The 20 Most Powerful Superfoods…Take 5

Oh my word, I need to ask for mercy and forgiveness! Life just happens and I have had to rearrange my priorities a bit…in other words, my plans were not God’s plans! Just last week I’ve had more tests done, my sweet Cailyn paid a visit to the rheumatologist and had to get an MRI, my lovely Makenna had her very first sleepover and now she never wants to be home, and my hubby is the busiest of us all…studying, preaching, teaching, discipling, encouraging and more, all week long!!! Whew!

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We did get to have some great family time because the sun has finally come out and it was just too beautiful to stay inside. A picnic and hiking made for a wonderful Saturday afternoon!

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And the hubs got a quick Saturday afternoon nap while the girlies played outside with the neighbor kids!

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Now back to our previously scheduled posts…Superfoods! Today’s superfoods that we will look at are ginger and coconut.

I think ginger can be one of those foods where you either love it, or you don’t! Ginger is known to be a “universal remedy” because it literally contains a whole host of ingredients with multiple health benefits. It carries with it both antimicrobial and antiviral properties…no wonder a cup of hot ginger tea with lemon is a home remedy for all sorts of “under the weather symptoms!”  Gingerol is the one ingredient in ginger that is responsible for giving it such a pungent and spicy flavor and also has the ability to not only prevent, but treat nausea and vomiting. This is why ginger tends to have the awesome ability to soothe an upset stomach and curb nausea. Other areas of positive health effects from ginger have been seen in the gastrointestinal tract, the cardiovascular system, general pain, fever, immunity and even the deterrence of cancer cells. What an amazing little superfood, right?

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Besides using it in a nice warm cup of tea, ginger is a great addition to virtually any stir-fry, soup or even salad dressing. A thumb-sized piece gives a spicy burst of flavor to fresh-squeezed fruit or vegetable juices. Try chopping ginger with citrus juice and chiles for an excellent marinade.

Here are a few ginger recipes you might like to add to your menu this week:

Clementine Ginger Salad Dressing by The Cafe Sucre Farine

4 Ingredient Lemon Ginger Dressing by Real Food Simple

Cucumber Ginger Smoothie by Veggie Primer

So, I really like the subtle taste of coconut but often struggle with it’s texture. Anyone else have “texture” issues? Many of you have already heard of the many benefits of coconut, but did you know it’s great “brain fuel?” A lot of people are scared of the fat that comes from coconuts, however, it turns out that the saturated fats in coconuts are mainly medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). After much research there has been preliminary evidence that MCTs may be helpful in preventing some cancers along with positive effects on the immune system. According to neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, author of Grain Brain, the fat found in coconut and coconut oil makes excellent fuel for the brain. Here’s the nutritional breakdown for a 1/2 cup of coconut…4 grams of fiber, 143 milligrams of potassium and 13.5 grams of fat, some of those being easily digested MCTs.

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So, how can you use coconut in order to reap the benefits of it’s nutrients? Fresh coconut is a wonderful and rich addition to desserts such as macaroons, cakes or muffins.  It works in the savory context as well, as an addition to curries and stir-frys. And don’t forget the obvious-fresh pieces of coconut eaten right out of hand make for a delicious snack (not a fan of fresh, try roasting them for a sweet crunchy snack).

Check out some of these mouth watering coconut recipes:

Chocolate Covered Almond Coconut Granola by GI365

Cranberry Coconut Power Bars by Elana’s Pantry

Cookie Dough Snack Balls by Primally Inspired

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies by Cook It Up Paleo

From Sweet To Savory

Well, I hope you learned something new about ginger and coconut and how you might be able to add them to your menu this week! I cook with coconut oil almost every day, but I just may have to try using it in a different way for something new.

You can find coconut in my Trail Mix Bars and N’oatmeal cookies here on the website and they are wonderfully delicious…just sayin’!!

Have a great week everyone!

Blessings,