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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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Planet Green is the multi-platform media destination devoted to the environment and dedicated to helping people understand how humans impact the planet and how to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Its two robust websites, PlanetGreen.com and TreeHugger.com, offer original, inspiring, and entertaining content related to how we can evolve to live a better, brighter future. Planet Green is a division of Discovery Communications.

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11:17AM PST on Feb 22, 2015

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10:53AM PST on Feb 22, 2015

Thanks

10:52AM PST on Feb 22, 2015

Thanks

2:13AM PST on Feb 18, 2015

Interesting thank you for sharing

12:55AM PST on Feb 15, 2015

Thanks

11:00AM PST on Feb 13, 2015

Thanks.

4:38PM PST on Feb 2, 2015

agree Deborah P,and cant imagine why one wld imagine that most people arent eating most of these items-tho certainly not the ghee or the chicken!

6:47PM PST on Jan 29, 2015

Thank you for sharing!

2:20PM PST on Jan 29, 2015

Oh dear. NOT a very successful article. One recipe could not decide if we should use the dried leaves or the seeds of the fenugreek, and another site has been completely hi-jacked by some sort of cheap sale goods. Better luck next time. Or even better, do the research.

10:58AM PST on Jan 29, 2015

thx

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