Signs That You Need More Superfoods

One of the easiest ways to find out what is going on with your body is to simply listen to your body. Get to know what you feel like on a daily basis. Learn what is not a good sign and what is just a sign of your body reacting and acting normally. This doesn’t take as long as you think, but the bigger issues come in when it is time to actually do something about the signs you are getting from your body. There are some signs that simply signify you need more superfoods in order to help with your body functions. Here are some of those signs.

Bloating

Bloating is one of the first signs that something may not be right with your body. It is also a sign that you should turn to superfoods as a first resort to help reduce the bloating and the pain that it may be causing. There could be any number of reasons for this issue, but regardless of the core reason, you can help it with the use of superfoods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and other fermented options. The fermentation of the foods acts as a probiotic that can break up toxins and other issues in the gut and help reduce the bloating.

Fatigue

A loss of energy is nothing new to most people. However, if that fatigue is chronic and ongoing you may be dealing with a sign that you need superfoods to boost your body and your system. Some superfoods that help with fatigue that is not caused by exercise or some other obvious source are pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, watermelon, and bananas. All of these deliver key ingredients that the body can use to transfer into energy making substances in the body and help with colon, intestine, and gut health.

 

Ongoing Upset Stomach

When you have an upset stomach, it could be because of something you ate or drank. It could also be the start of becoming sick or some other obvious reason. The problem comes when your body starts to give you signs that the ongoing upset stomach is a real issue that is not going away. One of the first things you can do is try a gut health superfood. Ginger is at the top of the list because it not only helps purge toxins from your system, it can also help repair issues in your stomach such as ulcers and it can help your digestion. You can also try Greek yogurt or regular yogurt for the probiotics to help ease your stomach and give it good enzymes as well.

These are issues that may happen on occasion, but it is when they are ongoing and become painful that you need to pay attention to. Keep in mind, superfoods will help clear up these issues but must be used on a routine basis for not only your body but for your overall health if you want to keep these signs in check and reduced.

Keeping a food journal is something that will help you keep a record of ongoing issues. This will be very helpful in recognizing ongoing issues or if something is an occasional problem.

To your health!

Pamela

 

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Low Fat Superfoods That You Can Eat

Trying to stick to a low-fat diet can be a bit difficult. You may find yourself eating bland foods or eating the same foods with little variety. If you know you want to stick to the low-fat lifestyle, you may want to expand your diet to superfoods that can boost other aspects of your diet. Here are a few of those superfoods and what they can do for you along with various ways to prepare each superfood.

Broth of Any Kind

Unless you are on a specific diet such as vegan, vegetarian, or others then you can use any kind of broth to help boost your diet. Most of the broths are low in fat and can be skimmed to remove extra fat if they are bone based. Broth has the benefits of the bone marrow and vegetables that are used to create the broth itself. You can gain vitamins, minerals, collagen, and gelatin. During the winter, many people replace a cup of coffee or hot tea with a cup of broth. You can also add the broth to rice if you are on a high carb diet or to soups for low-carb diets. Broth can be made in large batches ahead of time and frozen for later. To reheat it, just place it on a low heat on the stove or on defrost and low heat in the microwave.

 

Turnip

If you want to add a superfood that is a low-fat vegetable to your diet, then turnips may be the ideal one. Turnips offer several benefits beyond just the normal vitamins. They also offer a large amount of folate as well as fiber and magnesium. If you want to use the entire turnip, consider roasting the turnip bulb or root and cook the leafy greens. You can have a full meal of this alone if you are on a vegan or vegetarian. You can add fish or low-fat meats if you have no meat-based restrictions.

Apples

Apples are low in calories.  They are also full of fiber, soluble and insoluble, which helps you to feel full longer.  Apples are rich in vitamins C, B6, A and potassium.  Apples are very versatile.  They can be eaten as a low-fat snack, either raw or baked.  They can be sliced and eaten with low-fat nut butter or enjoyed in unsweetened applesauce.  For a healthy addition to a low-fat lunch, apples can be sliced and added to a salad of spinach and a few walnuts.

Turkey

Turkey is a very affordable and low-fat option for meat lovers. You can use it in the same way that you use hamburger meat or other ground meats. It can be mixed with low-fat options like pork as well to create meatballs and other meat dishes. Turkey takes on flavor easily, but because it lacks the fat of other meats, you will need to use stronger flavors like chili and paprika.

 

Most of these foods fit any budget. Broth may be a bit of an issue since you likely want to keep sodium intake down as well as the fat. If that is the case you can make it yourself, freeze it, and heat it up for later.

