3 Power Foods You Probably Don’t Know About

What are power foods you ask? These are foods abundant in nutritional value. They are powerful because they give you such an incredible variety of complex nutrients that your body needs to function efficiently.

They are your superheros.

There are dozens of power foods out there – most of them you’ve heard of andย  some you probably consume on a regular basis. [Think spinach and broccoli] But there are someย  that I’m betting you don’t know about.

Here are three power foods you need to get your hands on:

Quinoa

The often neglected and surprisingly unknown power food – that’s Quinoa.ย  Often considered a grain, Quinoa is actually spinach’s good-looking cousin – a relative of leafy green vegetables. It has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture but you’ll feel a slightly nutty flavor when you cook it.

Quinoa is an ancient “grain” and was once known as “the gold of the Incas” as it helped increase the stamina of warriors. It is a complete source of protein – it includes all nine essential amino acids and in high quantities.

This power food provides an incredible source of magnesium which helps improve cardiovascular health. Magnesium helps relax blood vessels allowing for improved blood flow. More so, Quinoa is a great source of manganese, iron, copper and phosphorus and can help with conditions such as migraine headaches and diabetes.

This great power food can be found in your local health food or bulk store. It is slightly expensive but the investment is more than worth it.

Hemp Seeds

Another rarely-heard-of power food – Hemp Seeds. These powerful little seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids required for healthy living. Considered a complete and perfect protein source, hemp seeds are considered the single best source of protein in a form that is so easily digested and absorbed by the body. A handful of hemp seeds is enough to satisfy your daily requirements.

These little seeds are also a good source of carboydrates and the shell is an exceptional mineral source. Due to its nutritious superiority, hemp seeds are commonly used to repair meat in diets [for the vegetarians out there].

Due to its abundance of protein, hemp seeds help promote vigorous cell repair and development for improved health. The essential fatty acids aid in improved immune, cardiovascular and reproductive health. Also a great source of fiber, hemp seeds help improve your digestive health. [Read more about the importance of fiber]

A word of warning – hemp seeds act as a laxative so you might want to stay close to the bathroom when you first start using it.

Hemp seeds are quite expensive. Get them at your local health store to give them a try first. If you enjoy them, it is possible to order hemp seeds in bulk for cheaper. I strongly recommend giving it a try.

Kamut

Kamut is a non-hybridized strain of wheat, but with one big difference – it has a powerful punch of nutrients. It is the GIANT of wheat – the kernel is huge but so are the nutritional benefits.

Kamut contains roughly 40% more protein and 60-70% more amino acids than the more common wheat. It is also more tolerable and more easily digestible. It is also an incredible source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and potassium.

So how to get more Kamut in your diet? Replace your regular wheat flour with Kamut flour. It will take some time to get used to the taste, but it is well worth it.

Summary: Power foods do exist. They are the superheros of nutritional value and will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Give each a try and tell me what you think.

What are some power foods that contribute to your well-being?

17 thoughts on “3 Power Foods You Probably Don’t Know About”

  1. Good article! I’m familiar with Quinoa (“spinach’s good looking cousin” had me cracking up), but not Hemp seeds or Kamut. My personal favorite in the ‘super food’ category is Asparagus — it’s definitely a taste to be acquired, but it is loaded with so many excellent nutrients. Keep up the good work.

    Ray

  2. I am so happy to see you included Kamut Wheat!! We love it and the taste is great but my favorite is that it cooks up so soft and moist! We also adore quinoa but have never tried Hemp! Awesome article ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Excellent list of foods. I only heard of these 3 but have never had any that I know of.
    Next time I visit the health store I’ll see if that stock these products.
    Living in Australia I notice we don’t get some of the foods that are available elsewhere unless you really go searching
    Raymond

  4. I love quinoa! I have been eating it for a few years now and find it so versatile, because of it’s fairly neutral taste you can mix it with endless combinations of ingredients and never get tired of it. Also love that it’s a complete protein. I have tried hemp, and you’re right it can be expensive, but it really does seem to have excellent benefits. I have heard of kamut, but haven’t tried it…yet ๐Ÿ™‚ I sounds really good.

    I also like buckwheat, particularly in it’s whole (groat) form. I like the taste and it’s high in amino acids and also contains antioxidants. I mix some in with my oatmeal.

  5. @ Ray
    Asparagus is amazing! Most vegetables are in that sense. Let me know if you decide to give any of these a try! And glad you liked that joke ๐Ÿ™‚

    @ smilinggreenmom
    I found that it took me some time to get used to Kamut Wheat. Did you feel the same way? Thanks for the comment!

    @ Raymond
    I’m sure they have the same foods all over the world. If you can find any, give them a try and let me know what you think.

    @ David
    That’s the same reason I love quinoa – the versatility. I can literally eat it with anything. I’ve tried buckwheat as well and I found it to be very plain.

  6. Cool post

    Not being great in the kitchen I really like foods I can eat raw, so lots and lots of spinach and Kale are probably as super as it gets for me. I also use coconut oil for cooking too, lots of Medium Chain Trigylcerides in there to encourage fat burning (can you tell I’m impressed with myself for knowing that ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hey man, I’ve never heard of Kamut, it sounds great. I tend not to bake much but it sounds enticing. Quinoa & Hemp seeds are a huge part of my diet, I like hemp seeds on salads to add a little protein and Quinoa is my side to almost everything I cook. Good call on these as not many people know about them!

    My other power foods are Avocados and Beans. I base my diet around them.

    Great blog, I like it!

  8. Srdjan,

    I haven’t tried any of these, but I have heard a lot of good things about quinoa. Hemp seeds sound interesting… I have recently added pumpkin seeds into my salads because I have read about many health benefits associated with those as well.

    Alykhan

  9. Thanks for this info. It clarifies the definition of power foods! Being health is totally different than looking good or “healthy”. Going even deeper, consider the effects of nutrients according to our DNA makeups. There’s also glycemic index of foods. alkaline vs. acidic and their effect on health.

  10. Hi
    Thank you for your great information and points.
    BTW, I have some questions about supplements .May I have your personal email so that I pose my personal questions with you?

    Warm regards;

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