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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!!

Chia Cereal

Chia Cereal

Raw Vegan Style

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Chia Cereal

 

 

When I was a kid we got to choose our cereal that we ate in the mornings – little was known about real health back then and I am embarrassed to say my favourite was Count Chocola – seriously eh? My brother’s was Frankenberry – I know beyond a shadow of a doubt my kids never got that crap from me and I doubt my brother’s kids do either.  Some of us have come a long way and yet it saddens me when I walk down the isles of the grocery stores and I see the crap for kids these days, and how advertising targets them.

There are other choices.  I promise in the very near future I will write a post on some of the properties of some of the Superfoods I choose to add into my way of eating.  When you know this information, it’s hard to go back to nutrient void, chemically processed, man made empty, carbon like cereals or foods.  We eat to live not live to eat, and it really does not have to be hard, boring or expensive.

One of the best things I can share with you about eating real foods, healthy foods and superfoods is it feeds the body.  When it feeds the body you actually require less or eat less food as the body is satisfied.  If we are over eating its usually one of three things, we are nutritionally starved, we are emotionally eating or we are so distracted we aren’t paying attention (i.e. watching tv while eating) and are disconnected not only to our food and ourselves but also our bodies.

Conscious eating is eating – enjoying and tasting the food,(no the, computer or cell phones around) having great conversation (anything negative should be spoken later on), slowly chewing each mouthful so you taste the food, digest it properly and are present.

This Chia Cereal is easy to make and one can get quite creative with it – you’re only limited by your imagination!

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–  1/4 cup Chia seeds

–  1 cup Nut Mylk

Put the Chia seeds in the nut Mylk and let sit for at least an hour.  You can also put it in the refrigerator over night.  You may want to add a little more nut Mylk to get the desired thickness or consistency.

It’s at the point when I add in the rest – in this recipe I added in

–  Hemp Seeds

–  Fruit (Pomegranates)

–  Pumpkin Seeds

–  Almonds

–  Rice Bran Solubles (Purium)

Vanilla, Cinnamon and a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt

But you can add in  some fun spices like Cardamon, Maple etc  You can add in shredded Coconut, other nuts, Goji Berries, Raw Cacao, or you could even make it with a Chocolate nut Mylk (kids might like it or think you went a little nuts 🙂

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I choose Pomegranates to stick with the color red for the festive season but you could add any kind of fruit.

Not only is this a tasty healthy cereal, it has a fair amount of nutrition in it, so for kids its awesome and will stick with them for awhile.

Eat, Enjoy and please feel free to share!

 

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love

Jodi

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Raw Vegan Superfood Tzatziki

Raw Vegan Superfood Tzatziki

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Raw Vegan Superfood Tzatziki

I love Tzatziki and Spanopitas  I will admit.  I don’t eat one often so when I do it’s a awesome treat.  I love taking recipes and converting them and this one I’ve used several times but decided to add in some hemp and it tasted just as good!!

Adding in Superfoods to up the nutritional value can be easy!!  This also makes a great dip for veggies and with less water (so thicker) could be a great spread for raw (or not) crackers!!

 

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–  grate half of a English Cucumber and put in a strainer or cheesecloth and let strain for at least an hour or even over night

–  1 cup raw Cashews

–  1/2 cup water (possibly more)

–  juice 1/2 Lemon

–  2 Garlic cloves (chopped or minced)

–  2 tbsp Hemp seeds

–  Himalayan Sea Salt to taste

Throw all ingredients into a Vita- mix or Blender and blend until smooth (start with 1/2 cup of water and you may need to add more depending on how thick or less thick you would like it)

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Dill

 

Once all mixed well, smooth and to desired consistency add in strained Cucumber and 2 – 3 tbsp finely chopped Dill  – stir well.

Enjoy!!

 

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love!!

Jodi

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

 

 

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

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Black Bean Salsa

This is a Vegan recipe because of the Black Beans – but still has fresh yummy veggies.  The best part is you can make it as hot as you like it!!  It’s a basic recipe – but just to show you you can still get in fresh veggies easily  – you can always sprinkle on some superfoods too if you choose like hemp or spirulina for instance.

