This will be my last post for the summer months, not to worry I’ll be back at the beginning of September. I will be ramping up content on the site, and finishing up the second year advanced culinary & pastry program. There are hundreds of posts to read through in the meantime, so at the very least join as a free member to enjoy! Let’s look at foods that heal, Superfoods!
A term that has been kicking around for a while now, not new, but seemingly a novelty of late. What exactly is it, and does it really have any merit? Superfoods are just what they profess to be, super good foods. Superfoods are foods — mostly plant-based but also some fish and dairy — that are thought to be nutritionally dense and thus good for one’s health. Blueberries, salmon, kale and acai are just a few examples of foods that have garnered the “superfood” label. Superfoods contain a variety of nutrients, such as antioxidants, which are thought to ward off cancer. They also have healthy fats, thought to prevent heart disease, fiber, thought to prevent diabetes and digestive problems; and phytochemicals — the chemicals in plants responsible for deep colors and smells, which can have numerous health benefits.
But I Prefer McDonalds, is that a superfood?
Hey, we all have shortcomings, right? I indulge in fast food on occasion as well. It’s just that 95% of my diet is generally healthy. I’ll grab a “GOOD” pizza or burger on occasion, maybe once a week…that’s it. But even in these cases, often I will make it myself. If I do eat out, I select restaurants that have healthier fare, and are at the very least a Canadian Brand, A&W, Harveys, etc…
Cooking with SuperFoods
This is easy and fun. There is a ton of information out there! Here is a pretty good link to get you started; https://www.mashed.com/56850/start-cooking-superfoods/. However if you are lazy about cooking there are ways around this. I call it stealthy health food introduction. In some respects its almost better than using the whole product itself. On the above list of superfoods you will note that the top of the list is primarily “GREEN” foods. If you elect to scratch cook with these foods, purchase them from an organic farmer. Many of these farmers have what is called CSA packages. Community-supported agriculture Under the loose organizational umbrella of CSA, people are provided with fresh, local food during harvest season. In most cases you pay an annual fee up front to receive a weekly hamper of fresh produce. Beats grocery store crap by a long shot! Another way is to introduce them to yourself and your family through supplements. You can find many varieties of “GREEN” food supplements in drug or health food stores. I recommend independent health food stores, as the prices and quality of choices is better. I use a well rounded approach to all of the above. At times, life can be demanding and our food choices might not be up to snuff. This is when I up my supplement intake.
List of recommended supplements
- Vibrational Greens, #1 on my list; affordable, organic and Canadian made. www.VibrationalGreens.com
- Greens +, another Canadian company; perhaps a more complete product that includes probiotics, but at twice the price
- Bee pollen and Royal jelly; From the busy bees, increases energy, clarity and general well being.
- Seaweed; In any form
- Chia seeds; just a sprinkle on your morning oatmeal!
- Miso, kombucha, kimchi; excellent source of phytonutrients and probiotics
How to be a Sneaky Pete
As a chef, I feel it is my responsibility to provide beautiful, healthy and nutrient dense foods to my customers. Essentially, foods that heal. I don’t want them to feel like they are in a health food restaurant, cause they’re not! So as a sneaky chef I add superfoods into almost everything I serve. Mostly in there natural state, fresh fruits and vegetables that are locally sourced and organic. All my cooking is based on sound “Classical Methods”. You won’t find a can or box of anything in my kitchen…just food. In addition, with my baking and pastry, I choose healthier alternatives to white sugar and flour. Raw organic sugar, honey and lots of maple syrup and dark chocolate! Even with my breads, which are all whole grain sour dough based I sneak superfoods in. I actually sell my breads online, you can find them on my alternate website www.dtpcs.biz, check them out!
I hope you all enjoy a healthy, safe and happy summer. I’d love to have you come visit me at Chanterelles, Sugar Hill Inn, NL. I’ll have a table waiting for you! Cheers and happy cooking!