5 Superfoods to Feed Your Family Now

Holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy shows us new and delicious ways to eat our favourite superfoods.

Don't forget to check out Joy's Ultimate Superfoods Meal, incorporating all the healthy ingredients below.

Chia Seeds

A display of chia seeds in a bowl, berry and chia seed jam in a jar, that jam used on toast, and chia pudding.

Chia seeds are the same seeds used in Chia Pets! Gluten-free members of the mint family, they contain more omega-3 fatty acids than flaxseeds do, and can help balance blood sugar and crush cravings.

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Breakfast Banana Chia Pudding:  Mash up 1 teaspoon of chia seeds with a banana, cinnamon and splash of maple syrup.

Coconut Oil

On display: whole coconut; salad dressing in a glass container with a spout; salad; solid coconut oil shavings in a bowl.

Coconut oil can be used in so many ways. You can slather it on your body after a shower as a moisturizer, for example, and not worry about toxic chemicals being absorbed through your skin. Sixty per cent of the fats in coconut oil are medium-chain fatty acids, which are digested more easily than many other types.

Salad Dressing with Coconut Oil

  • Use half a cup of melted coconut oil, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, fresh herbs, garlic and salt and pepper.
  • Store in the fridge and heat it up a bit so it turns back into a liquid before serving.

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Hemp Seeds

To the left, hemp seeds sprinkled on top of guacamole. Vegetables and crackers surround the guacamole.

Don't worry, no one will get arrested eating these legal and soft textured seeds! Hemp seeds are similar in flavour to sunflower seeds and pine nuts. They contain all nine essential amino acids found in animal protein, which means hemp seeds are great for vegetarians.

You can incorporate hemp seeds into your diet by mixing a tablespoon into your guacamole or sprinkling it over your salad.

Get the Recipe For Hemp Seed Crusted Chicken Fingers»

Raw Cacao

In the background there are three glasses filled with cacao milk. In front of the glasses are: a chunk of chocolate, cacao powder, and raw cacao seeds.

Cacao is an ancient superfood highly valued by the Mayans and Aztecs. It contains more antioxidants than red wine or green tea. It is rich in magnesium, which is why some researchers speculate women crave it during PMS. Raw cacao also contains mood- and energy-boosting chemicals.

Cacao Milk

  • Blend 2 tbsp. of raw cacao powder, 2 cups of almond milk, a splash of maple syrup and vanilla together until smooth.

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Kale

Bunches of kale in the background. In front there is a kale dip which is also used as a spread on toast. The toast is topped with a slice of tomato.

We all know kale is great for our health and digestion, but did you know it contains a trio of vitamins good for your beauty? Kale contains vitamins A, C and K, and when combined, they produce oils that give hair a healthy and shiny glow. Vitamins A and C also protect your skin’s health. This leafy green has been linked to detoxification and plays a key role in lowering the risk of five cancers: bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate.

Kale Dip

  • Lightly blanch kale and add to a food processor with drained and rinsed white beans, a squeeze of lemon juice, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. chili powder and salt and pepper.
  • Use as a dip for veggies or crackers.

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