Spinach, Tomato and Olive Flatbread Pizza (Gluten-free and Vegan)
By Aysegul Sanford on October 02, 2013
Let’s talk about superfoods.
According to Wikipedia, the word “Superfood” is a marketing term used to describe foods that are healthy.
It is also described as a nutrient-rich food considered to be beneficial for human health and wellbeing.
According to Julie Morris, the author of the cookbook “The Superfood Kitchen”, even though nowadays, the term “superfood” is being used very commonly, it was discovered a very long time ago.
The following is an excerpt from her book:
“It was around 10,000 years ago that humans first got the whole “farming” thing down- most likely beginning with figs, and then moving on to grains. With the progress of agriculture, many superfoods were selected as the go to crops. Archeological records show that flaxseed was sown in ancient Babylon for over 5,000 years and chia seeds were a well-known staple food of Aztec warriors. Acai berries were used in early Amazonian folk medicine, and in more recent history hemp was one of the first vital crops grown in the American colonies before the revolution.
Meanwhile, as modern culture has evolved, our food ironically, has not. It goes without saying that we have an exciting amount to learn from the simpler, more natural diets of civilizations long before us.”
I am pretty new to creating recipes with superfoods. Lately I have been trying different “superfood-rich” recipes and am reading a lot about how to incorporate them in my daily cooking. My goal here is to understand their benefits, how to use them to create healthy recipes, and share them with you here on my blog.
This recipe and article is just the beginning of my journey of cooking with superfoods and I am planning to share more as I learn along the way.
If you want to know why and how superfoods are good for us I’d recommend reading this article.
Cooking with superfoods requires an initial investment. If you are like me, you may not have acai powder, lucuma powder, chia seeds, flaxseeds, or goldenberries in your pantry. I had to go out and buy them.
However, I promise you that after you read the benefits and learn how to use them to create recipes, you will quickly realize that they are a pantry staple worth the money.
What I like most about superfoods is how easily they can be integrated into your favorite dishes by simply swapping out some of the not-so-good ingredients with them. Superfoods are an easy way to make your meals instantly healthier, without sacrificing the taste.