Category Archives: Super Foods

Cilantro, Herb or Super Food?

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Cilantro and coriander have two very different flavors, but come from the same plant. Cilantro refers to the fresh leaves used as an herb, and coriander to the seeds used as a spice. The medicinal and nutritional qualities are very different as well. Also called Chinese parsley and Mexican parsley, cilantro is a fragrant mix of parsley, sage, and citrus, and is the focus of this post.

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11 Ways to Eat Goji Berries

11 Ways to Eat Goji Berries

Here is a hint: anywhere you would use, raisins, cranberries, or currants.

In a salad, ANY kind of salad. Fruit salad, greens salad, chicken salad

On hot or cold cereal

In trail mix

In yogurt

In cookies (replace raisins or chocolate chips)

In smoothies

As a tea, or in addition to another tea, like green tea and goji

In water (Spa Water)

In ice cubes, a decorative and healthy addition

In vodka

Or keep it simple and just grab a handful out of the bag and enjoy!

Finding good goji berries

When you purchase goji berries, they shouldn’t be hard as a rock. Purchase a high quality brand, and you won’t have that problem. Feel the berries in the packaging before buying and if they are not “soft” like raisins, skip that brand. Of course, there should be no additional ingredients, additives, or preservatives to keep them soft, so make sure to read the label!

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What to look for when buying Resveratrol.

Although resveratrol occurs naturally in grapes (especially Muscadine), nuts and other fruits, buying resveratrol as a supplement means that it is extracted from the herb Polygonum cuspidatum. The resveratrol from Polygonum cuspidatum is just like that of grapes and other sources of resveratrol, but unfortunately, Polygonum cuspidatum is known to be a toxic herb when consumed over time.

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Amazon to Africa Smoothie Recipe

Amazon African Smoothie

This smoothie has a couple of unique ingredients, but they are readily available at your natural foods market. Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a berry found in the Amazon Rainforest. Rich in antioxidants, fiber, and omegas. Baobab (pronounced bay-o-bob) is a tree native to Africa and it produces a “super fruit” especially high in vitamin C and electrolytes.

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Top 10 Benefits of Adaptogens. Wait, what are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a rare group of botanicals and mushrooms possessing unique properties that can offer a safe and natural way to contribute to full body health. Adaptogens promote a holistic balance within the body, helping you adapt to mental and physical stress and fatigue.

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6 Big Reasons to Appreciate Aloe

As you read through these bullet points keep in mind that most of them could apply to conditions inside and outside of the body! Aloe can be used directly from the plant, or purchased as juice and gels. Always make sure you are consuming and using the highest quality products to give yourself the maximum nutrition that aloe has to offer.

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Nutrients that support fitness. Rhodiola, Green Tea, Chromium, Royal Jelly, and more….

There are MANY nutrients that will support your fitness endeavors. This short list includes some of our favorite nutrients that support fitness. Some of these nutrients you have heard of, some maybe not. Click on the name of the nutrient to learn more.  (more…)

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Antioxidants and ORAC Value explained

What is the capacity of your diet to absorb free radicals and prevent oxidation in your body? It’s probably pretty good if  you are eating foods with a high ORAC value. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. This is all fancy talk for antioxidants, a term you are probably more familiar with.

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Many features make Sea Buckthorn Berry a very unique super food.

What is a sea buckthorn berry? It is a small orange berry, and like most berries, they are extremely nutrient dense. What makes this berry unique is that it is the world’s richest source of omega 7. Like the goji berry, when harvested from the pristine mountainous land of the Himalayas, you get a superior product. Foods that grow and flourish in areas of high altitude, where temperatures and seasons can be extreme, have to be hearty, and always seem to have extra magical, nourishing powers.

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The cabbage family and your health

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Considered one of the most ancient common vegetables, cabbage is also one of the most economical and healthiest vegetables today. Although cabbage is technically a biennial herb of the mustard family, centuries of cultivation have produced other forms of the cabbage family that we are familiar with such as kale, kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.

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What is the difference between Kefir and Yogurt?

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What is the difference between kefir and yogurt? Yogurt is produced by a fermentation process using bacteria, and kefir is produced by a fermentation process using bacteria and yeast. If you have ever tasted any kind of kefir, you notice it is in more of a liquid state compared to yogurt, and has a kind of a bubbly sensation similar to champagne.

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Top 3 things to consume for immune support and anti aging.

As you “age” everything in your body ages including your immune system. Fortunately, super foods and supplements that offer outstanding immune support are also anti aging powerhouses. It is really hard to choose the top 3, so these are based on price, availability, and effectiveness.

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Oils – Beyond the Omegas

We all know by now that healthy oil combinations include omega 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s. In recent years omega 7 has found its way into the limelight as well. These fatty acid chains in healthy oils are essential to our total body health. Most people understand the importance of including these in their diet, whether from food, supplements, or both, based on their understanding of the omegas.

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B is for Bananas and Beets

Chances are you are already a banana eater, unless you have shied away from them because of negative ads you may have seen on  the Internet making them seem unhealthy. On the flip side, you probably “don’t like” beets, so you are nowhere near close to eating enough of them for optimal health. Let’s vow to change our attitudes toward bananas and beets, and start consuming them more often! Here’s why:

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Stress and Supplements. Adapting to our Modern Day Lifestyles via superfoods and herbs in capsules.

Books and research on the subject of stress are everywhere now. This is an opportunity to point out how supplements have become so valuable in our modern day lifestyles. Even though you can argue that people from the beginning of time have dealt with various stressors, the nutritional component was also up to par to support the stressors of those times.

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