5 Things You Need to Know About Superfoods {Giveaway – $100 value}

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Curious about superfoods and what they are all about? Check out an informative interview with celebrity dietitian Desiree Nielsen, R.D as she shares 5 things you need to know about superfoods.

Also keep reading for a super fun giveaway below!

Superfood 101 With Desiree Nielsen, R.D.

  1. “Superfood” is super hot right now. What does “superfood” mean to you?

All plant foods are super! To me, the word ‘superfood’ describes a plant food that exhibits incredible nutrient-density, meaning that it contains a higher concentration of nutrients than you might expect given its serving size. This might be the off-the-charts zinc content of pumpkin seeds or the fantastic protein content of hemp seeds. The key nutrients that make a food truly super are usually associated with exceptional health benefits, such as the ability of omega 3 fatty acids in chia and hemp seeds to fight chronic inflammation.

  1. What are some superfoods to look out for at the grocery store?

We don’t give seeds enough credit! Adding chia or hemp seeds to your diet is so easy and boosts your omega 3 and mineral intake. I love how versatile and energizing coconut is, particularly for those on a gluten free diet looking for non-grain options. Dark chocolate is probably the only dessert that gets superfood status – always look for at least 70% cocoa solids, preferably organic. And greens always top my list for a daily superfood boost. Choose whichever you love, from broccoli to Brussels sprouts to kale.

  1. What makes these foods super? And wait – did you say DARK CHOCOLATE? 

You bet! Polyphenols in cocoa are thought to help fight inflammation, support better skin, and promote heart health. Choosing at least 70% cocoa ensures you are getting more of these beneficial polyphenols. The healthy fats and soluble fibre of chia seeds helps slow the rate at which nutrients are absorbed into the blood stream, ensuring better blood sugar levels and more stable appetite. The protein and minerals in hemp seeds support muscle repair and immunity. Coconut is high in fibre for a healthy digestive tract and contains unique fats called medium chain triglycerides which are readily absorbed and preferentially burned for energy. And greens are super in so many ways: their high vitamin K and chlorophyll content fight inflammation, and unique sulfur-based phyto-chemicals support a healthy cell cycle and are part of a cancer-prevention diet. Remember, foods are gradual, incremental medicine; there is no such thing as overnight (or single meal) cures! Eating a healthy, plant-centred diet filled with super foods helps ensure a healthier, more energetic you over time.

  1. What are some easy ways to incorporate superfoods like chia and hemp into your diet?

Seeds can be intimidating but they are so easy to add to your daily life. Try sprinkling Qi’a Superfood Cereal, with its trio of yummy super seeds, into a green smoothie or onto your morning oats. Seeds work well in salads (shake into dressings to help them cling to the veggies) or as a crunchy topping for yogurt. You could even turn Qi’a into a healthy chia pudding (I love pairing coconut milk with fresh or thawed mango here) or overnight oats, bursting with summer berries. And hands down the easiest ways to get your daily dose of super seeds is in an easy-to-pack, low sugar snack bar.

  1. How do you get your kids to eat super foods

My four year old goes crazy for things in bar form…he is in love with the Qi’a Cranberry Dark Chocolate bars. We take them travelling or pack them as after school snacks when on the go. Seeds also are a natural fit for baking, so stir them into homemade cookies, muffins or quick breads.

Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian in Vancouver, Canada and the author of the book, Un-Junk Your Diet. A passionate supporter of organic, non-GMO foods, Desiree encourages her clients to adopt a more plant-centred diet for increased vitality and sustainability.

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With delicious organic superfoods, including dark chocolate, dried fruit, nuts, chia, hemp, and coconut,  Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood Snack Bars are packed with all the plant-based nutrition you need to fuel your active lifestyle. These bars are nutrition-approved by celebrity dietitian Desiree Nielsen, R.D. and are brought to you by Nature’s Path!

Flavours include Dark Chocolate Cranberry Almond, Nuts & Seeds & Sea Salt, Blueberry Cashew Pumpkin Seed, Roasted Peanut Dark Chocolate, and Mocha Cocoa Hazelnut.

I’ve had the chance to try these bars before and they are seriously delicious!!! Now one lucky reader will get a chance to try them as well and win a pretty cool prize pack. See below.

THE GIVEAWAY

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  • Beach? Yoga? Hiking? Where does your path lead? Well, we’ve got a variety of delicious new Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood Snack Barsto energize you wherever life takes you.
  • Copy of Desiree Nielsen’s latest book, Unjunk Your Diet! Learn about whole food nutrition and harness the superpower of organic plant foods to feel crazy good for the rest of your life. No deprivation, no guilt, no garbage.

