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3 Amazing Superfoods

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Do you eat superfoods? Superfoods (organic of course) are needed by the body for optimal health, disease prevention, and overall wellness! There are so many superfoods it was hard to narrow down the list, but here are 3 amazing superfoods to incorporate into your lifestyle starting today! (And of course they are naturally gluten free.)Chia

You've probably heard of chia but not known why it's so good for you! For starters the nutritional profile includes protein, iron, calcium, fiber, omega-3s, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B1- as you can see, chia is a nutritional powerhouse! All of these minerals and vitamins are essential for your health- your heart, helping with stress (B Vitamins), your bones, blood. This why I always say eat for health.

How to use:

Chia seeds are really easy to incorporate into your lifestyle. They make a great addition to your reusable, non-plastic water bottle for physical activity (I use while running ultra marathons and ultra cycling). Because chia seeds hold up to 12 times their weight they expand and make a fantastic binder. You can make jam (check this recipe out for Strawberry Jam), coconut pudding, you can bake with chia flour, and if you need additional fiber, chia seeds also make a great choice (please don't take Metamucil)!

You can buy chia seeds here.

Hemp

One of my favorite superfoods is hemp! Hemp is a complete protein meaning that it contains all 10 essential amino acids. It's also full of good, healthy fats and omegas 3 and 6 which help the health of skin and hair, hormone balance, reduce inflammation, heart health. It's important to note that hemp is the only food course of GLA (omega-6) which is why it's such an amazing superfood! Hemp also contains iron, fiber, magnesium, and many other amazing real nutrients for your body!

How to use:

Hemp seeds are extremely versatile to use. My main tip is to get creative with them. Sprinkle on salads, make hemp mylk, add to smoothies (great for after a workout!), make a quinoa hemp salad or a nut+hemp heart cereal topped with fresh organic fruit. Yum!

You can buy Hemp Hearts here.

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Organic {made from scratch} Acai Bowl
Organic {made from scratch} Acai Bowl

How to use:

Sprinkle on top of an organic acai bowl, on top of organic smoothies, and straight up (on a spoon) and before and after a workout.

Where to buy bee pollen, read this. 

Note: If you have never eaten bee pollen before, start taking it slowly with one or two granules under the tongue. If your body handles it fine, increase the amount a little each day. The amount will vary from person to person. After your body is used to it, increase amount and take it daily.

What are your favorite superfoods?

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Udi's Gluten Free. The opinions and text are all mine.

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10 Reasons to Make Bee Pollen A Part of Your Daily Nutrition

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10 Reasons to Make Bee Pollen A Part of Your Daily Nutrition

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Do you know about bee pollen? Do you know what it is? Bee pollen is made by honeybees from flowers. One note: SAVE THE HONEYBEES! Because if we don't have honeybees, we don't have food. Bee pollen is one of the rare foods needed for human survival as it contains almost all the nutrients needed to sustain human life. (Organic raw honey is the other one.) The nutritional profile of bee pollen includes 18 amino acids, 12 vitamins (B, C, D, E), 28 minerals, 11 enzymes, 14 essential fatty acids, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, selenium, boosts immune system, counteracts the effects of radiation and chemical toxins, is an anti-oxidant (chases away free radicals). The CDC and EPA estimates that people are exposed to over 200 different forms or radioactive toxins and over 60,000 different chemical toxins yearly.

Bee pollen
Bee pollen

10 reasons to make bee pollen a part of your daily nutrition 

1) A superfood. Bee pollen is a nutritional powerhouse. As for the above stated reasons.

2) Detoxes the body. Because our bodies are exposed to so many toxins every day through our air, food, water, and soil, it's imperative that we eat foods that help to get rid of toxins naturally.

3) A complete protein. Because of the nutritional content, bee pollen is a complete protein meaning it contains all the amino acids. It contains more protein than meat, eggs, or cheese of equal volume!

4) Can not be made in a lab. This may be the best part! It can not be made in a lab so Big Food can not try to reproduce this amazing product. Of course, always make sure to buy organic!

5) Allergy prevention. If you suffer from hay fever or seasonal allergies, you'll want to start incorporating bee pollen into your daily diet. More effective than drugs with harmful side effects, bee pollen is very effective in treating allergies. You'll want to start taking bee pollen 6 weeks before the start of allergy season and keep taking it.

6) Real food for athletes. Bee pollen increases strength and endurance without chemicals or steroids. The Finnish track team in 1972 used bee pollen because of it's natural performance enhancing properties and ended up sweeping the podium. Real food for the win once again! (No pun intended.)

7) Beauty and anti-aging. Looking for smooth, soft skin? Good skin starts with a healthy inside and bee pollen helps to keeps skin cells fresh and less susceptible to winkles. #NoBotox

8) Weight control. Fat cells store toxins and because bee pollen helps to rid the body of toxins, bee pollen is a natural weight loss method.

9) Boosts immune system. Because of its natural antibiotic property, it helps strengthen immune system and heal the gut (where 80% of your immune system lies).

10) Helps with infertility. If you are a woman struggling to conceive or know a woman who, listen up! Bee pollen stimulates ovarian function!

11) And a bonus: bee pollen is very beneficial for those who have had cancer radiation because of the detoxing properties.

How to use:

If you have never eaten bee pollen before, start taking it slowly with one or two granules under the tongue. If your body handles it fine, increase the amount a little each day. The amount will vary from person to person. After your body is used to it, take it daily. By the teaspoon (my favorite), on top of organic smoothies, or before/after a workout.

Read this for how to buy bee pollen. She said it better than I could!

More resources here and also here. (Highly recommend reading both links.)

Will you start incorporating bee pollen into your daily diet?

Cover photo credit: Blathlean

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