Super Foods. Super Foods. A trend phrase in our culture. Social media, blogs, magazines, media sources everywhere are shouting at us to eat our super foods. Super foods will change your life, make you healthier, skinner, make you rich and famous. You get the picture. Here’s the catch…google superfoods of 2015 and (other than the delightful antioxident rich dark chocolate) most of the items on the list make you think to your self…what the heck? How do I eat these? I’ll never eat this. How do I even pronounce Ghee? Is it butter, is it not?
Let’s break it down a litte today. Super foods are just a trendy way of saying, “here are some foods that are full of great things for your health, and you’d benefit by figuring out how to get them into your diet”. Seems harmless, even exciting at first. We think, yeah I want more super foods in my diet. Then we see dandellion weeds are on the list and rethink this whole super food idea.
Today I’m going to share with you two of my favorite recipes for getting these super foods into your diet without feeling like you are chocking down weeds from your backyard.
Start Adding Dandelions and Sprouts to your salads.
These weedy greens are packed with calcuim, iron, fiber, vitamins A, F, K, and loaded with antioxidents. Denellion weeds also help to detoxify the liver. The bitter juices in the leaves help to switch on our digestive juices.
Sprouts are alive. Yes, it’s true. And when you consume living sprouts the health benefits multiply! Sounds weird at first. I know. These guys are packed vitamin B, high amounts of potassium, iron, calcium.
Send your kids into the backyard, pick a few dandelions and eat! I’m kidding. But I guess you could…
Go to the local health food store and grab a bunch of Kale (a great superfood of ole) and a bunch of dandelions and sprouts. Then make a salad just like you usually would. Add all your favorite topings and enjoy!
This is my go to salad recipe (this is for 1. you could increase for as many people you are feeding)
Mix 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinger with 3 tablespoons of oil (set aside)
Mix 1 Handful of Kale with 1 handful of dandelion greens
1/2 cup of sprouts
2 tablespoons of your nut of choice
3 sliced strawberries
3 avacado slices
sprinkle salad with a little salt before serving
Before we wrap up this post lets talk about THREE MORE SUPER FOODS that mixed together make some delcious treats. Anything titled Coconut Flour Brownies is not hard to convince my picky kids to eat. Coconut flour, ghee, and dark chocolate combined with a few other ingredients make delicious fudgey brownies and they are not the typical junk you find in baked goods!
WHY eat these three foods?
Coconut Flour is full of healthy fats, fiber, and protien.
Ghee also known as clarified butter is full of healthy fats. Yes, ladies we need to eat fat. Long gone are the days of thinking that fat free is the healthy alternative (most fat free items are full of sugar, which is why reading labels is so important). Studies show the importance of women eating healthy fats to help fight heart diease and they also show the benefits healthy fats can have on blood sugar.
Dark Chocolate is packed with antioxidants. It is loaded with minerals Iron, magnesium, and copper to name a few. Studies have also shown that dark chocolate may improve blood flow and may lower blood pressure.
1/2 cup minus 1 Tbs. coconut flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. GHEE melted
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. honey or maple syrup or (1/2 plus 2 TB Stevia plus 2 TB water)
2 tsp. vanilla extract, optional
Preheat the oven to 300 and grease a glass baking dish (8×8 or 9×9).
Mix together all ingredients. You can do this by hand or with an electric mixer or high-powered blender.
Pour into the baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes before cutting or removing from the pan.
These store well at room temperature or in the fridge for a few days. Make sure you keep them in an airtight container.
recipe adapted from Empowered Sustance.