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Adaptogens & Superfoods Are On The Menu!

One of the first things we were sure we wanted to incorporate into our Acorn Cafe menu were adaptogens and super foods infused beverages and food.

Adaptogens are substances from plants, herbs, and mushrooms that help our bodies adapt or balance.

That could mean adapt to stress, balance hormones, ease digestion, increase energy, or even clearing brain fog and helping memory. Adaptogens are also great at contributing to a strong immune system and have been used to fight cancer and/or manage the effects of cancer treatments.

Adaptogens are not anything new. Adaptogens have been used by healers and herbalists for thousands of years!  They are becoming more common now, as people start to look for more natural ways to deal with common issues. A very common issue being chronic stress!  We all have to deal with stress. And are all affected by it; either physically, emotionally, or psychologically. And we all try to find ways to manage it. Stress can likely be the root cause of many health issues, including weakened immune systems, digestion issues, and inflammation in our bodies.

Some of the adaptogens you will find on the Acorn Cafe menu are turmeric, ginger, milk thistle, and reishi and chaga (medicinal mushrooms.) Just to name a few!

Superfoods, of course, are plant-based foods that are loaded with nutrition! Essential for healthy diets and optimum function. There is a long list of super foods that will be found in our menu items. A couple worth mentioning are: matcha green tea and E3 Live’s Blue Majik.

Matcha is a green tea that’s processed less than regular green tea. Since they grow in shade, the natural nutrients found in the leaves are entirely preserved. The leaves are never heated.  The benefits of matcha outweigh the benefits of some of the other most popular superfoods! Matcha contains over 6x the antioxidants in goji berries, 7x the antioxidants in dark chocolate, 17x more antioxidants than blueberries, and 60x the antioxidants found in spinach. In just one teaspoon!  Try out Acorn Cafe’s matcha latte (my personal favourite,) and experience an energy burst that lasts with no crash!

E3 Live’s Blue Majik is relatively new, and has some serious health benefits! Blue Majik is the most dense superfood known, loaded with the highest concentration of proteins, vitamins, trace minerals, and essential fatty acids. One teaspoon of the fresh or frozen concentrated algae is equivalent to eating a large salad. The Blue Majik concentrate is great added into lattes and smoothies!

In addition to adaptogens and super foods, our tea menu contains beneficial herbal concoctions created by Hollow Reed, that are known to help with digestion, stress, colds, and more!

Stop by Acorn Cafe at Generation Green and let our staff create something new, just for you!

Please note that all the information found on generationgreenwpg.com is not meant to treat or diagnose health issues. We intend to provide information on our products and ingredients. We encourage everyone to do their own research and consult with a professional before diagnosing or treating a chronic condition. Also take caution if nursing or pregnant.

There are many types of adaptogens which may work differently for everyone. For alternative treatment to chronic issues, I highly recommend a consult with master herbalist, Chad Cornell at Hollow Reed Holistic.

 

 

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!

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Chlorella Fast Facts

Before you say yuck, another green, must be good for you but probably tastes bad statement, you must read on!

So yesterday a friend of mine who happens to be a health know all, adds some chlorella into a smoothie we were each enjoying, encourages me to do the same.  I am hesitant because I’m really enjoying the taste and don’t want it tasting “green”. She encourages me to try hers and I was surprised to find it still tasted great! I did already know that chlorella was great at cleaning out the harmful chemicals that we take in but there’s more…

 

This seriously green powder is a natural supplement that boosts your energy, supports fat loss and helps detox heavy metals like lead and mercury from your body.

Chlorella  is a blue-green algae that is native to Taiwan and Japan. It is thought to be the most thoroughly researched food in history, containing the highest chlorophyll content of all known plants. That’s where the energy part comes from!

Chlorella is a great source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Add into smoothies, sprinkle over salads, add into yogurt, etc.

Start out with maybe 1/4 teaspoon (take with food as it seriously aids with digestion) than gradually increase up to the recommended dose of  1-5 grams.

Fast Facts…

  • strengthens the immune system
  • promotes bowel health
  • helps to detoxify the body
  • cleanses the blood stream, liver, and kidneys
  • increases oxygen to your body’s cells and brain
  • promotes proper growth in children
  • fights infection,
  • helps raise the pH of your body to a more alkaline state
  • promotes the production of friendly flora in your gastrointestinal tract
  • helps to counteract the fatigue and mood swings associated with PMS and perimenopause!!!

**As always, please consult a medical professional if you are taking medications, are pregnant or nursing.

Chlorella can interact negatively with certain medications. Because it contains vitamin K, chlorella supplements can interfere with the effectiveness of blood thinner medications. If you have an allergy to iodine, you may also be allergic to chlorella.  .

