When I first read the above title in the July (2012) issue of Glamour Magazine I totally loved it. So I borrowed the title and tweaked it to reflect the top 5 best foods on my list that “delivers massive nutrients and can boost our energy and control our weight” (Glamour, 2012).
1) Kale: Full of vitamins A, C, K and fiber. Here is one of the easiest ways to consume kale: Make an avocado, kale salad. Take a head of curly kale and remove leaves from the stems then chop the leaves. Sprinkle some Himalayan salt and olive oil and let stand for 15 min. Chop an avocado into the kale and rub with your hands until all kale leaves are coated with the avocado.
2) Quinoa: pronounced (kee-no-a) not (quan-o-a) is one of the best gluten free grains that has a high protein profile, great for vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters alike. Cook it as a porridge or toss it in with your salad.
3)Seaweed: Low in fat, sea vegetables such as Nori, Dulse, Wakame and Kelp, are loaded with chlorophyll, fiber, vitamins and, minerals. The protein content of sea vegetables ranges from 16% to 28%. Make your own Nori rolls as they are simple and fun to prepare. You can add Wakame to soups and sprinkle Dulse or Kelp flakes on your salad. Sea vegetables can add fun and diversity to your daily culinary repertoire.
4) Chia Seeds: Yup chia as in chia pet. Go out and buy some now! Soak them in water for 15 min and eat them just like that. Yes just like that! Check out my chia gel recipe here. If you want something fancier, then make a pudding: click here to try this recipe. These little guys are a great source of omega 3, protein and help to regulate your blood sugar. Chia gel can be added to smoothies and green juices .
5) Powdered Greens: Powdered Greens are a great way to get concentrated greens into your diet. They can be added to smoothies or protein powder shakes on-the-go. Find one that you like. Here are some recommendations: Vitamineral Green, Spirulina, Chlorella, wheatgrass powder and my favorite Super Greens from Sunwarrior. You can find most of these available at either a local health food store or here on my website.
A Note about Green Juices and Green Smoothies
All the above ingredients can be added to either Green Juices & Green Smoothies. Yup that’s right Green, Green, Green!! We don’t’ get enough of this color in our daily diet. Unless you are eating at least a pound a day, yes that’s a pound a day then you are not consuming enough GREENS! What’s a pound look like? Take a 500 gram box (the one that contains mixed greens or spinach) and fill it with as many different varieties of leafy greens as possible; consume it either as a smoothie, green juice or salad. So, if there is a food you should definitely start to incorporate daily, this would be it. Give it a try and start to feel the difference.
Here are some simple recipe favorites that you can try using the above foods to help you take action and incorporate them into your daily diet or lifestyle.
Sea Vegetables: Seaweed Wrap
Chia Seeds: Chia-Berry Pudding