Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Super Foods

In my previous post I mentioned that I've been trying to eat healthy starting about a month ago. I got this book by Dr. Gillian McKeith on Amazon and it is filled with great information. Too bad I don't have BBC America, otherwise I will for sure be watching her show whenever it airs. (I have to say just by simply following her advice on how to eat and what to eat, I've lost about 6 or 7 pounds already and I am never hungry.)

The other day, I was watching the morning show while the hosts and their guest nutritionists started to talk about the 10 super foods that will "save your life", I had to get a pen and papers to take down some notes. According to the show, here are the 10 super foods that we should be eating as part of our regular diet (not in particular order):

And here are the notes that I've taken down:

1. Swiss Chard:
Very important for retinal health; if you are a smoker or are around second hand smoke a lot, you need to eat this veggie.

2. Flax Seed:
Fights depression and rich in omega 3 fatty acid. You have to grind flax seed before you eat it (use a coffee grinder).

3. Cinnamon:
You can take the pill form, or just grind the cinnamon and sprinkle it into your coffee or oatmeal... doesn't have to be fancy either; regular cooking cinnamon will do.

4. Quinoa:
Rich in protein, fiber, also a very good source of magnesium and vitamin B2. Add it to your diet if you suffer from migraine headaches.

5. Ginger:
Eat a piece of candied ginger after meal to help digestion, or drink some ginger tea.

6. Guava:
Rich in vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Eat the whole thing with skin.

7. Pistachio:
Full of fiber and antioxidants, also gives you more bang per calories than other nuts. It's a heart-healthy snack.

8. Parsley:
Rich in vitamin K, preventing blood clog. In the show they said Frank Sinatra used to have a big bowl of raw parsley every day; he would sprinkle salt and pepper on his parsley and just ate it like that.

9. Beet:
Fights cancer and decreases inflammation. Eat it raw; don't cook it: You can grate it and use it in your salad.

10. Açaí Berry (pronounced "ah-sai"):
This is the number one, mother of all super foods according to the show.
It has 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10-30 times the anthocyanins (antioxidant flavonoids that protect many body systems) of red wine. It can come in the form of paste, or juice/smoothie. I buy the juice from Costco; it's cheaper.

Remember there are a lot more super foods that are not on this list. It's important to eat a diet with variety of natural foods. : )


sharilyn said...

thanks for this! i've been feeling crap lately and trying to eat better. i find it rather difficult as my partner is hard to convince. He is always skinny and is happy to lives on chips, processed foods and other lovelies. I have to beg to have brown rice instead of white rice! Its frustrating to me that he doesnt seem to care about being healthy... so i think i am going to try to take over and just start cooking everything!

flora said...

Haha... mine is the same. He rather eats pizza and drinks pops... so unhealthy. I just have to make sure that I eat healthy myself. Hopefully he will turn around down the road. :)

sharilyn said...

i ordered the book! thanks for posting about it. Tonight I made a quinoa salad with greens, red onion, tomato, parsley, a little feta cheese, flax oil, lemon, and salt and pepper. it was so easy and so good. and a organic chicken curry with brown rice. it was so yummy but he just grudgingly ate it :) poor him!

do you find that you feel - crazy energized after eating quinoa??!!?

flax seed said...

Thanks for sharing this info. I'm sure glad that flax seed made it to the top 10 list of the book. I've been supplementing on flax for more than a year now and I tell you its one nutritious treat over smoothies and oatmeal. The kernels are rich in Omega 3s, dietary fibers and lignans making it a heart healthy and metabolism-friendly supplement. - steve

flora said...

Hahaha....When I cooked last week, my boy just refused to eat it. I told him I didn't know what to do because I want him to eat healthy but all he wanted was pizza or burgers or Mexican food.... Then he said, "I didn't ask you to feed me..." Go figure. And then I cried and then he ate it because he felt bad... It's like a comedy routine.

I didn't really notice any obvious energy jump after eating quinoa because since I start eating better, I feel better overall. I don't get tired easily...

I am glad you ordered the book. There is a lot of info. Let your guy read it (if he would) and maybe that will wake him up after he learns what those bad food can do to our bodies.

Debbie Meyer said...

Wow! Thanks for posting this information. I'm interested to read more on the subject. I'll check back to see what other yummies you've cooked up. :)
Unfortunately, I'm not a seafood person, but the Quinoa Tofu Salad looks good.