Sunday, April 24, 2011

Words to live by...

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
-Hippocrites

Japanese & Chinese Superfoods - Coming Soon...

-Umboshi plums*
-Wakame
-Miso
-Hijiki
-Arame
-Kombu
-Nori
-Daikon
-Kabocha
-Bok choy
-Burdock

*Quick fact: Umeboshi plums are a Japanese pickled plum. In Japan, eating umeboshi a day is the equivalent to the American "an apple a day"- here's why:

-alkalizing to the blood
-help buffer excess acidity from white sugar and alcohol
-aid digestion
-boost immune system
-help cure a hangover/fight the common cold

(For anyone who's never tasted one, expect an almost extreme salty, sour taste. Each plum is only the size of small grape, minus a pit in the center and you get used to the "bite" quickly.)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Words to live by...

"Eat foods that spoil, before they do."

Superfoods to come...

-coconut
-maca
-aloe vera
-kamut
-camu camu
-goji
-lucuma
-noni
-bee pollen
-sacha inchi
-chia
-nopal
-luo han guo
-sapote
-gac

"Every time you eat processed foods, you exclude from your diet not only the essential nutrients that we are aware of, but hundreds of other undiscovered phytonutrients that are crucial for normal human function."
-Joel Fuhrman, MD

Cacao- Food of the Gods

After reading about Darin Olien's many pilgrimages throughout the ancient regions and cultures of Peru, I was inspired to focus on superfoods.

Only seems right to start off with Cacao, which may be the most potently super of them all.

-contains more protective antioxidants than red wine, pomegranates and blueberries combined.
-huge source of magnesium (for heart health, bone strength, brainpower)
-vitamin C
-essential fats
-tryptophan (amino acid with a calming effect which in turn elevates levels of serotonin)
-rich in phenylethylamine (PEA), a substance our bodies coincidentally naturally produce when we fall in love- also acts as a natural appetite suppressant

*Mayans and Aztecs used cacao beans as currency, valuing them above gold