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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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5:56AM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

Thank you for the info! But...I stopped eating so much grapefruit, as soon I was informed that it increases the risk for breast cancer.

8:11PM PDT on Sep 21, 2014

Outside of the grapefruit, I'd call this article 7 super foods you've probably never heard of, probably aren't eating, and probably never will! They're not that easy to find and expensive when you do. Certainly there are other super foods more affordable and more readily available.

11:04AM PDT on Sep 5, 2014

the hemp vegan chessecake recipe link is wrong.... :(

11:03AM PDT on Sep 5, 2014

the vegan hemp cheesecake link is wrong :(

5:36PM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

I often eat adzuki beans, but unfortunately, some of these superfoods are expensive, such as jerusalem artichokes, spirulina, and hemp seeds.

9:47AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

I put spirulina along with chlorella, beet root powder, milk thistle seed, flax, chia, green tea powder, MSM, moringa powder, organic red maca powder and bee pollen powder in my smoothie every morning with 1 banana, 1cup strawberries and 1 cup blueberries. I'm pretty sure I have all my bases covered. Good article, thanks

6:49AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Thank you.

8:34AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

Some of these superfoods I've never heard of ! Thank you for sharing.

2:30AM PDT on Aug 14, 2014

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2:09PM PDT on Aug 7, 2014

If you are going to tell people to eat these foods .. you should also be warning people of those that interfer with western medicines .. such as the grapefruit. Please .. be more careful and give us MORE information !!!!

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