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Superfoods

Superfoods

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Superfoods

Here is it, my list of Superfoods that I love.

What makes a Superfood?

It’s nutrient dense. It’s also better if it’s live, organic and non-gmo but especially nutrient dense – that is why it’s called a Superfood.

It confuses me when I google Superfoods and I get Broccoli, Eggs, Blueberries…….I don’t think so!!! 🙂

There are other Superfoods out there as well that aren’t on this list, but these are my favourites and ones I use. I wanted to share just some great things about them and why I use them so as I continue to create recipes with Superfoods it will make more sense why and how to add them in.

Even though I am a big believer in eating fresh, green and as much live foods as possible, they still don’t have the nutrition in them like they used to, that is one reason to add in Superfoods. They are also old ancient foods that have been around for 100’s if not 1000’s of years, we’ve just forgotten about them due to man knowing better and modern day conveniences.

Adding in even 1 green drink a day will make a big difference in how you feel – of course depending on the greens you use – always make sure they are live, organic and non-gmo – the best! And if you don’t like drinking or want more nutrition add them to your smoothies, sprinkle them on your cereal, your salads, your baked potatoes or anything else – just don’t heat them as it cooks out all the nutritional benefits.

I don’t understand why we add hemp and chia to baked goods. Chia was taken years ago but the Aztecs and Mayans on long journeys when it wasn’t practical to carry much food. Some Chia and water gave them energy for hours and took away the hunger as it was filling (chia expands and becomes gelatinous when soaked in water) so why would we bake it?? Constipation comes to mind!!

I was going to do a brief break down of the benefits – but it’s not my specialty area – I just know what I know and I love adding them into recipes as my body loves them, my body loves it and it’s a great way of truly feeding the body and nourishing it.

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Superfoods Spirulina

 

I’ve made a list of the Superfoods that I like to use below with the most common nutrients with them.

Please note know your sources NOT all Superfoods are clean, many are contaminated – not a sales pitch here but that is why I choose and use Purium – I know their standards and I know David Sandoval and Amy Venner’s bit pull like stance when it comes to that, working directly with the farmers, certified organic and beyond, passion and knowledge for real health and not just a buck!!

Spirulina, Chlorella, (dark green pictured above), Hemp, Maca, Raw Cacao, Chia, Kamut,

Spirulina is a blue green algae, a complete protein that is easily digestible, vitamins, trace minerals, GLA, chlorophyll

Chlorella -singled cell green algae, dark green a highest form of chlorophyll, 60% complete protein in free amino acid form (very easily digested), different vitamins, iron (so great for women), trace minerals, omega 3’s, GLA, Enzymes

Mike Adams has a free download book on Spirulina and Chlorella and David Sandoval has The Green Foods Bible both have a ton of great information.

Hemp – has been quoted as the most nutritious seed in the world. Nutty flavour,- another easily digestible protein, bursting with Omega 3’s & 6’s, GLA’s Amino Acids, Antioxidants, Vitamins, Rich in Vitamin E and Calcium and so much more.

Maca – it’s ground root with an earthy, nutty taste rich in B vitamins, vitamins, calcium, iron, amino acids, high in protein, fibre

Raw Cacao – notice I said Raw – if it’s not then these nutrients have probably been processed out, magnesium and other minerals, vitmains, relic acid, protein, fibre and more plus it’s good!!

Kamut – ancient heirloom seed to Wheat Grass. Again loaded with chlorophyll, trace minerals, magnesium, enzymes, alkalining, and so much more. Kamut is one of my favorite greens – it bring so much goodness to the body and I don’t use it to cook / bake with. Always on it’s own.

Chia – high in Omega 3’s, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, zinc, copper – good for helping fill you up and creating a gelatinous like substance (puddings, replace eggs in recipes)

Hope this helps, I’ve kept it simple yet it may explain why Superfoods are a great way of getting better nutrition in your body therefore nourish your body. And why I add them into foods!!

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Chlorella & Spirulina

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Jodi

 

PS Here is a site – Positive Health Wellness –  with some more great information on Spirulina that takes it further than I do!!

Superfoods

Superfoods

Why and What Are They??

 

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Superfoods

 

Google the word Superfoods and see what comes up.

No wonder people are confused these days!!

How does Salmon, Eggs, Broccoli and a few other similar foods get claimed as Superfoods?  What is the true definition of ‘Superfoods’?

I would like to share with you my beliefs, thoughts, journey with Superfoods and please know I am not here to claim that they cure things BUT I will share that they are nutrient dense foods that feed the body well and or at a cellular level.  As I say to people there is a BIG difference between eating and feeding the body.

I have also been paying attention to all the food blogs out there now and really truly have lost some interest in the whole game.  I know for me personally, with my history of my eating pattern that Superfoods – true Superfoods have helped me with  my health and conscious eating!!

Superfoods should be clean, organic, non-gmo and nutrient dense.  Our society has been lead to believe in the SAD Food Pyramid – don’t you just love it – I am big on becoming aware of programming that has been feed to me, society or that I have engaged in.  SAD – Standard American Diet – SAD – yup don’t need to go much into detail there!! 🙂  Diet – I so try to use other words as our bodies hear all – die – we don’t want or need to diet we need to eat to live, eat for optimal health.  Pyramid – most people have issues with pyramids (sorry couldn’t resist).

