Friday, 12 June 2015 (finished and publishen on Saturday)
Remember me writing about the smoothie and superfoods store I work at? I told that I wasn’t so lucky that I had thought? Yes, I was fired. It was not my fault, I didn’t do anything wrong, it’s because of the buisness that is not going well, it seems. Let’s be real – I never have much work, today I had only one customer. No wonder that no one comes to take a smoothie or a piece of delicious raw cake to go, since the store is so hard to find… and there’s a lot of places offering smoothies and raw cakes and superfoods are sold in every hipermarket. Okay, we have some superstrangemegaexoticpowderedfoods that nowhere else are possible to buy, but is there anyone who needs this? I mean, it’s even impossible to remember the words such as astragalus, atraktilis, psillium, ashwagandha…
Do you eat superfoods? What is your opinion about them? Which ones do you consume?
I am not against them, but I don’t believe they would do any noticeable changes, if you don’t eat healthy meals full of fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, proteins and good carbs. One of Slovenian’s nutritionist said superfoods shouldn’t be on first place, local healthy food should. Simply told: eat more of real clean food, because that is what makes you healthier. Yesterday my boyfriend showed me an article about superfoods. To summarize, it explains that definition of superfoods is wider than just those wierd powders or dried berries they sell us in 21 century as “super”.
If I quote a sentence: “Generally speaking, superfoods refer to foods — especially fruits and vegetables — whose nutrient content confers a health benefit above that of other foods.” You can read the article here: The science about superfoods
If you take a look here, you’ll realize that there are many so called superfoods that you eat every day without talking and thinking about them to have “super” characteristics – from almonds to watermelon: http://bembu.com/66-super-foods
Let’s go back to foods sold as superfoods. I’ll tell you which ones I use and for which ones it makes the most sense to use.
- Cacao beans: Raw cacao beans are one of the richest source of antioxidants (14 times more than red wine and 21 times more than green tea). They are also high in magnesium and iron. It has bitter taste (I love it, but people used to sweet taste of chocolate normally don’t), but it tastes great in smoothies and raw desserts. Eating cacao also increase endorphines – the hormones of happiness 🙂
- Chia seeds: Nowadays many foods have wrong ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (it should be from 1:2 to 1:8, but instead of this, it goes from 1:10 to 1:30). Chia seeds still have the ideal ratio. Besides they contain plenty of fiber and calcium. When they are soaked, they absorbe water and increase their volume 4 times. Add them to your cereal, yoghurt or smoothie to keep you full longer. It is also great egg substitute and the base fot healthy pudding.
- Chlorella: It contains a complete protein profile, all the B vitamins, vitamin C and E and many minerals. It helps reducing cholesterol and protects the immune system. When you use it, don’t combine it with spirulina, because their effects are opposite: spirulina is great for regeneration and nourishes your body, while you should use chlorella for body cleanse (ie detox).
- Hemp seeds and hemp protein: The hemp seeds are high in protein and contain all the essential amino acids needed for growth and repair. Hemp seeds also have a desirable ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and are a good source of amino acids, magnesium, and potassium. For hemp protein powder they separate protein and oil. Hemp protein powder is great after physical activity if you don’t want to drink whey protein. It doesn’t melt in water so good and the taste can be odd to you, so I sugest to put them in smoothie.
- MSM: The letters stand for methyl-sulfonyl-methane, the source of sulfur, one of the most important elements for our body. It is also called the mineral of beauty. It produces collagen and keratin, both needed for growth of stronger hair and nails. It also has beneficial effects on skin, especially if someone has problems wiith acne. Moreover, MSM promotes bone health, it’s helpful with allergies, asthma and it keeps proper pH balance. It is effective while you take it with vitamin C.
- Spirulina: It contains 70% complete protein and it is very rich in iron, which are great news for vegans. Spirulina also helps to control blood sugar levels and cravings, which makes it ideal supplement for diabetics. It’s also great for weightloss, because it busts metabolism.
I gonna making smoothies and selling stuff in the store. I liked there. Here is my last photo at work and the photo of my smoothie.
For the finish I reveal you the reciepe (improvization again):
- 1 banana
- a handfull of spinach
- 3 dates
- 1 tsp of raw cacao
- 1 tsp of chia seeds
- 1 tsp of hemp protein
- 1tsp of spirulina