There are many other low-fat superfoods you can add to your diet if you are trying to lose weight or watch your calorie intake.  Stay tuned for updates.

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To your health!

Pamela

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Green Superfoods Everyone Needs

When you think of superfoods, you may think about berries, nuts, or even organic meats. You may not think about green vegetables or foods beyond the typical leafy greens. The truth is there are a lot of green superfood options that you can add to your diet that give you a vegetable boost as well as a superfood boost. This is especially valuable if you have a short list of vegetables or plants that you are aware of or that you eat, and you need to expand your dietary menu.

Kale

Kale is one of the easiest green superfoods to incorporate into your diet and everyone can do it easily. It is literally as easy as adding kale to your salad, dinner greens or different kinds of pasta. Just this simple addition can help greatly to push superfoods into your system. If you don’t like the bitterness of kale, you can opt to dehydrate the leaves and cover them in a bit of sea salt. This will give you an alternative to potato chips while boosting your system with a superfood.

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is something you can add to your juicing or green smoothies easily or take as a shot each day. By shot, that means taking it in a shot glass amount that is enough to boost you through the whole day. Wheatgrass is a literal grass and you may have noticed it at juice bars. It is kept in a small window planter style pot and is cut fresh as requested. You can grow this in your home, and it is easy to grow in most homes, regardless of the weather in the area. You can cut it as needed and one flat of the grass lasts about two weeks with daily use. I have to admit I have not used this green superfood yet but have read a lot about it.

Matcha Green Tea

Matcha green tea is a powder form of green tea that is bitter but has massive benefits for the body. You can drink this directly or use it in a multitude of recipes and methods. Green tea helps with weight loss and flushing toxins out of the system. Matcha green tea does this while also boosting vitamins and minerals into the system. You can even make desserts like mousse and cheesecake with the matcha.

These are just a few of the green superfoods. Try them first and then expand out to new options. Most of these options can be used in juices and smoothies as well as part of your main dishes. You don’t have to eat just salads to get your greens or your superfoods.

What green vegetables do you enjoy adding to your diet? Are they in the superfoods category?  My family and I like to experiment with new vegetables and learn new recipes to make to use them.  Share with us all what your favorites are and how you like to eat them.

To your health!

Pamela

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The Weight Loss Struggle

We all struggle with different nutritional and health issues. I started a health and wellness business after overcoming some health issues I was faced with. I went from surviving to thriving! My passion was to help others attain a better quality of life through nutritional intervention.  Several years have gone by and I started working a full-time job, didn’t have time to commit to my business and let it all go.  My how I regret that decision. 

About me: I am a wife, mother of two beautiful, healthy adult children and a business owner. I started my business from a growing passion to help people get healthier after I struggled with my health. Several years ago I was in a poor state of health, on four different medications and morbidly obese. My feet hurt at the touch and my joints ached. I was miserable most of the time.

One day a friend introduced me to a dietary supplement that helped my family and I get more fruits and vegetables our daily diets. Knowing that my family and I did not get enough of these very important foods in our diet each day we decided to try it. We haven’t looked back since. My family and I have been healthier, rarely sick, have more energy, healthier hair and nails and the list goes on. It was the best decision we have made. We saw ourselves eating healthier too.

Fast forward a little, I decided to start my own business, Health 4 You, to help other families attain better health.

In my quest for better health I discovered a weight loss & health management program that helped me to lose 80 lbs and gain control over my eating habits. It has been an amazing journey. I have made many changes in my lifestyle over the past few years and I have a passion to help others have a healthier life.

If you know someone who needs help, share my contact information with them. You could change their life!

Sincerely,

Pamela

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Superfoods that Are Safe for Babies

When you are trying to switch your family over to a different diet plan that is rich in superfoods, you may be wondering what to do with your babies. Younger children and babies, who are just getting off the bottle and moving to solid foods, still need to be careful with some of the foods out there. For example, honey is a common superfood but is not something that many pediatricians and nutritionists suggest for babies due to various issues. With that in mind, here are a few superfoods that are safe.

Bananas

Bananas are loaded with potassium and magnesium which are beneficial to babies. You can also prepare bananas in many ways to keep even picky babies interested. Of course, you can mash the bananas along with the fortified cereal for your baby. You can also make a simple two-ingredient pancake with banana and eggs. If the baby needs something in between or is teething, consider freezing the banana and blending it with a tad bit of formula or milk to make a quick and healthy ice cream that will help with teething pain.

