By Alana Schachtel
Native Foods Cafe
Hi everyone, recently I have tried integrating some super foods into my diet and have been very pleased with the results! I truly feel more energized, lighter, and overall healthier in mind and body.
Here are the foods:
Miso is fermented soybeans made into a paste sometimes using rice or barley. I bought a tub of brown rice miso at my local grocery store after hearing studies found that it can reduce the chance of getting breast cancer by 50%!
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Miso has a high level of b12 vitamins which are very beneficial in combatting lethargy. Miso is also a natural source of probiotics which promote healthy digestion and immune support.
I love making a simple vegetable miso soup by adding one tablespoon of miso paste to approx. 4 cups of water and then adding chopped vegetables and cooking until veggies are tender. Miso soup is wonderful for when one is sick and needing extra energy and immune support.
Matcha Green Tea Powder:
This powder is a stunning emerald green! Anything this green must be great for you!
I love substituting morning coffee (which due to it's high acidity levels can be detrimental to the body) with green tea made with Matcha powder! To do this simply take 1/2 teaspoon of Matcha and add it to hot water. I love making almond milk Matcha lattes by heating up some almond milk and adding 1/2 teaspoon of Matcha powder to it. If you don't really like the taste of green tea you can use a little stevia or preferred sweetener to enhance the taste.
Like green tea, Matcha has many health benefits. It actually contains 3 times the antioxidants of traditional green tea. When I drink Matcha I always feel a calm sense of energy which is quite different than the jitters that coffee usually gives me. This can be explained by the presence of naturally occurring theanine in green tea which has been clinically shown to positively affect mental health and particularly stress and anxiety. No wonder why it has been historically consumed by Buddhist monks!
Coconut oil is a wonderful addition to the vegan diet. It contains many Omega 3 oils which are great for optimal brain health and inflammatory response. Coconut oil is also a natural source of Lauric acid which naturally kills bacteria, fungi, and pathogens! I love using a teaspoon of coconut oil to story fry veggies or cook egg replacer.
Coconut oil is also wonderful for the body and hair, being one of the best absorbed moisturizers on the market! Basically, coconut oil is wonderful for the body, inside and out!