*Before I start rambling on, need I remind you (again) that I am not a dietitian -registered or unregistered- I was a lawyer for many years until I decided to retire early, and live healthily ever after.
That was meant to say- people- use your god given brain and check if what works (great) for me- will also work for you. my recommendations are -as far as I know- healthy, tasty, frugal, vegan, environmental and legal. that is a lot to be said about anything, let alone nutritious food. but- who knows- your body might not react well to I don’t know what because of- I have no idea why- so again- use your brain. I tend to believe it was put there for a reason.
I have nothing good to say about fashionable superfoods in general.
I somehow believe all natural unprocessed food is “superfood”.
I believe there is absolutely no need to rush to the health store every time a new kind of grain is found, and personally live quite well without spirulina, goji berries, and many other examples.
Being a frugal shopper I believe that if I can’t get what I am looking for in my online supermarket- and have to go especially to the health store for it- then I don’t bother.
But- on the other hand – I put a lot of effort to eat healthy nutritious food.
Lately, since I implemented intermittent fasting into my life, meaning on most days I don’t eat between noon and 7 am the next morning, my eating options have narrowed to eating only the best most nutritious food in every meal since I only eat breakfast, a midday snack, and lunch.
And another criteria is that it doesn’t cost a lot of $$$.
So, I found out what my own super-foods are, meaning what foods are nutritious, tasty, easy to prepare, and keep me feeling light and energetic feeling relatively full until the next day.
Flax seeds meet all the above criteria:
#1: flax seeds are super nutritious:
according to resources online, 1 tbsp contains 1.3 (!!!) grams of protein (listen, people, this is a lot for 1 tbsp), almost 2 grams of fiber (!) and 1600 mg of omega 3 fatty acids.
#2: flaxseeds are easy to incorporate in your daily diet:
*In the vegan world of cooking, flax seeds are used as egg substitutes- not in taste, of course, but in its ability to
glue tie together ingredients. meaning in baking bread, buns, cakes, or sticking veggie burgers together.
*When grounded, and if kept in the freezer (!!!) in an airtight glass jar, flax seeds actually taste good in my opinion. a bit nutty. and somewhat sweet.
This is not to say you should devour spoonfuls on their own, but definitely feel free to add them to your granola, especially if you make it by yourself.
*a pro tip on grounding flax in the Vitamix- ground only a cup of seeds every time. don’t overload the machine or it won’t ground the seeds well. flax seeds are much better-digested ground than plain and it takes a minute to ground so.
#3:flax seeds have a way to make you feel full through the day. probably all that fiber. don’t know.
#4: flax seeds are relatively not expensive. in my online supermarket, they cost 3$ for a pack of 500 grams of plain -not grounded seeds- that after grounding last for about a week for me.
*In the winter time- especially after running or swimming – I need a good warm nutritious breakfast. smoothies are not an option in the winter for me, so I “invented” an alternative: I make “apple stew” with apples, prunes water and a bit of brown sugar. let it boil for 20 minutes or until quite soft but not too soft. for frugal beasts- close the gas after 15 min and leave with lid tightly on- to continue boiling in its own heat.
I divide and pack this stew in glass containers, and at work I heat the stew for a few minutes, then add 2 tbsp ground flax seeds and 2 tbsp homemade granola, heat for another 30 seconds, the consistency thickens very much so unless you have a desire to dig into cement- add soy or almond or rice milk- or more liquid from the apple stew, and enjoy a very filling and nutritious meal!