Giveaway open to CAN/US residents. Enter to WIN via Rafflecopter. Good luck everyone! 

I was gifted product for sampling, this is however not a paid post and all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

187 responses to “5 Things You Need to Know About Superfoods {Giveaway – $100 value}”

  1. My favourite superfood is a toss up between Bluerries and Almonds.

  2. Chia seeds are my favorite superfood.

  3. Hemp is my favorite superfood 🙂

  4. My favourite superfood is ORGANIC CHOCOLATE BARS

  5. almonds are my fave

  6. I like garlic

  7. I Love blueberries!

  8. I love nuts and coconut, so easy to add to lots of things.

  9. cacao nibs are my favorite at the moment.

    Thanks for the chance to win this

  10. I’d have to say my fave superfood are almonds, chia and quinoa!

  11. Blueberries and almonds = yum !

  12. almonds for sure

  13. My favorite superfoods are almonds, blueberries and flax seed.

  14. I love chia seeds in everything!

  15. flax qunioa and blueberries are huge hits here!!!!

  16. I really like hemp seeds!

  17. blueberries…

  18. I love blueberries!

  19. Cashews are my favourite superfood.

  20. Blueberries have been my favourite since I was a kid.

  21. Blueberries are my favorite.

  22. Blueberries and kale

  23. Love blueberries

  24. Chia for me

  25. Dark Chocolate and coconut oil

  26. My favorite superfood is dark chocolate! Its soooo good!

  27. my favourite super food is berries

  28. Blueberries is my favorite!

  29. Almonds

  30. I love love pomegranates. A very close second –chocolate.

  31. Gogi berries are my favorite super food. Just a tablespoon of Gigi tonic a day keeps you so healthy 🙂 Thank you for giveaway.

  32. I absolutely love chia seeds! I try to incorporate super foods into my diet whenever I can… they are delicious and I feel great eating healthy. I would love to try these amazing bars!

  33. Chia Seeds!

  34. Kale

  35. blueberries!

  36. Blueberries, always!

  37. Blueberries

  38. One of the super foods I love is swiss chard. So tender and tasty.

  39. Quinoa is my favorite “super food.”

  40. Kale is at the moment.

  41. Chia seeds are my favorite superfood.

  42. I include goji berries where I can

  43. My favorite is almonds and coconuts.

  44. Blueberries 🙂 and goji berries <- since we have a lot growing in our backyard every summer

  45. my favorite superfood is coconut!

  46. dark chocolate

  47. blueberries are my fav

  48. Kale or chia seeds

  49. Blueberries, chia seeds and kale! 🙂

  50. Kale!

  51. I love blueberries!

  52. I love to add them all to my diet! I try to incorporate them in every meal and snack throughout the day.

  53. …new fan of hemp seeds here!

  54. my fave superfoods are blueberries, chia, quinoa 🙂

  55. I love blueberry.

  56. I love kale!

  57. almonds and pomegranates

  58. definitely almonds

  59. My favourite superfood is blueberries.

  60. Blueberries

  61. My favorite superfoods are definitely blueberries and any kind of nuts.

  62. I like a lot of superfoods. I love chia seeds, blueberries and all sorts of nuts.

  63. Almonds are one of my superfoods.

  64. It would have to be avocados. I try to eat a small piece everyday, and I use them in many meals.

  65. Mine would be a toss up between avocado and pomegranate. I am not sure I could pick one because they are both delicious

  66. blueberries

  67. I love chia seeds because they fill you up!

  68. my favourite superfoods are almonds, quinoa, & berries

  69. i like kale the best

  70. My favourite superfood is Pumpkin Seeds!

  71. Where do I start – quinoa,blueberries, almonds, kale and who could forget dark chocolate.

  72. almonds are my favorite

  73. Spinach – superfood before there was a word for it!

  74. KALE and spinach are amazing super foods and probably the only green foods that I love to eat together

    Thanks!

  75. nuts

  76. Blueberries

  77. Almonds are my favourite

  78. Almonds are my best

  79. I love chia seeds as a super food

  80. Almonds

  81. Raw chocolate, of course!

  82. Chia seeds

  83. Can’t get enough blueberries!

  84. My favorite super food is peppers.

  85. chia seeds – so good in smoothies

  86. Dark chocolate! I also consider spinach a super green and I love it alot too!

  87. Our family loves almonds!!!

  88. I love quinoa!

  89. We love coconut & chia seeds!

  90. Chia seeds

  91. Blueberries

  92. I really like chia seeds. The jelly texture and the crunch are just super satisfying 🙂

  93. My favorite superfood is blueberries. I love to eat them fresh, cook and bake with them, and drink them many different ways!! Hail the blueberry!

