Washington Family Magazine : September 2014
24 September 2014 washingtonFAMILY.com SUPERFOOD: ‘a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.’ We’ve all heard the buzz lately about Superfoods and how good they are for our over-all health. Foods that have been elevated to Superfood status in recent years include those rich in antioxidants (such as beta-carotene, vitamins A,C,E, flavanoids and selenium) and omega-3 fatty acids. Antioxidants are chemicals thought to protect against the harmful effects of free radicals--chemicals naturally produced in every living cell and known to cause cell damage. So what are some of these Superfoods, and how can we target them to maximize our family’s health? And the bigger question: how can we get our kids to eat it? Our new monthly feature will break it down for you, starting with kale—a powerhouse source of those antioxidants, as well as vitamins, fiber and more. Here’s a quick run-down on why we should add it to our diet—and a recipe to sneak it into our kids’ diet too! SUPERFOOD:KALE Dawn Peters of Naked Health is an international coach and personal development veteran turned entrepreneur, mentor and speaker. Through her ‘Mind-Body-Food Coaching Solution’ she facilitates, motivates and inspires others to develop and maintain healthier eating and lifestyle habits. Dawn@NakedHealth.com; 877-653-4584; www.NakedHealth.com wFm Benefits: Packed with Vitamin C—one cup has more than an orange; Vitamin C helps boost your metabolism and bolster your immune system, plus aids with hydration. High iron content—has more iron per calorie than beef; Iron aids in the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen throughout the body, cell growth and liver function. High in calcium—has more calcium per calorie than milk; Calcium aids in preventing bone loss and osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Contains more Vitamin A than any other leafy green; Vitamin A is great for your vision and skin and helps to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers. Can help lower cholesterol through its cardiovascular- system boosting properties. Contains anti-inflammatory fatty acids and is a good source of copper, potassium, manganese and phosphorus. Low-calorie (about 35 calories a cup), high in fiber and has zero fat TEXT DAWN PETERS prevent lung and oral cavity cancers. cancers.