after a grueling workout.
Protein is separated into two types: animal-based and plant-based. Animalbased proteins are your cuts of meat, such as beef, lamb, chicken, turkey
and fish. But it also includes animal sources like eggs and dairy; even whey
protein powder is in this category because it is derived from milk. Plantbased proteins are rarer but can be found in nuts, beans, soy and leafy
greens.

The key to picking quality proteins is to choose items that are lower in
saturated fat. As a general rule of thumb, make sure your meat doesn’t
have marbleing, and cut off any excess that is visible. Choose low-fat or fatfree dairy products.
For vegans and vegetarians, it’s also important to think about getting in all
the essential amino acids - the building blocks of protein. Animal sources
are called complete proteins because they contain all the amino acids you
need. Aisde from meat and dairy, other sources of complete proteins
include buckwheat, seaweed, soy and seeds like chia, hemp and quinoa.
Peas, broccoli and kale are also decent plant sources of protein. Perhaps the
easiest to work into any diet are tree nuts, which also tend to be high in
heart-healthy fats. Which leads us to our next section . . .
Fat: Why You Need It
Due to some bad press, people often think that fat should be completely cut
out of their diet in order to be eating healthfully. However, that is never the
case! You need some fat in order for your body to function. Ensure at least
20% of your calorie intake is from healthy fats.
If you eat too little fat, you’ll face negative consequences. Your hair and
nails will become brittle, your skin dry.And, females could stop
menstruating when body fat percentage drops too low. While this seems
like it may be a plus, it actually is not beneficial for your body’s healthin the
long run.
Researchers, such as those at Harvard School of Public Health, are now
learning that it’s not fat as a whole that leads to health issues, but specific
kinds that are more troublesome: saturated and trans fats. Theseare the
fats that build up in your arteries and veins and can cause all sorts of health
issues.
Foods that are high in trans fats include margarine, fried foods, shortening,
bread products,hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, packaged

snacks and processed meats like jerky and ground beef. Most of these are
foods that you want to limit, if not eliminate entirely from your diet.
However, whole food sources of saturated fat like coconut oil, chocolate
and animal fat (including butter and grass-fed red meat!) have been shown
to have health benefits in small quantities.
Saturated fat helps your body absorb vitamins and nutrients, regulate
hormone production, create healthy cells, and complete more necessary
functions.
The healthiest fats are found in olive oil, avocado, nuts like almonds and
walnuts,seeds like flax and pumpkin, and fatty fish such as salmon. These
types of foods, although they have higher fat content, includeminimal
saturated fats and are beneficial to your body.

Incorporate Superfoods for Super Health
All that being said, there are some ingredients that rise above the rest when
it comes to taking your health to the highest levels possible. These are the
best of the best and have amazing benefits when it comes to health and
wellness. They are aptly called superfoods.
What Makes Food Super?
What’s the difference between a food that’s just good for you and one that
earns the prefix“super”? Superfoods are very high in quality vitamins and
minerals and have limited, if any, negative qualities (such as containing a lot
of saturated fat or nasty chemicals and preservatives).
Foods that are given this elite distinction are promoted as part of a healthy
diet that will ultimately reduce your risk of any serious conditions or
diseases and/or alleviate any health problems you’re currently facing. They
help you return to a normal weight and function moreefficiently and easily.
Basically, superfoods give your body what it needs to live a long, healthy
and happy life. Does fuel get any better than that?
Benefits of a Superfood-Rich Diet
When you eat a diet that includes superfoods, you enjoy tons of benefits.
You have more energy and increased stamina, allowing you to navigate your
day with ease. You also enjoy more stable, more positive moods, in part
because you’re less likely to be plagued with chronic illness and disease.
And, as far as your physical health is concerned, you have a lower risk of
serious health conditions and suffer from fewer colds and flus because your
immune system is stronger. If you already have a condition, it is more
manageable as your body can heal and repair itself more readily.
As a result of positive effects like these, you have a greater chance of living
longer. Your body doesn’t have complications of a diet that is unhealthy and

