Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year, New Foods

Since it is time for everyone to make New Year's resolutions (that ultimately fall by the wayside) I figured if would be a great time to introduce to you some SUPER FOODS that you can start incorporating into your diet.

Cacao (Raw Chocolate)
The seed/nut of a fruit of an Amazonian tree, cacao is the highest antioxidant food on the planet, the #1 source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, manganese, and chromium and is also extremely high in PEA, theobromine (cardiovascular support), and anandamide ("bliss chemical"). Raw Chocolate improves cardiovascular health, builds strong bones, is a natural aphrodisiac, elevates your mood and energy, and increases longevity.

I use this in granola bars, as an ice cream topping, in smoothies, and in oatmeal. 

Goji Berries (Wolfberries)

Used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years, goji berries are regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and potency food of the highest order. This superfood contains 18 kinds of amino acids, including all 8 essential amino acids, up to 21 trace minerals, high amounts of antioxidants, iron, polysaccharides, B & E vitamins, and many other nutrients. 

I use these in trail mix, granola bars, and oatmeal. 

Bee Products: Honey and Bee Pollen
Bee pollen is the most complete food found in nature containing nearly all B vitamins especially vitamin B-9 (folate) and all 21 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Honey, in its organic/wild, raw, unfiltered states is rich in minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, and enzymes, and is one of the highest vibration foods on the planet. If your metabolism can handle sweeteners, honey is the best. Russian research indicates that honey is a longevity superfood.

I use honey in tea, oatmeal, and some baking.
Sea Vegetables: Kelp, Dulse, Nori, Hijiki, Bladderwrack, Chlorella
Rich in life-giving nutrients drawn in from the ocean and sun, sea vegetables help remove heavy metals, detoxify the body of radioactive iodine, provide numerous trace minerals, regulate immunity, and decrease the risk of cancer. Seaweeds benefit the entire body, and are especially excellent for the thyroid, immune system, adrenals, and hormone function.

I use seaweed to make sushi, in stir-fry, and in salads. Seaweed sheets can be found grocery stores that have Asian sections. 

Medicinal Mushrooms: Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, Maitake, Shiitake, Lion's Mane 
High in polysaccharides and super immune enhancing components, medicinal mushrooms are one of the most intelligent adaptogenic herb/superfoods on the planet! They have also been proven effective in healing cancer and a variety of other ailments. 

I use mushrooms in pasta dishes, quiche, sauteed vegetables, and salads. 

Some of this stuff may sound weird, and some of it is, however, these are just a few of the amazingly healthy foods that are found all over the world and have been part of people's diets for thousands of years. They are actually not that hard to incorporate into your diet, and you don't need to eat much to get the benefits. I started picking a different one up every time I go to Whole Foods because to buy everything all at once is first of all expensive, and secondly it is better to start slowly and ease your way into something new.

Try them...I dare you!


  1. been giving my dog a kelp supplement for years ever since she was getting some skin allergies especially after grooming. Not sure if i can give all the success to the kelp or not but she's had almost no allergies since then. Probably good for humans too!

  2. love this! where do you get all of the fancy mushrooms? i feel like my publix only has button and portobello.

  3. I'm looking for the mushrooms myself. I am going to try Whole Foods first. I looked online but did not finding anything. Will let you know!


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