In honour of National Nutrition month, we have compiled a list of 6 insanely healthy foods that every health nut should be consuming. We also brainstormed great ways to seamlessly incorporate these foods into your daily diet. Bon Appetit!
Bone broth is an excellent source of immune system supporting minerals. They contain a wide range of healing nutrients including collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline. These nutrients help to reduce inflammation and heal the lining of your gut. This is important 1 because most of us have compromised gut health caused by unhealthy diets, medications, pesticides, chlorinated water and antibiotic use. The collagen in bone broth helps to seal up holes in the intestines, boosts joint health, and enhances skin, hair and nail health.
Try: You can make bone broth with any animal bone or a combination of bones (beef, chicken, turkey etc.). Just throw them into a large pot, add water, bring to a boil and simmer for 4-6 hours. Consider adding two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water, to help draw the nutrients out of the bones. Use the broth to make soups, add some to your smoothies, or simply sip it warmed and straight-up.
One lemon alone provides you with 100 percent of your daily vitamin C intake, which promotes healthy bones, boosts immunity and may help increase “good” HDL cholesterol levels. Lemons also contain citrus flavonoids which help fight inflammation, bacteria and viruses, and may inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Consuming lemon juice in a warm glass of water first thing in the morning, will help to stimulates digestion, cleanse the liver and promote gentle detoxification.2
Try: Squeezing lemons onto your soup and salads, adding lemon and black pepper to tomato or Clamato juice, drizzling fresh lemon juice onto your chicken, or adding lemon juice to green tea (the citrus can increase the absorption of the teas antioxidants by up to 80%).
Sea Vegetables such as kelp, kombu, wakame, dulse, arame, and nori, are nutrient powerhouses that just don’t get the credit they deserve. They are mineral rich, supplying a healthy dose of thyroid supporting iodine, as well as magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium and manganese. They also contain omega-3s, fiber, and chlorophyll, which is a potent antioxidant that oxygenates the blood and may help protect you from cancer causing chemicals (carcinogens).3
Try: Crumbling dried sea vegetables over soups and salads, sauteing fresh sea veggies such as kelp in a spoonful of organic butter, adding them to stir fries or mixing them into your salads. You can also make a sushi bowl by chopping up avocado and whatever veggies you have lying around, adding sticky rice and crumbling dry nori into the bowel.
Many people avoid avocados because they fear the high fat content, but we’re telling you right now, the fats in this superfood will not make you gain weight! Avocados are low in carbs, high in protein and a great source of the monounsaturated fatty acids — oleic acid. Oleic acid is a healthy fat that reduces inflammation, enhances wound healing, boosts immunity and enhances cardiovascular health.4 Avocados also help to reduce unhealthy cholesterol levels and they contain twice as much blood pressure lowering potassium as bananas.
Try: Adding avocados to your smoothies, or making homemade guacamole by mashing using ripe avocado, lime juice and sea salt. You can also add a scoop of greek yogurt to the guacamole for a creamy probiotic containing dip. Sliced avocados makes a great salad, sandwich and burger topping, and are also great on their own, when sprinkled with a little sea salt.
Kefir is a fermented dairy drink that is rich in protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B12. Kefir helps to reduce inflammation and it has antimicrobial, antitumor, anticarcinogenic and immune boosting properties. Perhaps most importantly, it is an excellent source of probiotics, and drinking it regularly can help to replenish healthy bacteria and enhance gastrointestinal health. Preliminary research suggests kefir may also help to fight yeast infections, heal gastric ulcers, lower unhealthy cholesterol levels and reduce lactose intolerance.5
Try: Choose a low sugar kefir from your local grocer and try adding it to your smoothies or using it as a salad dressing base. You can also use it to make healthy popsicles by blending together and then freezing peach, kefir, almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla and stevia or maple syrup. Or, use kefir to make creamy pasta sauces, mix some into your oatmeal, or simply drink it straight-up, for your daily dose of probiotics.
Hemp seeds taste similar to sunflower seeds and they provide a healthy dose of fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc. They are also an excellent vegetarian source of omega-3s, which fight inflammation, boost brain health and may also help reduce the risk for heart disease. Additionally, hemp seeds are protein rich, and they contain all of the essential amino acids, making them a complete source of protein (something that is usually only found in animal products).6
Try: You can eat hemp seeds raw or toasted and they taste great when sprinkled into yogurt, salads, and cereals, or added to smoothies. You can also consume ground hemp seeds as a healthy alternative to peanut butter, or drizzle hemp seed oil onto your salads.
5 PubMed: Microbiological, technological and therapeutic properties of kefir: a natural probiotic beverage. Analy Machado de Oliveira Leite,1 Marco Antonio Lemos Miguel,2 Raquel Silva Peixoto,2 Alexandre Soares Rosado,2Joab Trajano Silva,1 and Vania Margaret Flosi Paschoalin1. Abstract >