counterproductive. Your organs, bones and muscles are all functioning at
their maximum capacity.
In addition, you look better. You carry less body weight and have a more
toned physique. Your hair, nails and skin are all in the best shape possible.
Basically, you look and feel like a million bucks!
How to Incorporate Superfoods into Your Diet
Of course, you can’t necessarily expect to incorporate every single
superfoods into your diet on a daily basis because you’d never have room
for anything else. However, try to incorporate at least two or three a day
because they have so many beneficial aspects that will leave you feeling
more energetic and healthier.
Although recommendations were given with each superfood, don’t be
afraid to experiment. Ask around to see what ideas your friends and family
have for each option. There are lots of healthy recipes online to try; simply
search for “superfood recipes” or “*any ingredient+ + healthy dinner”.
The main thing you want to remember is that the more you eat nutrientdense foods, like the 20 superfoods listed here, the better you’ll feel inside
and out. Your body will be healthy, and you won’t fall prey to illnesses or
diseases that could have possibly been avoided by a diet that provides all
the nutrition you need.
You’ll also reduce your weight effortlessly. Most of the foods are high fiber,
which will keep you full so you’re no longer constantly opening the fridge or
pantry in search of food.

20 of the Best Superfoods
Now that you understand why superfoods need to be in your diet, it’s time
to give you the best, most common superfoods so you can add them to
your eating plans and start to enjoy their benefits today!
Here are the top 20 superfoods, in no particular order:
Green Tea
Green tea is amazing due primarily to its antioxidants, which hunt down
free radicals in your body. Essentially, what this means is they destroy
things that can contribute to health conditions such as cancer and coronary
artery disease.
Also, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, research has
shown that this beverage lowers cholesterol levels and reduces your
likelihood of having a heart attack.Green tea has also been linked to lower
incidences of dementia plus prevention of diabetes.
What makes green tea so much better than black? It is unfermented and
goes through less processing so the nutrients and healthful compounds it
has aren’t as diluted or minimized.
Recommendation: Try to drink two to three cups a day of this superfood to
get its maximum benefits. Enjoy a cup in the morning as a way to get your
day going and another in the mid-afternoon to give your body good health
all day long.
Almonds
This nut in particular is packed with nutrients. It’s high in calcium,
magnesium, vitamins E and B, and potassium. It also contains zinc,selenium,
phosphorus and copper.
All of these vitamins and mineralsgive you increased energy, a faster
metabolism, stronger bones,a better immune system, lower bad cholesterol

levels and regulated blood pressure. Eating these nuts has also been
associated with lower risk of major health conditions such as Alzheimer’s,
cancer and diabetes.
They’re also high in protein and fiber, which fills you up and keeps your
tummy satisfied for longer periods of time.That’s a bonus for anyone trying
to watch their weight!
Some people shy away from almonds because of their high fat content.
However, it’s the heart-healthy kind of fat, and they contain less per serving
than other tree nuts!
Recommendation: Aim to eat 1/4 cup a day (about a handful). You can
crush them up and add them to fat-free probiotic yogurt for breakfast, or
crush them to use them as a salad topper. If you’re eating on the go, just
grab a handful, preferably the unsalted kind, and enjoy them as a quick but
satisfying snack.
Avocados
Avocados are a cancer-fighting fruit. They have chemicals in them that
actually seek out certain cancerous or pre-cancerous cells to obliterate.
According to Dr. Nalini Chilkov, as writtenin a Huffington Post article,
avocado’scarotenoids “inhibit the growth of prostate, breast and head and
neck (oral) cancers.” The vitamin E and lutein in them contributes to a lower
risk of breast cancer as well.
In addition to these benefits, avocados are also a great source of fiber,
vitamin K, potassium and folate. All of these nutrients allow your cells to
function efficiently and effectively.
Just as almonds have received a bad rap for their fat amounts, so too have
avocados. However, they also contain some of the healthiest fats, which
makes them a must-add to any healthy diet.
Recommendation: Include avocados in your eating planseveral times a
week for maximum benefits. Chunk them up to add to dishes such as salads

