Need a boost?

 

Need to boost you energy, improve your memory, brighten your mood or improve your metabolism?

 

Check out our top 12 super foods that are naturally wired to help you out!

 

Incorporate these in your diet this spring to see and feel the benefits!

 

Superfood Super for… Why it’s super Super uses
Tomatoes Health  

Tomatoes­­­ are packed with nutrients that are fantastic to your health and wellbeing. They are a great source of vitamins C, A, E and B vitamins as well as lutein, zeaxanthin, potassium, manganese and phosphorus!

 

Make a healthy bruschetta, pop them in salads or try an Italian Capsicum and Tomato Soup.
Spinach Energy  

Spinach is an excellent source of iron, which is used to fuel the muscles with oxygen for energy. It is also loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamin C and sulforaphane. Spinach has also been shown to improve short-term memory!

 

Use it in salads or use them to create your own green smoothies!
Asparagus Mood  

Asparagus is one of the best sources of folate, a B vitamin that helps keep you out of a slump. The folate from asparagus is important for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters that are crucial for mood!

 

Delicious raw, steamed, stir-fried or baked!
Avocados Weight management  

Avocadoes are rich sources of monounsaturated fat that your body can easily burn for energy. Avocados can even help your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients from other foods. They contain health-boosting nutrients such as potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins and folic acid. Avocados also work to reduce excess cholesterol, reduce inflammation, combat cancer cells and protect your liver.

 

Try them out in this weeks’ Guacamole recipe OR try in a sweet treat – No bake Avocado and Chocolate Cake!
Blueberries Memory  

 

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that work to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, protect you from premature aging, reduce inflammation and boost the memory!

 

 

Eat them on their own or with a delicious brekky recipe such as Buckwheat Pancakes with Berries and Raw Choc Sauce!
Strawberries Skin  

 

Like blueberries, strawberries are loaded with antioxidants that work to help repair your skin from factors like UV rays. Not to mention, they’re also packed with Vitamin C – great for the immunity!

 

Eat them on their own or use them to top Cinnamon & Cacao Granola.
Cucumbers Reducing inflammation  

Despite their high water content and mild flavour, cucumbers are rich in numerous vitamins and minerals including vitamin B5, fisetin, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, manganese and silica. Cucumbers are great for reducing inflammation, eliminating toxins and even treating headaches.

 

Delicious in salads and a perfect snack to have with hommos!
Legumes Weight Loss  

Legumes are a fantastic source of protein that keeps you feeling satisfied instead of hungry. You also expend more energy to digest them as the body has to break down the bean to get to the fiber.

 

Perfect in soups or homemade nachos!
Walnuts Mood  

Walnuts are said to help with mood stability and can even help you tolerate stress. They contain tryptophan, an amino acid needed to create serotonin (the feel-good chemical).

 

Great to have as snacks or to use in sweet treats!
Artichokes Energy  

 

Artichokes are loaded with magnesium! Magnesium deficiency means your muscles have to work harder to react therefore you tire more quickly. That’s why artichokes or a magnesium supplement work well to boost energy!

 

Delicious steamed or even made into a dip.
Salmon Skin  

Salmon contains high amounts of Omega-3’s that work to regulate oil production in the skin and to boost hydration! They also keep the skin looking young and acne-free!

 

Lightly seared, baked or even raw! Salmon is delicious and so versatile!
Eggs Memory The yolk of an egg contains a nutrient called choline that is essential to the body in order to create Acetylcholine, a brain chemical crucial for strong memories.  

For breakfast, lunch or dinner, these gems can be used in all forms! Try them in Banana, Cacao and Coconut muffins!

 

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20667261_3,00.html

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/10/20/summer-superfoods.aspx

 

 

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