Schoolhouse Journals January 2014
Healthy Living for a Better You!
By Chef Christopher Dobrowolski
Hello and welcome back I assume if you are reading this you made it through the holidays in divine fashion and are probably on week three of your resolution? Well instead of teasing you with the delicious temptations that we normally talk about we are going to discuss healthy items including the way to kick that coffee habit (if you like) without going through the withdraws. I am going to give you a list of the recently released “Best Foods for Healthy Mind/Mood/Energy”.
#1 Maca- Maca is amazing for balancing hormones and is beneficial to both women (relief of PMS symptoms and menopause) and men (enhanced fertility). Maca is also a great adaptogen that helps decrease stress levels, enhance strength, stamina and libido as well as providing great energy and endurance. It works with the rhythms and needs of your own body. This is a very good replacement for that morning coffee. Put it in your smoothie and you will not need coffee…….
#2 Pure raw organic CACAO- Yes chocolate is a superfood! But not the sugary, packaged chocolate bars you find at the supermarket. Chocolate is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vit-C, phosphorus and more. It’s also rich in tryptophan, which is a powerful mood-enhancer, crucial in the production of serotonin, which diminishes anxiety and has the same impact as love in our brain. That’s why chocolate is often associated with love and Valentin’s day.
#3 Coconut-The water inside the young coconut is an isotonic drink full of electrolytes and can even be used in blood transfusions. It is rich in potassium, is ideal for proper rehydration and has strong antiviral properties. It also contains kinetin, which keeps the coconut young despite the fact that it’s under the sun all day long. Kinetin has the exact same effect on our body and keeps you young. Coconut meat is high in protein and fiber and is a great saturated fat (essential to our body). It’s been proven that the saturated fat in coconut oil supports the immune system, thyroid gland, nervous system and skin.
#4 Spirulina- Spirulina is Blue – Green Algae, which thrives in alkaline lakes. It contains over 65% of complete protein (300% more than fish, meat or poultry, with zero cholesterol). Spirulina is also very rich in chlorophyll, iron (about 58 times more than spinach), antioxidants, beta-carotene and essential fatty acid Omega 3 and 6.
#5 Hempseeds (I had to put this in there because it is finally in mainstream media)- Hempseeds and oil are one of the rare complete source of protein (33% to 37% of its weight) and are packed with life-force energy and enzymes. They are rich in Omega-3, 6 and 9 which are all very important for brain functions and considered quality beautifying oil. Hempseeds and oil are great to boost your immune system and bring balance in your essential fatty acids, thus are also decreasing inflammation. They deliver a balanced array of amino acids and are rich in minerals such as phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, sodium, silicon, copper and many others.
Now that I have opened the New Year with supporting a healthy living style I want to give you a recipe that I have been drinking for almost 3 weeks now and I will tell you I feel AMAZING!
Here is the (Getting it done punch to the inner core drink)
- 1 Fresh Organic Banana
- 1 Large peeled Oragnic Orange
- 1 Cup Fresh Organic Orange Juice
- 1 Cup Coconut Milk or water
- 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
- 2 tablespoons of cashew butter
- 1.5 Tablespoons Maca Powder
- 1 Tablespoons Spirulina
- 1 Tablespoon Hempseed
- 1 Square of Cacao
- Directions are really simple.. Put all except the Cacao in the blender and puree until smooth, poor into a drinking vessel, sit back and sip away while nibbling on the cacao..