In a series of blog posts, we're going to walk you through those foods that we consider to be super foods and explain why we like them and why we feel they've earned their right to be on the list. I hope you'll join us on this journey and share your thoughts with us.
Also included in this post are several recipe ideas for sweet potatoes.
As the name pretty much explains, a super food is one that has 'super' benefits ie one that is nutritionally dense and will nourish, repair, rejuvenate and heal the body.
Though there isn't actually any scientific meaning for the term, it's a description that conjures up good health and is generally attributed to a select few foods. Again, there's no definitive list but there are a few foods that most would agree will fall into the category of 'super food'.
As with all foods, it's important to look at production methods in getting the food harvested and we at Lucy Bee, always recommend:
Beans and wholegrains
Nuts and seeds
Cabbage, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach
omega 3 rich oily fish sardines, mackerel, salmon
These tubular, root vegetables are just bursting with nutrients and when you cut into their bright orange or pale cream coloured flesh, it's as though the sun's shining on you!
So what does this super food contain that makes it so good for us?
What a super healthy array of nutritional benefits.
Sweet potatoes are native to central and southern America and it was Christopher Columbus who brought them to Europe. However, the climate here is not wholly suitable for them to flourish as they dislike frost! They much prefer the climate of the Pacific Ocean islands and the Philippines where they're grown as a food staple and heavy rains don't affect them.Today, they're eaten worldwide: in USA they're known as yams; in Uganda they're eaten as a breakfast with peanut sauce; whilst in Egypt they make a popular dessert with honey.
Sweet potatoes are very versatile making it easy to feed your family with this super food:
Boil or steam
A particular favourite in our house, it takes this amazingly healthy food to a whole other level - simply divine!
Or how about:
And yet another idea:
Sweet potatoes can be used in place of pumpkin or butternut squash - see our recipe www.lucybee.co/using-coconut-oil/recipes/curried-pumpkin-or-butternut-squash-soup/
Serve with tuna, mayo and chopped chives or filling of your choice - you can have such fun deciding on the topping...!
As you can see this super food can be cooked in several ways, each one tantalisingly tasty and terrifically healthy. I wonder which will be your favourite - enjoy!
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Petrina is a friend of Lucy Bee and advocates a healthy lifestyle. Having used coconut oil for over 10 years is a firm believer in its numerous benefits and uses.