Ready for SuperFoods?

Food and health are tightly linked. Usually these links are negative, though: bad food habits causing diabetes and all the ugly stuff which comes with it.

It is the third week into the Living Food experience. This week’s topic are the Superheroes amongst the groceries: superfoods. Superfoods are the exact opposite to hamburgers, pizza (even though that apparently counts as vegetables now) and fries. The living food experts believe that they can actually help us live healthy and even get our health back if we suffer from diseases.

So let us look at some of them (with help of thebestofrawfood.com):

Goji Berries: This small little red berries grow in the Himalaya region and are “rich in anti-oxidants which help to protect the cells in our bodies from diseases like cancer.” It also improves blood-circulation. Personal note: yummie!

Maca: A root which grows in Peru and is famous for helping you to reduce stress. “It’s extraordinary rich in nutrients: 10% protein, 60% carbohydrate and full of fatty acids, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals trace.”

Bee Pollen: This is the most complete aliment you can find in nature. “It’s made up of 40% protein. It’s a natural energizer, slows down the aging process, and lowers cholesterol levels.” It also helps detoxing your body and is a great nutritional addition during pregnancy.

Raw Chocolate: This is basically chocolate before it gets mixed with milk and sugar and wrapped in Nestlé and Cadbury paper (which is what turns it from something very healthy into something unhealthy). Raw chocolate “is rich in anti oxidants and magnesium.” Its positive effect in times of depression are well known but it also helps to avoid cardiovascular problems.

Wheatgrass: Especially in the school of thought of Anne Whigmore wheatgrass is an important aspect of the raw vegan diet. “It’s a whole meal and complete protein with about 30 enzymes. It has up to 70% chlorophyll (which builds the blood). It’s an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.” Personal note: I’m sure you can get used to the taste.

Spirulina: This seaweed is usually consumed in powder form and added to juices. It is high on iron, vitamins (A, B1, B6, B12, E) calcium, magnesium, zinc and many more and helps you to keep your immune system up.

There are actually many more superfoods. You can find a list of things to look out for here. But don’t worry. You don’t need to go chase goji berries now. Rather, you can follow the advice given during my class: “From the bad, choose the best.” Try to include as many healthy foods into your diet as possible. Try not to forget that consuming things raw means keeping enzymes alive and fully benefiting from what the food has to offer to our health.

And now…let’s enjoy some of the raw delight created during yesterday’s class (feel free to ask for recipes):

Raw Pizza:

Raw Apple Tart:

Picture by Fonzie’s cousin, gracias!

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4 thoughts on “Ready for SuperFoods?

  1. Good info – thanks!
    Thanks also for the link to “Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future.” It seems sensible to add more of these superfoods to our diet, but I notice that these foods come from a variety of climates. I can grow coconuts and figs, but goji berries, ginger, and cacao do not grow here easily. This normally means that superfoods are shipped to consumers from places far away – unless we study the climates necessary for growth and 1) organically grow superfoods compatible with our own climates, and 2) use greenhouses to organically grow superfoods that require other climates. This will reduce the environmental footprint of our superfoods and ensure that we are eating the freshest, healthiest foods possible 🙂

    • I really like your comment Rob, I feel that people are focusing too much on superfoods etc without seeing what great foods grow right in their climate. I like your approach of finding how to include these amazing things into our diet without having a) to buy them from far away without knowing how they were produced or b) travel to the Himalaya, Andes and whereever else they grow to collect them 😀 (not to speak of the emission causes by either approach)

      I’d be thrilled by the way to grow coconuts and figs but at least in the Netherlands the climate rather offers carrots, apples and potatoes, not to speak of cacao or ginger…

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