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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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8:11AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

great list, thank you

4:48PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

5:30AM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Thank you

7:32PM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

Thank you!

6:09PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

just planted a bunch of jerusalem artichokes. They're supposed to have pretty sunflowers.

10:27AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Thanks I would add spiach and broccoli

4:57AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Tim, the reason Kale is not on the list of "superfoods" is because it was last year's "superfood".

Superfood is a made up marketing term. It's intended to spark momentary interest, and Kale's day in the sun has passed. Kale is actually quite good for you, and I ate when the other yuppies were eating acai, and I'll continue when the rest of the world decides chocolate is the new "superfood" (er, wait, that's it, isn't it?)

The same foods will be just as nutritious next year, as they were before. We've been cultivating plants for thousands of years. There are no surprises over the horizon for those who've already opened their eyes.

4:31AM PDT on Mar 23, 2014

Tanya said, "Hemp seeds.. Only if you want to go to jail!!!"...........FYI, Tanya..........hemp seeds are not illegal, nor when eaten do they get anyone "high". They're available from health food stores everywhere, even at Fred Meyer.

11:42PM PDT on Mar 22, 2014

Thanks!!

6:28PM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Thanks.

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