Even among raw fruits and vegetables there are some which stand out. Superfoods are those foods which contain densely packed nutrition, few calories, and seem to heal the body, boost the immune system and stave off disease. These include some you may have already heard about, such as nori and other sea vegetables, and a few you may not have realized, such as avocado and sesame seeds. Hopefully, I can convince you not only to eat these foods, but make you more interested in how you can use them in your daily diet.
As I mentioned before, a superfood is nutritionally dense. Often, it combines healing benefits with lower calories and increased fiber. These qualities help you regulate your digestive system, maintain a healthy weight, and yield some cleansing properties when you ingest them; but low calories are not always an indicator. For instance, an avocado can contain 300 or more calories. At the same time, it is a filling, nutritional powerhouse that makes transitioning to a raw food diet much easier. It provides healthy fats and is an excellent source of vitamin E, which is something most Americans can use more of.
On the other hand, nori, a seaweed, is a light, flaky wrap, loaded with minerals, such as iodine and iron, and is nearly fifty percent protein. It fits the superfood category perfectly. Like most dark green foods, it fights aging and disease while supplying few calories. Many people have a hard time picturing it in their diets – unless of course you like sushi, its most noted application. Keep in mind, nori has plenty of other delicious uses and definitely deserves a place at your table.
Another low calorie, underrated food, sesame seeds, is perhaps one of the most important superfoods available. The reason is they provide a much better source of calcium than most other foods, including dairy. Sesame seeds are present in tahini and can be found sprinkled on bagels, but their role in most diets is minimal. This is unfortunate because they contain many essential, healing minerals. Including them in soups, salads, and smoothies will help you glean some of their calcium, copper and magnesium for yourself.
Raw superfoods can be eaten everyday!
In my eBook, Eating for Energy, I list a total of twelve raw superfoods. This means you can eat one or two different ones each day of the week. These are foods I picked for their ability to provide steady, clean energy, fight disease, and keep your body healthy and stocked with all the right nutritional elements. In fact, even if you don’t make the full switch to the Eating for Energy lifestyle, including these foods in your diet will make a difference. They are that powerful.
In my book, I also provide recipes, because I know that one of the greatest barriers to eating something new is that moment of unfamiliarity, in which we don’t know how to prepare or include a food in our diets. I also know how easy it is to become confused or overwhelmed by new information in those first few days and weeks of transition. Eating is a habit. It is taught to us by our parents, and what we choose to consume has a lot to do with memories and conditioning. When you change your diet, you are actually setting out to reprogram your brain. This is not easy.
I fully believe it is absolutely worth it. So many times our habits turn out to be the very things that keep us from reaching our true potential. This is full when we are discussing addictions, such as smoking and gambling, and equally true when we are attached to a poor diet, based on processed, nutritionally dead foods. Breaking away is never simple, but it can be done. If you want to have endless energy, a lifetime of vitality, and look better than ever before, raw superfoods are your best friends. You simply must find a way to bring them into your life and keep them there.
Of course, I would prefer it if you made an even larger transition than that. I would like you to experience the amazing benefits of basing the majority of your diet on raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains. Eating a food raw can do more for you than any supplemented, designed “health food” ever will. When you base your eating around whole plant foods, you can change your entire life. You change the way you think about food, and, as you do, you begin to understand how food can be your deepest source of healing and connection to life and the earth.
Raw superfoods help everyone!
There truly is something wonderful about eating a thing directly from the earth. When we begin to think about our food and where it comes from, we begin to realize something essential: food does not really belong to anyone. Food was here long before humans came along to claim and cultivate it. Refining and changing it is not only unnecessary, but has proven to be unhealthy. Everyone deserves to eat and to know their food is providing the maximum benefits possible; not slowly poisoning them with pesticides and other additives.
Eating for energy raw means getting back to plain, simple living. Superfoods make a fantastic start. By including even a few of them in your diet and allowing them to replace fast, processed, or animal derived foods, you can begin to experience better health and energy right now.
Nori, avocado, and sesame seeds are only a few of the amazing foods you can use. Remember, I have nine others waiting for you in my eBook, complete with great recipes and plenty of helpful information and advice. Whether you know all about the benefits of eating raw, or you are just getting started, I guarantee you will like this book. No matter what you do, please test these three raw superfoods and see for yourself how energizing and healing they really are!