I think I have enough health food to get us all through the apocalypse.
It’s one of my goals this year to learn a new healthy recipe every week. My interest lies in gluten free, sugar free and raw food. Que recipe researching via my favourite healthy chefs and nutritionists and a looong shopping list to boot!
I spent the afternoon at Fruit Peddlers in High St Northcote, Melbourne. Stocking up on super foods, organic produce, raw treats, and weird and wonderful powders from South America.
This isn’t just any old health food shop. Wandering through the narrow little wooden aisles here is an experience in itself. Shelves packed to the ceiling full of unusual and wonderful goodies. Hipsters, kids, mums and dads, hippies, all negotiating their pathway through the organic goodness carrying big cane baskets (provided by the store). Let me tell you, the line up was nearly out the front door!
I know I feel a big shift in myself when I take care of my body, and eat natural nourishing foods.
This triggers a positive cycle for me, as when I eat well – I feel better, I have more energy, I want to exercise more, and in turn I feel great. And when you start feeling that vitality, only good actions can come from it. When I’m conscious about what I’m putting into my body, it makes me more conscious about what also comes out – meaning my attitude, my actions, my energy. We live better when we eat well. I guess it comes down to mindfulness. It’s not rocket science, fuel your body with goodness, and goodness you will exude.
EAT GOOD – FEEL GOOD – DO GOOD.
Remember what they told us when we were in primary school? ‘You are what you eat’. Well, they were onto something. . .
What the heck is a superfood anyway? Not all foods are created equal – some are so packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and other beneficial substances that they’ve been deemed ‘superfoods’.
Superfoods are considered the most powerful nutrient sources on the planet. How amazing that mother nature produces such potently rich goodness for our health? Not surprisingly, most, if not all of the super foods come from South America – the Amazon rainforest, Peruvian Andes, Chilaen Patagonia – most being the staple diets of the ancient Incas.
“Superfoods have incredible health benefits, packing a powerful nutritional punch that helps protect against cancer and heart disease, lower cholesterol, protect the organs from toxins and improve digestive health. Some nutritionists even say superfoods can help you live longer.” – Sydney Morning Herald
My wicker basket was full of raw cocao, activated buckwheat, un-hulled tahini, raw almonds and cashews, an enormous bunch of fresh organic green kale, super greens powder (for my smoothies – chlorella, spiralina, wheat grass & barley), maca powder, goji berries, black chia seeds, quinoa, agave syrup and cold pressed coconut oil. Oh and the most delicious raw organic chocolate I’ve ever wrapped my lips around. All items are organic and Australian made. I would have got more had I been able to carry it! (Now I know why people bring their little ones, I’m sure it’s just so they can carry more baskets! ** Note to self, must borrow child for next visit).
Most of these foods I’ve used before, but am really keen to get into the Maca powder, and to start cooking some sugar free goodies with the raw cacao and agave syrup. Once I try new recipes or ingredients, they easily become part of my cooking repertoire. The great thing about superfoods is that you can add them to everything – smoothies, salads, muesli, juices – they are really versatile.
I’m feeling pumped, and ready to start cooking some new and exciting (and super healthy) recipes!
What are you fuelling your life with?
Choose foods that are aligned with how you want to feel.
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” – Kevin Trudeau