February 22, 2013

Getting Healthy: 5 Health Foods You Should Try

The other day my husband was on Amazon and he need another $25 to get free shipping. After he couldn't find anything he didn't want, he asked me if there was anything that I would want from Amazon. At the moment that he was asking me I was in the process of making yet another Nutribullet shake (are you getting bored of my Nutribullet posts yet?). I happened to remember that in the health guide that comes with the Nutribullet they mention to add four things: chia seeds, goji berries, cacao and maca. Seeing as I am not a vegetarian, vegan or pescaterian I never in my life tried any of those except the chia seeds. I told my husband to search "goji berries" and "cacao nibs" and up popped a ton of retailers selling bags ranging anywhere from 8oz. to 16oz. Since I've never had either, I told my husband to order me the smallest bags of each. Both were in the $15 range for 8 oz. (kind of expensive, but we'll see how long the bags lasts.) I've never tasted either nor had I done very much research on either one. So what better place to share my research than my blog?!?! So here are some of the foods I looked into:

1. Cacao Nibs - Cacao nibs come from the peeled and roasted cacao bean. It is said that they have a bitter taste kind of like dark chocolate. Cacao nibs are high in potassium and have 3 grams of protein per ounce. The crunchy texture of the cacao nibs make them a great addition to many desserts. They can also be added to shakes!

2. Goji Berries - The goji berry is orange in color that is filled with antioxidants that help
prevent cancer and heart disease. They are also
rich in Vitamin A and are used in trail mix and energy bar recipes. 

3. Nutritional Yeast - Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast that is usually found in flakes. It has a nutty/cheesy flavor to it. Two tablespoons contains 9 grams of protein and is unusually high in vitamin B12.

4. Carob Chips - Carob chips are made from carob powder and look similar to chocolate chips but are not from the chocolate family. They are naturally sweet and are usually used as a healthy substitute in recipes that call for chocolate chips. Carob chips have been known to help ease diarrhea.

5. Maca - (I saved the best for last!) - Maca comes from the maca root. Maca is known as "Natures Viagra". Basically, its supposed to make you hornier than normal...hahaha! It is high in potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium. Since it has a strong taste it is best disguised in a shake or smoothie.

I will be trying these all in the near future...especially the Maca ;)