Super Inexpensive Super Foods!

superfoods


tamarindTamarind -Tamarindo=]

Not so easy to plant, trees take ten years to grow… BUT, they are super cheap to buy, either in the actual pod form which are fun to pull apart or the pre-separated tamarind pulp.  Taste is nice and sweet, but not overly sweet, loaded with vitamins and nutrients, considered medicinal.

Great with lime juice and some cayenne.  This is one of the primary ingredients for the sauce in Pad Thai!

quinoaQuinoa –

Grows like a weed, seriously, it grows so easily, try some in your backyard, you cold be pleasantly surprised!  Young plants, from 2 to 8 inches can be used whole in smoothies as a super food.

As they get larger, use the leaves and compost the stem, once they start to seed, all the ninja vibe has gone to that part of the plant so wait till they are ready to harvest and eat.

Once harvested, clean them, or buy store bought and then cook as you would rice, but they take about half the time!

Considered a complete protein, meaning it has all the necessary amino acids, alkaline, no one really has an allergy to it that I know of, chap to buy and again, easy to grow!

amaranthAmaranth –

Again, grows like a weed, young plants, from 2 to 8 inches can be used in smoothies as a super food.  as they get larger, use the leaves in salads or as a steamed dish which tastes great with a little tamari/soy/braggs and pepper, or whatever you would normally season your steamed veggies with, once they start to seed, all the ninja vibe has gone to that part of the plant so wait till they are ready to harvest and eat.

The seeds can most effectively be eaten by popping them.  They will resemble tiny popcorns but are spheres.  hey have little to no taste and can therefore be added to ANYTHING you wish to supercharge with vitamins, minerals and protein.

Allow your skillet to get very hot, add a few hand fulls of seeds, they will be tiny, cover and check often.  Add to anything.  Depending on the country, you can buy pre-popped amaranth extremely inexpensively.

Parasite Cleanse Tea

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Here is our Parasite Cleanse tea.  You can make as much or as little as you want per day and it keeps well over night, just re-heat in the morning.

Make new batch every two days.

Do not use for more than 5 days at a stretch, give 5-7 days in-between uses as it contains wormwood family and is POTENT.  Take an equal amount of leaves, allow to simmer for a bit, then yum it down…..tastes like serious medicine.

Left is EPAZOTE

And the ESTAFIOTE

050Himalayan Basil – from the Himalayan Mountains, hence the name

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Leaves from Clove tree

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To the left is NEEM, cure all plant from India, good for everything, seriously, grows fairly easily, put one in your yard if you have one, if you dont, ‘start one out from seed in a pot, when big enough – put one in a local park, no one will know…

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Papaya Breakfast Bowl

papaya bowl

papaya bowlYou know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?:)
What you consume in the few hours after you wake up regulates a bunch of your bodily functions so you can help boost your metabolism, increase your stamina, promote a good hormonal balance, strengthen your immune system, etc, etc by making the right choices… or complicate stuff by making the not-so-right ones.

Today I’m having a papaya bowl, it reminds me of having breakfast with Tina in Mysore, India, after an intense yoga class. We all end up so tired that passing the jaggery across the table feels like such an effort! All happy to be there, making friends, deepening our practice, but Oh-My-God!! you end up tired!! Much more the reason for breakfast being so important=] in circumstances like that, after a hard workout your body is really depending on some good fuel for replenishing and rebuilding.

2 cups fresh ripe papaya in cubes
1 heaping teaspoon Vitamineral Green
2 teaspoons bee pollen
2 teaspoons hemp seeds
1 handfull Goji berries

It’s that simple!! Fresh fruit is always good. Some people worry about the sugar content in fruits and limit their intake for this reason. If you have any medical condition like diabetes, some hormonal unbalances, etc, you might need to regulate your diet and learn about some fruits being better than others for you to eat and which quantities, but if everything is good, you’re healthy and stuff, then go for it!! Fruits are HEALTHY, filled with tons of nutrients. And for the sugar, just try to eat them whole or in a smoothie so you keep their fiber giving time for your body to digest them and absorb the sugar little by little. Avoid drinking fruit juices, without the fiber the sugar goes straight to your blood stream and that’s when you could be submitting your body to an unnecessary and not so healthy effort.

Plus, if you add some more fiber and some protein like seeds and green powders like on this papaya bowl to your plate you transform healthy fruit into a SUPER healthy food=] Today I used Vitamineral Green from Health Force Nutritionals.. we have written about them in the past, they are THE PEOPLE when it comes to raw, vegan, super nutrition. I love their stuff and as far as I know there’s nothing better out there, but you can use any other green powder in hand or sprinkle some spirulina.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Nuts…

roasted brussel sprouts

roasted brussel sproutsBrussel sprouts are one of the healthiest veggies you can eat. I love green food and if it has leaves even more!
Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, brussel sprouts belong to the same family as cabbage, broccoli and kale, all of which are veggies that are low-glycemic, highly nutritious and because of their high antioxidant content can offer protection from colon, prostate and endometrial cancer. Plus, they are so versatile and easy to prepare, like this recipe that can be done in 10 minutes!

To prepare about four servings…
About 16 brussel sprouts, little more, little less depend how much you eat=]
1/2 cup pecan nuts chopped in rough chunks
1/2 cup dried cranberries, you can also use other berries if you like
2 tablespoons homemade pesto (you can use your own or try the one below!)

Simple…
Cut the brussel sprouts in half and marinate with the pesto for about two hours… if you’re in a hurry you can skip the marinating and go straight to the roasting, but if you have the time it definitely makes a difference. Roast on the grill or in a roasting pan placing the open half down first until slightly golden, turn to the other side and add the pecans and cranberries to roast with the sprouts just for a few seconds. You want the flavors to blend but don’t over cook the berries and nuts for they can taste bitter! and that’s it! serve them as a side with other roasted veggies, maybe some quinoa or what ever or by themselves, they are that nutritious and tasty can be a meal on it’s own!

For the pesto I usually keep it simple and fast by filling about half of the blender with basil, four to six garlic cloves, little sea salt, little pepper and about two cups of virgin olive oil. Once blended you may add more basil or oil until you get the consistency you like… mine is always thick and super green!! if you want to vary a bit you can always add cilantro, parsley or other herbs and get creative=]