and tacos, or mash them up with other garden fresh veggies and spices to
make guacamole for dipping nutritious veggies.
Bluberries
The health benefits of this delicious little blue fruit have actually been
recognized sincefar back into human history. According to WebMD,
blueberries were once used to treat coughs. They offer nearly 25% of your
recommended vitamin C and are also high in fiber, which is great for your
digestive system.
In addition, they have antioxidants such as vitamins A, B and E, selenium,
zinc and iron. These vitamins and minerals help strengthen your immune
system so you don’t fall prey to whatever nasty virus or bacteria tries to
invade your body.
The list of blueberry benefits goes on and on, from better vision to
increased learning capacities to lower incidence of excess belly fat. Suffice it
to say, blueberries are an ultimate superfood!
Recommendation: When you pick your berries, choose ones that are
slightly firm and vividly colored. Try to eat around a cup a day. You can have
them as a snack by themselves or add them to your yogurt or cereal.
Flaxseed
Flaxseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. It helps your body lower
your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, andit keeps your
digestive system running super smoothly.
Studies show that adding this one superfood to your diet can reduce risk of
breast cancer (it’s lignans interfere with cancer cell growth), diabetes and
heart disease. It decreases your chances of lung disease as well.
Recommendation: You can either grind flaxseed up, or eat them whole.
Because your body has a difficult time digesting these seeds, it is
recommended by health experts that you choose the ground option

whenever possible. If you do buy whole, you can grind it yourself using a
coffee grinder or food processor.
Incorportate one tablespoon of flaxseed in your diet daily. Add it to your
cereal, oatmeal or non-fat yogurt for a boost at breakfast, or throw it into
recipes whenever you’re baking.
Olive Oil
Although olive oil contains a decent amount of fat, it’s monounsaturated,
which is the healthiest kind. According to Dr. Donald Hensrud from the
Mayo Clinic, healthy fats lower your cholesterol, allow for more stable
blood sugar levels, and help your body clot more efficiently when you’re cut
or injured.
Olive oil also helps reinforce your immune system thanks to its oleocanthal,
which is a phytonutrient that acts as an anti-inflammatory, thereby reducing
your risk of cancer and many other diseases. For example, it also reduces
blood pressure and lowers your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Recommendation: Make sure you store your olive oil in the dark because
air, heat and light can affect its quality. Keep it in your cupboard or even in
thefridge.
Use a little bit to fry up a quality protein, like chicken or pork chops, or add
some vinegar and spices to it and make a heart-healthy salad dressing. Limit
yourself to no more than two tablespoons of this superfood daily.
Eggs
Eggs are a fantastic source of protein for your body. That’s why most health
professionals make sure they get an adequate amount of this superfood in
their diet; it helps repair muscles and keeps your immune system going
strong.

In addition, eggs have a lot of nutrients that increase your body’s efficiency,
such as vitamins A & B, iron, calcium and potassium. Eggs also contain
choline, which is important to the health of your brain and nervous system.
Despite the wealth of benefits, this staple food is surrounded in controversy
over whether or not they’re ideal in everyone’s diet. Because the yolk
contains cholesterol, many people wonder if the benefit of eating eggs
outweighs the risk.
According to Harvard School of Public Health, research has proven time and
time again that the effect of cholesterol in eggs on the cholesterol in your
blood is so minimal that one egg a day won’t hurt an otherwise-healthy
person.
Other researchers aren’t so convinced.Dr. David Spence in London
conducted a studyin which he looked at over 1,200 people’s health and
dietary habits, concluding that eating too many eggs can cause arterial
build-up.Dr. Spence compares eating eggs with smoking. He feels that egg
promoters are ignoring the facts in an effort to make a profit.
Despite the concerns of Dr. Spence and others like him, most nutritionists
agree that eggs have many beneficial qualities. So, the only question is how
many are okay to consume.
Recommendation: Because of the cholesterol, some nutritionists
recommend limiting yourself to no more than four yolks a week, while
others say that one to two eggs per day won’t harm you. The decision is
yours as to which guideline to follow.
If you already have cholesterol issues or diabetes, it is recommended that
you err on the side of caution and limit your consumption to no more than
three yolks a week.
Eggs are obviously great for breakfast, whether scrambledin a little olive oil
or poached. You can also hard-boil them and eat them as a snack, or dice
them up and put them on a salad. Lesser-known easy egg preparations
include adding one to a hot bowl of soup or cracking a few into a stir fry.

