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8 new superfoods to toss into your diet


Now that you’ve figured out every possible way to prepare quinoa and kale, you might be getting to the point where the old pantry needs a little variety where superfoods are concerned. Though most of us would be hardpressed to find these newbies on the local grocery store’s shelves, with summer comes that sense of freedom and adventure necessary to push us beyond the boundaries of places one can earn discounts on gas.

Sarah Novak at Care2 presents eight new superfoods you probably haven’t tried, and also throws in links to how to prepare them. Happy eating!

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…

2. Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is made up of three acids EPA, DHA, and ALA. ALA can be found in hemp seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds. Hemp seeds also have more protein than milk or eggs and they’re easier to digest than both of them…

3. Adzuki Beans

They’re smaller than black beans and reddish brown in color but loaded with nutrients. In fact, these little guys contain some of the highest levels of protein and lowest levels of fat of any variety of beans. They also contain high levels of potassium, fiber, B vitamins, iron, zinc, and manganese. Adzuki beans promote regular bowel movements, are a good source of energy, and help lower cholesterol…

Full story at Care2.

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