3 Energizing Superfoods for Spring
Although spring is just around the corner, you may still be feeling the winter blues linger. To help break through the end-of-winter rut and inspire more energy as we transition into the new season, try incorporating these three powerful superfoods into your diet.
Grown in the high altitudes of the Peruvian Andes, maca has a long history of culinary and medicinal uses. Consuming this superfood may help decrease stress levels, enhance strength, and heighten libido. Maca is especially nutrient-rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, vitamins B1, B2, C, E, and iron. It’s known for helping manage conditions like fatigue, anemia and even depression. Maca powder does have a slightly earthy taste, but it can easily be masked by smoothies or other baked goods.
Cacao and cocoa are often confused, however, cacao is much more nutritious because it’s cold-pressed, whereas cocoa is roasted leading to a significant loss of beneficial enzymes. Meaning “food of the gods” in Greek, cacao is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, and phosphorus. It is known as one of nature’s most mood-boosting foods because when consumed, the brain releases the same chemical triggered by feelings of deep love—phenylethylamine. Try adding cacao nibs to overnight oats or smoothies for a chocolatey, crunchy texture.
Previously featured in one of our superfood spotlights, spirulina has a number of fascinating benefits. Just one tablespoon contains energy-boosting vitamins like B1, B2, & B3, copper, and iron. Chlorophyll, also found in spirulina, can help detoxify your body and eliminate heavy metals. It also has more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients than most vegetables. Sneak this tasteless superfood into your favorite meals and beverages to help detox, while increasing energy.
We believe the best way to get your vitamins is through healthy food—especially those labeled “super” for their nutritional density. Although we’ll soon be gaining more sunlight from daylight savings, we’ll also be losing an hour of sleep. It may be helpful to try some of these energy-boosting recommendations, along with staying active and getting enough sleep, to better transition into spring.