No matter how you prepare them, be careful that your eggs are thoroughly
cooked so as not to get salmonella poisoning.
Salmon
Salmon’s most prominent health benefit is the fact that it is so high in
omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s carry many positive health effects, such as:
 Improved brain function
 Fewer vision-related issues, such as reduced risk of macular
degeneration
 Lower incidences of heart disease
 Increased protection of the skin against sunburn and skin cancer
 Decreased likelihood of depression
In addition, salmon can help prevent different kinds of cancers, such as
kidney and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. It also has selenium, which
strengthens the immunity of your cells.
Recommendation: Salmon is great to eat in many different ways. You can
have it in sushi, on a salad or just as a healthy steak. Try to eat it twice a
week for maximum benefits, and always look for wild-caught instead of
farm-raised.
Spinach
This superfood has health benefits a mile long. It has fiber, which helps your
digestive tract work properly and keeps your blood sugar stable, and it’s
anti-inflammatory so it works to strengthen your immune system.
This leafy green also protects your body against cancer(most specifically,
prostate cancer) with its flavonoids and keeps your skin looking young and
healthy thanks to vitamin A. Plus, its vitamin K works to give you nice,
strong bones and protects your brain and nervous system.

Recommendation: Eat this powerhouse daily by cooking it into dishes like
omelettes and pastas. Or, eat it raw as a saladto reap way more health
benefits than you would with regular ol’ lettuce.
Probiotic Yogurt
The basis of probiotic yogurt is that it introduces good bacteria into your
system, specifically your intestines. It bolsters the health of your entire
digestive system, even if you’re lactose intolerant, and helps reduce
abdominal bloating and gas-related discomfort.
If you’ve been sick and on antibiotics, there’s a high likelihood that your
medication has killed off the good bacteria in your system as well as the
bad. Eating probiotic yogurt will help replace the good bacteria and give you
relief from related symptoms, such as diarrhea.
Dr. Alan Greene, M.D. wrote an article pointing out the many health
benefits of probiotic yogurt and added that, in addition to intestinal
advantages, there are many other positive effects. Probiotic yogurts can
help ease suffering from food allergies, eczema, asthma and sinusitis.
Recommendation: Try to get one serving a day to keep your digestive and
other systems intact. You may want to even go for two servings if you have
an infection and are on antibiotics.
Oats
Oats contain a lot of fiber, which is effective at lowering your cholesterol
levels. As the oats pass through your digestive system, they help trap
cholesterol, which prevents it from going into your blood stream.
They also contain antioxidants that lower your risk of cardiovascular
disease. In fact, oats are so beneficial that Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH
published “A Scientific Review of the Health Benefits of Oats” in an attempt
to encourage people to eat more of this superfood.

Some of the benefits he cites are lower risk of heart disease through oats
having a positive impact on diabetes and hypertension. Also, they help to
keep your weight in check, thus reducing the risk factors commonly
associated with obesity.
Recommendation: Aim to consume 1–1 1/2cups of cooked oats a day. You
can make oatmeal (try to stay away from the packets of sweetened instant
oatmeal as they have added ingredients that arenot as good for you), make
granola to mix in with your yogurt, or put them in your favorite muffin or
cookie recipe for added taste and texture.
Açai
This berry has gained popularity in the last 10to 20 years, although it has
been around for ages. Açai berries come from Central and South America,
are about an inch aroundand contain a high amount of antioxidants, even
moreso than most any other berry out there.
This superfood has been touted to do everything from prevent cancer and
cardiovascular disease to help you lose weight and give you more energy.
So, what does the research say about açai?
According to an article published by the University of Florida, assistant
professor Stephen Talcott points to research that shows promise that açai
berries could help lukemia cells self-destruct. While it’s not yet close to
being a cure, this science is headed in the right direction.
Can açai help weight loss? The jury is out as scientific evidence has yet to
support that fact. Most nutritionists agree that while it may be a great part
of a healthy diet, no single substance will flush fat from your system, açai
included.
Recommendation: You can get açai products in most any form, from an
easy-to-swallow pill to a sweet juice. Whichever method you choose, follow
the guidelines suggested by the manufacturer to get the most out of this
superfood.

