Superfood is definitely the buzzword of the moment. We are all chasing better health and with the abysmal levels of nutrients in food that used to be quite good for us, people are turning to food powerhouses to keep in optimum health. The downside of eating healthy is, of course, the added expense. Retailers know that people want to eat healthier and, therefore, know they can charge a premium for extra healthy items. For those who want to maintain a healthful diet, there are two options - pay the high prices or grow your own superfoods.
With a title like superfood one might expect these foods to be hard to grow, but in fact this is not always the case. There are some superfoods that can be easily cultivated in a home garden or greenhouse. Even better, when you grow your own you know exactly how the food is tended to from start to finish and have the convenience of being able to grab some from your backyard whenever you need it. Here are a few superfoods you can try cultivating at home.
These little green guys are packed with protein and are refreshing on hot summer days. Peas are also high in fiber, which aids in digestion and promotes healthy weight control. These garden-grown super foods can also help lower blood pressure and reduce high cholesterol levels.
As we all know, greens are super healthy for us and many people don't get enough of these kinds of vegetables. In the realm of green veggies you can't get much greener than kale. This cruciferous vegetable is packed with vitamins, A, C and K and minerals such as iron, potassium and copper. It comes in many varieties, so you can experiment to find the ones you like best and that thrive in your environment.
Everywhere you go these days, people are substituting sweet potatoes for regular potatoes and other lower nutrition vegetables, and with good reason. Sweet potatoes pack an antioxidant punch and fight inflammation. They add a subtle sweetness to dishes and come in several tasty varieties.
The enticingly rich color of beets is your first clue that these vegetables are loaded with disease fighting nutrients. Plus, you can eat and benefit from not only the root, but also the leave portion of the plant. The varieties range in color from gold to deep, dark purple. Beets can be prepared in a variety of different ways such as pickling, boiling and roasting.
Many people don't recognize that these Halloween favorites are actually a superfood. A member of the squash family, pumpkins are brimming with alpha-carotene. There are plenty of dishes that incorporate pumpkin from desserts to salads to main courses. Don't forget the seeds either; these little gems are a superfood themselves, containing omega-3 and 6 and several important minerals. And don't shy away from growing this superfood due to its size. While we generally think of pumpkins as big and cumbersome, there are varieties that are quite small. Choose what works best for your space.
The tart and tasty stalks of the rhubarb plant contain a lot more nutrition than one might expect. This superfood is full of vitamins C and K and also calcium, magnesium and potassium. It's a perennial plant, so plant it once and then all you have to do is care for it. Just be sure not to eat the leaves of the plant as they are poisonous.
As you can see, superfoods are more accessible than you think. If you're willing to get your hands a bit dirty, you can enjoy fresh superfoods from your own backyard, some of which you can even preserve to enjoy during the colder months. You save money, your health and get the relaxation benefits of tending your garden.