“Superfood sounds very interesting, but I have three kids and can’t really see how to include superfood in my daily life”, a friend told me when we had lunch last week. Of course luring the kids into eating spirulina or bee pollen is not an easy task. Here is what I told him:
I think you can chose and promote high quality foods like fresh, local and organic apples, which we have lots of at the moment. Dried apple rings is soo tasty and easy to make yourself. Pick berries and make your family members see the value of this pure food. This fall I have picked and dried rosebuds – full of vitamin C. Next up is harvesting grape leafs, which contain resveratrol, a potent antioxidant and miracle nutritient to prevent heart disease.
Spices are affordable superfoods. Cinnamon, a key ingredient in many Traditional Chinese Medicines, regulate blood sugar levels and help prevent diabetes. Turmeric, used in southeast Asia for it’s color but also a medicine for a variety of illnesses. Clinical experiments have showed that the curcumin in turmeric can make cancer cells commit suicide and stop tumours from getting nutrition. You should use it together with black pepper, since it’s color piperine multiples the effect, not only of curcumin but increases the bioability of many substances, drugs and supplements. Cloves, ginger and cayenne also have medicinal properties.
If you think superfood is expensive at your local herbalist you might want to order from online shops where prices can be a lot different, especially if you buy large quantities. Why don’t you place an order together with a friend and split the shipping fee.
Chose to eat lots of fresh, organic fruit and uncooked vegetables instead of destroying enzymes and nutrition by heating them. However some vegetables, like tomatoes and carrots, actually benefit from being heated, which makes the fibres softer and easier for the body to absorb the potent antioxidants lycopene and carotenoids. And eating them together with some olive oil may increase the absorbtion since they are fat-soluble.
With good eating habits you can use just a little of “exclusive” superfoods as icing on the cake. Sprinkle the salad with bee pollen, gojiberries, dulse algae and spirulina flakes. Or blend berries with some superfood powders, water, salt and honey in your mixer for a vitalising superfood smoothie. Superfoods are fun. Use them that way – to get in a good mood, or just to give your body the best.