Friday, January 11, 2013

Superfood Tips For The New Year


With the New Year in full swing, once again we all promise ourselves 'this is the year I'll focus on eating healthy and exercising more' – but it's often hard to keep focused and on track with these healthy lifestyle goals. 

Gwyneth Paltrow enlists the help of friend Dr. Frank Lipman for a list of superfoods to incorporate into her diet. See different examples below, thanks to Gwyneth's website Goop, of how to include these wonder foods into tasty recipes so that you don't have to feel like your missing out whilst achieving your health goals!

Dr. Frank Lipman on Superfoods:

"Here we are, it’s the New Year, our annual fresh start. Now’s the time for a healthy re-boot. Time to treat your body to a buffet of a different kind – one that’s packed with health-supporting vitamins, nutrients and phytochemicals. Think of it this way: we have three chances a day to boost our health or undermine it. Assuming you’re interested in the former, the simplest path to vibrant health – and a spectacular New Year – starts with these 9 Superfoods – those naturally perfect foods which support the health, growth and maintenance of your body, just by loading up your plate. Stock up on these 9 Superfoods (preferably organic) to give your body the gift of great taste, stronger immunity and better energy — all without a pill in sight."

The nine superfoods include: avocado, beans, blueberries, cruciferous veggies, spinach, walnuts, wild salmon, chocolate (dark, and in moderation!) and chia seeds.

Avocado:

“There are a myriad of nutrients found in avocados – oleic acid, lutein, folate, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione among them. Avocados taste great and are easily integrated into any meal – or even a fruit smoothie.”
Avocado Temaki (Hand Roll)


Ingredients:
makes 2

1 sheet nori, cut in half
1 avocado, sliced into thin strips
1 small cucumber, peeled, deseeded & sliced in thin strips
1/2 cup cooked brown sushi rice
tamari or soy sauce
fresh wasabi, grated
pickled ginger (optional)

Preparation:

1.Place the nori on a bamboo mat or a piece or parchment shiny side down.

2.Wet one of your hands slightly to grab a small palmful of rice. Place the rice on the left side of your nori and press your index finger into the rice to create a small dent where you will lay your fillings.

3.Rub a bit of grated wasabi onto the rice. Place a few thin slices of cucumber and a few slices of avocado diagonally across the rice, pointing to the upper-right corner of the nori.

4.Fold the left hand corner over and roll upwards around the rice and the filling. (At this point it's best to pick up the roll and finish the rolling with your hands.) Continue rolling the long part of the nori around the rice and filling until you reach the end. Seal by rubbing the edge with a touch of water.

5.Serve with soy sauce or tamari and pickled ginger.

Blueberries

“Blueberries help tame inflammation throughout the body and reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol.”

Blueberry Salad:


With fennel, mint, cucumber and ricotta salata, this is really refreshing served alongside poultry or seafood. If you omit the cheese, this becomes a great detox or elimintaion diet dish.

Ingredients
makes 4

2 cups blueberries
1 small cucumber, chopped
1 stalk fennel, chopped
a handful of the smallest mint leaves you can find on the stalk
1/4 cup ricotta salata, shaved
olive oil
1 lime
sea salt
freshly ground pepper

Preparation:

1.Add blueberries, cucumber and fennel to a large mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and as much like juice as you like. Toss to mix.

2.Top with mint leaves and ricotta salata.

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