I totally believe—with it's mix of super foods like chia, cinnamon, organic flax and organic unrefined virgin coconut oil—that a Nola bar a day keeps the doctor away but while we wait to garner our official superfood status (hehe) I've rounded up a list of my current go-to's on the grocery list. Packed with absorbable vitamins, mood enhancers, fat fighters and immune boosters, try adding these five ingredients to your cart for a healthier you.
What is it? A staple in traditional Indian cooking and Ayurvedic medicine, ghee is clarified butter that is free of milk proteins, caseins and whey.
Benefits: Much like butter, ghee has gotten a bad rap due to its high saturated fat content, but research shows that a healthy consumption of ghee can actually decrease the risk of heart disease. It's also packed with vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as the fatty acids CLA and butyric acid—both shown to slow the growth of cancer cells—and helps to heal your digestive tract.
What is it? A fiber rich berry sourced from Amazonian palm trees. You can purchase frozen or as a powder and blend it as you would your favorite smoothie. Bonus—a Nola bar crumbled on top is an incredible combo:)
Benefits: This cancer-fighting super food is a stem cell producer, has 19 amino acids, is a source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants and tastes like heaven!
Our Pick? This Organic freeze-dried powder from TerraSoul.
What is it? Reishi are medicinal mushrooms that have been revered in Chinese medicine as the ‘mushroom of immortality’ for over 3,000 years. They are high in antioxidants and are currently being studied for their potential to kill cancer growths.
Benefits: Grown high in the wooded Chinese mountains, these 'shrooms are adaptogens – substances that help the body resist and adapt to a variety of stressors—and have been found to fortify the immune system, protect the cardiovascular system, and to protect the liver, along with help
Our Pick? We prefer a tincture like this certified organic one, as opposed to a pill for it's ability to easily absorb in the body.
What is it? Native to the tropics, mucuna pruriens is a bio-available source of L-dopa—the amino acid compound from which your body makes Dopamine.
Benefits: Sold in pill and powder form, this bean elevates mood, creativity and libido, as well as regulating sleep patterns and soothing the nervous system. It's easily added to your smoothies, morning blended coffee or mixed into a morning yogurt.
Our Pick? We're fans of this cold-water extracted version that's raw, gluten-free and vegan.
What is it? Think Saukerkraut, Kimchi, pickles and homemade horseradish.
Benefits: The prime benefit of fermented foods is aiding digestion, which has several good side effects, including a healthy immune system and improved complexion. They provide good bacteria to our guts, which helps protect the gut lining—an imbalance of healthy bacteria can lead to leaky gut which has been linked to obesity, disease and mental health problems.
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Brand... Dill Pickle's our fave:)
xoxo ~ J