In the Pantry: Spotlight on Superfoods

Superfoods are in the spotlight, from kimchi to kombucha to chia. Here's why some of these superfoods are so popular, and why you might try adding them to your diet for an added boost of nutrition.

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Flax seeds - Flax seeds are good for the heart. They contain Omega 3's and alpha linolenic acid that can benefit your heart's health. Try incorporating flax seeds in baked goods, shakes, or a bowl of oatmeal.

Chia seeds - Chia seeds may resemble bird food, but they are packed with fiber. For example, Mamma Chia beverages deliver tons of nutrition.

Hemp seeds - Hemp seeds are a complete protein. When you're on the go, eat a handful of hemp seeds just as you would eat a handful of trail mix.

Kimchi - Fermented foods are another superfood to try adding to your diet. Simply, fermentation is the conversion of carbohydrates into alcohol or sugars. Kimchi can be added to soups for a little spiciness. You can even add 1 oz. kimchi juice to a margarita.

Miso - Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans. With a salty, sweet, and nutty flavor, miso can be made into soup, a dressing with rice vinegar and grated ginger, or a marinade with a bit of maple syrup and a pork chop.

Kombucha - You can even drink superfoods. Kombucha is a fermented mushroom tea. While it may or may not be cleansing, kombucha does contain probiotics. Probiotics help regulate your digestive system.

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Dairy probiotics - These probiotic drinks, like Kefir and Yakult, act similar to kombucha by also keeping the digestive system in order.

Green tea - Green tea fights free radicals and is a natural antioxidant that will help you feel and look great.

For more cooking tips and tricks, check out host Aida Mollenkamp's book, "Keys to the Kitchen."

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