Remember when your mom and grandma told you to “Eat more greens?” Well guess what, they were right! Thousands of published scientific studies from around the world have confirmed the healthy wisdom of what mom and grandma have always said. And that’s not all! Now the latest research also tells us to eat the blues, the reds, the yellows, and all the other colours everyday to get the full spectrum of colourful phyto (plant) nutrients we need to be healthy and active.
But that’s not always easy to do, is it? That’s why Prairie Naturals researches and formulates all the Colours of Health into tasty, instant, drink mixes for daily use. Our concentrated drink mix powders are made with selected fruits, berries and super green foods to provide the wide array of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients you need for healthy heart, eyes, brains, skin, digestion, immunity and ageing.
What’s better than Superfoods? Fermented Superfoods!
Fermented foods have been used as medicine throughout history. Chinese workers ate acid-fermented vegetables while building the Great Wall. The Koreans have made Kimchi a part of their daily menu for centuries. The Romans used sauerkraut to treat and prevent intestinal infections. Captain Cook used sauerkraut and lime juice to prevent scurvy on his three-year long journey around the world! Fermented foods have kept humans healthy for centuries!
In the case of Prairie Naturals superfoods, they’ve taken the highest quality, antioxidants-rich superfoods and fermented them. Fermented foods, as a group, are highly nutritious and digestible. Fermentation pre-digests foods, making nutrients more bioavailable, or easier to absorb, and in many cases, fermentation generates additional nutrients or removes anti-nutrients or toxins, too.
Check out this easy Red Superfoods Smoothie Recipe to get you in the mood for more superfoods:
Prairie Naturals has put together a collection of over 20 gourmet recipes to add more Superfoods to your diet. Come in to see how to get your copy of Prairie Naturals NEW Add More Superfoods to Your Everyday Recipe book and learn new ways to Superfood your life!
Here’s a taste of what you have to look forward to in this fun book!
Eat a more plant-based diet! Prairie Naturals HempProtein is more than a protein powder. It’s a more balanced way of living and eating. Hempseeds yield a high protein, nutrient dense food that nourishes us without depleting the soil or using vast amounts of water. This ecologically sound protein powder is completely green and 100% vegan. HempProtein delivers superior quality protein containing every one of the essential amino acids our bodies need. Naturally balanced omega fats in HempProtein reduce inflammation; strengthen hearts; promote resilient skin, flexible joints and enhanced immunity.
Creamy Coconut & Turmeric Popsicles Ingredients
•1 can organic coconut milk
•1 tsp Prairie Naturals Fermented Organic Turmeric powder
•1 scoop Prairie Naturals Organic Hemp Natural Ptotein
•2 frozen peeled bananas
•1 tbsp of local organic honey
•1 cup of frozen organic mango
Prep breakfast (or snacks!) for the week ahead with this Banana Protein Superloaf. Fibre-rich and protein packed with the benefits of fermentation, this flour-free loaf will keep you satisfied for hours.
In large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
Add in wet ingredients and knead mixture until thick dough is formed.
Press dough into loaf pan and let it sit out on counter for 3 hours or overnight for flavors to blend and develop.
Bake loaf on middle oven rack for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and gently remove from pan, placing bare loaf upside down on the rack, baking for another 30-40 minutes. The loaf is done when it sounds hollow when tapped.
Melt chocolate over low heat. Once melted, allow chocolate to cool for 15 minutes and spread evenly over loaf. Sprinkle some cacao nibs to garnish.
Store loaf in tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up 5 days.
We all know getting our omega-3 each day is important—but what makes it essential and what role does omega-6 also play? Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are healthy fats that our bodies cannot make, so must get it from our food. Every cell, tissue, gland and organ is dependent upon them.
Omega-3 is known as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and omega-6 as linoleic acid (LA). These are the “parent” fatty acids. Their “children”—the long chain fatty acids made by metabolizing ALA and LA in the body – include EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid).
