Chia seed, the tiny gray seed that we used to sprout on clay pets as kids is becoming the latest super-food. It has the perfect balance of essential fatty acids and contains large amounts of fiber that slows down the conversion of carbohydrates into simple sugars, making it good for diabetics and dieters.
Recent studies show numerous health benefits to eating chocolate - increases energy, elevates mood, antioxidant, aids weight loss, reduces heart disease. These health benefits come from organic dark cacao in its purest form.
You can eat fat and lose weight; you just need to replace the bad fats with the good fats! Coconut Oil for instance is a good fat that increases your metabolism helping you burn more calories in a day and is used by the body as an instant source of energy rather than being stored as fat.
Goji berries are considered a nutritional powerhouse. For their weight they have more vitamin C than oranges, more beta carotene than carrots and more iron than steak. Dr Oz says they are the most ‘potent antioxidant available to us’. They are tiny red berries that look like raisins.
Miso is a paste made from fermented soy beans that has many health benefits. Amongst other things it contains all eight of the essential amino acids, probiotics which aid in digestive health and has been shown to ward off toxins in the body.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-whah) is a tiny grain that is very high in protein, containing all essential amino acids and has more calcium than milk. It is a high energy endurance food. Try it as an alternative to rice.
Tempeh (tem-pay) is an energy building plant based protein made from fermented soybeans. It is high in B vitamins, omega 3’s, soy saponins, which help reduce cholesterol, and fiber. Plus it tastes great!
Did you know we should be drinking at least 2 -3 liters of water a day? Insufficient water consumption will cause a loss of energy, will decrease nutrient absorption, meaning we will get calories without nutrition, and means the liver will store fat rather than use it for energy. Are you drinking enough?
There are 3 parts to a whole grain; bran, germ, endosperm. When a grain is refined (white flour, white pasta, white rice etc) the germ and bran are removed. These two parts are where most of the fiber and nutrients like vitamin E, the B vitamins and the phytonutrients are found. Whole grains are a whole food.