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What Is A Superfood?

Posted Apr 18 2010 9:13am

One of our Rock Stars is being featured as a guest blogger on Crazy Sexy Life ... here's the scoop:

Many people ask, “What makes a food super?” A superfood is a food that is over the top in vitamins and minerals; a food that offers vitality, sustainable energy, trace minerals and has the ability to balance our entire system; a food that offers optimal immune support and more!

Foods like goji berries, cacao, maca, golden berries and mulberries are just a few of the foods considered to be superfoods. For instance, goji berries are a complete protein source. They contain 18 different amino acids including all 8 essential amino acids. They also contain polysaccharides that fortify the immune system and are considered a top herb in the 5000-year-old medicinal system of China.

Cacao or raw chocolate is one of my absolute favorite superfoods. Cacao contains the alkaloid theobromine. Theobromine is derived from the Greek word, theobroma, which means “food of the gods.” Cacao contains over 300 chemical compounds that support the function of the body. In addition, cacao is a good source of magnesium, which many Americans are deficient in. Magnesium is needed for the heart to function optimally. It is no accident that Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand in hand. The key, however, is to get your hands on RAW chocolate. That is where the magic happens!

Another amazing superfood is maca. Maca is a powerful adaptogen, which means it has the ability to balance and stabilize all of the body’s systems. It provides a sustainable source of energy, balances the hormones (whether you are male or female) and has been known to aid in relief of depression. The synergy of raw maca and cacao are what brought me out of depression. These superfoods literally saved my life!

Superfoods are essential to optimal well-being. They offer what no other foods can offer, no matter how organic or live in being. When you incorporate organic, raw, superfood living into your lifestyle, you are guaranteed an abundance of energy, vitality, happiness and an ease from your dis-ease. Superfoods are the proverbial fountain of youth!

One of my favorite ways to start the day is with a superfood smoothie. It is quick and easy… perfect for those of us on the go! This smoothie will nourish you on a deep level and provide you with all of the energy necessary to begin your day. This smoothie will offer you protein, vitamins, minerals and a sustainable source of energy. It will keep you from those mid-day crashes; it will speed up your metabolism, yet keep those hunger pangs away! This superfood smoothie will literally offer you feelings of bliss as raw cacao stimulates the production of anandamide (“the bliss chemical”). In addition you will be able to stay focused because cacao stimulates our neurotransmitters (needed to keep us alert). The best part is that these foods taste great!

Do you have an important meeting, exam or deadline to meet? This superfood smoothie is your answer! How about just an excuse to sip on something utterly scrumptious that is totally guilt-free? This superfood smoothie is ORGANIC, VEGAN, RAW and LOW GLYCEMIC!

Superfood Smoothie Recipe (all organic ingredients):

-3 cups coconut water, hemp milk, almond milk or oat milk
-1/4 cup raw cacao beans (or nibs)
-3 tbsp maca root powder
-1 handful of goji berries
-1 tbsp coconut oil
-1 pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan crystal salt
-Real Raw Clear Agave Nectar (sweeten to taste)

Place all of the ingredients in your blender or Vita-Mix and blend on high until creamy. Serve and enjoy!

I would like to take this opportunity to speak about agave. There is a big controversy about agave and I can say with great clarity that the Real Raw Clear Agave Nectar is the only agave on the market that is TRULY low glycemic. I have personally tested all of the different grade agaves on the market and this agave is the only one that kept my blood sugar even. I have testimonials from Type 1 diabetics who say they can eat an entire serving of my raw chocolate bar, The ONE Bar ™, and their blood sugar is completely stable without an increase of even one point. Real Raw Clear Agave Nectar is the only agave I know of that is proven to meet the low glycemic standards. In addition, it is the only agave that is free of any and all heat-processing through the use of high-velocity centrifugal straining of juices.

There are no rules, only choices. When we take the opportunity to love ourselves and make the best choice available in every moment, we see remarkable changes! It is in these moments that we become the superhero of our own personal life story. What do you choose?

Gabrielle Brick is an International Educator & Lifestyle Consultant with over 15 years experience and understanding in the art of optimal nutrition. She has studied with world-renowned leaders in Nutrition, Psychology, Linguistics, and Chinese Medicine. Gabrielle guides one to a place of deep understanding in optimal nutrition by tapping us into the nature of self through our choices in food.

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