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Making-Healthy-Choices e-Zine #021 - What they don't tell you about Superfoods
April 13, 2013
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John and I just spent 3 weeks in Trinidad and Tobago, a beautiful country in the tropics near the equator. While there we feasted on fresh picked fruits and vegetables that were growing locally.
Eating local is, of course, going to look different depending on where you are on the planet.
In the tropics, there is always a wide variety and an abundance of locally grown goodies to choose from.
We ate freshly picked sugar cane, coconuts (water, jelly, meat, sprouted), cacao beans, cassava, papaya, soursop, mammysapote and sapodilla just to name a few.
Eating locally to where you are is healthy for many reasons;
I absolutely love being in the tropics as I adore the food that grows in this region. Whenever I am there I do my best to consume as much as possible.
But wherever you live on the planet, strive to eat as locally as possible - from your own yard, neighbourhood, region, country or closest countries to you. Do the best you can for the health of yourself, your family and our planet.
What are Superfoods?
Nowadays the term 'superfoods' is a big buzz word. There are all sorts of companies out there are marketing foods from far away and promising their, almost magical, healing properties.
Here is the truth - all foods that come directly from Nature and that are eaten in their natural state are superfoods. The edible weeds (dandelion, chickweed, nettles etc.) that are growing in your backyard are superfoods. The fruit growing on the trees in your neighbourhood are superfoods. All the produce at the farmers market or from your own garden are superfoods. Even the produce at your supermarket are superfoods (providing you buy organic, local if possible and avoid GMO).
But there are many marketing campaigns that are very good at convincing you to buy their product, telling you that you need their product and that you cannot be healthy without it.
Understand that I am not against every single imported product out there - I am sure there are some very good companies but the majority of companies out there are concerned with their bottom dollar NOT your health.
The fact is that there are some really great superfoods that do grow in far away regions BUT you don't need to spend the exorbitant prices to have those shipped to you when there are also great superfoods that grow right in your own area.
No matter where one lives there is always the potential to fall prey to these marketing campaigns that try to get money out of your pocket by selling you promises of health. Just recently we were in the tropics which is a place that is extremely bountiful in super healing superfoods and even there I was surprised to hear a local woman telling me of her desire to buy nopali cactus juice and goji berries from far away.
Nopali cactus juice and goji berries are really great and nutritious foods but, in my opinion, this lady needn't spend her money on these far away products when she is surrounded by things that have even richer healing properties for her. It just showed me that no matter how plentiful the natural bounty is around you there is still a potential to be swayed by smart marketing.
I encourage you to stay aware and save your money. Look to your immediate surroundings for superfoods rather than buying something imported from a far distance.
This again falls in line with eating local. The foods in your region are better equipped to heal your body than something that comes from a foreign region … Nature has designed it this way.
Healthy Airport Recipe
While traveling I strive to eat as healthy as possible and to keep as hydrated as I can. This helps me to avoid jet lag and to feel energized to enjoy every minute of my journey.
Before leaving home I pack a little bag with all sorts of healthy goodies and snacks to eat on the way.
Below is a recipe I created on the spot (in the airport) with what I had on hand. It made for a really great breakfast that kept me energized for hours.
HOT PORRIDGE IN A CUP
Cut up the banana into small pieces and add to empty cup. Add some hot water and some chia seeds. Stir and let sit for a few minutes. Sprinkle with bee pollen and enjoy.
Other things you can add include any dried fruit you brought or a sprinkle of green powder.
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Nadia Harper RHN
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