Superfoods for a Super You

Shawndra Russell

With a new year upon us (where did 2012 go?!), a whole new set of New Year’s resolutions are sure to crop up. Instead of depriving yourself for the first few weeks of 2013—okay, who are we kidding? first few days—why not make a resolution that you’ll want to keep: incorporating more superfoods into your diet. Not only are they rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients, but they are low in calories so you can enjoy more of these tasty choices without the guilt.

A bustling Forsyth Farmers’ Market, Savannah Chatham Food Policy Council, and a Slow Food Savannah Chapter, plus our Food Day being one of the biggest nationally, coupled with the popularity of the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon, all indicate that we are striving to be a healthier Savannah.

Veggies are the no-brainer superfood that we all need more of—did you get your USDA recommended 5 to 13 servings of fruit and vegetables today? Never fear; we’ve rounded up some tasty options that will be want-tos, not have-nots.

A go-to choice if you’re looking to up your superfoods game is Thrive. One of their most popular items is the 11 Superfood Salad: organic brown rice, quinoa, kale, walnuts, dried goji, blueberries, cranberries, fresh spinach, chia seeds, carrot, corn and a little bit of scallion dressed with açai vinaigrette containing açai and pomegranate juices and extra virgin olive oil. Owner Wendy Armstrong says, “We use as many local organic farm ingredients as possible, making our dishes more nutritious, fresher and tastier.”

Other super healthy options include a quinoa, tabbouleh and farro salad with feta, spinach and tomato; their Signature Chicken Salad made with Ashley Farm Chicken, toasted almonds, dried cranberries and red grapes, with a dressing of low fat mayo and local yogurt; Roasted Oaktree Farm Sweet Potato Salad with arugula, raisin and red onion; and organic black bean soup.

Another favorite for a nutrient fix is downtown’s Kayak Kafé. Not only can most of Kayak’s items be custom-made to accommodate health-conscious gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan diets, but the majority of its menu is rich in fresh ingredients that are just as good for you as they are tasty to eat. The Roasted Vegetable Balsamico boasts oven-roasted eggplant, which is high in fiber and the antioxidant nasunin, as well as vitamin A-rich squash and red peppers, mushrooms and spinach. Spinach packs a punch of iron, which aids in the creation of red blood cells.