  94. coconut is my favourite

  95. Blueberries!

  96. Pomegranate!

  97. kale!

  98. blueberries. thanks

  99. Kale is my favorite super food.

  100. Blueberries! Absolutely love them!

  101. Blueberries! Our bush is loaded this year!

  102. I love a handful of almonds

  103. spirulina is my fav superfood

  104. I like garlic…

  105. Blueberries and almonds!

  106. My favorite super food is maca

  107. Chia seeds are my favorite superfood

  108. I love strawberries.

  109. I love salmon

  110. quinoa…blueberries, and almonds

  111. Looks Yummy

  112. Chia seeds are my new fav super food! I also love pretty much any kind of fruit!

  113. Cocoa nibs and blueberries are my favourite superfoods – I add them to smoothies all the time!

  114. Kale! I love it raw or cooked.

  115. Probably chia seeds, because I love making chia pudding for breakfast.

  116. I like them all but almonds are always on hand…

  117. My favourite superfood is coconut.

  118. Kale is at the moment,

  119. Kale

  120. My favourite superfood is Saskatoons. I especially appreciate the ones that I go out into a pasture to pick.

  121. my fave superfood is cacao

  122. I love almonds and fresh raspberries right now.

  123. My favorite super foods are walnuts and almonds. Yum!

  124. I love my almonds and dark chocolate!

  125. I love chia seeds.

  126. Ripe, delicious Peaches that drip of their juices from being so ripe and delicious.

  127. My favorite is Acai Berries; also nuts

  128. Nuts in general, and dark chocolate if that counts.

  129. I have 3 favourite superfoods – dark chocolate for my sweet side, blueberries for my fruit loving side and broccoli for my veggie loving side. If I had to narrow it down to just one if would be blueberries.

  130. Chia is my favorite 🙂

  131. Currently Quinoa is my favourite!

  132. Probably dark chocolate!

  133. Hemp and kale are two of my favourite super foods. They really go well together too.

  134. I would have to say Chia is my favorite.

  135. I’m a big fan of quinoa and i also love almonds

  136. Mmm, dark chocolate!

  137. blueberries

  138. My fav. super food is berries

  139. Blueberries are my favorite super food.

  140. dark chocolate!…

  141. My favorite superfood is kale which I put in smoothies.

  142. Chia seeds are my favourite superfood!

  143. My favourite superfood is dark chocolate! Yum!

  144. Acai Berries are my favourite.

  145. Blueberries and chia.

  146. Hemp seeds are my favourite superfood. I put it in everything.

  147. My favourite super food is goji berries.

  148. Blueberries and Chia are my favourite superfoods. Thanks!

  149. My favorite superfood is kiwifruit.

  150. My favourite super food is quinoa! I especially love it in a salad and as a breakfast cereal.

  151. My favorite is blueberries!

  152. My favorite would be cashews.

  153. so many! love the chia seeds

  154. I love quinoa!

  155. My favourite superfood is blueberries!

  156. Chia seeds and hemp hearts

  157. Some of my favorite superfoods are dark chocolate and coconut.

  158. Dark chocolate…yummm!!!

  159. It would have to be blueberries and dark chocolate

  160. Kale is my fav superfood

  161. Blueberries are my favourite! So glad I live somewhere that we grow them local.

  162. Blueberries

  163. Blueberry

  164. Pomegranates are my favorite superfood.

  165. I love coconut.

  166. Have to go with blueberries, with spinach a close second

  167. My fave is coconut oil!

  168. Blueberries are my favorite

  169. I love dark chocolate!!!

  170. Dark chocolate and almonds!

  171. I love avacados!

  172. Blueberries are my favorite superfood!

  173. Strawberries and blueberries

  174. I like blueberries.

  175. My favorite super foods are blueberries and raspberries.

  176. Blueberries are my favorite

  177. Blueberries are my fav.

  178. Chia seeds

  179. As a backpacker, my superfoods are peanut butter and chocolate…The protein and sugars help me with endurance and bursts of energy.

  180. Greek yogurt is my superfood.

  181. Pomegranates, do they count as a super food? Well they are for me lol, that and avocados 😉

  182. Quinoa and Flax Seed are other favorites!

  183. Can I still count pomegranate?? Love them.

  184. I love sunflower seeds.

  185. I like kale. Yum!

  186. I’m a big fan of spinach

  187. My favorites are blueberries and dark chocolate.
    Thanks for the contest.

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