Superfoods vs dietary supplements/pills
Should we take vitamin and mineral supplements, are they a complete waste of money, do they do more harm than good? These are questions millions of people around the world ask.
Pills are probably more expensive & may have side-effects and risk of overdosing while ‘superfoods’ are easily available for free ! And pills may contain other preservatives harmful to health while superfoods are free from those chemicals.
Hundreds of tasty “superfoods” contain nutrients, antioxidants and other elements that may fend off infections, suppress cancer cells, regulate blood glucose levels, strengthen bones and help you lose weight while you enjoy eating them. (just like pills but in a healthier way)
What are these ‘Superfoods’?
Native Americans believed that blueberries were magic. They used them to dye clothes. smashed them to color paint. They recognized the dietary — and medicinal — value of the berries.
Berries contain antioxidants.High concentrations of anthocyanins create the blue color, and they also may protect eyesight and energetically combat cancer-causing free radicals.
Blueberries may even reduce belly fat. Blueberries affect also the way fat is stored and burned, and improve the body’s glucose use.
Unlike sugar, honey is a nutrient-rich sweetener, providing numerous minerals and B, C, D, and E vitamins. Concentrated carbohydrates boost energy for sports.
Honey also is thought to promote sleep. It soothes sore throats and quiets nighttime coughs.It has antiseptic properties that make it a good topical treatment for infections, sores and burns.
Beans are low in fat, high in fiber, protein rich and cholesterol free.The high carbohydrate and high fiber content of beans helps regulate blood sugar to keep diabetes under control. Beans also may help prevent colon cancer, largely because they’re so high in fiber.Helps to lose weight as well
It’s full of strong cancer-fighting antioxidants that protect us from lung, colon, prostrate, gastric and breast cancer.Broccoli contains numerous disease-fighting minerals and vitamins, like chromium, an element important in regulating blood sugar and insulin. Folic acid stops the virus that causes cervical cancer and minimizes risk of cataracts.Broccoli is a good source of non-dairy calcium, a necessary element for strong bones and can lower blood pressure.
It provides iron, which is important for healthy brain function by increases brain-wave activity and speeding up physical responses.
Onions are rich in antioxidants and are possibly one of the best cancer-fighting foods.Prevents Cancer of the mouth
Onions lower cholesterol and blood pressure.. Onions can even block the blood-clotting activity that fatty foods produce..Onions are naturally antibiotic, antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. They help dilate bronchial tubes, making breathing easier for asthmatics, hay fever sufferers and people with chronic bronchitis or sinusitis & flu. Onions can even help us deal with stress and have a good sleep
Omega-3 fatty acids present in fish are particularly good at reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Eating fish high in these fatty acids reduces the symptoms of high blood pressure, thins the blood and prevents clots.Eating oily fish also protects a vision loss, and promotes healthy brain function.May also relieve depression
Fish oil has an anti-inflammatory effect, and it works directly on the immune system and as such may fight colon and breast cancer
Tea is loaded with cancer-busting catechins. and may reduce cancer. Catechins are also antibacterial, a quality that makes tea an asset in preventing stomach ulcers.Green and black tea reduce the risk factors for heart disease by lowering blood pressure and reducing total cholesterol. Tea also dilates blood vessels for better blood flow.
In older women, drinking tea also may build bone density.It is also believed that drinking tea may reduce stress
It prevents and cure diarrhea. Yogurt kills the bacteria that cause intestinal disorders.It boosts the entire immune system. It even kills bacteria and reduces your susceptibility to pollen allergies, hay fever and colds if you start eating it 4months before .It has antiviral and anticancer activity, too
Cleaning animal bites
Curing skin diseases
It reduces blood pressure, cholesterol and blood clotting dangers as well.Garlic also relieves joint pain, gas and diarrhea,flu/sinusitis and it gives you calm, happy feelings.
As you all know,eating dark chocolates has many health benefits such as
it stimulates endorphin production, which gives a feeling of pleasure
it contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant
it contains theobromine, caffeine and other substances which are stimulants
it contains anti oxidants
relax blood pressure and balance certain hormones in the body. Etc
[To know more check out my previous post:http://unsmileys.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/long-live-chocolate-%E2%99%A5/
[Sources : Google,(from internet)
Now Im going to give you some DIY recipes on how to eat these ‘Superfoods ‘ :)Let’s get started :)
# Quick & personalized smoothie :)
Ingredients: Yougurt & some fruits/vegetables that you like _> Broccoli,blueberries
In blender, place yogurt, slices of vegetables/fruits. Cover; blend until smooth.
Try different combination :) You can do milkshakes as well
# Mix tea
Ingredients: dry nondairy creamer, unsweetened instant tea mix,sugar,ginger,cinnamon/cardamon,cloves
In large bowl, stir all ingredients until blended.
In food processor, blend the mixture until it looks like fine powder.
Place mixture in mug and add hot water.
# Fresh ginger juice
Combine , ginger juice,sugar and lime juice in shaker with a small handful of pebble-sized pieces of cracked ice. Shake until fully chilled and diluted.Honey can be added too.
Quick,simple,easy & nutritious
# Onion cocktail
Ingredients :parsley sprigs,thin slices green onion tops,fresh lemon juice, Onions ( smashed into liquid),ice cubes
Using muddler or wooden spoon, mash parsley in cocktail shaker. Add the other ingredients. Cover; shake vigorously. Pour contents (including ice) into tall glass or strain into glass. Mix in Onion
# Chocolate fish with beans
Ingredients:dark chocolate sauce,Salt and pepper + other spices you like, baked beans,fish fillets
Place the fish into the oven to cook with salt & pepper/spices.When the fish has already been cooked, pour some chocolate sauce without sugar) on the fish.After 7 minutes remove from the oven.Serve with the baked beans :)
Try different recipes :)
I have just given you some easy way DIY and you can modify it to create anything you like. Try to add colours,creativity and taste to your food. Try to avoid pills. Even if you don’t like to eat certain food,try a new recipe and cook it differently :)
Thank you for reading