What I have also noticed is people don’t really understand Superfoods, what they are or how to use them outside of a Green drink, which I truly believe if most people even gave up pop (or soda) and or coffee (at least reduced it) and drank even one truly real Green drink a day, they would feel so much healthier, clearer or better!

My focus is going to be more on Superfoods, which ones I use / like, how to use them and creating more recipes with Superfoods.  It’s become a natural thing for me but I realize so many people are stuck and no wonder when I google Superfoods and what they are its rather confusing.

I will be going into detail over the next few weeks on Kamut, Spirulina, Chlorella, Hemp, Maca, Activated Barley, Rice Bran Solubles, Chia, Camelina, Raw Cacao, Tumeric and a few others!!  Sharing how to incorporate them more in your foods and meals and recipes – I just created for my beloved a Raw Chocolate Cheesecake with Superfoods – you can’t tell and it still tasted so yummy!! Recipe coming soon!

I feel that sharing and helping people learn about Green foods and Superfoods is so important these days – we have been misled, misguided and advertise to for profits not health.

Labelling is a joke these days and when I walk through a grocery store and look around and see that more than 95% of the store is catered to processed packaged foods and I don’t care what label is on it – natural, organic, added nutrition, gluten free it’s not for the most part real foods.

People look at me funny or give me the line ‘Green foods aren’t real foods’ to which I have learned to reply with a question ‘When did twinkles, hot dogs, pizza, pop, chips, (and I do use a few others) become real foods?”  Who made them?  Was it for health or profit?

So come back, check in and feel free to share as we start on the journey of learning about, using and eating more Superfoods in your way of eating!!

 

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love!!

Jodi

 

 

Purium Superfood Treats

Purium Superfood Treats

 

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Purium Superfood Treats

Since I use an love Purium an  the Ignite Road Trip  is on and about half way through the tour with 100’s of people c coming out, I thought I would include this recipe!! If you are curious about Purium, why Purium, why green foods, why David Sandoval or Amy Venner then join 100’s of other people attending these events  (if it’s not already too late) and getting tapped in, tuned in and turned on to the wave of the future and the importance of Green food!!!

If you think you would like to try this recipe then feel  free to check out the Purium products ( Tropical oil aka Coconut Oil – probably the best I’ve tried, Activated Barley and the L.O.V Live Organic Vegan ), contact me with any questions or go straight to order these products and use the $50 Gift Card (code is eatinghealthy) or better yet you already have these products and can use them right away!!  Yes you could substitute them as well and I will give suggestions yet it just won’t be as tasty or probably nutritious – ok I may be a little biased here but I know what I know!! 🙂

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Please note – most of Purium’s products are foods  and they are live, vegan, organic (certified whenever possible) AND NON-gmo.

 

Mash 1 Avocado well

 

Mix in

 

2 tbsp Coconut oil (Purium’s Tropical Oil)

4 tbsp raw Cacao Powder

4 tbsp raw organic Almond butter (try for raw if possible)

4 tbsp Activated Barley (Purium’s Activated Barley) the closet substitute I would use would be ground Hemp seed

6 tbsp L.O.V.E. (Purium’s L.O.V) another live, vegan protein source/powder or even ground Hemp

2 tsp Spirulina (Purium’s Spirulina)

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Mix well together either by hand or in a food processor

Roll into balls or flatten them

Can roll that in shredded raw Coconut or raw Cacao Powder with some Monk fruti sugar (or other type if wanted any sugar at all – not needed)

Keep in fridge

Makes great snacks, treats and since it’s loaded with nutrition and the Activated Barley (slow burning germinated carb) you will have sustained energy!!  If all ingredients are raw, including the almond butter you have a tasty and live treat!

Enjoy and please feel free to share this!!

 

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love

With much Gratitude

Jodi

Spirulina Balls

Spirulina Balls

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Spirulina Balls

 

 

 

One of the biggest things I am finding is the more Super Foods I have added into my way of eating (no not a ‘diet’) the less food I actually eat!!

It’s true!!

Why is that??

There is a BIG difference between eating and feeding the body today.  If you walked into your local grocery store, you will find shelves full of ‘food’ or products with a lable of ‘food’.  Many items in that store have little if any real nutritional value, so I ask you then, is it really food??

If the nutritional value it does have is created by man or a machine, does it count?  It depends on if the body recognizes it and digest or can utilizes it otherwise the answer is no.

Here are a couple of questions that can help answer that.

After eating :

–  Do you still feel hungry shortly after eating a meal (or a really good sized snack) even though your stomach is still full an it’s been less than an hour (even 2 hours)?

–  Do you feel tired and lethargic after eating?

–  Do you feel bloated, gassy or have indigestion?

–  Are you feeling tired most of the time or lethargic and craving sugar or caffeine products then having a big slump after an initial energy burst?

–  When you think of eating is everything you want, crave or think about comes in a box, packaged, canned or frozen?

