The term “superfood” has been thrown around recently to describe many edible items that may not necessarily fit the bill. An unfortunate example of this occurred on a well know street where a big yellow bird and disgruntled trash dweller have occasionally been spotted. Yes, sunny day, sweeping the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet, can you tell me how to get, how to get to Superfood Street…not exactly. Four new characters have recently moved into apartment B12 on Sesame Street: broccoli, banana, whole wheat hamburger bun, and block of cheese. All of them qualify as food, but two are not particularly super. While Mr. Broccoli, sporting the green afro and bleeding vitamin C, is a legit superfood, and his buddy Mr. Banana is considered a healthy food, Whole Wheat Hamburger Man and Block of Cheese Guy should not have been put on the lease. These two cats need to find their own little efficiency down Unhealthy Lane somewhere.
All jokes aside, there is no legal definition for the term “superfood”. Hence anything can be called a superfood for the sake of marketing and selling products Ultimate maca. Yet, common sense and most grandmothers will tell us that a stalk of broccoli will be a healthier choice then a block of cheese. We can also safely assume that most dietitians and nutritional scientists who are not proponents of the superfood label will also not advise their clients to consume gallons of ice cream for its health benefits. It is common sense and knowledge that some foods are better for us then others, and these are usually of the natural, unprocessed, straight from Mama Earth type, as in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Furthermore, a few of these healthy foods possess nutritional properties superior to the rest of the edible world, hence deserving of a superfood status.
Before delving into the particulars of superfoods and their benefits, I would like to reintroduce my favorite kitchen appliance from my previous article on Blendanomics. This, my friends, is the awesome blender, a vehicle to convenient superfood consumption. I find that blending a health shake is the ideal way to take in superfoods, especially since some of them come in powder form. This method also presents the opportunity to consume a wide array and number of superfoods simultaneously.
Sample Superfood Blender Medley
I suggest a nice mix of fruits and vegetables (all of which are healthy foods if not superfoods), as the base of a superfood shake. And their combination should produce something that appeases your palate. Feel free to choose from the following, which are available at your local grocery store or supermarket most of the year: