Today we're going to look at superfoods, which are not only super-nutritious but also super for helping you get in shape, lose weight, and feel vigorous.
I like the word superfood. Sounds kind of like a superhero of foods, doesn't it? Well, that's pretty much the case. Superfoods are extremely potent, nutrient-dense foods that can increase the vital force in your body so that you can detoxify, get your immune system to function optimally, and start feeling balanced and energized. They are super-concentrated with disease-fighting phytochemicals and are naturally low in calories. And as tasty and all-around satisfying as they are, they act like medicine in the body, healing you at deep levels and in multiple ways.
The more you work these superheroes into your diet, the more you will simply lose interest in the unhealthier foods you are used to. All of which means your digestion will improve, you'll have the energy to be more active, your cravings will subside, and the weight will continue to come off.
Here's the thing: Being deficient in vitamins and minerals can create food cravings -- the body knows it hasn't gotten what it needs and sends you out for more. By feeding your body nutrient-dense foods, you curb cravings that would otherwise tempt you. So that's the mission today: to discover foods that are brimming with nutrients and medicinal antioxidants. Let's look at a few of my favorites so that you can choose which one to work into your plan today.
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- Goji berries are a sweet red fruit that has a taste somewhere between a cherry and a cranberry.
- Chocolate is actually good for you! It's loaded with flavanoids, which is good for the circulation to your heart and brain.
- Chia seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and a good source of protein.
- Blueberries are full of antioxidants -- more than most other fruits and vegetables -- to combat inflammation, disease, and aging.
- Kale is said to be an excellent anti-cancer food, protecting against breast, prostate, colon, ovarian, and bladder cancer, specifically.
So there you have it. A short list of superfoods to choose from. Make sure you have at least one of these today and every day you are on the Lean plan. The more you tuck into these nutrient-dense, fiber-rich foods, the less you will have a hankering for burgers and fries. These superfoods act like medicine in your body, helping to detox years of bad choices.
What to Do Today:
- Eat a Hearty Breakfast
- Make Your Lunch Without Animal Products
- Eat a Super Food
(Optional) What You'll Need for Tomorrow's Bonus Recipe:
1/3 cup tamari soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 Gardein Beefless Burgers, frozen
2 tablespoons light vegan mayonnaise (I like Vegenaise)
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon sweet relish
Garlic powder to taste
2 slices vegan Cheddar cheese, sliced
2 multigrain sandwich thins, toasted
4 lettuce leaves
1 tomato, sliced
½ small red onion, slices
½ small avocado, slices
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