0 Comments Posted on Jul 14, 2012 Last Updated Jul 15, 2012
Here in sunny San Diego we’re swimming in costumed fans and fit yogis while our little town hosts two big events on this July weekend.
Do you have a fun-filled summer adventure or a busy work week ahead?
If you answer is a resounding “YES!”, you’ll want to grab a bite from our list of 12 Super Power Snacks to boost your energy, lift your mood and feel like a superhero!
These 12 Super Power Snacks offer an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond their nutrient values.
Here are just a few of the reasons to include these Super Power Snacks into your day:
Help regulate metabolism and burn body fat
Prevent or reduce inflammation
Promote digestive health
Reduce external signs of aging
Improve mental clarity and focus
Regulate moods and balance blood sugar
Lower total cholesterol
Lower blood pressure
Help protect against heart disease
Help protect against cancer
Help protect organs from toxins
Enjoy your weekend and make sure to activate your super powers and fuel up with a few of these delicious, nutrient dense and beneficial snacks.
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12 Super Power Snacks to fuel your body whether you’re a Mom, yogi or simply your run-of-the-mill superhero!
Packed with antioxidants, berries help keep memory sharp, reduce inflammation and maintain improve motor skill performance. Berries are also great sources of fiber, important for a healthy digestive system.
A Bowl of Beans
Beans are a good plant-based source of iron. They are also an excellent source of protein. Ranking low on the glycemic index, beans do not cause the inflammatory, hunger-inducing spike in blood sugar levels often associated with refined grains and baked goods.
East Inspired Today Tip: Combine beans with alternative grains to provide all of the amino acids necessary to make a complete protein.
A Handful of Nuts or Seeds
Nuts are rich sources of heart-healthy unsaturated fats and add years to your life. Nuts and seeds dramatically decrease your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes and reduce the visible signs of aging.
Eat Inspired Today Tip: Satisfy your snack attack with a handful of raw, unsalted nuts. The perfect go-to snack to keep in your bag, locker, purse or car. Another great way to incorporate these beneficial nuts and seeds – sprinkle chopped nuts, chia seeds or hemp seeds on top of your salads, yogurts, and rices for a powerful crunch!
A Mug of Tea
Tea is rich in a class of antioxidants called flavonoids which help to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes and some cancers. Teas may also improve the health of your gums and teeth and build stronger bones.
Eat inspired Today Tip: Maximize the power your tea’s flavonoids by drinking it freshly brewed. To enjoy a summer iced tea, add a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange juice to help preserve the flavonoids.
A Side of Fermented Food
These foods contain “good bacteria” that help to maintain digestive health Fermented foods, also referred to as “functional foods,” such as yogurt, kefir, fermented vegetables and kombucha teas offer probiotic benefits to increase your overall health, promote the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria, aid digestion and support immune function.
Eat Inspired Today Tip: Enjoy a tasty side of pickles, sauerkraut, a cup of yogurt or a glass of kombucha fermented tea to improve your digestion and boost your energy.
A Sprinkling of Sprouts
Sprouts are a good source of protein and vitamin C. As we age, our body’s ability to produce enzymes declines and sprouts offer a concentrated source of the living enzymes.
Eat Inspired Today Tip: Trouble with beans? As a result of their high enzyme content, sprouts are much easier to digest than the seed or bean from which they came.
A Plate of Peppers
All peppers contain compounds called capsaicinoids. The more capsaicinoids a pepper contains the spicier their heat. These compounds offer extraordinary anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-cancer and heart-healthy benefits.
Eat Inspired Today Tip: Peppers are high in antioxidant carotenes and flavonoids and contain almost twice the amount of vitamin C found in citrus fruits. Pack a sliced red bell pepper or load your guacamole with delicious, spicy peppers.
A Dash of Garlic or Onions
Garlic, onions, leeks and chives contain flavonoids that stimulate the production of glutathione, a potent antioxidant found in the liver. Glutathione improves the removal of toxins and carcinogens from your body, which helps to prevent cancer.
Eat inspired Today Tip: Firmly press the heal of your hand or a spatula against your garlic cloves to release the thin outer skin and make peeling quicker and easier. Serve crushed roasted garlic as an easy spread on rice crackers or a slice of gluten-free toast.
A Shot of Wheat Grass
Wheat grass, is a close cousins to dark green leafy vegetables, but offers far greater levels of “nutrient density.” In other words, an ounce of wheat grass contains much more of the beneficial phytonutrients found in an ounce of green vegetables.An exceptional source of chlorophyll, the phytochemical that gives leaves their green color, wheat grass improves cholesterol, blood pressure and immune response and helps to prevent cancer.
Eat Inspired Today Tip: Including a regular source of chlorophyll, such as wheat grass, in your diet inhibits bacterial growth and improves bad breath and body odors.
A Serving of Buckwheat
Buckwheat, an alternative, gluten-free grain, ranks low on the glycemic scale.Buckwheat comes primarily in two forms, hulled buckwheat kernels, called groats, or roasted buckwheat groats known as kasha. Buckwheat has more protein than rice, wheat, millet or corn and is high in the essential amino acids lysine and arginine.
Eat Inspired Today Tip: Buckwheat’s amino acid signature helps to boost the protein value of beans and cereal grains that your body consumes in the same day. Combine equal parts plain buckwheat groats and oats, cook the mix and enjoy as a hot breakfast cereal topped with berries.