In my first blog post on fitness, Fitness 101, I gave a lowdown of techniques and strategies to get on-boarded on a fitness regime. In this addendum, I would like to shift focus to the nutritional and wellness aspects of two banal, yet unlikely, food sources that will greatly assist you in your journey to attaining and maintaining fitness.
Beans have long been known as excellent source of protein. Additionally, they are rich in soluble fiber, complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron. They contain no fat or cholesterol; in fact, they help lower cholesterol. The fiber and protein in beans can help you feel satisfied, so you end up eating fewer calories. Some of the known beans are:
- Chickpea (Garbanzo bean)
- Black turtle bean
- Red kidney bean
- Turkish gram (Moth bean)
- Black gram
- Green gram
- Black-eyed pea
- Lima bean
- Pigeon pea
A super beans mix can be either purchased from an organic store or created by evenly mixing the above beans. I highly recommend a super beans soup for breakfast with a whole grain or multigrain bread. The mix can also be used to create a delicious vegetable for post-workout lunch/dinner by throwing in some green vegetables in there. It makes for an utterly delicious, sumptuous, and very satisfying meal!
Ever wondered why do you see those seeds sticking out of multigrain breads at organic stores? After you have finished reading this post, you’ll be amazed to learn of the benefits those tiny seeds carry. Apart from dietary fiber, the following seeds have some serious long-term benefits:
- Sunflower seeds: Great source of protein, they contains phytochemicals that help you lose weight. They’re rich in folate, Vitamin E, selenium, and copper: an effective combat force against heart disease, cancer, and cellular damage.
- Flax seeds: Perhaps, the only richest plant source (the other being fish) of Omega-3 fatty acid that helps reduce risk of heart disease. They’re also the richest known plant source of phytoestrogen, an estrogen substitute, which stabilizes hormone levels and helps lessen the impact of menopause & reduce osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
- Pumpkin seeds: Lower cholesterol and contain L-tryptophan, which keeps depressing thoughts at bay. They are high in zinc, protecting you against osteoporosis. If you still need seducing, know that pumpkin seeds contain magnesium and are natural enemies of tapeworms and other parasites.
- Watermelon seeds: Contain several amino acids and arginine, which regulates blood pressure. They are also rich in B vitamins and magnesium.
Roasting or soaking these seeds activates essential nutrients. Some people may not prefer eating these seeds by themselves, so the best strategy is to either buy a multigrain bread which has these seeds plugged on to the bread. Or, if you make the bread flour at home, like people do in certain parts of the world, put a handful of the roasted seed mix with the staple grain in the flour mill. This way, Super Seeds become a part of your staple diet!
I hope you take advantage of unlocking the benefits of Super Beans and Super Seeds. If you haven’t started your journey to fitness, NOW is the time. Remember to drink lots of water and take your daily multivitamin!