Kale
This leafy green is a powerhouse when it comes to packing away vitamins
and minerals. It has a high amount of iron, which is essential to getting
oxygen to your body,and plenty of vitamin K, which helps ward off cancer.
Kale is high in fiber, anti-inflammatory and helps lower cholesterol. It has
vitamin A, which protects your eyesight; vitamin C, which strengthens your
immune system; and calcium, which reduces bone related issues such as
osteoporosis.It also has sulfur, a natural way to help detox your body.
Recommendation: Add kale to your diet by putting it into a smoothie with
yogurt and protein powder, or mixing it with your favorite fruits and veggies
in a juicer. Or put it on a sheet pan, slip it in the oven until it’s crisp, sprinkle
it with a dash of salt, and you’ll have a nutrient-dense replacement for
potato chips.
Jerusalem Artichokes
They’re actually closer to ginger root than artichokes, but regardless,
Jerusalem artichokes pack a healthy punch. They’re high in potassium,
which keeps your heart healthy, and magnesium, which help your muscles
function effectively.
They’re also high in fiber to support a healthy digestive tract. According to
Livestrong, they’re “one of the best sources of inulin that you can add to
your diet.” This works to keep your blood sugar from experiencing excessive
highs and lows.
Jerusalem artichokes are also high in iron. So, in addition to helping
distribute oxygen to necessary part of your body, this superfood will also
keep your liver healthy.
Recommendation: When picking them at the store, select a Jerusalem
artichoke that is pale brown, firm and fresh. Cook them the same way you
would a potato. You can roast them with a little bit of heart-healthy olive
oil, or chopthem roughly to add to soups and stews.

Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass has so many positive benefits; this list of superfoods would
surely be incomplete without it. According to the Hippocrates Health
Institute, if you consume wheatgrass, you’re helpingyour body:












Lower blood pressure
Increase metabolism
Support effective thyroid gland functions
Keep your blood alkaline (important for your digestive system, such as
with ulcers, diarrhea and constipation)
Protect your liver
Detoxify your blood
Promote healing
Soothe irritated skin
Firm your gums and freshen your breath
Slow aging
Increase fertility

Not all these claims have been substantiated with research, but
consumption of wheat grass has shown enough positive effects to earn its
place among the superfoods you must include in your diet.
Recommendation: You can get wheatgrass in juice or powder form, as
produce or in pills. If you have a green thumb, you can also grow it yourself.
Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are high in protein and fiber, keeping your blood sugar stable
and your digestive system intact. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids,
which promote heart health and lower cholesterol, among other benefits.
These little seeds are high in antioxidants tofight off free radicals in your
body, reducing your risk of inflammation and diseases such as cancer. They
have calcium, boron and magnesium, giving your body a healthy kick of
many different nutrients it needs to function efficiently.

