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The Best Superfoods for Weight Loss

If your diet is getting stale or is lacking nutrition, superfoods to the rescue!  Superfoods are the best nutrient-packed foods that our bodies need for energy and to keep all systems running, not just smoothly, but excellently.

Just like superheroes, not all superfoods are created equally.  As nutritionists and biologists learn more about how our bodies process foods, they are also discovering how foods can help us perform at our optimal level.  By unlocking the potential that foods can offer, we are giving our bodies – from our brains to our muscles to our organs – the chance to be their best.

Most nutritionists don’t agree on the very best superfoods.  Why?  Because each superfood has something different to offer the body, making them somewhat subjective; therefore, we need a variety of superfoods to thrive.  Some are chock full of protein, others have astounding antioxidants, and still more are hailed for their fiber content.  And each of these important aspects of superfoods can benefit us differently.  Some boost our immune systems, assist weight loss and support healthy blood sugar levels, while others reduce inflammation, aid cognitive function and decrease risk of many diseases.  A healthy diet consists of many superfoods every day.

Additionally, superfoods come in all shapes, sizes and consistencies.  Some superfoods are easy to come by: we can simply go to a local grocer and shortly thereafter fill our plates with these raw foods.  Others are found in very specific climates around the world and have to extracted or ground for edibility.  We can supplement our diets with these superfoods by consuming them through capsules, teas or adding pure powders to our food.

Check out our top weight loss superfoods in both categories:

Best Easy-to-Find Weight Loss Superfoods

  • Apples – Filled with fiber, this satisfying fruit can help you eat less and reduce calorie intake in your day.  Plus apples have the antioxidant quercetin that protects cells.
  • Beans- Another fibrous food group, beans and legumes also have protein, making them ifruits-veggies_courtesy of naturalhealth365.commportant to sustain meals for longer.
  • Eggs – Forget the bad wrap eggs used to get about excessive cholesterol.  Along with 9 essential amino acids, eggs have lots of choline that can block fat from absorbing into the body.
  • Flaxseeds – These small seeds have it all: protein, fiber, magnesium, potassium, zinc and the fatty acid alpha-linolenic that reduces inflammation
  • Olive Oil – This healthy cooking oil alternative provides the good type of fat, monounsatured fat, which may alter our fat burning and fat storage genes.
  • Quinoa – This grain-like complete protein has important amino acids to build muscle and supercharge the metabolism.
  • Salmon – Omega 3s in fatty fish like salmon help the body burn fat.  Plus, they are some of the best brain foods as well.
  • Soy – Soy is packed with protein, which burns more calories during digestion than carbs and fat.  In fact, adding soy to your diet can burn up to 70 extra calories a day.
  • Spinach – Low in calories and high in tons of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you need, spinach is a nutritious stand-alone or add-in to many dishes.
  • Yogurt – Nonfat or lowfat yogurt, especially protein-rich Greek yogurt, helps slow the hormone cortisol that can cause flabby bellies.

natura-veda-weight-loss-kitBest Weight Loss Superfood Supplements

  • Moringa – One of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, this phenomenal plant offers over 90 bio-nutrients in one swoop.  With the perfect ratio of fat, carbohydrates and protein, this is a whole food that will sustain your energy and keep you satisfied throughout the day.
  • Garcinia Cambogia – This dual-action weight loss superfood not only suppresses the appetitive, but also burns carbs before they turn to fat and helps burn through stored fat.
  • Green Coffee Bean Extract – With the right amount and type of caffeine, green coffee bean extract helps reduce fat absorption while also speeding up the metabolism.
  • Raspberry Ketone – This superfood works its magic by regulating glucose levels and fatty acid oxidation resulting in more fat burning and a boosted metabolism.

