You probably know that spinach, blueberries, and salmon are pretty darn healthy. It’s probably no surprise that kale, green tea, and almonds are up there, too. Cue the broccoli and walnuts to demand fair share of their own superfood glory-giving.
But while these health food hall-of-famers do deserve their superfood reputation, there’s some peculiar underdogs that might steal the show– and your hearts.
Below are three surprising heart-healthy and superfood-worthy bites.
That’s right; that tasty TV snack is stuffed with antioxidants—more so than many of your favorite fruits! Popcorn kernels contain four times more polyphenols (which are powerful cancer-fighting plant compounds) than what’s normally offered in fruits. But don’t load up on the ‘corn at movie theaters– your average movie theater serves popcorn containing 825 calories, 46 grams of fat (including heart-wrecking trans fat), and almost 1,500 milligrams of sodium. Yikes!
Because many microwave popcorn bags carry chemicals associated with infertility, thyroid problems, and ADHD, try making your own on the stovetop by using grass-fed butter, ghee (clarified Indian butter), or coconut oil. Perhaps try using this homemade microwave popcorn trick.
Don’t just eat chicken bones– rather, cook ‘em up in a nourishing broth after picking them from the remaining chicken carcass. This strange superfood is fraught with minerals that better digestion, aid your joints, tendons, ligaments, and skin, and improve your immune system.
Don’t forget to boil your broth from a pasture-raised chicken for healthiest results. Store-bought chickens typically were raised on a diet heavy with drugs, harmful additives, and fraudulent feed– three things you don’t want floating in your stomach.
Ghee is also known as “Indian clarified butter” or “drawn butter.” What makes it unique is that it has been melted using a low temperature, coaxing the water content to be boiled away as the milk fats get skimmed off, too.
What’s left over is a heavily-flavored fat that can withstand higher cooking temperatures than regular butter– one that can be stored in cabinets and won’t go bad, even. What makes ghee so healthy is the process with which it’s created: it concentrates conjugated linoleic acid within the butter, which is a healthy cancer-fighting agent that works to prevent atherosclerosis (or a hardening of the arteries).
Try using ghee from grass-fed cows to make stovetop popcorn for a double-whammy of unlikely superfoods.
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