Selenium is an important trace mineral that I never gave any thought to, up until now. Have some time to read a few medical studies on the subject? Click on this link!
It wasn't until I began my new health journey 4 years ago that I truly learned about proper nutrition. I am learning more and more each day about essential nutrients our bodies need. But the important thing that I have discovered along the way is that we must find ways to get these nutrients in their natural state whenever possible. Easy to do IF you follow a plant based diet, right? Well not always; there are so many sources out there trying to convince you that their supplement is THE WAY to go. It is easy to get confused and sucked into their persuasive claims. Keep it simple and then things look much clearer. I say try nature first--simple whole foods in their unadulterated state.
For instance, Selenium. By simply consuming 2 Brazil nuts a day one can get their dose of this crucial element. The easiest way I have found to remember my nuts is to pop them into the morning smoothie. Here is a delicious recipe that the entire family will enjoy. I add 2 Brazil nuts per serving. So in this recipe, which serves 5, I added 10 Brazil nuts. Make sure you are using raw, unsalted Brazil nuts--never use roasted/salted.
Selenium Rich Green Smoothieby Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com
10 Raw, unsalted Brazil nuts
2 T chia seeds
1 C purified water
1 C dandelion greens
3-5 large leaves of purple kale
6 frozen bananas
1 C frozen peaches
1 capful alcohol-free, vanilla or a vanilla bean
Blend everything in a high speed blender and enjoy!