Superfoods. What makes them Super, you ask?
Superfoods are exactly what they sound like – SUPER FOODS – foods with superior nutritional value.
They can include anything from the foods you may eat every day like berries, spinach and kale. Or they could be those crazy things you keep hearing about but aren’t quite sure what they are like Spirulina, Maca and Bee Pollen. Either way, they are really good for you and we promote incorporating as many of these into your daily diet as possible!
We’ve included a snapshot of the superfoods we love adding to Beaming Superfood Smoothies and raw food recipes so that you can begin to understand the astounding number of health benefits these goodies provide.
Here are some of the Beaming’s favorite superfoods:
Local Raw Honey & Bee Pollen
Raw honey is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and a natural antibiotic. Bee Pollen contains 59 trace minerals, and is a rich source of vitamins, enzymes, and amino acids. Taking local bee pollen may alleviate seasonal allergies.
Goji berries contain at least 18 amino acids (including the 8 essentials), and vitamins B1,B2, B6, E, and C. Packed with antioxidants, gojis help to strengthen your immune system, enhance your memory, calm the nerves, and have anti fungal and anti bacterial compounds.
Oh yeah, this is the same seed we slathered on a terracotta pig, watered, and watched sprout. Only back then we never thought to eat what we grew on our funny little chia heads. Chia is packed with nutrients that promote long-lasting energy, increase mental function, support your cardiovascular health and immune system, contains lots o’ fiber, and can absorb 9 times it weight in water which means as it expands in your belly it makes you feel full. Plus, it’s supercharged with Omega 3’s, those brain boosting fats.
We love Maca (so much so Lisa named her dog after this fantastic superfood!) Maca boosts libido and increases immunity, energy, vitality, and fertility. Maca is an adaptagentic root. Adaptogens are natural plant products that increase your body’s ability to deal with internal and external stresses and normalize imbalances in the body. We really like Healthforce Naturals Vanilla Spice Maca.
A great plant based source of iron and B vitamins. Spirulina is a natural detoxifier. Known to help boost energy levels, support liver and kidney functions, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion. We are specially fond of Healthforce Naturals Spirulina Manna.
A special algae from upper Klamath Lake, Oregon. This miracle food is known to increase energy, stamina, and feelings of well being, as well as enhance brain function, increasing mental focus and concentration. We call it ‘brain on’ food. It also stabilizes mood swings by balancing blood sugar levels, supports a youthful appearance, helps normalize weight, stimulates the immune system, nourishes your blood, and helps to promote the growth of stronger nails and smoother skin. E3live.com.
Greens powders are a great way to give your smoothie an extra boost of nutrients. Comprised of a spectrum of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, these powders are what Superheros are fueled by. Our favorite greens boosters are Orac Energy Greens and Vitamineral Greens.
Popeye’s secret weapon is rich in fiber, iron, beta carotene, and protein/amino acids. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, and has brain boosting and anti-cancer properties.
Hempseeds are the only food with the ideal ratio of Essential Fatty Acids (omega 3’s & omega 6’s). They contain 21 amino acids including the 8 essential aminos in a very easily digestible form.
Coconut (oil, butter, water)
Unlike other saturated fats, as a plant derived source of saturated fat coconut has medium chain fatty acids that actually help to increase metabolism. Coconut has been shown to lower your LDL (lousy) cholesterol and boost your HDL cholesterol. It helps improve the absorption of fat soluble vitamins and amino acids, and supports your immune system.
Coconut oil has a high heat tolerance that makes it a great food for high temperature cooking and tastes great! (a much preferred alternative to using olive oil for high heat!)
Coconut butter is made from the flesh, not just the oil. It’s delicious in smoothies and oh so good for you. It is said to improve metabolism and great for hormone balancing.
Coconut Water is jam packed full of minerals/electrolytes that rehydrate your sexy bod.
These are full of vitality, living enzymatic quality and we aren’t talking about alfafa sprouts. BEAMING uses Sprouts in most of our foods – from our green juices (yes, there too!) to our smoothies, soups and salads. They are full of protein and are powerful natural energy sources! Think ALIVE baby! They have an incredible nutrient profile – just multiply the seed’s nutritional benefit anywhere from 300 to 1200%. We especially love sunflower sprouts, pea sprouts, sunflower seed sprouts, sugar pea sprouts and mixed sprouts with onion and broccoli. YUMMY and soooo good for you! Sprout On!
Of course we all love chocolate but did you know the source of chocolate in its natural state of Cacao is really really good for you?!! And you thought you liked chocolate before! The only catch is to make sure you get the good stuff – raw cacao. Use the powder or “nibs” and blend away in your smoothies and baking! Your kids will love it too. Rich in magnesium, chromium, and iron cacao has an incredible amount of antioxidants (the things that help you not get sick). Plus cacao contains theobromine which may just be nature’s aphrodisiac. Sexy stuff.
Cinnamon helps to lower LDL cholesterol and stabilizes blood sugar levels. Because of it’s anti-bacterial quality, it also acts as a natural food preservative and helps to reduce cellular inflammation—a key age accelerator and is known to increase metabolism.
Contain ALA (alpha linolenic acid) which the body converts to omega 3’s, your brain boosting fats. It’s actually the richest plant based source of omega 3’s. Flax can help to correct constipation. The seeds can easily be ground in a coffee grinder for better bio-availability.
Apples are a low glycemic fruit (which means they are low in sugar and won’t spike sugar levels) and cleanse the liver and colon. The pectin binds to and excretes heavy metals from the intestines. This directly helps the filtration load on the liver.
Berries (blueberries & strawberries)
A great source of vitamins and antioxidants and low in sugars. One cup of strawberries has the same amount of Vitamin C as a glass of OJ. Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese, essential for keeping your blood sugar levels and thyroid function normal.
Raw nuts (brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews)
Brazil nuts are best known for being the number one plant source of the mineral selenium, exhibiting approximately 2,500 times as much of this vital trace mineral as any other nut. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant which has been proven to protect the body against infection.
Walnuts are shaped like a brain because they are good for your brain and help with healthy brain and memory function! They contain omega 3’s and ellagic acid which is known to fight cancer and support immune function.
Almonds (we prefer them raw & sprouted) are revered for their Vitamin E content and are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats.
(Raw) cashews are naturally high in beautifying oleic acid and also contain magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc. Zinc is a critical mineral for enzyme formation and reproductive health, making raw, organic cashews a very valuable food and great for making nut milks and salad dressings.