This time of the year especially when it gets quite chilly outside which it is now – I like to add in a few things to help keep me warmer – lentils, quinoa spices etc

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Black Bean Salsa

This is a great recipe to make a little extra so you can  use it as a dip for raw crackers, natcho chips (yes they even have non-gmo ones and ones made without corn which are tasty!) side dish or even as a light salad for lunch!!  I use Organic whenever possible – if that is not an option – always soak your veggies in the sink with water and some white vinegar for at least 15 mins – apparently it helps to remove some of the outside crap.

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–   6 smaller sized Red / Yellow / Orange Peppers chopped

–  2 Green Onions cut in half and thinly sliced

–  1/2 cup finely chopped Cilantro (if you are not a Cilantro lover use Parsley instead)

–  1 clove Garlic minced

–  1 juice of Lime (or Lemon)

–  1 hot Pepper or your choice finely chopped – optional (make sure to wash your hands well after chopping the pepper)

–  1 can Black Beans well drained and rinsed

Stir together all ingredients.  You can eat it right away, I find if I let it sit  for a little bit or over night the flavors get greatly enhanced.

Enjoy and please feel free to share!!

Jodi

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Black Bean Salsa

 

Hemp Hummus

Hemp Hummus

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When I was pregnant with both my kids (now seems like many moons ago) I ate so much hummus that it’s amazing that that wasn’t their first words when they started talking!!.  Seriously I even made Hummus sandwiches – I love it, still do and have usually always made my own since it’s so easy.  It’s a pretty basic recipe but what I wanted to show you here is how simple it is to add in Hemp to not only something like this but so many other dishes therefore upping the nutritional value big time.  Now a days we need all the extra help we can get!!

Did you know these things about Hemp?

Hemp production is probably one of the oldest industry on the planet.  Hemp in the past had many different roles from clothing to paper to rope to food.  One of the biggest conspiracies happened in the 1930’s  – Dupont Corporation, a newspaper publisher, a group of petroleum interests, the American cotton growing lobby, international bankers and a group of politicians led a crusade to ban hemp so it was out lawed in 1937. (David Wolfe – Superfoods).

Hemp can be used in so many ways it’s truly amazing!!

Canada also grows some of the best hemp!!

Hemp is a high protein seed containing all nine of the essential amino acids therefore making it an easy digestible protein.

Hemp has a lot of Essential Fatty Acids – significant omega 6’s as well as omega 3’s all good for our skin, reducing heart disease and stroke.

Hemp also has GLA’s knows as gamma-linolenic acid.

Hemp excels at absorbing minerals from the soil so is an excellent source of major and trace minerals especially iron.

Just to name a few things – so adding help into your way of eating is good and can be easy.

Try to buy organic Hemp, if in Canada buy Canadian Hemp as we have great growers and I’ve heard things but can’t validate what happens when USA Hemp crosses the borders.

Here are some suggestions of adding Hemp into things – for instance salsa, (mix in a tbsp or two), guacamole, sprinkle over salads, mixed into salad dressings, sprinkle over a stir fry (after it is cooked you really don’t want to heat hemp as it will lose most of it’s nutritional value), sprinkled on granola, used as the protein source in smoothies and I could go on.  Hemp can be added into most – but like I said I wouldn’t heat it very high.  Get creative and I try and get several tablespoons in a day.

 Hemp Hummus

Hemp Hummus

– 1 can Chic peas drained

–  1 – 2 cloves Garlic

–  juice of half Lemon

–  1/2 tbsp Tahini (can omit with adding Hemp in but I still like the flavor it adds)

–  2 tbsp Hemp

– 1 tbsp cold pressed Olive oil

–  2- 3 tbsp Water (depending on the thickness you would like)

Hemp Hummus

Throw all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth, you may have to scrape the bowl down a few times and i process mine a little longer as I like the smoothness and a bit of almost fluffiness to it (it’s not as heavy so to speak).

