Why Superfoods are Super

Oh, wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written…the summer is halfway spent, and well, life is good but crazy. On to our topic of the day.

What are superfoods?

Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods whose nutrients benefit multiple systems of the body. Their high concentrations of a wide variety of nutrients make them extremely important for boosting the immune system, the metabolism and other systems of the body. It’s like eating a multivitamin, but tastes way better than the aftertaste pills have.

Take quinoa for example….which is one of my favorite superfoods.
Quinoa is the only plant-based source of protein that contains all eight essential amino acids. It also is a complex carbohydrate that is better for your metabolism, and prevent spikes in insulin. Long story short, this superfood meets a lot nutritional needs in one, thus the nickname.

A list of other superfoods include:

kale – Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, and iron
pomegranates – Vitamins B6, C, and Potassium
apples – Fiber, Vitamin B6 and C, and Potassium
spinach – Vitamins A, B6, C, Iron, Magnesium, and Potassium and Vitamin K
kiwi – Vitamins C, K, Potassium,
brussel sprouts – Vitamins C, K, fiber, folate

These are just a few of the myriad of superfoods that can benefit your diet. Pomegranates are a personal favorite of mine. They have so much vitamin C and potassium, which is great for immunity and stress. Plus, they taste amazing! 
Looking for a way to get more superfoods into your diet?
 Enjoy this great salad from my Cheap, Clean Recipe Collection!

Greens or Greek Salad
 What you need:
  • 4 c. of baby kale, organic if possible
  • 4 c. mixed greens, organic if possible
  • 1/2 c balsamic vinegar 
  • 1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 c. crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 c. sliced almonds
  • 1 c dried cranberries
Instructions:
Combine oil and vinegar in a container. This will be the salad dressing.  Toss all other ingredients together in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss. Enjoy!
 

Natural Balance Foods: The most Amazing Raw Bars Ever!

Hi There! Sorry it’s been awhile since I’ve written, this post was originally planned for last Wednesday, but there’s a major story behind that, which you’ll hear more about later this week.
While I did receive free product, I did not receive monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

A month ago, I was contacted by Natural Balance Foods, and they asked if I would be interested in sampling a box of their raw Nak’d Bars….I said, “of course”. You see, we like to eat at our house, but don’t like foods with lots of added sugar. In a couple of weeks, I received my sampler box, show here:

As you can see, even the box was complimentary…(I’m so punny.) At first, I was skeptical, so I gathered 2 co-workers, and my husband, to try the bars. And they all loved them! The Rhubarb Custard was amazing, it actually tasted like dessert, but was still a true raw bar! My husband gave it a “10” out of 10 because it was sweet enough, but not too sweet. My other favorite flavors were the chocolate crunch, strawberry crunch, apple crunch, and banana crunch. The Cocoa Crunch tasted like a much healthier version of a kit kat bar…with all the nutrition and a great flavor and low sugar. The apple crunch tasted like a great autumn dessert too! I wasn’t as impressed with the berry delight. But none of the other bars let me down. They held up well during shipping, and the sampler contains 13 bars, which is a great deal at $9.99. Cheaper than Lara Bars, but with all the quality. I was very impressed that they kept the ingredients list at 5 or below, and U.S. delivery is free. I will most definitely be ordering these for my husband as part of his Christmas gift, and had great dealings with this company. They were great with follow up, and very personal. Please check out their website here :Nak’d Bar Sampler I would love for you to try their product!

Happy Snacking!
Julie

Wassail. A perfect treat on a cold day.

I’m a little late with this post….I said it would be Tuesday, oh well. Last week, I had a rough bout with sinuses and coughing, and I wanted something hot to drink. Well, this time of year is perfect for wassail. My husband bought some cran-pomegranate juice to mask the nasty propolis I took to get rid of my cough.(Propolis requires a separate post.)

Anyway, this is a super easy crockpot recipe, and…it’s amazing! I actually can’t believe I came up with this! Do be aware that even though there is no sugar added, the ingredients naturally contain sugar, so there is, well, sugar in this recipe. But it’s ok to have as a treat and is definitely not as high-calorie as many of the wassail recipes out there!

Whistlin’ Wassail
4 c. no sugar added apple juice
4 c. no sugar added cran-pom juice
1 can mandarin oranges with no syrup.
6 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. ground cloves

Place all ingredients together in a crockpot on high for 2 hours. Enjoy! Oh, and by the way this made my house smell wonderful!!! 🙂

Let me know what you think!