When I think of superfoods I think of pomegranates, goji berries and acai berries but what I learned in Hilary’s book is that superfoods are not necessarily just exotic items. Superfoods are found in all the major food groups and the best superfoods are the ones that are easily accessible and can be incorporated in to your daily diet. Some examples include: spinach, quinoa, kale, garlic, oysters, almonds and turmeric.
What exactly is a “Superfood”?
According to Hilary, nutrition experts agree that any item labeled as a superfood should have 3 elements:
- A healthy balance of macronutrients
- A high concentration of micronutrients
- A phytochemical-rich content
This book goes on to list the 20 of the healthiest foods that you can incorporate into your daily diet and that are easily accessible at your local grocery store. Categories include: Whole grain superfoods, fruit and veggie superfoods, meat and fish superfoods, daily superfoods, nut and legume superfoods, spice and herb superfoods, and surprising superfoods. In each category she tells us what makes each of these foods a superfoods and ends the chapter with a delicious recipe or two incorporating that particular superfood.
At the end of the book Hilary includes a condensed list containing alternate superfoods in each category to help you start meal planning and incorporating these foods into your diet. She also includes a list of staple items you should always have on hand and a weekly shopping list which I find will come in very handy.
The last category Hilary talks about is “Super meals”. She gives some great advice about examining your favorite recipes and substituting superfoods for other ingredients to make them more healthy. She also includes a link where you can sign up to receive more superfood recipes.
I found this book to be a great source of information on superfoods plus I liked that each category cut right to the chase and gave me all the information I needed about that particular superfood. All the recipes looked easy and delicious and I can’t wait to try them out in my own kitchen. The only thing I would change about this book is the title because I fell this book would benefit everyone not just women and the title doesn’t project that aspect of the book.
You can read more about or purchase Hilary’s ebook here.
Hilary has generously offered to give away 5 of her ebooks to participants of my Welcome to Summer Virtual Run. THe race is now closed but if you have participated please enter your time here so you can have a chance to win one of these awesome ebooks.
Disclosure: Hilary provided me with a copy of her ebook and the prizes at no cost. I was not compensated in any other way for this post and all opinions expressed are 100% my own. The link to Hilary’s ebook is an Amazon affiliate link.
Do you regularly incorporate “Superfoods” onto your diet?