Essential fatty acids:
Play important roles in brain, immune, skin, and cardiovascular health
Are pre-cursors to making signaling molecules like eicosanoids and endocannabinoids, which play important roles in mood, balancing inflammation, and cellular functioning
Are needed for proper cell membrane function (membrane fluidity)
Bind to receptors in cells and regulate genetic functioning
Support healthy functioning of blood vessels and the heart
Can also be used for energy by the body
Since our bodies do not make these omegas, the only way to get them is through our diet, and it is also important to get them in the right ratios. Omega-6 is fairly common in our diet but omega-3 is harder to find and omega-6 often comes from fried, baked and processed foods.
One oil blend that is getting a lot of recognition is Udo’s Oil™. It is a balanced blend of omega-3, 6, and 9, healthy fats with twice as much omega-3 as omega-6. Carefully cold-pressed in small batches, Udo’s Oil™ is made by Flora Manufacturing and Distributing, a local company in Burnaby B.C. The oil blend is made from carefully sourced organic ingredients, such as flaxseed (all of the flax seeds are from certified organic Canadian grown flax), sunflower seed, sesame seed, coconut oil and evening primrose seed oil. The oil is not only organic but also non-GMO, vegan and raw—that’s right, raw! Meaning the oil does not get pressed over a temperature of 55° C. It’s bottled in amber glass bottles to protect it from light and nitrogen flushed to remove all oxygen (light and oxygen, along with heat, can damage omega-3 fatty acids in particular).
Udo’s Oil™ is a simplified approach to getting all of your healthy omegas in one bottle. You no longer have to take your omegas 3, 6 and 9 separately as it is now available in a balanced ratio in one convenient bottle. Because Udo’s Oil™ has such delicate ingredients, i.e. flax, it requires refrigeration to protect the health properties of the ingredients and can be found in the refrigerated section of most health food stores and select grocery. Simply blend Udo’s Oil™ into your salads, protein shakes, hummus, pasta, veggies—and you’re not only enjoying a buttery delight—you’re also taking care of some essential business.
Udo’s Oil™ is also available on the shelf in vegan soft gel capsule form (NPN 80016142). They are an excellent source of plant based omega-3 and omega-6 to support your overall health.
Kale Slaw with Fresh Turmeric
1 bunch Tuscan kale (about 15 stalks), washed and dried
4 oz enoki mushrooms, root ends cut off and stalks separated
2 stalks celery, halved lengthwise and cut diagonally into strips
2 carrots, grated
1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
½ red onion, cut into slivers
½ cup basil leaves, packed
¼ cup unseasoned brown
¼ cup Udo’s Oil™
4 cloves garlic
2 tsp sriracha sauce
½ tsp sea salt
4 turmeric roots, peeled
Grasping the leaf portion of the kale, pull away and discard the stems. Stack the leaves and slice crosswise into very thin strips. Place in a large bowl along with the mushrooms, celery, carrot, red pepper and onion. Place the basil, vinegar, Udo’s Oil™, garlic, sriracha and salt in a blender and process until smooth. Pour over the vegetables in the bowl and mix thoroughly. Divide among 4 plates. Grate 1 turmeric root over each salad and serve at once.
Snacking gets a bad reputation most of the time. Sure, snacking is not great if you’re snacking on chips, cookies and candy all day every day; but, if you’re choosing healthy snacks then it’s perfectly okay! We’re talking about fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, dark chocolate, veggies and hummus, smoothies and … wait, did we say chocolate?
Yes. Yes, we did.
Chocolate isn’t all bad if you’re choosing high quality chocolate. That means raw chocolate made with antioxidant-rich raw cacao or dark chocolate without all the fillers and flavourings.
If indulging on chocolate sounds like a perfect snack to you, you need to try our Raw Chocolate Maca Balls recipe. It’s a combination of nuts and dried fruit with maca powder, and raw cacao to give it some energy and a chocolatey bite.
Both maca and cacao combined add antioxidants, while maca powder is also great for mood balance and sexual health.