5 Buzzing Health Foods // Guest Post by Laura Peill of Chronicles of Passion

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Cranberry Recovery Smoothie Bowl by author Laura Peill featuring maca powder

 

If you’re looking to take your health to the next level, it may be time to mix things up and throw in some new ingredients and foods into your diet. Regular changes in your diet ensure that your body doesn’t become too used to the foods that you are eating and in turn stop absorbing the nutrients from them. Adding new foods also ensures you are exposed to different vitamins and minerals that may not be in other foods you typically eat. Check out these 5 new health foods and see if you can add them into your diet!

1) Chlorophyll

If you’re thinking this is the same stuff that is in plants to make them green, you are 100% correct. And because of that, it is a nutrient powerhouse for your body! It’s like eating all the nutrients, antioxidants and detoxing elements of leafy greens in a concentrated liquid form. Easy to add to warm water first thing in the morning, as you would a slice of lemon, you can also add it into smoothies and smoothie bowls for a big green health boost.

2) Maca

This little Andean root is showing up in lots of places, and with due reason: it is great for the endocrine system and is packed with lots of different vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, which is good to help you sleep. The endocrine system is responsible for regulating our hormones, which regulate several processes in our body such as the stress response and blood sugar control. Keeping this system in check can go a long way in helping prevent further health issues. Add Maca to your smoothies, baking, or add into homemade chocolate. Click HERE for the delicious Cranberry Wellness Smoothie Bowl featuring maca root pictured above.

3) MCT Oil

You may have heard of this oil via Bulletproof coffees, where you add some oil to your coffee for a boost of healthy fats. Adding healthy fats to your diet is important to aid in digestion and elimination, helps keep your skin and hair healthy, and contributes to energy levels and helping you feel full. Medium-Chain Triglyceride Oil (MCT) is extremely beneficial to the body because it is composed of fats that the body can use for daily vital tasks, not fat that is stored. Furthermore, it helps your body metabolize nutrients and burn calories..

4) Baobab Powder 

The star of the show in this powder is the high magnesium levels. Magnesium is an essential mineral that many people are deficient in without realizing. This important mineral is a muscle relaxant, helps you sleep and plays a role in fighting adrenal fatigue (something very common amongst people who are regularly under physical or emotional stress, especially athletes). This powder helps fight acidity in your body, helps increase your energy, and has a slightly citrusy flavor. Add it to smoothies, or to tropical banana soft serve!

5) Teff

This grain has been around for a long time, but it’s just now starting to take hold in mainstream media and is increasingly popping up in recipes and on blogs around the web. Used by the Ethiopians for centuries in their famous fermented flatbread, Injera, this gluten free grain is high in iron and calcium and is also a great source of plant-based protein, making it a nutrient packed grain that works in everything from breads to cookies to cakes to porridge. Grab some at your local health food store as flour and add it into your baked goods, or buy it in the whole grain form and cook it for breakfast instead of your usual oats!

Visit Laura at www.chroniclesofpassion.com

 

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