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What is Superfood?

“Superfood” is a term coined by the food industry to portray some foods as more beneficial than others. While there is no legal definition or criteria for a superfood, the term implies these foods are optimal sources of dense nutrition.  Eating a diet rich in superfoods can improve your health, and help reduce the the risk of certain diseases and helps to prolong life.

Superfoods are rich in anti-oxidants, loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. They can be classified as "Red Superfoods", "Green Superfoods", and plant proteins.  To get the maximum benefit of superfoods one would have to eat the required 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies daily. This isn’t always an easy achievement.

That’s where Shakeology can help. Each shake is loaded with 70 different types of superfoods and super charged with dense nutrition. It covers the broad spectrum of proteins, antioxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogens, prebiotics and digestive enzymes your body needs to function at peak form. Each of the superfoods in Shakeology is sourced from its country of origin, ensuring the maximum amount or nutrition in each ingredient.

In one daily shake you get more nutrition than you can by eating 5-7 fruits and veggies each day. That’s not to say you shouldn’t eat whole, real fruits and veggies too. Here are a few that you can add to your pantry and vegetable drawer for an extra jolt of superfood nutrition.

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are a relative of that medicinal plant in Colorado. Unlike its cousin, what it lacks in a hallucinogenic punch it more than makes up for with protein, essential amino acids, magnesium, and potassium. They also have a favorable ratio of omega 3, 6, and fatty amino acids, making them an ideal superfood addition to soups, pilafs and even your morning oatmeal. You could even add a teaspoon to a fruit smoothie or your morning Shakeo.

Tomatoes

Whether it’s a handful of cherry tomatoes, or slices of heirloom tomatoes, this superfood  is packed with nutrients not found in other fruits or vegetables, like lycopene. Lycopene is an anti-oxidant that protects the skin from harmful UV rays, lowers cholesterol and helps to prevent some cancers. They are also filled potassium, fiber and vitamin C.

Avocados Avocados have more potassium than a banana. Potassium is an important mineral that can help reduce blood pressure and help prevent strokes. The alligator pear, as it is also known as, is high in the recommended daily allowance of Vitamins K, C, B5, B6 and E. A single 3.5-ounce serving has only 160 calories, 15 grams of good fats and 7 grams of fiber, making it a heart healthy superfood.

Tart Cherries Tart cherries are another antioxidant powerhouse. They are a natural anti-inflammatory with research suggesting they offer pain relief from arthritis, gout and help to reduce joint pain. Enjoy a glass of tart cherry juice in the morning or snack on dried cherries and walnuts during the day.

For more information on Shakeology and how it’s dense nutrition can help you lose weight and get healthy, leave me a message below or email me at seaystanford@gmail.com.

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