5 Superfoods You’ve Never Heard of – and How They Can Help You

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A superfood is simply a food that is rich in nutrients and is especially beneficial for your health and well-being. And it helps if they taste really good. Here are five for your shopping list.

1. Jackfruit

jackfruit 2Nutrition sites named this little dynamo as one of the best plant foods of 2013.

If you haven’t hear of it, all you need to know is that it’s so packed with vitamins and minerals that it makes the perfect meal substitute.

This makes it great for eating on the go.

It’s got sticky skin so put it in a plastic box and bring the wet wipes. You can also get it in tin in Asian markets.

The Jackfruit has another claim to fame. It’s the largest fruit that grows on trees and can grow to 80 pounds in weight.


2. Za’atar

zaatar

This superfood is a blend of spices.

You can make your own by combining sumac seeds, sesame seeds, thyme and salt.

The blend is rich in antioxidants, is a great anti inflammatory and can increase your resistance to illnesses carried on food – and there are more of them that you want to know.

It’s great for marinating or sprinkling.


3. Teff

teff

According to The Guardian newspaper, this seed is set to take over from quinoa as the top super grain.

These tiny powerhouses are stuffed with calcium, protein, amino acids, vitamin C and iron.

Studies have show this resistant starch seed to be beneficial for IBS.

You can also get Teff Flour which is gluten free – as are the seeds.


4. Kohlrabi

kohlrabi

This turnip from Germany, which is related to wild cabbage, is listed as one of the 150 healthiest foods on the planet.

It has more vitamin C than you’ll get from an orange.

You can eat it like you would eat an apple or chop it up and add it into other dishes.

You’ll find it at organic markets or Asian food stores.


5. Nopales

nopaleThis is a very popular vegetable in Mexico and it makes the perfect vegetarian taco. Nopales come from a cactus and is also sold as Leaf Cactus.

The downside is that you don’t want to be eating spikes. It’s worth the effort because the stems are full of antioxidants. Getting rid of the spines takes a little time, patience and a sharp knife.

Start at the base of the leaf and slice the spines off methodically. Be warned, this can get messy. Then rinse them to make sure all the spiky bits are gone. You can then slice the leaves into green bean sized trips and boil them. Then you can add them into whatever you like.

You can find Nopales in Hispanic grocery stores or on speciality market stalls.


Other superfoods that you may already be eating without even knowing:

Blueberries, gooseberries, goji berries, coconut, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, Collard greens, kale, watercress, swiss chard, lettuce, spinach, sauerkraut, beans, lentils, peanuts, sweet potato, mackerel, salmon, sardines, flax seeds, hemp seeds, quinoa.

Give your body a treat

These superfoods give maximum benefit for minimum effort – apart from trying to track some of them down!

Why not try adding one new super food into your diet each week and see how it feels?

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