Tricia Jones - Beachbody Coach and NASM CPT

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

So what is up with Super Foods?

I read so much about "super foods" and have decided to dig a bit deeper on some that were unfamiliar. 

What is a "Superfood"?
Superfood is the collective name given to the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet. Superfoods go beyond meeting basic nutritional needs; instead, they have high concentrations of multiple nutrients, such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, or adaptogens, that work together to support the immune system and help fight aging.

Examples of Superfoods are: 

Blueberries: 
Packed with fiber and cancer-preventing antioxidants

Broccoli: 
One of the most nutrient-dense foods available, it may help prevent cancer, lower risk of cataracts, fight birth defects, and build bone strength.

Chia Seeds: 
Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and are allergen-free

*Coconut Nectar: 
When the coconut tree is tapped, it produces a naturally sweet, nutrient-rich 'sap' that exudes from the coconut blossoms. This sap has a very low glycemic index score and contains 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, broad-spectrum B vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH.

Flaxseed: 
Flaxseeds are brimming with fiber and lignans, which are estrogen- and antioxidant-like chemicals. 

Goji Berries: 
Goji berries are filled with antioxidants, essential amino acids, and 21 other minerals. They contain very high levels of iron and vitamin C.” Benefits of goji berries include boosting the immune system, circulation, and eyesight.

Greens: 
Add spinach, kale, and arugula to soup, meatballs, and wraps to prevent diabetes and heart disease.

*Himalayan Salt:
Himalayan salt is a pink rock salt mined in the Khewra Salt Mines of Pakistan. According to information provided by the Natural Health International's website, Himalayan salt contains 84 mineral elements and benefits conditions such as irregular heartbeats, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, low libido, high acidity, sinus congestion, kidney problems, poor muscle tone, and low serotonin/melatonin levels.

*Konjac:
Medical research has shown that Konjac foods have many positive health benefits. Some of the benefits include: Control blood sugar levels, Reducing LDL cholesterol, Regulating the gastrointestinal tract, Weight Loss Properties, A Diabetic Friendly Food and Reducing Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Konjac fiber has very high water absorbent and expansion rate, it is very helpful for control blood sugar level, reduce cholesterol lever, weight loss.

*Luo Han Guo:
Sweet Fruit Used as Sugar Substitute and Medicinal Herb

Maca: 
This organic raw powder, sometimes called “Peruvian ginseng,” is known as an aphrodisiac. Perhaps that’s enough reason to add it to cereal, but it also boosts energy and helps eliminate hormonal imbalances. 

*Moringa:
Here is the nutritional breakdown of Fresh Moringa Leaves: 7x the Vitamin C of Oranges; 4x the Calcium of Milk; 3x the Potassium of Bananas; 2x the Protein of Yogurt; 4x the Vitamin A of Carrots; and ¾ the iron of Spinach.

Moringa leaves when dried become a even greater, powerhouse of nutrition containing: ½ the Vitamin C of Oranges; 17x the Calcium of Milk; 15x the Potassium of Bananas; 9x the Protein of Yogurt; 25x the Vitamin A of Carrots; and 20x the Iron in Spinach. (WHOA!)

I will be highlighting more super foods soon . . . but there are some here that I was especially interested in. I was also reminded about the benefits of broccoli. I've been in a KALE craze and ready to switch it up again.


. . . Now for my shakeology plug: 
The super foods I have * are included in my beloved Shakeology. Shakeology is a meal replacement shake that acts as a vitamin. It provides me my daily dose of dense nutrition all in 1 meal per day.

My Testimony:
As a momma of two very little ones - I began drinking shakeology about 3 months ago. Within a week I noticed I felt more energy. Not the jittery kind of energy you get from 5 cups of coffee but more of the energy that you get from a really good night sleep. I average an 18 hour day so this was a huge plus for me! I also experienced more regularity (*blushing!). Since having 2 c-sections, my stomach seemed different and now I am back on track. Finally, I was in a weight-loss rut. I had been consistently losing weight and was getting frustrated as I stalled out at the same weight for about a 1.5 months. After a couple weeks on Shakeology, I noticed my weight coming down again. I am now very close to my goal weight! YEAH!!! So what Shakeology promises is TRUE. Cross my heart and I am that passionate about it that I risk being annoying with it. I just want to share it and shocked that more people have not heard of it.

Who can argue with a company who offers a Empty Bag Guarantee (copied directly from their site):

Empty Bag Guarantee: We're so sure that Shakeology will improve your health, we've created an amazing guarantee.Try Shakeology for 30 days. If you don't feel healthier, simply call Customer Service within 30 days for a refund of purchase price (less shipping & handling). Even if the bag is totally empty.


Thank you for reading!
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"Happy Day!"
xo, Trish

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