Yep, you read that right! Today’s super foods include fermented foods, fungal foods, and a fabulous food, proof that amazing things come in many types of packages.
Fermented foods: Sounds yummy doesn’t it? Well don’t write them off just yet. Many cultures consume fermented foods as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Fermentation gives bacteria, mold and yeast time to grow and they help to “predigest” all the carbs and fats in your food and create probiotics… now thats a word we are all getting more familiar with! Fermented foods, essentially, are alive. The bacteria that they contain promotes healthy digestion and the production of healthy enzymes that help break down our food properly and absord the important vitamins and nutrients that we need. They also help our immune systems, prevent cancer, and just keep us generally running effeciently. Some yummy fermented foods to add to your diet (or keep eating!) are Kefir, greek yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, miso (mmm miso soup!), and even things like pickles, olives and sauerkraut (one of my favs!!!). Oh and, of course, don’t forget things like blue cheese and BEER! Two things to remember: 1) Look for fermented foods that say “active” or “live” culture. And if its been pasturized, there are no live cultures in it. 2) don’t be fooled by yogurts advertising probiotics, ALL yogurt has probiotics so don’t feel you need to pay more for something you are already getting!
Mushrooms (the fungal!): KB is going through her mandatory “I hate mushrooms” stage but that isn’t stopping me from slipping them into as many dishes as I can! Mushrooms come in so many shapes, sizes, colours and tastes that you can’t toss them all out just because you don’t like the common button mushroom. Mushrooms are full of vitamin B12, potassium, phosphorus, fibre and even protein. They have been the star of many a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. They promote a healthy heart and have even been shown to shrink the growth of tumors. Many studies have been done showing they are an effective aid to weight loss. Meaty and satisfying, they are a welcomed addition to your meal plans.
Flax (the Fabulous!): These little, tiny seeds pack a powerful punch. 2 tablespoons of ground flax contains around 140% of your recommended daily Omega-3 intake. Flax is an excellent source of fibre, lignans and Alpha-linolenic acid, all creating a healthier heart and helping to lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease. Flax is a potent cancer fighter and studies in Toronto have shown flax may even help shrink tumors in breast cancer patients. Because of its fibre content flax helps you feel full longer, and is a great addition to your morning oatmeal.
How about making a tossed salad with greek yogurt dressing? Don’t forget to chop up some mushrooms in the salad and sprinkle some ground flax on top. MMM MMM MMM 🙂 I found this yogurt dressing recipe, originally, on Allrecipes.com and I’ve changed it up to suit all types of salads . It’s yummy, simple and very easy to alter!
1 (8 ounce) container of Greek-style yogurt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon-style prepared mustard
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
1. In a small bowl, beat together yogurt and lemon juice until smooth. Stir in mustard, parsley, and chives. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
I’ve used dill and garlic instead of parsley and chives, but you can try just about anything! Enjoy everyone 🙂
I’m Happy, I’m Healthy, I’m Fertile, ttfn, xo