What is a supercharged food?
A supercharged food is an unprocessed whole food, full to the brim with nourishment for your cells that will pack a mega nutritional punch leaving you with boundless full-of-beans energy. The superstars of the paddocks! Supercharged foods are easily and readily available to us all, with each season bringing a delightful change of new wondrous flavors to your taste buds. Consuming a diet abundant with supercharged food is the perfect way to care for your body, promote the natural detoxification processes and give your body its much needed enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and more! Eating a diet based on whole foods will not only make you look and feel sparkly, you will also stay fuller for longer and this sustenance will keep you marching on between meals to help you to avoid making poor food choices during ravenous times when you can only be compared to the ‘Cookie Monster’.
1. The Brassica Family of Veggies
Broccoli, spinach, kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts to name but a few! I am cheating slightly by adding five of my favorite cruciferous vegetables under one bullet point but they are more than deserving of the spotlight. All veggies and greens will supercharge your health dramatically if you amp up your daily intake. Notice for yourself the rise in your energy levels and your happiness. A regular intake of ‘bitter’ greens can help curb sugar cravings and reset your taste buds so for those with a sweet tooth, increase your greens and notice how your cravings begin to decrease. Remember too that, plant foods are ‘live foods’ and consuming them daily has been shown to lessen the risk of many diseases.
I love lemons! Not only are they a super hero of detoxification processes, they prepare your stomach for the arrival of food. They also add zesty flavor to many meals and the gorgeous citrus aroma will invigorate your senses. Starting the day with lemon juice in hot water is a wonderful and powerful way to wake up your digestive system and set your digestion up for maximum nutrient absorption.
Nori/Dulse/Kelp/Wakame are the superfoods of sea and a great tasty addition to soups and salads. They add a subtle, salty flavor to your food while providing you with a fabulous source of iodine, which is essential to the health and tissue of all calls, particularly the thyroid, breasts and ovaries. Sea veggies are nature’s treasure chest of powerful vitamins and minerals containing a wide range of nutrients.
4. Nuts & Seeds
Walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, macadamias, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), and sunflower seeds are all supercharged superstars! I know, that’s a whopping seven favorites there, however, alone or mixed they will provide a cocktail of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, anti-inflammatory properties and essential fatty acids. Walnuts give you omega 3 fatty acids, which have an anti-inflammatory action in the body. They also contain some calcium and zinc, while almonds are a rich source of vitamin E and they too contain calcium. Macadamias don’t disappoint with calcium, potassium and if they are grown in selenium-rich soil, they can offer you some of that too! Both nuts and seeds offer amazing satiating properties along with incredible benefits to the skin, hair, nails and the immune system, as well as helping to keep you feeling satisfied between meals.
I am saving the best for last as I LOVE parsley. It’s my favorite food! A phenomenal tasting herb, it is rich in vitamins K and C and chlorophyll. Daily consumption of folate-rich parsley can also help protect against cardiovascular disease, fluid retention and inflammatory disorders. Magical parsley can also assist kidney and urinary health. I say, eat more parsley!