Named one of the top super foods, this South-American protein-packed grain makes a great replacement to rice. According to InStyle Magazine.com, “quinoa is rich in B-complex vitamins, which helps stimulate hair growth and gives skin a natural glow.” Unlike rice, quinoa is also gluten-free which is great for those suffering from allergens. Quinoa is also a great source of protein, making it very popular amongst vegetarians and vegans alike. According to “The Southside Times,”, there are 11 grams of protein per one-half cup.”
Packed with lots of vitamins and antioxidants, Goji berries are totally the new Acai berry. Also known as wolf berries, they are a brightly colored red berry found in China. With lots of Vitamin A and powerful antioxidants, WebMd.com reports that “Goji Berries help in cancer and heart disease prevention, as well as boosting the immune system.” Although the taste might be a bit bitter, put some frozen Goji berries in your favorite smoothie for an extra added boost.
Actress Anne Hathaway loves her kale, so why don’t you? According to the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment, “kale is low on calories and one cup of chopped kale provides two-times the daily recommendations for beta carotene, which is more than a day’s worth of Vitamin C, and six times the recommendations for Vitamin K.” Kale might be a little tough for some of you to swallow, especially if you’re not a fan of dark leafy greens. However, kale can be equally yummy. Try kale as a substitute for lettuce in your salads. Or if you are looking for a healthy substitute to potato chips, baked kale chips make an amazing and healthy snack.
Sure, green tea is great for your health, but say hello to Kombucha tea!
Made from tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast, Kombucha tea is rich in B vitamins, according to Mayo Clinc.com. The popular health drink has also been known for its wide variety of health benefits, including improved digestion and skin quality. However, Kombucha Tea has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Long story short, actress Lindsay Lohan got a little too attached to the drink, and blamed it for her arrest after failing an alcohol test. The beverage contains less than 0.05 percent of alcohol, so we’ll let you be the judge of that. With claims of improving skin quality, Kombucha has made its way into a lot of skin products. Splash some on your face if you don’t mind the vinegary smell.
The coconut water craze has certainly gone celebrity with an endorsement from pop star Rihanna, but the beverage proves to be more than just a fad! According to The Huffington Post, “coconut water is fat free, low-calorie, and ideal for hydration.” Packed with electrolytes, coconut water is great for athletes as well. You can find this drink at your local supermarkets in lots of yummy flavors!
♥AUTHOR: COURTNEY LEIVA