Are Superfoods really THAT super?

Oct 25, 2013

To decide whether a food qualifies as a Superfood, I think you have to ask one question:


1.  Can you live on this food?  When I say "live on this food," I am implying a healthy and long life.

Let's get something straight, there is no singular food out there that you can live a healthy life on, in my opinion.  In order to live a healthy life, you need the following:

  • the complete spectrum of vitamins and minerals

  • complete protein, which means it includes all of the amino acids

  • fat, specifically in the correct ratio (for example, you don't want the majority of your fat to come from saturated fats)

  • carbohydrates, including the right amount of fiber

In addition, to live on a food, it should be easy to eat, which means you don't need to cook it.


In my opinion, there are two foods that come really close to fulfilling all of these requirements:

  • CHIA SEEDS

  • HEMP SEEDS

These two seeds are incredible because they are complete proteins with great fat content which are also high in fiber.  The only criteria where they fail is the large spectrum of vitamins and minerals.  


Other foods that fall just short; let's call them ALMOST SUPERFOODS:

  • FLAX SEEDS (not a complete protein)

  • QUINOA (also a seed, coincidentally; falls short in the fat content and must also be cooked)

  • LENTILS (not enough fat and must also be cooked)


All this talk about SUPERFOODS is pretty pointless, though, because none of us are stranded on a deserted island and need to find some chia seeds.


We should really be talking about SUPERMEALS.


When you combine 2-3 foods, you can really create a true SUPERMEAL that fits all the criteria above.

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Do you have any SUPERMEALS?  I'd love to hear about them; tell me about them in the comments below and I'll be happy to give you my feedback!


BONUS RECIPE!!  Try the recipe below that I call a "Kinda-Like-A-Muffin."  You can eat it raw if you like, or you can bake it to make the texture more like a dense muffin.


In a food processor, combine the following:

18 dried apricots

2T coconut oil

3T brown rice protein, unflavored

1T chia

1/8 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 banana

1 cup spinach

1/2 cup blueberries


Mix until you have a nice paste.  If the mixture is too gritty, you either used too much protein powder or not enough coconut oil.  Add A LITTLE coconut oil and mix again.  Once you have a nice paste, form into 5 muffins and refrigerate.  You have 5 raw muffins full of complete protein, the perfect balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  Each muffin is 200 Calories, 8g Fat, 25g Carbs, and 9g protein.

TIP: Bake the muffins at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes for a texture much closer to an actual muffin.


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