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Nature’s Pharmacy – Microgreens

We often overlook nature’s pharmacy, where so many health answers and remedies are available. One little green sprout can help with so many different health condition!

Skeptical? Keep on reading!

There are so many different microgreens we could talk about, but the one that has me fascinated is broccoli microgreens.

Broccoli itself has always been a grocery must-have! It’s delicious, and also full of nutrients! Broccoli microgreens though, have these benefits, x 1000! (*An expression, not a fact*)

This is because of a specific food molecule called sulforaphane. It is commonly found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, or cabbage. But the highest amount of this miracle molecule can only be found in broccoli sprouts!

Every kind of these amazing microgreens are an abundant source of antioxidants and proteins. They can help protect against aging vision, fight against cancer, against diabetes, revitalize tissue, calm inflammation, activate digestive enzymes which detoxifies the body. They also assist in helping to create an alkaline environment in the body, which keeps disease from growing inside us.

They are easy to grow, but if that’s not your thing, we do offer pre-order & pick up of locally grown microgreens from 3 Guys Greens. The best part is you can order them all year long!  The sprouts come as a living tray that you simply snip to harvest 1-3 days after you receive them. Store them in a sealed container in your refrigerator.  They’ll last you about a week (because they’re so nummy and you’ll eat them all right up.) $13.50 per tray, and grown to order, so you pre-order about 2 weeks ahead of pick-up at Generation Green on Fridays.  There is no long term commitment – try them, love them, re-order as you like or sign up for a weekly tray.  You can order directly from 3 Guys Greens here.

Getting power nutrients like this into your diet is as simple as adding these tasty sprouts to anything like smoothies, salads, soups, sandwiches, stir fry, or simply (do like I do)  snip and eat for a snack! They really are that yummy!  We’ve added the microgreens from 3 Guys Green into our menu items at Acorn Cafe, like our vegan cream cheese bagels with cucumbers. And trust me when I say you’ll be left craving another!

Health is important and prevention is crucial!

Matcha Madness!

Only recently discovering Matcha, I was amazed at the health benefits that this green tea offers, so much in fact that we are all kinda going mad for matcha!

Here are just some of the health benefits matcha offers:

  • Packed with antioxidants including EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) which provides potent cancer-fighting properties
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies naturally
  • Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
  • Enhances mood and helps with concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Prevents disease
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

My personal discovery of matcha was while I was searching for an alternative for coffee. I loved the boost coffee gave me in the morning, and then again around 3:00 in the afternoon, but I couldn’t enjoy it unless I sweetened it up (lots) and added in cream.  Having decided that I needed to eliminate processed sugar and dairy from my diet, coffee had to go.

I tried drinking the matcha just mixed with hot water and while it was okay like that, I found I preferred it with soy milk either steamed or over ice. The most wonderful thing though (that I can’t tell people enough) is the energy boost it gave me with no crash!

Not only can you enjoy matcha as a beverage but you can add it into so many recipes and smoothies! At a recent staff team building party we gathered some recipes and experimented!  The results were amaaazing! So delicious and so simple! Especially want to share the recipe for the matcha peanut butter cups from our friends over at Matcha Ninja, we all loved these!  You can find Matcha Ninja cold brew packets instore as well we offer Matcha from Hollow Reed Holistic.

Matcha Peanut Butter Cups:

Ingredients:
1 cup cocoa butter

1/4 cup agave nectar

2 teaspoons matcha powder

1/4 cup cashew or macadamia nut butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

8 cupcake liners

  1. Melt cocoa butter in a double boiler, transfer to a medium sized bowl and whisk in matcha powder.
  2. Stir in nut butter and agave nectar.
  3. Divide cocoa butter mixture in half. Spoon 2 tablespoons into the bottom of each cupcake liner.
  4. Place liners on a tray and let set in freezer for 10 minutes.
  5. Spoon 1 tablespoon peanut butter into each cup and top with an additional tablespoon of the cocoa butter mixture to create a top layer.
  6. Return to freezer for about 15 minutes to set. Enjoy!

Recipe by the amazing ASHLEYSAUVÉ

 

Understanding Superfoods

Image courtesy of Fit Communications

We have all heard the term ‘super food’. Every time you read something about nutrition you are told to increase the number of super foods in your diet. Many restaurants now use it as a catch phrase for their salads and healthy meals. But what does it really mean? By definition, a super food is “a food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health. Super foods increase energy and vitality, regulate cholesterol and blood pressure and may help to prevent or fight cancer and other diseases.” (Source: Marriam-Webster Dictionary).

The issue then becomes what ARE the actual super foods? Click here to read more!

Thanks to our friends over at Fit Communications for being so passionate about helping Winnipeg get healthy! Be sure to check out the awesome initiative they created called FitGirls!

Chia Seed Fast Facts…

Chia SeedsWhat the heck is that little black seed and what will it do for me?  Here are some of the benefits of this superfood…

  • Weight Loss Assistance – The unique gelling action of Chia seeds keeps you feeling full for hours with no added calories! Add it into your morning smoothie, yoghurt or I’ve even just added into my drinking water. You can also substitute half chia seeds instead of the full portion of butter required in recipes to cut the fat!  food will taste the same and even stay fresher longer.
  • Balance Blood Sugar – Keeping balanced levels is important for good health and energy. If you eat high-starchy foods and sweets, blood sugar levels will rise, giving you a false energy high and then quickly drop to give you an energy zap!  You know that afternoon slump, I need a nap feeling? By balancing your blood sugar, you not only lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, but you also ensure steady, constant energy throughout your day. Chia seeds unique combination of soluble and insoluble fibre combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars.
  • A great source of fibre – To help ensure regularity, you need plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber in your diet. Chia seeds have a combination of both that helps keep food moving smoothly through the digestive process.
  • A source of omega-3 oil – If you’re not into eating fish, Chia seeds are the richest plant-source of this healthy oil that is so important for heart and cholesterol health.
  • Add age-defying antioxidants – Chia seeds are full of amazing antioxidants that makes the Chia Seed stay fresh for so long.  They can actually be kept at room temperature for up to two years! Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body which is the cause of premature aging of the skin.
  • A great source of minerals and vitamins – By weight, chia has more calcium than whole milk. It also has magnesium and boron, essential trace minerals used in the absorption of calcium and other vitamins.
  • Enhance flavour – Although chia seeds have no flavour, when the seeds hydrate, they actually magnify the taste of whatever they were added to because they take on the taste of whatever they are added to.

Pretty cool eh? Might just want to add that one to your superfood selection!