As a weight-loss bonus, chia seeds help you feel full quicker since they
expand when exposed to water. They enhance your energy and, because
they keep your blood sugar stable, you won’t have intense cravings for
unhealthy foods.
Recommendation: You can buy chia gel and substitute it for half of the
butter in your recipes, or just add the seeds to your morning smoothie.
They take on the taste of whatever they’re mixed with, so you can put them
in salsa or any other healthy dip for a heavy dose of nutrients you’ll hardly
notice while eating.
Adzuki Beans
Often found in Asian cooking, these naturally sweet beans offer a flavor
that’s nutty. They’re great for your heart and high in fiber, and they contain
adequate amounts of folate, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron,
manganese and zinc.
These little red beans provide energy by way of a few of the B vitamins, and
they alsocontain molybdenum which helps detoxify your liver. Adzuki beans
are great in healthy desserts because they’llstabilizeyour blood sugar while
their high protein content keeps your tummy feeling fuller longer.
Recommendation: Eat these beans fresh, dried or ground into flour to use
when baking. Simple preparations include putting them on top of a salad
and cooking them with rice.
Spirulina
Spirulina is a freshwater plant that is extremely high in protein. In fact, it’s
even earned the rare distinction of a complete plant-based protein because
it contains all the essential amino acids.
The several different B vitamins and multiple acidsit contains
includegamma-linolenic acid (GMA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and linolenic
acid (LA).Spirulina also has potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and a
whole host of other nutrients that support regularbody functions.

Because of the many vitamins and minerals it contains, spirulina is known
for reducing your risk of cancer and heart disease. It also contains
sulfolipids, which play a role in HIV protection.
Recommendation: Spirulina is available as a supplement in pills and
powders, or in energy bars and drinks. For maximal health benefits, take
one or two tablespoons a day.
Lentils
Lentils are a high-fiber legume. As you’ve learned already, fiber helps lower
your cholesterol and keep your circulatory and digestive systems healthy.
Lentils also have folate and magnesium, which further reduce your risk of
heart disease.
They’re a great source of protein, making them one of the best sources of
muscle-building nutrients for vegetarians. They also contain complex
carbohydrates, which help keep your blood sugar from taking those nasty
spikes and dips.
In addition, they’re high in iron, which promotes oxygen distribution and
metabolism. All in all, they’re a dream come true for anyone watching their
weight because themakeup of lentils leaves you feeling satisfied for longer
periods of time.
Recommendation: Lentils are great in salads, processed into spreads, or
cooked by themselves and served as a side dish.
Broccoli
This final superfood is a vitamin and nutrient powerhouse, just like the
19listed before it. It’s high in potassium, which promotes brain and nervous
system function, and magnesium and calcium, which are important when it
comes to maintaining healthy blood pressure.

Broccoli has vitamin C tohelp you fight off infection and vitamin K and
calcium to keep your bones healthy and strong. It also contains
glucoraphanin, which is important to skin health.
Its beta-carotene boosts your immune system, and its indole-3-carbinol
helps fight cancer and keeps your liver running strong. The fact that broccoli
is high in fiber assists your digestive system and promotes weight loss
because it fills you up.
It has vitamin A, which is great for vision, and B vitamins, which lower the
chance that you’ll suffer a stroke or heart attack.Truly, broccoli has so many
positive effects on your health that you’d be foolish to leave this superfood
out of your diet.
Recommendation: Broccoli is so versatile that there are many different
options when it comes to eating it. You can cut it up and snack on it raw,
add it to casseroles and pasta dishes, or steam it for a yummy side dish. It’s
also a cinch to roast; simplysprinkle it with lemon pepper anda little olive
oil, and pop it in the oven for 10 minutes.

Superfood Recipes to Consider
Now that you know what you should be eating, you need to know how to
eat it. Here are a few recipes to help you start to incorporate these top
superfoods into your diet right away.

Hot & Tangy Broiled Salmon with Green Beans
Ingredients
 Main Course
o 3 fresh salmon filets
o 1 pound fresh green beans
o 2 Tbsp.freshginger,minced
o 2 jalapeno peppers
o 1 bunch watercress, washed and dried
 Green Bean Dressing
o 1 clove garlic, mashed or minced
o 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
o 1 Tbsp.Dijon mustard
o 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
 Salmon Glaze
o Juice of 1 fresh orange
o 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
o 2 Tbsp.raw honey
o 2/3 cup sesame oil
Directions
Preheat your broiler to 350°F (175°C).
Start by rinsing the beans. If you prefer, you can cut the ends off.
Lightly steam the beans in a little salted water until they are just cooked.

