Thursday, February 28, 2013

What To Do With Super Foods

Please welcome Valerie Johnston to the Taste and Savor Blog. Today she is sharing some super info on super foods. Hope you enjoy reading her post as much as I did! Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon, writing for ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.

A “super food” is a food that people categorize as being extraordinarily healthy and good for the body. There are many different opinions about which foods should be counted as super foods and which should not, but the following ones are found pretty much across the board: beans, salmon, walnuts, tomatoes, yogurt, pumpkins, broccoli, soy, tea, spinach, turkey, blueberries, and oats.
These foods are all on the list for different reasons. Some have superior antioxidants while others may provide a great amount of vitamins or omega-3’s. However, these foods are all most definitely very delicious and nutritious; and, when prepared correctly, can add flavor and pizzazz to any meal.

Go a Little Crazy

Sometimes these super healthy foods can even be made into some super scrumptious desserts. One of the most fun ways to prepare these foods is actually by making up recipes. Some people might not feel totally comfortable making up recipes or throwing together crazy concoctions, but often trying new things is the most fun way to discover some of the greatest and best ideas.

One way to go about this process is to just let loose and go a little bit crazy. A person can take two or three of his or her favorite super foods and think of a great way to combine them. For example, people might want to take a popular recipe for granola bars and transform it into a delicious oat, walnut, and yogurt bar. By simply replacing some of the ingredients with super foods, they can create a delicious spin on an old classic treat.

If people feel more comfortable with their culinary skills, they might even want to branch out a little more and totally invent a meal that’s all their own. This is always a fun way to discover what individuals like, and probably also what they do not like. Not only can one do this on his or her own, but making new foods with someone else can also be a great date idea or a fun thing to try with the kids.

Super Healthy

Super foods are also a wonderful way to live a healthier lifestyle. Many people do not get nearly enough nutrition in their diets, and super foods can be a way to make up for their lack of healthy foods on a daily basis. By implementing more super food items into their diets, people are able to maintain a balanced immune and digestive system more easily than if they did not eat any of these foods at all.

Super Accessible

Another great thing the above super foods is that they are all very easily accessible and available for almost anyone. Just about everyone can make it to a local grocery store or farmer’s market, both of which are providers of most, if not all, of those specific foods. Also, they can all be found at relatively low prices. If they seem to be too expensive, though, one might want to consider searching for the foods at other stores and comparing prices.

Often times, specialty whole foods and organic stores will have a lot higher prices than the local grocery store. So, if one is comfortable shopping at an average grocery store, he or she could actually end up saving a lot of money and still getting high quality and delicious foods.

Super Snackable

A final bonus for super foods is their ability to be taken as individual products and eaten as snacks on the go. Walnuts, blueberries, and many other of these foods are very portable and do not require any preparation to be eaten. This is great for things like lunches or snacks at work or in the car. It is also very useful for kids, not to mention healthy for them too. For all these reasons and more, super foods truly are super.  

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