Tired of eating the usual green salad? Instead of substituting meals, add superfoods to your diet to up your food’s health benefits. These nutrition powerhouses are said to be packed with anti-oxidants and essential nutrients (that the body cannot produce!). Remember, just a few tweaks to your diet can make all the difference. Read on to discover four superfoods you start noshing on.


Cacao

Hooray for chocolate! This favorite treat is actually considered a superfood. The health benefits of eating cacao include improved memory, increased bliss, reduced risk of  heart disease, fat loss, better immunity, and more energy. But before munching on more chocolate bars, know this:  There’s a difference between regular cacao and raw cacao. Regular cacao and chocolates are processed and roasted, losing a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols (the stuff that keep you young and healthy). Raw cacao, on the other hand, is unprocessed, which means it remains high in antioxidants, flavanoids, and magnesium. Find interesting ways to cook with this superfood  here.

Raw cacao is available in:
The Wholesome Table

2/F 30th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(02) 867-0000

 
Yoga+ Makati

3/F Cambridge Centre Tordesillas corner Gallardo St., Salcedo Village, Makati 
(02) 847-0697 

Healthy Habits Bacolod
(0917) 301-1031
healthyhabits.ph@gmail.com 



Soy
Eating at a Chinese restaurant? Pick something from the menu that’s made with soy (like tofu!). Soy is an inexpensive, high-quality, vitamin-and-mineral-rich plant protein with lots of soluble fiber and plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. It is also associated with a number of health benefits such as reduced risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol levels, fewer menopause symptoms, and decreased risk of osteoporosis. Check out this site for hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of ways to include soy or tofu in your meals.

Get your tofu or soy supply from leading supermarkets in the metro. 



Shiitake Mushrooms 

Did you know mushrooms produce vitamin D2 when exposed to UVB rays? “Shiitakes’ transparent white gills allow greater UVB contact, which makes them higher in vitamin D,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot dietitian and the creator of the renowned F-Factor Diet. Shiitake mushrooms are perfect toppings for pasta and soups. To reap the benefits, you can eat three and a half to five cups of cooked shiitakes a week.

Score your shiitake mushrooms from leading supermarkets. 


Salmon

Aside from it being high in omega-3 fatty acids—which help reduce cholesterol, maintain flexibility of arteries and veins, and strengthen heart muscles—this fish is also a prime source of protein, and is rich in vitamins A and B. There are many ways you can cook salmon, check out delicious and healthy recipes from yummy.ph!

Salmon is available at:

Rustan's Shangri-La Plaza Mall
EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
(02) 633 4636

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