I’ve been hearing the phrase “superfood” tossed around a lot recently, and obviously it has made me curious. Why, I asked myself, would I waste my time nomming on mediocre, everyday food when I could be ingesting super food? With, I presumed, super powers?
did some digging around online and discovered that (surprise!) a lot of
so-called “superfoods” are vegan. I also discovered that their super
powers are limited to lowering cholesterol and inflammation, helping
arthritis, preventing osteoporosis, and reducing the risk of heart
disease, diabetes, and cancer (there might be some other things, too).
…so they can’t turn invisible? Bummer.
out about superfoods’ pretty disappointing super powers made me grumpy.
Good thing one of their other lame super powers is improving your mood.
know what else would improve my mood? Eating a sundae for breakfast. So
I decided to layer all my super ingredients in a sundae dish. Here are
the superfoods I used (and what’s so super about them):
Walnuts: omega 3s, monosaturated fats
Blueberries: antioxidants, phytoflavinoids, vitamin C, potassium
Oranges: vitamin C, folic acid, potassium
Oats: fiber, protein, magnesium, potassium
Açaí: antioxidants, monounsaturated oleic acid
Ground flax seed: omega 3s, monosaturated fats
was working with frozen Sambazon açaí juice; a better choice would have
been to use their little packets of açaí pulp, but I didn’t have any.
First, I cooked the oats and mixed in the ground flax seed. Then I began
layering the ingredients in the sundae dish.
with a little açaí (it had the texture of shaved ice), then put in the
orange slices, then a layer of hot oatmeal/flax seed, then more açaí,
then a handful of blueberries. I topped the sundae off with walnuts. It
looked like this:
But it tasted great! (Of course, it’s possible I only think that because those sneaky superfoods improved my mood.) It's awesome that these foods that taste so yummy and seem like a treat are good for you. In fact, it's pretty super.