Friday, September 20, 2013

FIVE FAVES OF THE WEEK

My five favorites of this week are all edible. That's because I got some bulk prices at Amazon and I'm quite happy that I spend my (hard) earned money on things that make me feel good, in a long run, and don't go out of fashion. Not in a short run such as for example piece of cake would. Or a glass of wine. Which are both things I still enjoy every now and then, because it's fun for that moment. Yup. But since I've been on a serious health kick lately I've stocked my pantry and freezer with few new things. 
1. Cacao Nibs

Cacao appears to be the #1 source of magnesium of any food. It works to support the heart, boost our mental focus, and relieve constipation. Cacao contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world. By weight, Cacao has more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, acai, pomegranates, and goji berries combined. Wowser!

Cacao is a great source of iron and consuming it is one of the best ways to keep our blood healthy. Raw Cacao contains zinc, which plays a critical role in the health of the immune system, liver, pancreas, and skin.

Cacao can be used as a mix-in for baked goods or sweets in place of chocolate chips or nuts. Combine it with goji berries and raw nuts to create a nutritious trail mix. I also mix a spoonful of cacao nibs in my smoothies.
2. Chia seeds

High in fiber and offering three grams of omega-3 in every serving, Organic Chia Seeds are also a rich source of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Helping to ease digestion, chia seeds can also aid in reducing inflammation, and improving joint health and skin tone.

Chia Seeds can be used in a variety of raw food dishes to create smoothies, sauces, soups, marinades, dips and more! For increased assimilation, combine raw, extra-virgin coconut oil to the powder to help your body digest the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in chia seeds.
3. Bee pollen

Bee pollen is said to contain every single element necessary for the human body to sustain life. This is because bee pollen has more than 96 different nutrients, including every nutrient known that our bodies need. One of the most significant facts about bee pollen is that it is an alkaline and energy-rich source of complete protein. Bee pollen has approximately 20% easily-assimilated protein and 22 amino acids, more than 15 vitamins, including many B vitamins and vitamins C, D, and E and 28 essential minerals, including iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, calcium and copper. Super duper food indeed!
4. Organic spices

I love shopping for spices. Above are few of my favorites. Just as it's important to select and consume wholesome, unprocessed organic foods, you should do the same with herbs and spices. Why risk potential health consequences from artificial ingredients and questionable chemical processes? 

One of the main healthful ingredients in turmeric is curcumin, which gives turmeric its yellow color. Turmeric can help you maintain healthy digestive system, bones, joints and promote healthy blood and liver functions. And I just learned that the effect of eating black pepper with turmeric is so strong that it was shown to increase the bioavailability of curcumin in HUMANS by 2000%. So mix it with some black pepper, people!
5. Home-grown food

My tomatoes are finally here! I've been growing six organic tomato plants in our yard and I'm finally seeing some fruit even everyone says they got their's long time ago. Might be because I didn't believe in feeding them with special organic tomato feed until like July... Yeah, could be it.

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