Blueberries

Blueberries are known for their many health benefits.  They are packed with manganese, vitamins A, K, C, and B6 as well as being a fiber-rich food.  Blueberries also have resveratrol, which is found in red wine grapes.  They can be mashed and mixed into the babies’ cereal or eaten by the hand-full, depending on how old baby is.  Be careful to keep an eye on the little ones if you choose to let them eat the blueberries in their natural form.

 

Carrots

Carrots are loaded with various vitamins and minerals and are a great way to get a superfood to your baby’s diet. Carrots can be mashed, mixed with other foods, and can be steamed as a suitable first bite type of food. You can mix them in with other vegetables and with soups and noodles that your baby is learning to eat. Carrots that are in baby carrot form are easier for most children and they can be easily steamed and put through a baby food mashing device.

Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is cool, soothing, and can help deliver probiotics to your baby’s tummy. It can help with digestion and give needed calcium as well. Greek yogurt can be found in many flavors as well. If you want to, you can also deliver it as a form of ice cream to help your baby reach for the yogurt later instead of much fattier and sugar ridden ice cream.

 

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are packed with rich nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.  They are also are sweet tasting which makes a nice treat.  Sweet potatoes can be mashed and mixed with other superfoods to make a yummy meal for baby. Sweet potatoes are also loaded with fiber so start off slow with this yummy superfood to make sure your baby can digest and handle the extra fiber.

These foods should be given to babies in a pure or organic form. If you do mash the superfood, make sure you keep it pure. Try not to buy additives, preserved foods, or processed foods since you can’t guarantee what is in them. Go with fresh, steamed, and mashed with just a bit of formula or breast milk.

As with any food you are introducing to your baby, keep a record of what they are eating so that you will recognize whether they may be having an allergic reaction to any new foods you give them.  This is just a smart thing to do.

To Your Health!

Pamela

 

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Superfoods Even Your Kids Will Love

Trying to get everyone in the family on board with a superfood eating plan can seem like an uphill battle. You may not be sure how to get yourself in order and on the plan, much less picky kids that only seem to gravitate to processed foods. You may also be under the misconception that there are no superfoods kids will love and that you can work into at least one meal a day. Here are a few to consider that even your kids will love and want to eat on their own.

Watermelon

Watermelon is one of the easiest superfoods to get kids to eat. This fruit has many benefits including memory-boosting qualities and energy qualities. In fact, juicing watermelon can give your kids a natural energy boost while also hydrating them. If you have a difficult time keeping your kids hydrated, this may be ideal. You can also juice watermelon during the season and freeze the juice in ice cube form. During the off-season, you can add the ice cubes to smoothies or melt them and add to morning juicing recipes or even jello for an added superfood kick. Watermelon can also be cut into funny symbols or animals with a cookie cutter to make eating it more fun.

Blueberries

If memory is an issue for your kids or if the concentration is a problem, consider blueberries as a kid-friendly superfood option. You can incorporate them according to the texture your children like. If they don’t like the blueberries whole, consider adding them to yogurt. You can also add them easily to smoothies and juices. Blueberries can be cooked into superfood boosting muffins or cakes as well. If you want something a little different, consider adding blueberries as a sauce to ice cream.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is an ideal superfood to add to toddler and younger kids diets. One of the easiest ways to incorporate it is by mixing it with another superfood, apples, in a puree. You can put the puree into refillable pouches and let your younger children and toddlers eat those as a fruit pouch on the go. You can also make pumpkin and apple muffins, pumpkin and oats overnight oatmeal, and pumpkin and banana pancakes for a special superfood-packed breakfast. My family loves pumpkin baked into a cake. It makes the cake very moist and you are getting this nutrient-packed food even when eating a small piece of cake.

Cauliflower

You may be thinking there is no way your kids will go for cauliflower, but the truth is a lot of the presentation is in the preparation. For example, consider making a pizza with the cauliflower as the replacement for the pizza crust. It cooks the same, has the same texture, and can fool most children. You can get this superfood into your kid’s diet, and have them love it if they love mashed potatoes. Make a mashed cauliflower instead and you may be surprised how well it goes over. My family loves mashed cauliflower.

These are just a few of the options you have. Remember, a lot of the superfoods out there may not sound like kids would be interested, but it is all in the preparation. If you are still having issues getting your kids to eat superfoods, consider mixing them into juices as well as pasta and pizza sauces to incorporate them easily and get the full potential of nutrients to your kids. It can be done.

To your health!

Pamela

 

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