Anthocyanin flavonoids have been shown to lower the risk of a heart attack, while quercetin flavonoid has been shown to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Strawberries' high potassium content can help lower blood pressure, and their high vitamin C content increases antioxidants that help fight against free radicals that can cause cancer.
You can simply snack on strawberries, add them to your Designer Wellness smoothie, top your protein pancakes, or add them to chia seed pudding, oatmeal, cottage cheese, or yogurt. Designer Plant has strawberries in the protein powder—Mix Designer Plant with a cup of strawberries for a superpowered strawberry protein shake.
On top of that, the high flavanol content of chocolate has been shown to improve memory and reaction time just two hours after consumption. Chocolate flavanols are thought to promote new neuron growth in the brain resulting in enhanced mental function.
Chocolate’s mental health-enhancing capabilities result from its flavanol and methylxanthine content. Flavanol and methylxanthine in chocolate have been linked to improved depression and anxiety symptoms. So that oh-so-good blissful feeling you get after eating chocolate is not in your head.
You can throw 100% cacao in your smoothies, add cacao nibs to your yogurt, oatmeal, cookies, and shakes. Designer Wellness products are made with high-quality cocoa. Add one serving of any of our chocolate protein powders to your diet to help you meet your daily superfood chocolate goals.
Blueberries are a popular fruit to throw in your Designer Wellness smoothies. Designer Plant has blueberries already in the powder. You can mix blueberries in protein pancakes, bake them into muffins, and top your favorite yogurt. You can find blueberries in our ready-to-grab and go mixed berry Protein Smoothies to make things even easier. I love snacking on frozen blueberries as a dessert when local berries aren’t in season. Frozen berries are flash-frozen, locking in nutrients commonly lost in transit from far-away farms. Frozen berries also help us slow down how quickly we eat, unless you want brain freeze, helping us with portion control.
- Pumpkins seeds
Pumpkin seeds are full of iron needed to help transport oxygen throughout the body and prevent iron deficiency anemia. Just one ounce of these super seeds provides you with a quarter of your daily iron requirements.
Research has shown that diets high in pumpkin seeds reduce stomach, breast, lung, and colon cancers. Pumpkin seed intake has been shown to slow the growth of some cancers, such as prostate cancer. Pumpkin seeds' anit-cancer benefit may be due to its high antioxidant content, with helps reduce inflammation and get rid of free radicals.
Pumpkins are great as part of a trail mix, on top of yogurt or oatmeal, and you can mix them into your favorite muffins or healthy cookies. My favorite way to enjoy pumpkin seeds is alone as my morning snack.
You can enjoy match powder as a latte in the morning, mix in your Designer Smoothie, or mix it into any baked item you’d like. I drink matcha every morning before I start my day. For people like myself, who tend to be sensitive to the high amounts of caffeine in coffee, matcha can be a great substitute for getting your caffeine without overdoing it.
Get your avocado on by spreading it on top of toast, adding it into salads, tacos, sandwiches, or mixing it into your Designer Wellness smoothies.
- Tart Cherries
You can use tart cherry juice as your liquid in smoothies, use it as your base in chia seed pudding or simply drink it. Designer Plant has tart cherries in the powder. Use Designer Plant in your shakes and smoothies to help boost your tart cherry intake. One of the most common complaints I get in my practice are people suffering from inadequate sleep, and lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain, uncontrol blood sugars, carbohydrate cravings, and mood disorders. Try drinking tart cherry juice before bed to see if this helps with restful sleep.
Mix turmeric powders in your Designer Wellness shakes and soups, or sprinkle on top of vegetables when cooking. You can also enjoy a nice glass of turmeric tea.
Try sipping on ginger tea, mixing the ginger powder in your Designer Wellness smoothies, or adding it to baked items like muffins. My favorite way to enjoy ginger and quickly get the benefits of feeling nauseous or achy is to eat it straight as pickled ginger.
Add chia seeds to Designer Wellness smoothies, protein pancakes, breading, and much more.
Whatever meal or snack you’re having it’s easy to add in a superfood to further promote your health and well-being. Try mixing the listed foods with Designer Wellness superfood containing products Designer Plant, Protein Smoothies, and all chocolate powders for a SUPER superfood.
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Ginger C. Cochran, MS, RDN, CDCES, ACSM-CEP
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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