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Miranda Hammer

Navitas Organics Registered Dietitian

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Superfoods 101 with Miranda Hammer: Chia Seeds

Posted by Miranda Hammer on Apr 18, 2018 2:22:53 AM

Chia Seeds are the focus of the next installment of my Superfoods 101 Series. This series was created with the intention of diving into some of my favorite superfoods, discussing their nutritional benefits and showcasing a simple recipe to highlight the versatility of superfoods.

What are Chia Seeds?
Chia Seeds are now mainstream and can be easily found in supermarkets and on restaurant menus. Chia is an herb that is part of the mint family and is of Central American origin. Similar to Goji Berries and Maca, Chia Seeds have been consumed for thousands of years and are thought to have been a staple in the Aztec, Mayan and Incan diets.

Chia Seeds are multidimensional and incredibly absorptive. They become gelatinous when mixed with liquid and can serve as a thickener in recipes. The gel-like consistency is ideal for making a pudding or overnight oats, they can be sprinkled in raw seed form on yogurt, oats, vegetables or salads, or they can be added to a smoothie for a boost of nutritional benefits.

Aside from their versatility, what makes these little seedlings a superfood? They are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation occurs as a result of environmental and internal stressors that cause the body to react defensively. Over time, an inflammatory state can be detrimental to one’s health. Gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, such as Crohn’s, IBS and celiac disease, along with arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer's, are all related to inflammation.

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Superfoods 101 with Miranda Hammer: Maca

Posted by Miranda Hammer on Apr 11, 2018 2:16:41 AM

Maca is in the spotlight today in this next installment of my Superfoods 101 Series. This series was created with the intention of diving into some of my favorite superfoods, discussing their nutritional benefits and showcasing a simple recipe to highlight the versatility of superfoods.

If I had to label the current trendiest superfood, I would for sure say Maca. It started appearing on the wellness scene a few years ago and has quickly gained momentum as one of the "it" superfoods. Like Goji Berries, Maca has been around for thousands of years and was a staple in the diet of Inca warriors.


What is Maca?
Maca is the powdered form of Maca root. Maca is one of the most durable and resilient plants on earth. It can withstand intense sunlight as well as high winds, freezing temperatures and high altitude. Maca is part of the family of adaptogens, which have been garnering a lot of attention, especially as of late. An adaptogen is a type of plant that helps balance the body's hormones, reduce stress and anxiety in the body, and may help achieve equilibrium by supporting the endocrine system.

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Topics: wellness, adaptogens, blog, eating, food, foods, health, healthy, Maca, superfoods

Superfoods 101 with Miranda Hammer: Goji Berries

Posted by Miranda Hammer on Apr 4, 2018 3:00:41 AM

Superfoods is a term which is frequently used but not always understood. To help clarify what exactly a superfood is and what its sources are, I am launching a mini-series: "Superfoods 101." I plan on diving into some of my favorite superfoods, discussing their nutritional benefits and showcasing a simple recipe which highlights the versatility of superfoods.

 

What is a Superfood? 
Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods which promote health and wellbeing. They can range from Chia Seeds to blueberries to spinach to Cacao. A healthy individual should integrate traditional superfoods into their diet such as dark leafy greens, legumes, berries, nuts, seeds and cruciferous vegetables for optimal health. For added nutritive benefits and functioning, integrating more specialized superfoods such as Chia Seeds, Maca, Cacao and Goji Berries aid bowel regularity and immune functioning, improve skin clarity, reduce inflammation, and increase energy and optimal wellness. When purchasing superfoods, you want to look for products that are organic, fair trade and sustainable since most of the specialized superfoods come from various countries around the world.

 

Why Goji Berries Top My List
Goji Berries are one of my favorite versatile superfoods that can easily be integrated into granola, oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies or trail mixes. You can also rehydrate them for a few minutes in warm water - the taste resembles a sweet tomato - and mix them into a grain or serve on top of a soup. All berries are considered superfoods in my book due to their antioxidant power. However, Goji Berries contain higher amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which help with immune function, boost collagen production and protect against premature aging. Goji Berries have high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and iron, and also contain all essential amino acids, making them a complete protein.

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Topics: wellness, goji, blog, eating, food, foods, health, healthy, superfoods

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