Six Heart Healthy Superfoods

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Outside Beauty | Inside Health

I admit from time to time, I find myself eating foods for purely superficial benefits; foods that will burn fat or speed up metabolism (and don’t get me wrong, that’s not a bad thing to worry about). However, I sometimes overlook the importance of eating healthy for my internal body, the part that no one sees. We can get so caught up in counting calories or avoiding carbs for external reasons and forget that beauty comes from within (literally). You can’t have incredible glowing skin without being hydrated, you can’t have supreme hair or nails without getting nutrients, you can’t have optimal energy if you’re eating junk food and smoking (and if you do, I envy you).

The amazing thing about our bodies is that they renew themselves! So it’s not too late to start eating healthy, because our bodies are creating themselves off of the very food we eat, no joke: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.  For example, the cells that line our 10 meter gut (running from our mouth to downtown) are replaced every five days! Skin cells turnover time is about 2 weeks, muscle cells about 15 years, and bone is rebuilt every 10 years. Brain cells, on the other hand, do not renew themselves, which explains the preservation of our memories and sight, and stresses how vital it is not to kill all of your brain cells in college!

· S U P E R F O O D S · 

Superfoods, for those who don’t know, are essentially exxxtra special nutrient-dense foods. They are truly the superheros of food, which have incredible powers for your body and health. They have been treasured for centuries in many cultures to prevent illnesses due to their antioxidant levels and promotion of longevity. Superfoods are all-natural and filled with many nutrients our bodies crave but don’t get. Below, I created a list with descriptions of the six heart healthy superfoods that I enjoyed in my morning Acai bowl (click on it for bigger image)

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 Superfood Acai Bowl

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1 tbsp Acai Powder
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
Coconut water
Stevia packet

Blend together ingredients and top with your favorite Superfoods and fruit

{For more recipes, visit my other Acai Bowls}

To find the Superfood and brands I use in this recipe, continue reading for more info :)

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Tropic-Omega Bowl: Banana, Kiwi, Chia Seeds, Almonds & Agave Bowl

I am nourished.

{Sliced Bananas, Almonds, Kiwi and Chia seeds drizzled with Agave Nectar}

Inspired by my favorite surfer yogi blogger:: Surfbad

Nuts & Seeds are amaziiing sources of essential amino acids & healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are extremely beneficial for your body, but in particular for your brain health. Studies show that foods rich in Omega-3 lowers the cell inflammation that causes loss of memory. I recommend obtaining your omega-3’s from pumpkin, chia and flaxseeds, walnuts, etc. Dark leafy greens like kale contain Omega-3′s as well.

Chia means “strength” in Mayan language

100% more essential fatty acids than salmon

2x the antioxidants found in blueberries

A complete protein: has all the essential amino acids

6x more calcium than milk

6x more iron than spinach

41% of your daily fiber in just one serving

Anti-inflammatory

Provides natural extended energy known as “Aztec running food”

Crazyy high in alpha-lipoic acids (aka that-ingredient-that-makes-skin-cream-cost-a-bajillion-dollars) helping with cell function promoting radiant skin, diminishing lines. Mix together 1 tbsp of seeds in an 8oz glass of warm water and 2 tbsp of honey, let sit for 5 minutes, then rub and exfoliate skin. BOOM

4.4 g protein, 12.3 g carbs, 10.6 g fiber, 0.6 g monounsaturated fat, 4.9 g Omega 3 fat, 1.6 g Omega 6 fat, 137 Cals

A great source of protein, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, Vitamin B2 (metabolism booster) and phosphorus. They are a concentrated source of protein: a quarter-cup has more protein than an Egg. Although most people are afraid of the “fat” in this snack, almost all of it is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat

6 g protein, 6.1 g carbs, 3.5 g fiber, 8.8 g monounsaturated fat, 0.2 g omega 3 fatty acids, 3.4 g omega 6 & 163 calories