Hello again in the month of March! Hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day celebration and maybe some of you used our ideas from the February Blog? Anyway, we hope that gave you some tips and tricks into making your “V-Day” special.
This month we are touching the term “Superfoods”. Now, I am sure a lot of you have heard or read about this somewhere before, but what does it exactly mean? In simple words, Superfood is a term used to describe food items that are packed with healthy ingredients and nutrients for the body – basically food that is considered really good for your health. In today’s world, everyone is moving towards a healthier diet and finding things that are beneficial to their body. Hence, this term has become quite popular.
Today we are introducing to you three types of food that are categorized as “superfoods” and they are Chia seeds, Quinoa and Flax Seeds.
Chia seeds are considered to be one of the most healthiest food. They are typically shaped as small ovals and comes in a mix of grey, black, brown and white color. They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain. The seed also forms into water droplets, absorbing up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked. While soaking, the seeds develop a gel-like coating that gives chia-based beverages a distinctive texture. Chia seeds are mostly added into oatmeal, smoothies, juices, salad dressings and much more.
One ounce (28 grams) of these tiny seeds can provide you with the following nutrients:
Fiber: 11 grams.
Protein: 4 grams.
Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
Calcium: 18% of the recommended daily amount
Manganese: 30% of the recommended daily amount
Magnesium: 30% of the recommended daily amount
Phosphorus: 27% of the recommended daily amount
So don’t be fooled by the size of these seeds people!
Next up is Quinoa – which is known to be the world’s most famous “superfood”. It is packed with protein, fiber and minerals, but doesn’t contain any gluten. So for those of you who are looking for a gluten free ingredient, you have found your match! Many of you may be confused whether Quinoa is a seed, a grain a rice or what is it? In simple words, it is basically a “seed” which is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain.
Quinoa is also known to be one of the few types of food that is known to have complete protein so for those of you who want to pack on the proteins, I think you just found your new best friend. Moreover, it is also loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and aids in weight loss. To top it off, it is known for its low Glycemic Index as well – in case who are wondering what that is, it is a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar levels. Many people use Quinoa as a substitute for rice as it contains all the above benefits. Nowadays you can find Quinoa being used as an ingredient in all sorts of food such as breads, salads and desserts. It really is an amazing addition to your diet. I suggest we all consider adding Quinoa to our grocery list.
Last but not the least, is Flax Seeds which comes from flax, one of the oldest fiber crops in the world. Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it is mainly known for the following health benefits:
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
- Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
- Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.
Nowadays, Flaxseed can be found in all kinds of foods from crackers to frozen waffles to oatmeal. Again, another superfood you might want to add to your grocery list.
All the three items mentioned above are super super healthy for you and can be a great addition to your daily diet. These products will be available through our website from mid of this month so if you would like to place your orders you can do so by going to our Contact Us page and get in touch 🙂
Let us all start eating healthy shall we 🙂