Plants

Plants that nourish.

A plant-based diet supports strong health and good energy. That said, each individual has to find the specific plants, and foods, that work best for them, and the health practitioners that can support a sound body and mind. Inspirations for delicious nourishment are included below.

Powders:

Acerola Cherry PowderAcerola Cherry: 100 grams has 2740% of daily required Vitamin C.  Acerola cherries are the richest source of Vitamin C known in the world. Also contains Vitamin A, riboflavin, folate, potassium, magnesium, copper, iron, beta carotenes, and antioxidants. Has a sweet and sour taste, similar to a meyer lemon. Cultivated primarily in Brazil, it also grows in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Texas and Florida. Wild harvested organic powder from Brazil is available at Eternal Abundance. Eternal Abundance provides powders in glass containers, without having stored them in plastic containers prior.

Lucuma Powder Lucuma Powder: Lucuma is a low glycemic fruit high in beta carotene, iron, niacin, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Called “Inca’s Gold”, it contains iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and is known for its outstanding anti-inflammatory properties. Its richness in beta-carotene is associated with a beneficial effect on the skin; beta-carotene is turned into Vitamin A in our bodies, and Vitamin A improves cell repair and growth, skin tone, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The high niacin content in lucuma contributes to its significant anti-inflammatory properties. For more on this, see the article published in the Journal of Cosmetology and Dermatology in 2010. In the article, the discovery that wound healing and reduced skin aging may be associated with lucuma is discussed.

Macqui Maqui Berry Powder: The gorgeous deep purple coarse Maqui berry powder contains the most antioxidants of any food on earth. Also plentiful in vitamins A, C, E, calcium, iron, and potassium. Cultivated wild in Chilean forests, the maqui berry is harvested by Mapuche peoples near the Andes Mountains. It has a clever name, Aristotelia chilensis. This genus of plant species, Aristotelia, are small dark leaved shrubs that produce berries often made into wine. Organic raw maqui berry powder from Chile can be found at Eternal Abundance. Studies by (1) Miranda-Rottmann et al, (2) Molgaard et al, and (3) Bagchi et al, detail some of the maqui berry properties.

Mesquite Powder Mesquite Powder: Mesquite has an earthy caramel-maple flavor and is high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc, as well as the amino acid lysine. Lysine contributes to the building of muscle,and aids the absorption of calcium, and in antibody production when fighting illness. An additional benefit to Mesquite is that the trees are effective in keeping desert soil in place – instead of eroding the land, they stabilize the land and thus can prevent desertification, in addition to providing a sustainable source of income. The sweetness of mesquite comes from fructose, and thus mesquite has a low glycemic index which, in addition to its high fiber content, prevents dramatic dips and rises in blood sugar. Organic raw mesquite is available through Organic Traditions, among numerous other companies.

Yacon Root Powder Yacon Root Powder: Yacon is a root native to Peru with the outstanding property of containing the most inulin of any food on earth.  Inulin, a fructo-oligosaccharide, is a low-glycemic sugar that may have pre-biotic properties. Inulin does not spike a change in blood sugar the way many other sweet foods do. As the fructo-oligosaccharide is not recognized as sugar by the body and taken up, it passes on to the colon where it nourishes healthy intestinal bacteria such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus. Studies have shown increases in these species to decrease harmful bacteria species in the colon. Organic raw yacon powder is available at Eternal Abundance. This powder must be stored with a tight lid as it absorbs moisture rapidly.

Shilajit Shilajit Powder: Shilajit is a high mountain mineral pitch formed over hundreds of years by slow and gradual decomposition of herbs, plants, and microorganisms. The pitch is compressed by layers of rocks, and has been preserved by the sunlight and pressure in the Himalayas. Shilajit can only be gathered when it compresses out of the mountains at certain temperatures. It contains 85 minerals, including ~ 60% fulvic acid which is essential for transferring nutrients into the body. Healing properties ascribed to it include treatment of pain disorders, digestive difficulties, and cognitive support. In 2012, the International Journal of Alzheimers Disease published an article alluding to possible precognitive abilities, potentially preventing cognitive decline to tau accumulation in the brain. Wild harvested shilajit can be found at Eternal Abundance.

Recipes:

Kale

Kale salad: Clean and rinse a head of kale, breaking it into small bits and removing the thick mid-line stems. Add olive oil and lemon juice and massage the leaves for approximately five minutes. Add herbs, vegetables, salt & pepper, as you like and enjoy raw or steamed (recipe from Kaja Majewska, Los Angeles, California). For an amazing kale salad in L.A., try M Cafe de Chaya. Stellar nutritional profile.

Delicata Squash

Delicata

Delicata squash has a tender texture, with a slight crunch of the steamed outer skin, and a sweet earthy taste. Bake or steam with thyme, sage, basil, salt, and pepper, then serve stacked with drizzled flax oil and balsamic. 200 grams of delicata contain 457% of your daily vitamin A nutrient requirements. Vitamin C, magnesium, and manganese also figure prominently.

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Recommended Resources:

The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia.

Wellness is . . . falling in love with the history and power of plant foods. The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia is a treasure of information on individual vegetables and how amazing they are: history, basic growing facts, nutrition, and possible medicinal vegetables. Lovely line drawings are a part of the script.

The Crazy Sexy Diet

Wellness is . . . eating sexy green healing foods. The Crazy Sexy Diet includes contributions from MD’s who tell of the reduction in inflammatory chemicals, and the boost to the immune system, that happen as a result of a health plant-based non-processed diet. The book includes comments on lifestyle changes that can radically alter your health. Written in an intense playful and motivating tone, the writer’s vigour and passion for making healthy choices stimulates and inspires the mind.

The Thrive Diet

http://www.thrivediet.com/

Wellness is . . . being clever and savvy about nutrition. Brendan Brazier efficiently educates the reader as to the nutritional and health benefits of various plant foods. As an ironman triathelete, he practices what he teaches, and has learned how to ultimately nourish his body. His line Vega has terrific on the go supplements and energy bars, that leave you feeling energized with little digestive effort.

Detox for Women

Detox 4 Women

Wellness is . . . a sleek sexy body and good energy, clear thinking, and spontaneous natural happiness feelings. This definition of wellness can be reached by following the guidelines in Detox for Women by Natalia Rose, a book based on her years of experience helping women get healthy. Her advice on basing a daily diet mainly on vegetable and raw sources, is supported by the effects she has seen this have on women – from clearer skin, reduced cellulite, and increased energy, to improved sleep, more even mood, and feelings of natural euphoria. Natalia Rose currently encourages maximum health through her programs offered via detoxtheworld.com.

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