Hello everyone! This summer, I’ve added some power foods to my diet that pack a big nutritional punch. The claims of these power foods include reduced cholesterol, better digestion, and a stronger immune system. Although these plant-based foods like Chia and Matcha aren’t a magic formula, they are usually rich in nutrients that add more variety to my diet. So in the pursuit of better nutrition, here are the power foods I’m enjoying now.
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Chia is a nutritional seed that grows in southern Mexico. It’s a source of Alpha-Linolenic Acid, which is an Omega-3 essential acid. It’s also high in fiber. Chia may help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and help with digestive functioning. I keep a package of Spectrum Chia Seeds to add to smoothies and yogurt. The whole seeds expand, so I soak them in a liquid before eating. I sprinkle the ground chia seeds on cereals.
I buy the Manitoba Hemp Seeds often. Hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts) are from the hemp plant, which is a cousin to the marijuana plant. Hemp seeds contain trace amounts of CBD oil, but adding them to food won’t make you high. They have vitamins A, C, and E, beta carotene, protein, minerals, and fiber. A recent study found hemp seeds contain the optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-three fatty acids for human consumption. They also have gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which helps reduce inflammation and may help promote healthy hair and skin. I like to sprinkle the hearts on salads and cereal.
I usually have a bag of Spectrum flaxseeds inside my refrigerator. Flaxseeds are a good source of lignans (phytoestrogens that may help prevent breast and colon cancer). They are also rich in alpha-linolenic acid and fiber. Some come pre-gound. If not, I grind them in a coffee grinder and add a teaspoon to cereals, smoothies, and home-baked goods. I started slowly with small amounts to see how my system handled them.
Matcha Green Tea
The Republic of Tea Double Green Matcha Tea is stable at my house. Drinking green tea has many health benefits. For example, it contains catechins, antioxidants that may help prevent cell damage. It is also thought Green tea can help lower cholesterol and improve memory and have a calming effect. I try to keep it healthy at Starbucks. My favorite is the Iced Matcha Tea Lemonade (no syrup added)
If you are looking to add more variety to your diet, I hope you found this information helpful. Thanks for reading today. Have a great week. Don’t forget to subscribe to stay in touch.