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Goji Berries November 4, 2008

Filed under: Health Facts and Concerns,Health Tips,Protein,Superfoods — Yvette @ 3:26 am

Goji berries are one of the new super foods I’ve discovered.  They are a source of complete protein, which I know will make my mother extremely happy.  Yes, she loves complete proteins, she has wonderful rice and beans story that we all tease her about.  Ask her sometime 😉

Anyways, back to Goji berries.

A complete protein means they provide the body with all 8 of the essential amino acids, this berry contains 18.  Which makes this berry a high quality source of protein.  One or two tablespoons of these wonderful berries has more iron than a steak, more vitamin C than oranges, and more beta-carotene than carrots!  FYI vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron, so if you’re anemic, or generally concerned about getting enough iron, this is a great source.

Some other great things about Goji berries

  • wide variety of carotenoids, which are essential for good vision
  • multiple B vitamins which are necessary for converting our food into energy
  • contain vitamin E, which is rarely found in fruits
  • omega 6 essential fatty acids
  • good source of potassium and calcium
  • bentaine, which aids in a variety of things from calming nerves to protecting DNA
  • complex carbohydrates
  • beta-sitosterol an anti-inflammatory
  • the list really goes on, ask if you’re still curious!

A tip for all my ladies, this berry contains cyperone which aids in alleviating menstrual cramps.  Nice.  Although there is no miracle cure for the pain we endure once a month, they are definitely helpful.  Everybody is different; try it out for yourself and let me know!

Even though these berries are originally from the Himalayas, you can find them at your local health food store.  Goji berries are commonly brewed into teas in Chinese medicine.  I enjoy them in my granola and trail mixes, yes I’m that much of a granola head.  I’d also recommend throwing them in with your cereal, their texture is similar to raisins.  These berries have a lot to offer, enjoy 🙂

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Avocados October 28, 2008

Filed under: FAT,Health Facts and Concerns,Health Tips,Protein,Superfoods — Yvette @ 3:26 pm

Avocados are easily my favorite food.  A lot of people shy away from them because they are known to be very fattening.  But, don’t be afraid of all fats, some fatty acids are essential to healthy brain functioning.  Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids are found in avocados.  If you need potassium and hate bananas, avocado are actually a better source of potassium.  They have tons of vitamins and dietary fiber, which is why most people call them a superfood.  Last, but not least, my favorite fact is that an avocado has more usable protein than an 8 ounce steak. Mmmm so yummy!