Peruvian Superfoods Diet
The Peruvian Superfoods diet has an extraordinary number of superfoods, enough to rival the widely touted Mediterranean diet. There’s no scientific definition for superfoods, but I use the term to describe hardworking, functional foods that far surpass basic nutritional content. In the case of Peruvian superfoods, these are products rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, anti-inflammatory fats, and other naturally occurring chemicals that have been associated with prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes; blood sugar regulation; and reduced inflammation. There may already be some Peruvian superfoods in your diet — avocados and sweet potatoes are popular examples. Those are just the beginning, because the Peruvian diet contains an incredible number of superfoods, in varieties many North Americans may have never tasted.
I introduced these foods and youthH2O to my clients, who experienced weight loss, improved moods, increased energy, and glowing skin. That inspired me to write my new book, Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet, which constructs a diet plan for health and weight management using a series of recipes created around Peruvian superfoods. The program begins with a five-day optional smoothie reboot, featuring different-colored fruits and vegetables each day so your body receives the widest array of nutrients while revitalizing your cells. I then created recipes for delicious Peruvian-inspired meal plans that you can mix and match to your tastes and needs, whether you are male or female, an omnivore, vegetarian or vegan, or you follow a gluten-free lifestyle.
Starting in the Amazon, you will find memory-boosting foods that improve brain health, such as sacha inchi seeds, which are high in complete protein and omega-3s. Lucuma is a fruit rich in antioxidants and a good source of beta-carotene and calcium. Looking for an antiaging fix? Camu camu, an ingredient found in youthH2O, is extremely high in vitamin C. Moving into the Andes, you will find quinoa, kañiwa, and kiwicha, three seeds that are full of antioxidants, high in protein, and high in fiber. You will also find the root maca, the second ingredient of youthH2O, which has been shown to increase sexual drive and anti-inflammatory agents that come from the third youthH2O ingredient, purple corn. There are also many immune-boosting spices in the Peruvian diet such as turmeric, ají, and cumin.
Obviously there are real health benefits to the Peruvian Superfoods diet, but it’s important to remember that none of these foods are the “magic bullet” that will lead to overall good health. By the same token, there are many other foods that are healthy, and many paths to nutritious eating. Some of these foods are more difficult to find, but I am happy to know that youthH2O does in fact contain my top three favorite Peruvian superfoods in organic and highly absorbable extract form.
My point is to not replace all your current healthy foods with Peruvian ones! Rather, if you’re looking to make Nutrition Month your moment to change up your diet, or to put some new flavors in your already health-conscious eating, incorporating Peruvian superfoods into your diet either by eating whole or adding youthH2O to your smoothies, will promises fresh, whole, healthy foods with a tasty pop for your palate.