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Are you a ‘superfood’ family?

The other day I took stock of some of the so called ‘superfoods‘ that our family eats regularly. It wasn’t until I listed them that I realised…hay….we are not doing too bad after all.  Pollution, bad diet, stress and illness all affect our system so it is a way of nurturing our bodies and saying ‘thankyou’.   My past life of being an athlete led me to read up on things weird and wonderful that may have given me that extra boost.  Some of these have stuck while others have dwindled away, either too expensive to keep up, or the focus shifted to the kids.

These are some of the goodies that we keep stocked in the pantry and eat daily

Lecithin (in granule form and soy beans) is a naturally occurring fatty substance found in foods like soybeans, whole grains and egg yolks. It helps the body utilize Vitamins A, B, E and K, and it naturally disperses fat and cholesterol into smaller particles, which helps keep cholesterol from collecting on the arterial walls and keeps food moving through the body efficiently. It is especially good for growing children to aid growth and development.

If you feel tired and run down, wheatgerm is the natural way to top up your diet and give yourself a boost of almost all the B vitamins, plus some vitamin E and good dose of antioxidants and minerals.  It’s like taking a multi-B vitamin supplement but it’s natural and got more nutrients. We add to cereal, biscuits and smoothies

Cinnamon controls blood sugar levels (controls sugar cravings), and may lower cholesterol.  It  has anti-inflammatory properties and helps with digestive problems.  Studies also show that just by smelling cinnamon improves our memory and performance of certain tasks.  I add to biscuits, love a chai latte and add to the girls yoghurt.

Beetroot juice is so good for our cardiovascular health, and it is a stamina enhancer via oxygen usage efficiency.  It also helps to fight infection.  I love Beet it juice shots just before exercise and making my own combo of Beetroot, apple, celery and ginger.  A burger is never complete without a slice and beetroot dip is just divine!
Olive leaf extract is the ‘bomb’ antioxidant.  It is used to ease fevers and support the immune system.

We all have this daily throughout winter and gargle when a sore throat is looming.

Kale is a dark leafy vegetable rich in calcium, lutein, iron, and Vitamins A, C, and K. Kale has seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli, and is full of vitamin C and fibre so it is great for detoxification.  We grow this in the garden and I use in a salad or sprinkle some olive oil on and pop in the oven to make kale chips.

Avocado/nuts/salmon – full of natural fatty acids so it lowers cholesterol, cancer fighting and great for eye health

Yoghurt full of probiotics, diary need I say more.

Oat bran is a soluble fibre, so it makes you feel fuller longer and a staple of the Dukan Diet (worth a read).  The stickiness makes it pass through the small  intestine as it collects toxins,  heavy metals and, what’s even more important on a weigh-loss diet, carbohydrates

Tomatoes are one of the best foods to fight free radicals, they are full of vitamin C and beta-carotene, mineral manganese and vitamin E. Cherry tomatoes are our favourite and we also grow them in the vege patch.

The list goes on really……what are some of the ‘superfoods’ that you down regularly?  Do you think they help?
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  • Cherie @ ‘a baby called Max’

    Way to go!

    We’re a superfood family too!

    Travelling through south east Asia & sampling so much whole & fresh produce was what did it for me. When I came home, & went back to processed western food, I felt so incredibly crook.

    It’s been superfoods ever since, & we’ve never looked back 🙂

    Good. on. you!

    xx

  • Kellie @ Sasse Avenue

    Hi Karla,

    Oh no, we don’t fare well on the super food challenge. My girls are extremely fussy eaters. I can say we eat lots of salmon, yoghurt and tomatoes and Avocados. Some of the others I could sneak into dishes. I might try that 🙂

    Kel x

  • Ironmum Karla

    Cherie, absolutely once you have included them into your diet it is hard to go back. As much unpackaged food as possible is a good motto!

    Kellie there are heaps of options to hide in foods, kids are funny though and very good detectives.

  • Felicity

    Great post Karla, I’m a HUGE advocate of Olive Leaf and have a little spray bottle in my bag which as a teacher of young children I use quite often.

    As for the others, I’m planting out a herb and vege patch at the moment and will be seeking out some kale and beet seedlings to add in.

    Lovely to find you via Jane @ ‘Life On Planet Baby’.

  • Ironmum Karla

    I was a little sceptical at the start also Felicity but science has also proven the little olive leaf factor does help. Anything to keep the kindy germs at bay!!

  • Anonymous

    I will have to try some of these things…. love helpful advise.
    Kirsty