 




Summertime Skin Care Guide

Does your skin experience seasonal moodiness?  Dry and flakey in the winter…oily and full of blemishes in the summer?  Or maybe it’s opposite for you:  greasy, clogged pores due to excessive lotions in the winter…scaly and peeling from sun exposure in the summer?  Whatever your skin situation is this season, Moringa-infused skin care products may be your summertime skin care solution.

trio_productMoringa oil is one of the best skincare product ingredients.  There are two reasons Moringa oil is so fabulous:  The first is the exact same reason Moringa is so good for your insides – it’s bursting with the best nutrients Mother Nature has to offer.  Just like your internal organs, your skin requires good nutrition too.  There are four very important vitamins for your skin and Moringa has them all:  Vitamins A, B (B1, B2, B3, B6 and B7), C and D.  Along with over 40 additional antioxidants, these ingredients help heal skin, support cellular regeneration, rebuild tissues, diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate collagen production, boost blood circulation and reduce premature aging of the skin.

The second reason Moringa is ideal for skin care is a compound called oleic acid.  With over 70% oleic acid, Moringa oil has the unique ability to penetrate deeply into layers of skin.  By treating skin more deeply than other skincare agents, Moringa can repair damaged skin more effectively and rapidly encourage skin rejuvenation and a refreshed appearance.  If you’re wondering how Moringa skincare products make your skin look and feel when applied topically, you’ll be happy to know that it absorbs smoothly and quickly.  Unlike other oils, Moringa oil’s fast-absorbing oleic acid density ensures it does not leave the skin feeling greasy.

Moringa-infused skin care products are an excellent choice for gorgeous skin from face-to-hands and lips-to-legs this summer.  Moringa body butter or Moringa hand and body lotion keep your entire body smooth and moisturized.  For added hydration, try Moringa body wash in the shower as well.  Pure Moringa oil can also be applied directly to skin.  It is especially helpful on extremely dry patches around the elbows, knees, hands and feet, and works wonders for quickly healing sun burnt skin.

Natura_Veda_All_ProductsFor the face, Moringa Source is proud to offer the finest all-natural Moringa-infused skincare system from Natura Veda.  It includes a facial cleanser, hydrating mist, daily moisturizer, nighttime cream and nighttime eye serum.  The nighttime products deliver a high concentration of retinol for rapid overnight repair of fine lines and wrinkles.  Natura Veda’s apricot exfoliant scrub helps cleanse and exfoliate skin, while the clay mask seals in extra nutrients leaving younger looking, firmer, refreshed skin with each use.

Keep in mind, beautiful skin also requires a healthy diet.  So lay low on the greasy foods and be sure to take your daily dose of Moringa to get your glow shining from the inside out this summer.




Moringa Recipe: Oatmeal Moringa Pancakes

Pancakes_courtesy of greenlitebites.comIs it just us or is waking up to a hearty pancake breakfast one of the best feelings in the world?  Ah, we can smell that sweet pancake scent now.

Wholesome carbohydrates, like those in a whole grain pancake, are an important part of your morning meal.  Whole grain carbs found in whole wheat flour and oatmeal give us sustainable energy throughout the morning and get the metabolism going too.  Be sure to add some protein – maybe a veggie sausage link, soy yogurt or some nuts – for a complete power breakfast.

Along with whole grains and protein, the very best way to make your pancake breakfast even more nutritious is to add Moringa Powder to the batter.  With just a few tablespoons, you can increase your vitamin, mineral, antioxidant and amino acid intake astronomically.  With over 90 important nutrients, including calcium, iron, Vitamin C, proteins and fiber, Moringa Powder is a powerhouse for breakfast energy.  Plus, we know you’ll find the slightly nutty flavor to be a delicious addition to your wholesome breakfast.

Today we’re sharing a favorite Moringa recipe for Oatmeal Moringa Pancakes:

moringa-powder_1INGREDIENTS

½ cup whole wheat flour

2/3 cup quick oats

3 tablespoons Moringa Powder

1 tablespoon cane sugar or brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 egg or 2 egg whites (for vegan options, try blended banana or tofu)

1 cup milk or almond milk

¼ cup vanilla Greek or soy yogurt

¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

Fruit, nuts or carob chips optional as additions or toppings

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, milk, yogurt and vanilla extract together until smooth.
  3. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until moist.  Do not over stir.
  4. Add fruit or additional ingredients as desired for flavor.
  5. Coat a griddle or skillet with cooking spray and turn on medium heat. 
  6. Drop 2-3 tablespoons of batter on hot surface.  Cook until bubbles cover the top.  Then flip until pancake has cooked through.
  7. Add toppings and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light and Sally’s Baking Addiction.