–  Do you wake up tired, sluggish or achey and it takes a coffee (or several) to get you going?

 

These are just some of the side effects of not getting nutrition from the food you eat.

Another good question is if you think you can’t give up some of the food you do eat or are addicted to.  There is such a thing as food addiction.  In our society today it’s everywhere, we are inidated with fast food, processed food, food shows, food blogs etc everywhere, yet most of it lacks nutrition.

How do I know that?

Obesity, not just being little overweight but obese, diabetes, heart disease, cancer,food allergies, gluten intolerances, are just a few side effects that people are suffering with these days are at record highs.

We don’t know how good we can feel in our bodies or how good our bodies are suppose to feel as most of us are being ruled by our mouths and taste buds – but did you know food manufacturers have added in so many chemicals so that we do become addictive to processed foods?  Thirty years ago there were approximately 800 food additives, now there is over 10 000 and most have NOT been tested. Yet they get put in our ‘foods’.

Every mouthful moves us in a direction – either closer to health or further from it.

We do have choice – we get to choose what we buy and what we eat.  One of the things that I love about adding in Super foods is, not only are they nutrient dense, they feed my body so my body is nourished therefore I eat less food.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love to eat food, especially good tasting food, but when I feed my body real food, whole food, food that is nutrient dense, it actually needs less food.  I also feel healthier in so many ways!!

It’s a win win in so many ways.  It saves on my monthly food bill – yes it does!! It may seem more expensive at first but trust me it’s not, it’s like using those new light bulbs that cost 3 or 4 times as much – but lasts more than 10 times longer.  It has made me realize what good food actually tastes like and my food addictions – not just to certain foods but also to eating in general.  We seem to eat of joy and pleasure  or even pain more these days then actually eating for nourishment – and we wonder why obesity is at an all time high!!?

I am a lover of Super foods and use many in my way of eating.  I have been creating recipes adding them in, but will be expanding more on that and listing Super Foods that you too can add in.  There is a ton of info on the internet about Super Foods – no not broccoli or eggs or salmon, but greens, algae, hemp, mushrooms, roots that are becoming more common as we are waking up to what real foods are.

One of the best slogans I’ve heard is – ‘If it’s made in a plant – don’t eat it, if it comes from a plant – eat it!!  (of course please use caution as some plants grown in the wild can be poisonous depending on where you live!)

This is another quick and easy, tasty yet nutritious vegan, raw, gluten free recipe!!

Spirulina Balls

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–  1 cup ground raw Almonds

–  16 Madjool Dates (approximately)

–  1 tsp Spirulina (Purium’s Spirulina)

–  1/4 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

–  3 tbsp Activated Barley (Purium’s Activated Barley – you can also substitute Hemp seeds or Hemp Powder or a good source Vegan Protein Powder or even Cacao Powder to not have the green color)

–  2 tbsp raw Coconut Oil (Purium’s extra virgin Tropical Oil that is hand poured)

–  1 tbsp Chia seed

–  2 tbsp raw Cacao Nibs

Throw all ingredients into a food processor and process, add in

–  1/2 cup raw Almonds and process until all ingredients are well mixed and the almonds are still chunky.

Roll into 1 in balls and store in air tight container in the fridge.

This is easy and quick to make and is loaded with nutrition.  You will find you only need a couple of these (maybe 3 or 4 depending on your size :)) and it will keep you satisfied for a long time.

Please note – I have used and added in Purium product links – why?  I have found them to be the cleanest,  organic, live and non-gmo for some of the super foods.  I use these as I have found them to be the best for the greens and algae, so yes I do promote them.  If you have another brand that you love, then please feel free to use that.  If you don’t have any or are interested in trying Purium, then by all means please be my guest and ask me questions or take advantage of the $50 Gift Card towards your first purchase of Purium products – I know once you try them, you too will agree!!

Enjoy and Please feel free to share!!

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love!!

Jodi

 

Raw Banana Chocolate Macaroons

Raw Banana Chocolate Macaroons

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Raw Banana Chocolate Macaroons

 

My recent love has been for raw Macaroons – any flavour!!  This recipe is quick, raw,(therefore vegan and gluten free) tasty and doesn’t need to be dehydrated.

Can be a great little snack or a desert!

Keep in an air tight container in the fridge and oh my great to snack on.

 

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Macaroons

– 3 Banana’s well mashed in a mixing bowl

–  1/2 cup Coconut oil

–  1/2 cup Agave

–  11/2 tsp Vanila

–  3 tbsp Activated Barley (slow burning carb – Purium’s Activated Barley – if you don’t want to use it or have it just use Cocoa

       Powder instead)

–  3 tbsp raw Cocoa Powder

–  2 cups shredded Coconut flakes

–  pinch Himalayan Sea Salt

Add in Coconut oil, Agave and Vanilla into mashed Banana and mix well.  Add in the rest of ingredients and mix well together.

Once mixed well, spoon out (I used a melon ball scooper) onto wax paper in a container.  Keep in fridge.

Enjoy!

Jodi

You can add a little more raw cocoa if you like.  I didn’t have any but ground up my raw cocoa nibs.

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