As the beans are steaming, make the dressing for them. Combine garlic and
mustard;then, slowly add the olive oil and vinegar. Stir quickly with a fork.
Once done, combine with the steamed beans, and set aside.
Next, make the glaze for the salmon by mixing together all the ingredients.
Spoon half the mixture over the fillets.
Slice peppers, and roughly chop ginger. Add to the fillets.
Cooksalmon in the oven for around 5 minutes.
Prepare a bed of watercress on your chosen serving dish. Lay cooked
salmon on top, followed by the rest of the glaze. Serve with the green
beans.

Spinach, Red Lentil and Bean Curry
Ingredients
















1 cup red lentils, prerinsed
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1-inch piece ginger root, grated
4 cups spinach, coarsely chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
4 sprigs fresh cilanto, chopped
1 can (15.5 ounces) mixed beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup tomato puree
8 ouncesnonfat plain yogurt
1 tsp. garam masala
1/2 tsp. ground dried turmeric
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ancho chile powder
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Directions
Addthe lentils and the beans into a medium-sized saucepan. Cover with
water, and bring to the boil. Then, simmer over medium-low heat for 20
minutes.Drain to remove the starchy water.
Combine the yogurt and tomato puree, and then add the garam masala,
turmeric, cumin and chile powder.
Heat the oil in a skillet over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and
ginger, and stir until the onion is translucent and the garlic and ginger
become fragrant. Add the spinach, and stir once beforeadding the tomato
and yoghurt mixture, followed by the tomatoes and cliantro.
Add the cooked beans and lentils.Simmer for 10 minutes, and serve!

Frozen Yogurt Sundae with Spiced Nuts
Ingredients















1 quart probiotic yogurt
1 Tbsp. coriander seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. black peppercorns
1 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. ground mustard seed
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 cups raw mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans and cashews)
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
1 tsp. sea salt
2 cups frozen blueberries or cherries
1/4 cup coconut sugar

Directions
Transferthe yogurt into the bowl of your ice cream maker, and place in the
freezer for a minimum of one hour.
Next, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
Mix the seeds and whole spices, and heat in a skillet over a low heat for 3
minutes. Stir often so as to lightly toast them, not burn them. Once
fragrant, allow the spices to cool before grinding them using a mortar and
pestal. This takes a bit of elbow grease!
Add the remaning spices to combine.
Line two oven trays with baking paper.
Next, add the corn syrup and nuts to a bowl, and mix to coat. Then add the
spices, orange zest and sea salt, and mix to evenly cover the nuts.

Spread out the nuts on the trays, and roast for 15–20 minutes. Remove
from the oven, and leave to cool.
Make a fruit compote – simply combining the berries and sugar with
between 1/3 and 1/2 cup water. Heat over low heat in a saucepan until the
sugar dissolves.
When you are ready to serve, spoon the frozen yogurt into a bowl, and top
with the nuts and fruit sauce.

Conclusion
Superfoods are nature’s way of making it easy for us to get exactly what we
need to live a long, plentiful life. The more superfoods you eat and the more
often you eat them, the better you will feel. You’ll get the vitamins,
minerals and nutrients that your body needs to function efficiently and
effectively.
In addition, you’ll help take your body to a healthy weight in a natural,
sustainable manner. Because most of these superfoods are high in fiber,
you won’t have to endure hard-to-resist cravings and periods where you’re
so hungry that you’ll eat anything and everything in sight.
Commit to putting these foods into your diet, and you’ll have increased
energy, healthier muscles and organs, and a lower chance of facing some
horrible, potentially fatal disease. If you can prevent an early death by
adding some yummy food to your diet, why wouldn’t you?
Can it be difficult to make changes to your diet? Yes, altering any daily habit
can at first feel like pulling teeth. But, isn’t it also difficult to suffer from
some needless health condition?
Do your body a favor and start to take care of it. It’s the only one you have!


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