By Be Well Health Coach Jackie Damboragian
If you don’t already know about these superfoods, my recommendation is to get them in your pantry ASAP!
These versatile foods are great added to smoothies or tossed into a salad. Here’s what you’re missing out if you don’t give them a try.
Bee pollen is considered an incredibly nourishing food because it’s so nutrient dense—it’s rich in B vitamins, protein, folic acid, and readily available amino acids. Bee pollen is energizing and immune boosting, and it can help to treat seasonal allergies when taken daily. It’s best to buy local bee pollen, which you can find at your farmers’ market. Bee pollen is delicious by the spoonful, added to smoothies, or used as a topping for yogurt.
Flax seeds are rich in plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and fiber. They can aid in weight loss, improved digestion, and hair, skin, and nail health. It’s best to eat them ground in order to absorb their nutrients. Once they’re ground, which you can either purchase that way or do at home, keep them in the fridge to maintain their freshness. Ground flax seeds are a good smoothie booster and can be sprinkled over meals for added benefits. Two tablespoons a day of ground flax seeds can also help to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women.
Chia seeds are a powerhouse food, originally used by Aztec warriors, who, as legend has it, would sustain all day with a single tablespoon! They are loaded with fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and protein. They can help with digestion, especially constipation. Due to their unique ability to swell once added to water, they can help you stay fuller longer—ultimately aiding in weight loss.
Check out this chia seed pudding recipe, which is great for breakfast or as a snack or healthy dessert.
Well known as a great plant-based protein source, hemp seeds are also packed with healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Like flax and chia seeds, hemp seeds can help with digestion and aid in weight loss. Here’s a great smoothie with hemp seeds, and this lemon hemp kale salad is sure to please!