2 years ago

Superfood Salad: It’s Mary Poppins approved

Bea James, Director of Bakery and Nourish, shares the story
behind our new Superfood Salad – a great way to incorporate more healthful
superfoods into your diet.

While not a direct quote from Ms. Poppins herself, I think she keeps a stash of
superfoods in her bag of tricks. Why? Because superfoods are magically awesome
and just a spoonful will do ya.

Superfoods are health-empowering
foods that are exceptionally high in nutrient density and loaded with
phytochemicals. This is where the magic comes in. “Phyto” means plant, and so
phytochemicals are essentially nutrient-dense chemical compounds that are good
for you and found in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains,
nuts and seeds. In general, these chemical compounds give plant-based foods
their beautiful color, smell and flavor.

So how can you get
all this goodness in your diet easily? I’m so glad you asked! Recently I
created a Superfood Salad for our delis. I packed this salad with 10 superfoods
– heirloom wheat berries, quinoa, edamame, kale, almonds, dried blueberries,
dried cherries, chia seeds, honey and green tea. The Superfood Salad is loaded
with quality nutrition from all those colorful phytochemicals we just talked
about, and it’s a powerhouse of flavor in your mouth.

Because different
phytochemicals are linked to different colored fruits and vegetables, eating a
variety of colorful fruits and vegetables will mean that you’re ingesting a
wide variety of phytochemicals, so be sure to mix it up. That deep rich color
of fruits and vegetables indicate a high level of phytochemicals and nutrients.
A good rule of thumb in choosing superfoods is to look for fresh foods that
contain all the colors of the rainbow. According to The American Society for
Clinical Nutrition, the different compounds within phytochemicals can “optimize
your health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.” Who knew? Mary Poppins
did, that’s who.

Our Superfood Salad
is available in the deli service case at all of our stores. Stop by and ask for
a sample. I’m pretty sure your taste buds and your body will agree it’s a
spoonful of delicious medicine.