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8 Superfoods You Probably Aren’t Eating

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8 Superfoods You Probably Aren’t Eating

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

Sometimes we get caught up in the routine of eating the same foods over and over again. Often times it’s not that healthful eating isn’t tasty, but rather it’s the lack of variety. Adding a variety of super nutrient dense foods to our diet ensures that we’re getting the laundry list of vitamins and minerals that the body needs to thrive.

Most aspects of a healthy diet are quite obvious. We know that fruits and vegetables are healthy and processed foods are not healthy. Too much meat and fried foods are also not healthy. There are, however, those foods that we should be eating but for one reason or another we tend to overlook. Consider superfoods that you haven’t yet added to your diet along with some ideas about how to put them to work in your favorite recipes.

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1. Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue green algae that’s a wonderful food especially for those that avoid meat products. Though this is certainly true of everyone, a deficiency in B12 is more common in vegans and some vegetarians because B12 is found in animal products. If you’re feeling really tired and rundown, you might not be getting enough. There is no whole food source of B12 for vegans, except for spirulina. What’s more, spirulina has iron. A deficiency of iron, also called anemia, is a very common ailment in our population. Add spirulina to shakes and smoothies by the spoonful.

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7:35PM PDT on May 29, 2015

9 pages? Seriously? Here's the list:

1. Spirulina
2. Hemp Seeds
3. Azuki Beans
4. Kukicha Twig Tea
5. Ghee
6. Fenugreek
7. Grapefruits
8. Jerusalem Artichokes

Honestly, how is someone supposed to be able to even find 90% of those foods?

3:12PM PDT on May 10, 2015

Very informative.
Thanks Samantha.

6:36AM PDT on May 8, 2015

This is definitely useful information,

6:35AM PDT on May 8, 2015

This is definitely useful information,

4:05AM PDT on Apr 13, 2015

You are quite right; I am 73 years old; i've never eaten one of them; I was supposed to die aged about 55.

8:23AM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

tyfs

4:27AM PDT on Apr 11, 2015

Really good info here. Thanks !

4:34PM PDT on Apr 9, 2015

i enjoy hemp heart seeds. they have a lil sweet taste, you can add that to all sorts of things.

5:51PM PDT on Apr 7, 2015

If I had known this 45 years ago, when I was burning weed, I wouldn't have thrown out the seeds.

12:35PM PDT on Apr 7, 2015

Hemp seeds are good for growing hemp (pot) also

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