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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