Here we talk about 10 great superfoods including quinoa and rhubarb. Benefits of these foods are discussed and recipe ideas are shared to ensure you a healthy eating. There are a number of superherbs and superfoods that are often claimed and backed up by scientific studies.
Rhubarb tops the chart of superfoods. Rhubarb which botanically is a vegetable is often regarded as a fruit. This is particularly because of the way we eat rhubarb. It is a champion for its phytochemical lindleyin. This nutrient helps perimenopausal women to get relieve from hot flashes. Rhubarb also contains ample amount of dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Rhubarb grown in Canada are available in the grocery stores throughout February till July. However, they are the most flavorful in the spring. You can cook them in jams or spreads, or even bake them in muffins, cakes and pies. You can also use them in your ice cream, sorbet and punch. Lactating or pregnant women and children should not take the roots of rhubarb.
Pumpkin seeds are another superfood. These seeds are versatile and are full of medicinal and dietary properties. The pumpkin seed nuts have a great ability to lower cholesterol. Every 50 milliliter or 1/4 cup of pumpkin seed has the ability to provide a healthy dose of omega – 3 and 6 fatty acids. This seed is also a good source fiber and mineral, which includes zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and iron. You can get pumpkin seeds at the local grocery store throughout the year. The pumpkin season is fall and this is when you can get the freshest pumpkin seeds. These seeds are a good snack itself and can also be mixed with dried fruits, almonds, walnuts or peanuts to make it even better. You can even try including them to your pasta dishes, salads, sauces, vegetables or even in casseroles. However, pay attention to its proportion as one cup, approximately 250 milliliters, contains 750 calories.
A Goji berry come next and is the newest addition the list of superfood. These berries help in treating hypertension, fever, malaria, cancer and diabetes among others. Goji berries are found to contain more bera-carotene than carrots and more vitamin C than some of the oranges. Though goji berries tastes similar to resins, they are more pleasantly sharp. You can either cook them or eat them raw. Adding them to your cereal, soup or tea can boost up the taste.
Preliminary studies reported that cinnamon helps in lowering blood sugar for people suffering from type 2 diabetes. It does so since it contains polyphenols which has an effect similar to that of insulin. Many studies have also suggested that a daily dose of half a teaspoon of cinnamon can control blood sugar. Cinnamon is available in the form of powder and sticks. You can use it on your desserts, oatmeal or even sprinkle it on your toast. You can also try making cinnamon tea. Pour two cups of boiling water over one and half inch sticks of cinnamon and steep for 10 minutes.
Quinoa is another superfood that contains lots of minerals and vitamins. One cup of uncooked quinoa contains 22 grams of protein, which is more than most of the cereal grains. The protein contained are said to be complete protein since it contains all the eight essential amino acids that are needed for the development of the tissue. Compared to corn, wheat and barley, quinoa contains high amount of phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron and manganese, and lower level of sodium. Quinoa is also free from gluten. You can substitute most of the hot cereals with quinoa and it is also a good replacement for rice. You can cook it like porridge or include it in stews or casseroles, or even add it to your desserts, soups and salads. Ground quinoa can be used in cookies, muffins, pasta, puddings and breads.