Superfood or super-fad? Lately, I have been seeing a lot of articles and recipes including superfoods. You may be wondering what a super food is, it is a very ambiguous term. Superfoods are defined as a food that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health.
While doing some personal research to learn more, I ran into an article on the American Heart Association’s website. A nutrition expert Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., RD, stated that many so-called “super” foods are good for your heart and your overall health when they are incorporated into a heart-healthy diet that’s balanced in lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat milk and dairy products. She also encouraged the diet to include nuts, seeds and legumes, fish and liquid vegetable oils.
Dr. Axe defined the top 10 superfoods as:
- broccoli rabe
- raw milk
- sweet potatoes
In addition here is a full list of foods classified as superfoods. If you are looking to incorporate some superfoods into your diet, Tuesday evening March 7 the Co-Rec is hosting a Superfoods cooking demonstration from 7-8 p.m. The cooking demonstration aims to put a twist on traditional recipes by incorporating nutrient-dense foods.
The recipes include baked parmesan kale chips, peanut butter and kale smoothie, blueberry Scones and thai peanut slaw.
If you are interested, sign up at the Co-Rec Member Services desk, fill out the online registration form, or call 765.494.3109 to make reservations. Make sure to register 24 hours in advanced. It is $10 per person to attend a demonstration.
In addition, I will be live tweeting from the cooking demonstration. If you are unable to attend the event but wish you could, follow my twitter @allieabney on Tuesday evening. In addition, you can check out the other cooking demonstrations available, there are a four other scheduled demonstrations for this spring semester.