Are You Eating Them?
I am always looking for delicious and healthy foods to feed my family, and I am sure you are too. Good nutrition plays a big part in overall health, and with Rory’s energy metabolism disorder, her special dietary needs become all the more important. When Peter Minkoff from High Style Life Magazine contacted me about writing a guest post about the Superfoods Trend, I was excited to accept.
So, now, please welcome Peter, and join with me in learning more about Superfoods.
Family Diet: Introducing the Superfoods
Health is a primary concern, especially when you have kids. One of the ways of achieving it is by having healthy diet habits. With today’s life pace, it seems hard to take time to care about a diet; still, most of us are constantly on the lookout for that special diet to solve our problems. You have probably heard about the popular culinary buzzword- superfoods. It does sound super, right? These are nutrients packed foods, rich with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and fibers. The benefits of such foods go way beyond the ordinary “I eat because I am hungry.” Introducing the superfoods into your family diet will definitely make you and your family members healthier and happier.
Super Trend of Superfoods
Once again, the Internet has changed the way we think of food. Superfood is the term that appeared in a book “SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods that Will Change Your Life”, written by Steven G. Pratt, MD. Since then it exploded on the web. People started buying fruits and vegetables with super components. Not only that, apart from those 14 foods in the famous book, every now and then we discover new foodstuff (chia seeds, cacao, coconut flour, rice malt syrup) so packed with nutrients that they automatically qualify as super.
Besides being full of minerals and vitamins, superfoods have many other benefits. They are very low in processed sugar and fat, but can still meet the body’s needs. Because they own certain phytochemicals and nutrients, superfoods can strengthen one’s immune system. This is a great natural way to protect the kids from catching a cold or flu. One of the best benefits for parents is this food’s ability to fight free radicals, and thus slow down the aging process. Good fats, fibers, and phytochemicals are also beneficial for the normal function of the heart. An amazing thing about these foods is that they can be high in calories, but low in “bad” nutrients, which works as a metabolism booster, while keeping hunger at bay. They are responsible for a glowing complexion and an increase in energy.
The Best Superfoods for Kids
Rosy-hued vegetables and fruits (tomato, guava, watermelon, etc.) are rich with lycopene, which protects the skin from sun damage and strengthens the heart. Beta-carotene, which can be found in orange fruits and vegetables, improves the vision. Oatmeal is rich with fiber that helps the children focus better and pay attention in school. Blueberries and salmon can also improve brain function. Tofu is an ideal source of lean protein and has a positive impact on developing tissue. Greek yogurt can improve digestion and immunity, and so can cruciferous vegetables. Cocoa powder is beneficial for the heart and oral health. Black beans, eggs, basil, and cinnamon, are also great for kids.
How to Introduce Superfoods in Kids’ Diet
Lucky for you, the task will be simple enough, because superfoods are colorful and fun. You just need to present them the right way. Blender will be your best friend in this case, because you can make delicious protein shakes. If you run out of ideas, you can find great recipes on the web every day. Spinach in a lunchbox sandwich, why not? As for the nuts and seeds, you can grind them and sprinkle on everyday dishes. Interesting and fun decorations are always helpful. Here’s a special treat.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 2 apples (sliced)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups oats
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 4 cups water
Mix the apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon in the bottom of the crock-pot. Sprinkle the oats and then pour salt and water. Cook on low fire for about 8 hours (there is no need for stirring, so you can leave it overnight or just check occasionally if you wish). Serve with milk or cream.
As you see, even with today’s hasty life pace, it’s not that hard to live a healthy life and nourish the healthy diet in your family. All it takes to feel super are some superfoods! Use them.
Thank you, Peter, for this insightful look into Superfoods, and how to improve health and good nutrition for the entire family.
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