Monday, September 6, 2010

Top 10 Local Superfoods

Adding these local superfoods to your diet can help boost the amount of nutrients you take in.

You may have heard the word "superfood," but what does it really mean, and why should you care?

"A superfood is a food that gives you a lot of nutrition for the volume of food you eat," says nutritionist Kelly Morrow, MS, RD, a core faculty member at Bastyr University and a clinical supervisor at its Seattle teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health. "It can also be a food that has been studied to have a lot of beneficial qualities that make it very healthy." 

One tip: Look for an intensive color, which may even stain your fingers.

Although there is no single list, Morrow suggests incorporating the following superfoods into your diet, found locally and organically in the Northwest:

  • Blackberries and raspberries
  • Seaweed/sea vegetables
  • Broccoli and cabbage
  • Kale
  • Salmon
  • Hazelnuts, walnuts and pumpkin seeds
  • Sweet potatoes or yams (darker in color)
  • Beets
  • Garlic
  • Yogurt (unsweetened, with live cultures)

For more information on how to improve your diet, schedule a nutrition counseling appointment by calling (206) 834-4100 or submitting a quick contact form.

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