Eat and enjoy and if you like hummus as much as I do it won’t last long!!

Hemp Hummus

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Spirulina Krispie Bars

Spirulina Krispie Bars

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When I lived on Vancouver Island – I would visit this health food store that sold these amazing Spirulina Bars – don’t know the recipe and tried to copy it (kind of hard when you don’t know the recipe at all) but this is what I came up with and different but I think still tasty.

it may seem like I am on a bit of a Spirulina kick but what I am trying to share is how easy it is to get superfoods or nutrient dense foods into your way of eating and it doesn’t have to be hard, expensive, boring or confusing – it really can be easy, tasty and your body will love you for it!!

I am all about healthy eating made easy!!

Spirulina is a natural “algae”  powder that is incredible high in protein and nutrients and easily digested by our intestinal bacteria that in turn then feed our blood and cells.  It is an excellent source of B vitamins, is a complete protein, 18 amino acids, has PEA (Phenylethylaimine) – dubbed the love chemical so it helps us to ‘feel good’, high in bioavailable iron, is loaded with lots of enzymes – which helps with digestion, antioxidants, beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acids, and is extremely high in Chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system.

Spirulina is one of the most nutritious food sources in the world – I choose Purium Spirulina because it’s organic, non-gmo and live – always make sure of these qualities.

What if consuming a tablespoon or two per day of a simple food like Spirulina could drastically lower your chances of developing cancer, heart disease, or stroke, or just feeling better overall?  Wouldn’t that be cool?

Recipe

–  2 cups Crispy Rice cereal

–  1 cup Pumpkin seeds

– 3 tbsp Chia seeds

– 3 tbsp Hemp seeds

–  1 cup Sunflower seeds

Mix together in a big bowl

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In a pan on very low heat – just enough to warm things, mix together

– 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (Purium’s Coconut oil)

–  1 cup Almond butter

–  1/2 – 3/4 cup Agave, Honey or Brown Rice Syrup (depending on the sweetness – I used Brown Rice and it needed a little more)

–  1/4 cup Tahinni

–  1 tbsp Vanilla

– 2 tsp Spirulina (Purium’s Spirulina)

Mix all ingredients together and when smooth  mix into the other bowl and mix well.

Press into 8 x 12 square dish.

I found it best to keep in fridge – cut into squares, eat, share and enjoy!!

Great snacks, on the good food source and will keep you satisfied for quite awhile – including your sweet tooth!!

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Have a great day!!

Jodi

 

Tomato Salad with Spirulina Hemp Dressing

Tomato Salad with Spirulina Hemp Dressing

Always trying to find little ways of adding in nutrient dense foods or superfoods, since being a mom I have always done that over the years.  Knowing what I know now of course I would do things differently for my kids but we do the best we can with what we know.  I do remember my kids coming home from birthday parties asking why our juice tasted so different and that was because it was 3/4 water – I even knew then they had too much sugar even being real juice,I held out as long as possible before they figured it out!! lol

So now that my kids are teenagers and I can make something that has a fair amount of nutritional value AND they like it is pretty cool!!  I made this dressing and my daughter loved it so made it a couple of times, now I just make a bigger batch 🙂  Kes loves salad dressings even this one and it’s green!!

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Tomato Salad

I just cut in half a bunch of baby tomatoes, an english cucumber, sliced small a green onion or two and chopped some parsley on top, but you could do basil or dill or any other herb.  I love adding fresh herbs to salads, they always add a nice flavor and are green!!

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Spirulina Dressing

 

– 1/2 cup Olive oil (preferably and cold pressed is best)

– 2 cloves Garlic

– juice of 1 Lemon

– 1/4 cup Cider Vinegar or White Wine vinegar

– 2 tbsp Hemp shells (or called seeds or nuts)

– 1 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

– a little black Pepper

– 1 tsp Spirulina (Purium Spirulina)

Throw all ingredients in a Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth.  Pour over salad and enjoy!!  Can easily double the recipe.

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Here’s to your health!!

Jodi