Top Superfoods I eat in the morning
“Superfoods” is a buzzword we hear everywhere. And doesn’t everyone have the top superfoods they swear by? Do these foods actually work?
My own rendezvous with superfoods started while growing up..with mom forcing us to chew overnight soaked almonds before we gulped them down. Explaining how they will sharpen our brain but back then they were just foods, the superfoods label didn’t exist.
Fast forward 15 yrs, before I sit down to work I like eating a fresh and energetic meal complimented with these superfoods that help me get through the day without getting hunger pangs or feeling lethargic.
For all these foods there is a common practice I follow – Eat your superfoods before drinking your morning cuppa tea or coffee. Drinking tea or coffee on an empty stomach decreases hydration and increases the stomach acid levels and toxins.
So here are my favorite foods I eat in my daily morning routine.
Overnight soaked almonds
We all love almonds. Snack on them or eat them roasted. In the old days, we didn’t know much about the scientific reasons for soaking them prior to eating. But in due time I learned that the brown skin on almonds contains enzymes which prevent the digestion and absorption of the nutrients in almonds difficult. A simple solution to it…soaking almonds overnight eliminates the toxic material in the coating, decomposes the gluten and releases the phytic acid so we get most out of the nut.
Other benefits of almonds are that they are an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, good monosaturated, antioxidants, magnesium. Research also shows it supports brain development, prevents heart diseases and has various other benefits.
Sprouts can come across as an intimidating food for some of us. It did to me at first. It’s only when you start eating them you appreciate how simple yet full of nutrients they are.
Sprouts are germinated from seeds, legumes, and grains. It contains digestive enzymes that aid better digestion and nutrient absorption. Due to the germination process of sprouts, they have increased antioxidant contents that help fight free radicals in our body.
Helpful tip if you wanna grow your sprouts. Here’s what you need to do
- Choose the type of grains or legumes you want to germinate like mung beans, wheat sprouts, Alfalfa Green Sprouts…
- Wash them with water couple of times
- Soak them in water overnight or at least 8 hrs
- Rise the sprouts with water again
- Transfer it to a jar and cover it with a clean cloth
- Place the jar in a warm corner preferably receiving some sunlight
- Notice after a few days that shoots will start to appear, ready to be eaten
Sprouts are best eaten raw, has a crunch to it, with individual preference of tossing them into a salad or just plain.
Coconut water is my all natural Gatorade drink. During sleep, our body dehydrates due to sweat and other bodily processes. So one of the first things I do is to hydrate myself with water, followed by coconut water. Coconut water is a great source of fiber, Vitamin C, and several important minerals.
Mix Chia / flax / basil seeds
Flax, Chia, basil seeds are the top superfoods on my list. These tiny seeds are big on antioxidants. Garnish them on top of your oat bowl or add them to a smoothie if you are not game for eating them directly.
A bowl of oats caters to my two simple needs – nutrition and breakfast. Pack it overnight and it is your best friend for on the go breakfast meal. Besides keeping the stomach full for a long time it is also great for anyone trying to lose weight due to its fiber content.
While I believe superfoods are a great source of antioxidants, nutrients, minerals etc., I also believe that these foods are not the ONLY foods that help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle is a healthy diet containing a variety of fruits, vegetables, complemented with these supers and exercise.
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