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5 Superfoods to Feed Your Family Now

Holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy shows us new and delicious ways to eat our favourite superfoods.

And check out Joy's Ultimate Superfoods Meal, incorporating all the healthy ingredients below.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are the same seeds used in Chia Pets! Gluten-free members of the mint family, they contain more omega-3 fatty acids than flaxseeds do, and can help balance blood sugar and crush cravings.

Fresh Berry and Chia Jam

  • Process two cups fresh berries in a food processor with 1 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 tbsp. lemon juice and 1 tsp. zest.
  • Store in the fridge in a sealed container.
Breakfast Banana Chia Pudding
  • Mash up 1 tsp. of chia seeds with a banana, cinnamon and splash of maple syrup.
Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used in so many ways. You can slather it on your body after a shower as a moisturizer, for example, and not worry about toxic chemicals being absorbed through your skin. Sixty per cent of the fats in coconut oil are medium-chain fatty acids, which are digested more easily than many other types.

Salad Dressing with Coconut Oil

  • Use half a cup of melted coconut oil, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, fresh herbs, garlic and salt and pepper.
  • Store in the fridge and heat it up a bit so it turns back into a liquid before serving.
Hemp Seeds

Don't worry, no one will get arrested eating these legal and soft textured seeds! Hemp seeds are similar in flavour to sunflower seeds and pine nuts. They contain all nine essential amino acids found in animal protein, which means hemp seeds are great for vegetarians.

You can incorporate hemp seeds into your diet by mixing a tablespoon into your guacamole or sprinkling it over your salad.

Raw Cacao

In the background there are three glasses filled with cacao milk. In front of the glasses are: a chunk of chocolate, cacao powder, and raw cacao seeds.

Cacao is an ancient superfood highly valued by the Mayans and Aztecs. It contains more antioxidants than red wine or green tea. It is rich in magnesium, which is why some researchers speculate women crave it during PMS. Raw cacao also contains mood- and energy-boosting chemicals.

Cacao Milk

  • Blend 2 tbsp. of raw cacao powder, 2 cups of almond milk, a splash of maple syrup and vanilla together until smooth.
Kale

We all know kale is great for our health and digestion, but did you know it contains a trio of vitamins good for your beauty? Kale contains vitamins A, C and K, and when combined, they produce oils that give hair a healthy and shiny glow. Vitamins A and C also protect your skin's health. This leafy green has been linked to detoxification and plays a key role in lowering the risk of five cancers: bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate.

Kale Dip

  • Lightly blanch kale and add to a food processor with drained and rinsed white beans, a squeeze of lemon juice, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. chili powder and salt and pepper.
  • Use as a dip for veggies or crackers.

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