There are lots of reasons to love turmeric, the anti-inflammatory spice known best for giving mustard its yellow color. That yellow color is partly thanks to curcumin, a compound that may protect against cancer, Alzheimer's, and blood clots. Other nutritional benefits this yellow spice imparts include high antioxidants, antiseptic properties, and a lowered risk for cancer.
How to Eat Turmeric: Often used in curries, its easy to get turmeric in Asian recipes, but thats not all. Here are a couple good recipes to get you started:
Turmeric Juice / How I Saved My Thyroid
Miracle Turmeric Soup / Food 52
Turmeric Hot Cocoa / B4BC
Indian Mango Dal / Eating Well
2. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds have come a long way from the 1980s chia pets every kid wanted for Christmas. Chias are superseeds rich in vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and omega-3s. They also help you to feel full faster, which may help you eat less. Whats more, when you combine chia seeds with water, they form a gel thats even more easily digested and absorbed by the body.
How to Eat Chia Seeds: Chia seeds can be sprinkled on oatmeal or parfaits, added to morning smoothies, turned into puddings, or combined with juice. Here are a few recipes to try:
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam / All Day I Dream About Food
Lemon Water with Chia Seeds / Ingredients Inc.
Lemon & Chia Seed Pull-Apart Bread / A Beautiful Mess
Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding / Oh My Veggies
Blueberries are packed with immune-boosting nutrients, such as a high amount of anthocyanins, which give them their dark blue hue. Whats more, recent animal studies have shown that blueberries protect against cell damage as well as inflammation, according to WebMD.
How to Eat Blueberries: There are countless ways to eat blueberries, from by themselves to baked in pies. Here are a few inspiring recipes to consider:
Blueberry Hand Pies / Completely Delicious
Easy Lemon Blueberry Jam / Sugar & Spice
Whole-Grain Streusel-Topped Blueberry Buckle / Food Loves Writing
Blueberry Oat Biscuit Cobbler / Food Loves Writing
Ranked at the very top of the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI), kale lowers health risks for issues like high cholesterol, cancer, chronic inflammation, and more. It is high in vitamins K, A, and C, and its rich in other nutrients like manganese, fiber, and calcium.
How to Eat Kale: Kale's been enjoying something of a spotlight in food circles for the last few years, so kale recipes aren't hard to come by. Here are a few:
Raw Tuscan Kale Salad / 101 Cookbooks
Tuscan Kale Chips / The Farm Girl Cooks
Baked Penne with Chicken and Kale / Confections of a Foodie Bride
White Bean and Kale Soup / The Curvy Carrot
Sprouts like alfalfa sprouts and broccoli sprouts are high in enzymes, fiber, minerals, and vitamins, and they've been shown to help prevent cancer. Plus, they're alkalizing to your body, and they can help balance body chemistry.
How to Eat Sprouts: From sandwiches and wraps to smoothies, here are some great recipe ideas for using sprouts!
Avocado Toasts with Sprouts / Ladies Home Journal
Turkey and Avocado Sandwich with Alfalfa Sprouts / Avocado Pesto
Apple & Sprout Salad / Best Health Magazine
Spring Sprout Smoothie / Green Lemonade
There are so many good ways to work superfoods into your diet, and there's never been a better time to start than now. Begin giving your body the nutrients it longs for today!
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Chris Bekermeier is Vice President, Sales & Marketing, for PacMoore, one of the leading commercial food packaging companies processing dry ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Headquartered in Hammond, Indiana, PacMoore's capabilities include blending, spray drying, re-packaging, sifting, and consumer packaging.
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