Gogi Berries Fast Facts

 

Goji Berries
Goji Berries

Goji Berries are bright orange-red berries that comes from a shrub native to China. In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations in the hope of living longer.

Goji Berries are loaded with Vitamin C and have more carotenoids than any other food! They also contain 18 amino acids, 21 minerals and glyconutrients for cell communication.

Carotenoids, are the colorful plant pigments that the body can turn into vitamin A, they are powerful antioxidants that can help prevent some forms of cancer and heart disease, and enhance your immune response to infections.

Goji berries have a natural tinge of sweetness and contain tiny seeds that offer fibre benefits to your diet. Add them into smoothies, top your oatmeal, or try some of these recipes from onegreenplanet.org. Goji berries are often used as an alternative to raisins or cranberries in recipes.

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We have added organic goji berries into our bulk superfood section at Generation Green if your curious about them, and want to try them out!

You will want to check with your doctor first before adding goji berries to your diet if you are taking blood thinners, blood pressure medication or have diabetes.

Bulk Superfoods

Superfood1Superfoods are definitely the rage, but it can be overwhelming with just how many different products there are, and what they all claim to do!

We totally agree that these superfoods are a must have addition for a healthy diet, so we decided it might be easier for folks to give them a try  if we put them in bulk, and did some fast facts on each of the superfoods we stock.  (See our previous posts by clicking on the word for Chia Seeds & Hemp Hearts)

 

 

 

Here is a list of the Superfoods we currently have in in bulk: (All our bulk products are organic) Tell us what you would like to try and we’ll see about bringing it in.

  • Chia Seeds
  • Manitoba Hemp Hearts
  • Manitoba Flax Seeds
  • Spirulina Powder
  • Cacao Powder
  • Chlorella Powder
  • Goji Berries
  • Mesquite Powder

*Ask us for recipe suggestions too! We’ve found some awesome ones that you can use those superfoods in!

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We mentioned in a previous post that we also stock bulk organic sprouts.  Sprouts are another awesome way to add nutrients into your diet, plus it’s so awesome to have some fresh greens growing in the winter! Read more here!

What’s New? Well…

I must apologize for how slow I have been in posting, but it has been such a busy (no complaints) summer!

So many new, exciting products have arrived and I must announce a few of those now!

logoNatural Factors Supplements – After many, many requests, we have finally brought in a supplement line!  We decided on Natural Factors, liking the fact that they are produced in Coquitlam, BC., as well as the extent of IMG_1367research used in creating these natural health formulas that are safe, reliable and effective.  We have started with some of their more specialty lines, but can easily order in what you may be requiring.

IMG_1393Go Natural Goat Milk Beauty Products – A line of farm fresh goats milk products creating by the Kennedy family in Sanford, MB. Did you know goats milk has the same PH level as our own skin and therefore makes it great for even the most sensitive skin.IMG_1392 Go Naturals line includes, their in demand line of lip balms, soaps, bath teas, face/body oils & more! Stop by and sample for yourself!

packagingFull Of Beans – Gluten free mixes and bean blends from Ontario.  Kim and Ben Dietrich grow coloured beans on their farm, and create their blends and mixes using Ontario bean flour as the base ingredient.

 

Three Farmers Roasted Chickpeas – The same folks who brought us Camelina Oil, twobagshave now created (in our opinion) the best tasting roasted chickpeas ever! Two flavours to try, BBQ as well as Balsamic & Cracked Pepper.

 

productsv2Squishy Snak Pak – From Saskatchewan, stay at home mom Michelle Zacharias (Mompreneur), was wanting a way to provide nutritious snacks on the go for her own children, and came up with the Squishy Snak Pak that allows self feeding for infants but enjoyed by children of all ages. (ahem, and a few adults).

Four Sigma Foods – Medicinal Mushroom Herbal Teas that offer amazing health and instant_chaga_21immunity benefits.  They have great information about the benefits of each of the mushrooms on their site.

UnknownEarth Circle Organics – A complete line of Raw and Organic Superfoods from reliable farm communities with sustainable practices. Offering everything from Organic Goji Berries (the best tasting!) to Cocao!

***Coming Soon….Lorna Vanderhaeghe Hormone help and healthy immunity product line. & E3Live + BrainON

Of course there are so many amazing products, that it’s difficult at times to keep up!  I say to people this store started from a little snowball and has definitely grown into something really huge!  Here’s a little slideshow of the photos recently taken of Generation Green and the vast array of products!