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The 7 Secret Foods that Only the Healthiest People in the World Eat

You've heard the buzz about superfoods.

There is some mystique about them, isn't there? Imagine a food--or a group of foods--that alone can elevate moods, enrich your body with almost hundreds of minerals and taste great all at the same time?

The 7 foods I want to talk about do all this and more... and are not just the "ordinary" superfoods like the cherry, the avocado or extra virgin olive oil. These foods are from the corners of the world and they will pack a super-punch into your everyday diet.

Superfood #1: Cacao (Raw Chocolate)

Want more energy? Try some raw chocolate.

Raw chocolate is one of the most powerful sources of magnesium on the planet. Not only does magnesium help with alertness and activity, it also helps elevate your mood.

Magnesium is one of the most deficient minerals in the human body. Depending on where you find your studies 60-80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. No wonder we're sluggish, agitated and stressed!

Raw chocolate is the same reason you've heard that chocolate is good for you... except that the cooked and processed form that you get in your Hershey's bar does not have the same composition as it does when it's raw.

Raw chocolate also contains tryptophan--an essential amino acid--which helps naturally produce serotonin in your body. This is great news for those who need an emotional boost.

You can buy raw chocolate in the shell (it is a bean), but it's easiest if you buy it without.

Since the cacao bean is actually fairly bitter, it is best to mix it with various other superfoods--pumpkin seeds, goji berries--for a super, power-packed, nutrient rich snack that will get you through even the toughest days.

Superfood #2: Goji Berries

Move over carrot.

This little, bright red berry from China is one of the most potent sources of beta-carotene and vitamin C. These are both fantastic antioxidants.

Goji berries also contain 18 amino acids and over 21 minerals which give them a serious power-punch to anyone's system.

Goji berries help stimulate your body's natural human growth hormone which is critical in anti-aging and longevity.

You can only get them dried in the US, so don't expect to find them in any produce section. Some health food stores will carry them, but you're best bet is online.

Goji berries are a fantastic snack--eat them just like you would raisins--to add to your superfood arsenal and are a great addition to any herbal tea.

Superfood #3: Maca

Maca is a Peruvian root powder that is used to increase strength and vitality. It has more mineral content than potatoes and carrots--containing iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iodine.

The Peruvians and many others claim, Maca can help fight depression, help with anemia and improve overall memory and vitality.

This powerful food is also a libido stimulant!

Maca powder is best taken mixed with warm water in a tea. Maca has a strong taste and this can be softened with goji berries or honey.

Superfood #4: Raw Honey

I'm not talking about the honey in the little bear. I'm talking real, unprocessed, raw honey.

Raw honey contains enzymes, phytonutrients, resins and propolis--bee glue. This unique combination of properties makes it versatile not only as a food, but as an anti-bacterial agent.

As a food, raw honey can raise antioxidant levels in the body, restore muscle glycogen after a workout and help lower cholesterol and the risk of certain cancers.

As a topical substance, it can decrease infection and work just as well as alcohol solutions.

Use it as a sweetener, put some in your teas or your water, or just have a small spoonful for a quick pick me up.

(Be sure not to heat it to a high temperature. Heat will destroy many of its best qualities.)

Superfood #5: Spirulina

This superfood and next might scare some people off.

Don't compromise your health by not trying these two foods!

The first, spirulina, is an algae that has high vegetable protein content, is high in B-12 vitamins and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).

GLA and Vitamin B-12 are connected to mood, memory and general energy vitality. Many people believe that low B-12 levels for long periods of time is actually the cause of "old age" symptoms--fatigue, memory loss, confusion, etc.

Just because it's algae doesn't mean that it's gross! The first time I tried it, I was surprised that it tasted so good.

Buy it in flakes and sprinkle it on your salads, add it to a smoothie, sauces or soups.

Superfood #6: Sea Vegetables

Sea vegetables are grown in an environment full on minerals that our body needs for optimal health--the ocean.

The ocean water has up to 92 minerals can be absorbed by the plants growing in the sea.

This makes sea vegetables are one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Seaweed--compared to land vegetables--is one of the best vegetable sources of calcium, which is fantastic for muscle and bone development, strength and growth.

Don't worry if the idea of eating seaweed grosses you out. Your health food store will have different seaweed granules that you can use as a salt substitute and you'll never know the difference.

Nori, dulce, and kelp are three of the most readily available sea vegetables.

Superfood #7: Pumpkin Seeds and More...

The raw pumpkin seed, just like the cacao bean, is another feel good food. It is a great source of magnesium and tryptophan. You can find this super-seed right in your backyard if you live in the Northeastern US!

Pumpkin seeds also are great sources of protein, fat and other essential minerals.

Other great seeds are hemp seed, flax seed and raw sunflower seeds. These all contain good fats and good protein for optimal health.

If you're eating a primarily vegetarian or vegan diet, be sure to add these seeds to your diet to get some good protein. If you're NOT a vegetarian or vegan, be sure to add these seeds to your diet to get some good protein (not a typo!).

They are great to add to salads as an extra garnish or great as a snack or mixed in with some other superfoods.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kevin Gianni is the author of "The Busy Person's Fitness Solution." He is on a personal mission to de-mystify health and fitness and demonstrate how easy it is for busy people to be in great shape.


Original Post
These are certainly powerful foods. I suppose they have become a "secret" because people have strayed away from eating them. Raw chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, but it is so incredibly hard to find. Most chocolate on super market shelves have been destroyed by refined sugars, animal milk, and unidentifiable junk. Now, I have seen 75% and even 85% chocolate at the Whole Foods Market and at Lindt chocolatier, but I have not been able to find 100% UNSWEETENED chocolate. I understand that it is very bitter, but exceptionally good for you. I'd like to put some in an almond milk shake, sweetened with raw honey. That'll be delicious. Smile

I also have spirulina regularly in my drinks and seaweed in my salads, and of course a variety of nuts, including pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc. for a snack, but I'm not familiar with Goji berries or Maca. I'll go to the market and ask for those. Thanks again for the information!
Originally posted by EbonyRose:

(With the possible exception of the raw honey ... on rare occasions!) Smile

Sister Ebony, you don't have to eat these food by themselves. They can be integrated or used in the foods that you are used to eating. For example, you can excite a boring salad by adding a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds on top of your salad. However, it is better to get RAW nuts, not the nuts that are coated with candy or sugar and salt. Some people like to put unsalted sunflower seeds or crushed walnuts on their salads as well. Pumpkin seeds can also be baked in the oven and then sprinkled with a little salt for taste (Remember scraping pumpkin seeds out of the Halloween pumpkin and then baking them with your mom). Pumpkin seeds taste really good baked.

And again, you don't have to eat raw chocolate by itself. You can use the chocolate bar in a familiar baking dish. For example, you can bake chocolate chip brownies using the chocolate (who doesn't like chocolate chip brownies?). But instead of using white sugar to sweeten your mouth-watering brownies, you can use honey. Anyway, it's all about being creative with foods. People in this country are so lazy when it comes to preparing meals. They don't even like to cook! And when they do eventually cook, they don't like to make their dishes interesting by using a VARIETY of foods. They prepare the same ole' American food staples: greasy french fries, deep-fried chicken, and pie. We need to come out of that, if we want our bodies and our minds to benefit from a variety of foods and nutrients.

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