'Super foods' turbo-boost your nutrition

February 1, 2013 2:31:28 PM PST
If you resolved to eat healthier this year, there are some easy ways to get a lot of bang for your buck.

We went shopping with nutrition expert Juliet Burgh at Essene Market and café.

She picked up four super foods that give you tons of vitamins and minerals in a small amount.

The first is Goji berries.

"This is an amazing food and one of the easiest ways to incorporate it is putting it in your oatmeal, it's like a raisin, just not as sweet," says Burgh.

She says Goji berries have a lot of Vitamin C, so they may help boost your immune system and they give you more energy.

"These have been around for a really long time," she notes of the next item, something you may not think of as a food.

However, chia seeds aren't just good for growing funny plants.

They're also good for your body, making you feel fuller longer, which can help with weight loss.

"They don't have much of a flavor to be honest so you can put them in a salad, you can put them in your oatmeal, your yogurt," says Burgh.

And don't worry. You won't grow plants in your belly.

The next super food she recommends is one for cooking - coconut oil.

She says unlike other oils, coconut oil can be used with medium to high heat. Other oils like olive oil can go rancid at high heat and can turn into unhealthy transfat.

Juliet also says coconut oil can also help get rid of bad bacteria in your digestive system.

Last, she recommends a healthier form of chocolate.

"So the correct term because it is raw is cacao," she says.

It is unsweetened cocoa powder, and it is heart healthy.

It's not as tasty as processed chocolate, but you can mix it with natural sweeteners, or put it in a smoothie for that chocolate taste and feel-good after-effect.

"It actually increases your oxytocin which makes you feel like that cuddly, happy feeling," she says.

One more super food she recommends is Nori seaweed. Just like they use at sushi restaurants, you can also use it... To wrap healthy meat or vegetables.