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Unusual Superfood Choices to Boost your Nutrition

A superfood is a food that has special benefits and can really help you to add nutrients to your diet. I enjoy unusual choices because the variety is the spice of life. I dabble in meals from various cultures around the world and have a nice list of different choices for you to try.

superfoodKefir

Much like yogurt, this superfood has probiotics but more protein and less sugar. It has a nice creamy texture and a tangy taste. The healthy bacteria it contains protect against colon cancer and boost immunity. Try using it in salads instead of dressing and in smoothies or protein shakes. You can find it in the dairy aisle.

Jicama

This one is a vegetable superfood with a slightly crunchy texture with a type of fiber called inulin that acts as a prebiotic to help promote good bacteria in your gut. It is a great source of vitamin C as well. You can use it raw in coleslaw and tacos or cooked in stir-fry. It can be found in the Mexican section of your grocery store.

Sprouts

There are various versions of sprouts but I like broccoli sprouts as a superfood because of the amount of sulforaphane it contains. This is a special compound that is an anti-cancer agent and is 50 times more concentrated in 3 day old sprouts versus the adult plant. I like them raw in wraps or sandwiches but they can also be used in stews and pizza. It is quite common so should not be hard to find at your local grocery store.

superfoodChia

Yup, the same seeds used to make the fuzzy hair in chia-pets. They have a nutty taste and are high in fiber, calcium, iron and omega-3 fatty acids. There are lots of nutrients in this small seed which makes it a great superfood. Use it on salads and in cereal or in stews and stir-fries to thicken them. The seeds absorb water and turn into a gel like substance. You can find them at your local health food store.

Black Garlic

You have likely used regular garlic a number of times but what about the darker version? The white garlic is fermented to give it a caramel colour. By fermenting it the antioxidants in this superfood are concentrated to double the regular amount. They help lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of cancer and best of all, no nasty garlic breathe! Use it in fondue, pizza and sauces. With the lack of garlic taste, you can use them in cookies and cakes as well.

These superfood choices are great to add variety to your cooking and boost your nutrition to a whole new level.

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