Unless you’ve joined Patrick Star living under a rock, you know that in recent years food bloggers have been touting the benefits of superfoods. These innately healthy ingredients are known for their role in increasing overall well-being. You may be surprised to learn, though, that most of these foods actually contain naturally-occurring CBD. So for us it seemed like a no-brainer when asked to team up with Simplified Superfoods for a sweepstakes and build out a parfait recipe that hits all the super-foodie and CBD-approved stops.
Fair warning: Drooling may occur.
Ingredient Stop 1: Organic Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are an undervalued wellness powerhouse. Sure, they may be smaller than poppy seeds, but they pack a punch that’s not to be messed with. We’d be remiss not to include them in our recipe. Here’s why:
Powerful source of fiber. Chia seeds contain 11 grams of fiber, which is almost 50% of the recommended daily value.
Protein Power. That’s right, these seeds have protein, which make them the perfect addition to any carnivore’s or vegan’s diet.
Bone Help. One of the other benefits of chia seeds is its long list of bone-supporting nutrients like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Power up and get strong.
Ingredient Stop 2: Organic Hemp Hearts
Hemp hearts are sourced from the cannabis plant, but like CBD, no, they don’t get you intoxicated. However, they certainly give your body some pretty amazing benefits, and that’s something worth noting. Let’s go over what those are.
Heart Support. Hemp hearts may be able to reduce your risk of heart disease. Thanks to the presence of arginine and gamma-linoeic acid which are two nutrients linked to reducing inflammation within the body.
Skin Goals. Aside from heart support, hemp hearts also have a healthy amount of fatty acids, like omega-3 and omega-6. What’s more, these two come in a 3:1 ratio which is considered by nutritionists the optimal range. If you’re not familiar with fatty acids, let us get you in the loop. Fatty acids play a major role in keeping the skin’s oil barrier strong. So, when it’s supported, the result is plump, hydrated skin.
Ingredient Stop 3: Flax Seeds
Next up in our parfait ingredient line-up are flax seeds. We’re positive that you’ve heard about these oblong-looking seeds that are usually thrown in green smoothies or the like. But, today, you can get up close and personal with their individual benefits for your bod.
Flax Contains CBD. Yes, you read that right. Are they now your favorite seed on our list? It’s okay, they sort of are ours, too. The flax plant, like the cannabis plant, has compounds that are very similar to the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) we know and love. As a result, researchers are now looking into its medicinal properties.
Low Carb/High Fiber. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop to get healthy carbohydrates while fulfilling your fiber intake, look no further. A mere 2 tablespoons of flax seeds will give you 20 to 25 percent of your recommend DV.
Ingredient Stop 4: Grass-Fed Collagen
Sure, we’ve seen the creams all over and heard about how collagen can be “the” anti-aging miracle, but did you know that aside from the beauty world, collagen is a perfectly good ingredient for daily consumption? Well, you’re about to find out why below.
Restores and Renews Skin. Collagen is an essential protein, and plays a large role in skin elasticity. As we age, our collagen production starts to decrease which gives way to fine lines and wrinkles. By taking collagen, you are able to help supplement this loss, and as a result, promote more youthful looking skin. In one study, 46 women aged 35 to 55 were given a collagen supplement. The result? Improved skin elasticity after 4 weeks of daily consumption.
Digestive Superhero. Okay, it may not be a real superhero, but it’s pretty close for anyone with occasional digestive dysfunction. Since collagen is found inside the gut’s connective tissue, it plays a role in keeping your stomach lining intact and strong. This is important since ailments such as Leaky Gut stem from a broken barrier between the gut and the rest of your body, leading to discomforts.
Ingredient Stop 5: Dark Chocolate
We had to save the best ingredient for last, because this one is a double-whammy of goodness. In our parfait, we upped the dark chocolate benefits by using a brand like Gron that infuses it with CBD.
Antioxidant Overload. First off, it’s important to note that cacao, which is the major ingredient in dark chocolate, is an antioxidant powerhouse. It contains a high concentration of a cannabinoid called anandamide, which has been linked to overall happiness. An increase in anandamide leads to feelings of contentment; whereas, a decrease in the substance has been tied to depression.
Aside from this, Grön CBD Infused Dark Chocolate itself boasts not only a delicious flavor profile, but contains 100 mg of CBD per bar. This means you will be chill factor 100.
If all of these benefits seem like they’re up your alley — honestly how could they not be — then you should grab our parfait recipe that features all of them! A perfect summer treat that will not only keep your mood relaxed but keep your stomach filled. Has there ever been something more perfect?