Recently, I have gotten a lot of queries concerning the various seeds and powders that I put into my breakfasts and smoothie bowls. In response, I have decided to dedicate the next few posts to a Superfoods Series. It is here where I will delve into the nutrient potencies of various phyonutrients as well as provide a simple, nutritious, and delicious way to utilize the highlighted superfood.
To lay the foundation, I will begin with some basic definitions.
What is a phytonutrient?
All plants contain protective attributes which are produced throughout the course of plants’ maturation. Each plant produces environmentally specific characteristics that help foster their growth and development. The inherent phytonutrients in these plants have been found to provide protective and therapeutic properties for the human consumer that range from cancer prevention to anti-inflammatory responses. Phytonutrients are not essential for survival like vitamins and minerals, but they optimize the body’s condition.
(more on these later)
What is a superfood?
Superfood is the term for a food that is nutrient dense and low in calories. They are rich in antioxidants which help to ward off diseases, boost immunity, and optimize vitality. Essentially, most naturally occurring fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.
This series will focus on some of the lesser know varieties of superfoods; chia seeds, hemp seeds, bee pollen, flax powder, goji berries, and cacao nibs.
Up first, Chia Seeds.....