Superfoods: what are they?

Some foods pack a bigger punch than simply providing your body with essential nutrients. These foods have been proven to boost energy and fight diseases. Everyone should spend some time adding superfooods into their diet in order to reap the many benefits. Here are three simple recipes that you can start using today.

Salmon superfood salad

This pan-seared salmon salad adds not just the omega-3 fatty acids found in the fish but also combines some of the best foods you can add to your diet into one meal. Constructed from kale, quinoa, avocado, and pomegranate seeds this salad is a perfect bed of superfoods on which to serve the salmon. Season the skinned and de-boned salmon lightly with just salt and pepper and don’t overcook it. Allow the salmon to rest while you prepare the remainder of the salad. Massage your kale for 30 seconds. This tenderizes the leaves and brings out the flavors. Next, make a simple dressing by combining 1 clove of garlic, Dijon mustard, honey, white wine vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste in a food processor. Process it for about 30 seconds until it emulsifies. Add cooked quinoa to the kale and drizzle with the dressing. Top with the salmon, avocado, and pomegranate seeds.

Spicy sweet potato wedges

Another popular superfood to add to your regular diet is sweet potato. Avoid the lure of the sweet, marshmallow topped Thanksgiving side dish and dive into a new world of sweet potato recipes. This delicious treat is made with sugar, salt, black, and red pepper and is cooked on extremely high heat to make them crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. Cook these as a side for roasted meats or barbeque. It is simple and will add superfood nutrition to any meal.

The best Brussels sprouts ever

Long gone are the days when Brussels sprouts were the villain of the dinner table. This tiny leafy vegetable has reached a new status as the hipster side dish of choice. Restaurants and home chefs are adding Brussels sprouts to anything and everything and even pairing the veggie with bacon. This simple meal is made with just Brussels sprouts, garlic salt, pepper, and seasoned breadcrumbs.

What kind of superfoods can you add to your regular diet to help reduce your chronic pain symptoms?

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