Superfoods: 4 You NEED in your life

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I hate when health gets complicated.

Like, some of the research out there is so mind blowing it’s impossible to retain everything we’re “supposed” to remember…. “Don’t eat past 8:00, 6 small meals a day, limit caffeine.” (all of which I don’t do).

But at the end of the day it’s all about WHAT WORKS FOR YOU.

And I’ve actually found a few things that genuinely work for me!  I won’t go broke by using them and I just fit them in when I can – no pressure added.

BUT. I’m here to confess…. I am addicted to Superfoods.

Seriously, I hate paying rent but I’ll go homeless over some matcha powder and alkaline greens.

Hubby knows my love language is: Dark chocolate, movie night, and superfoods. All da superfoods.

So, I wanted to tell y’all not only my favorites but the ones I think you’d love adding to your day and WHY.

My love affair with these following items may be a little extreme, buttttt let’s just go with it. We all have our things, amirite?

And let me just preface by saying: I wish I was a perfect health nut and consumed these things daily but, that would be a lie. It’s all about progress, people.

So, since we’re all creatures of habit, I figured I’d go in order with my day and the superfoods/supplements/whatever ya wanna call it and when/how I take them.

For starters:

  1. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

I know, I know. The dreaded acidic pucker-faced liquid. But y’all, this stuff is GOLD.

How I use it:

  • I take 1-3 tablespoons and I either
    • Sip it with about ¼ C water + ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • Add it to a smoothie
    • My absolute favorite way: Use it as salad dressing!

What I’ve noticed:

  • Suppresses my massive appetite
  • Keeps cravings at bay
  • Makes my skin shiney
  • Heals my gut issues (which I could go on for days about…)

What research says:

  • Healing aspects: acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes.
  • Helps acid reflux
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves diabetes
  • Supports weight loss.
  • + MANY more

Source: dr.axe.com

What I recommend:

  • Eat it WITH or AFTER a meal because it does burn your stomach a little
  • Have a chaser of some sort (food is always my preference, but water works)
  • Start small & work your tolerance up.
  1. Collagen Peptides

I’m aware this is the latest craze but ya girl has hopped on the bandwagon and it is my current obsession!!!

How I use it:

What I’ve noticed:

  • It’s tasteless so it mixes well with ANYTHING
  • It makes smoothies super creamy and decadent
  • My joints are less achy
  • Better sleep quality
  • My skin seems brighter and smoother
  • I’m still a collagen peptides newbie at this but I’m excited to reap more great benefits

What research says:

  • Heals the body from within
  • Rich source of the amino acid: glycine
  • Increases metabolism
  • Balances blood sugar
  • Thickens Hair
  • Boost immune system
  • + countless more

Source: livestrong.com

What I recommend:

  • JUST DO IT! It’s tasteless, high in protein & seriously goes with everything.
  1. PROBIOTICS

As someone with MAJOR gut-health issues I wish I discovered this gem years ago!

How I use it:

What I’ve noticed:

  • This stuff is gold! I noticed benefits within ONE DAY
  • Less inflammation all over (I was inflamed/bloated all over my body constantly)
  • Very minimal stomach pain (it was constant)
  • Much more… “regular”.

What research says:

  • Aids in Weight Loss
  • Improves digestive health (restores natural balance)
  • Improved immune system
  • Improves mental health
  • Improves heart health
  • Reduces allergies
  • + countless more

Source: authoritynutrition.com

What I recommend:

  • Start with a lower dose and work your way up
  • Take it at night or with a meal (in case you have a sensitive tummy)
  • Do your research on different brands before you purchase any
  • The more live cultures + strains, the better the benefits
  1. TURMERIC

It’s a crazy healthy Indian herb. I’m still dabbling with this but I’m working on experimenting with ways to add it to most of my meals.

How I use it:

  • You can buy it fresh or powdered
  • I add it to my smoothies
  • Make an almond-milk Turmeric latte (surprisingly really good)
    • Again: Pinterest is your go-to source for this
  • Add to stir fries & roasted veggies
  • Apparently, you can add it to baked goods, and any recipe but I haven’t ventured too far yet.

What I’ve noticed:

  • More energy
  • Brighter skin
  • Clearer skin

What research says:

  • PREVENTS cancer + disease
  • Antiinflammatory
  • Glowing skin
  • Boosts immune system
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • + MANY more

Sources: healthline.com + draxe.com

What I recommend:

  • It is pretty pungent so like I keep saying, start small.
  • Add to other things to mask the flavor at first until you’re used to it
  • I prefer the powdered kind because it stays good for a while & it’s easier
  • If you choose to go the fresh route, grate off the skin & chop finely.
    • It will stain your fingers, so wear gloves or scrub hard after handling.

I can’t even tell you guys the benefits that these superfoods/supplements will bring to your life. I’m all about holistic healing for optimal functioning. 

You don’t have to do them all or go crazy, but try dabbling with 1 or 2 to see if they help you any!

Health is so much more than weight loss.

Combine a few of these things with a balanced diet, get your butt moving a few times a week and I’m tellin ya: your heart, skin, tummy, & metabolism will thank you!

Once you start looking at health and nutrition as a way to make you a better wife, friend, employee, or simply being about being able to go jogging with your grandkids when you’re in your 60’s, you’ll enjoy it so much more!

If you want specific recipes for any of these superfoods, I have a few up my sleeve! 

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Comment below your favorite superfood that you can’t live without!

Also, if you liked this post you’d love How to Love Your Body During the Holidays – [without obsessing over the scale] or even Feeling Like a Failure After A Cheat Meal? Get back on Track [5 Easy Steps]

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