The DeLish Bite

Lindsay Evans blogs about food, entertaining and her favourite recipes for Green Living.

Learn about the sensational superfoods that can boost your health! 

Cranberries: These dark red jewels have some of the highest levels of phenols, a type of antioxidant, which decreases our risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke. Cranberries can at times be found fresh but are most often found in the freezer section of your grocery store. An added bonus? Drinking cranberry juice can also help reduce urinary tract infections. DeLish Tip: Whip up a batch of homemade cranberry orange jelly. It will last for a while in your fridge and is a great accompaniment to chicken, turkey and even fish!

Beets: Beets are a staple vegetable that can typically be found year round in your grocery store (though they peak in winter and summer). Beets are an extremely versatile (and I think under-used!) vegetable. They are wonderful roasted or boiled and can be added to salads or served as a delicious and healthy side to your Friday night steak dinner. They are rich in folic acid and betacyanine, the antioxidant which gives beets there rich colour. DeLish Tip: Splash scrubbed and peeled beets with good quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Roast at 450 F for 50 min to an hour until tender when pierced with a knife. 

Acai Berries: Why so super? Açaí berries contain 10 times the anthocyanins that are found in red wine. Indeed, it has been shown that acai berries are one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world. This is is because the Açaí berry is packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. DeLish Tip: Drink the juice straight from the bottle (it can be found in grocery stores), or add it to shakes and smoothies. Dried Açaí berries are also becoming increasingly popular. Sprinkle some on your salad or toss a few in a baggie with some nuts and seeds for a healthy and energy boosting snack. 

Ground Salba: Salba is an ancient grain that is not yet very well known. However it should be. Salba contains more omega-3s than salmon, more vitamin C than an orange, more antioxidants than blueberries and more fibre than flaxseed. Need I say more? DeLish Tip: Sprinkle over salads, pastas, cereal or add to your favorite smoothies.

Buckwheat: Buckwheat is the seed of a broadleaf plant related to rhubarb. While it is not a true grain, it is often used like one in cooking. Buckwheat has more protein than rice, wheat, millet, or corn, and is high in the essential amino acids lysine and arginine. However buckwheat contains no gluten—the source of protein in true grains—and is therefore safe for people with a gluten allergy or celiac disease. It is also very low on the glycemic index. DeLish Tip: Boil soba noodles (made from buckwheat flour) and drain well under cold water. Toss with sautéed veggies like asparagus, red pepper and baby spinach and dress with a combination of soy, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar