Beyonce has gone vegan, sales of juicers are up 130%, Joe Cross, Australia’s own MR JUICE has been spreading the word in the U.K and The Paleo diet is under fire, our fridges, plates and dinners have never been so scrutinized; the about turn to health can only be a good thing as long as we remember this too…
uote from ‘In Defence of Food’ by Michael Pollan
My career has been spent in love with food but always framed by the question ‘how does it effect me and my body’. From this question my interest in spices grew and it’s led me to fresh pastures where I am uncovering all manner of super foods, alongside health benefits to many dishes I have always cooked.
What we should be eating, we really already know it’s part common sense and part knowing your own body, about balance and moderation. Of course there are tweeks and specific requirements for those suffering illness or who are particularly active. But on the whole we all know basically what’s good for us, and more importantly what is not.
My particular interest lies in energy – the energy food gives. Sometimes we can all feel it’s lacking, and at other times we’re brim full – the way everyone wants to feel. Energy is directly linked to what we’re eating, and the food (and energy) is there for the taking.
Here are a few basic pointers…
‘Food for thought’
-Eating a colourful plate of food provides a full spectrum of nutrients. There’s no need to worry about supplements if all you need is coming from your food. (Further information on colourful eating).
-Vegetables, particularly leafy green ones are the best and swiftest way of revitalizing the body. The sun’s energy is harnessed in the ‘chlorophyll’ they contain and is near bio-identical to our bloods own haemoglobin. The effect of which is cleansing and energizing like you have never felt (join the green juice revolution – tried and tested and vouched for. Click here for more information, click here to try a juice cleanse Jason Vale – the juice master).
-Eating a range of carbohydrates in the form of barley, kamut, quinoa, root vegetables and other WHOLE grains provides a slow release of energy that doesn’t spike blood sugar and cause dips in energy and cravings for fast sugar pick me ups. Excellent news since often world foods contain such grains, yams, pumpkins etc, rather than the refined white carbohydrates.
(To read more on whole grains click here).
For me, and most people, juicing all day every day is not a sustainable choice to up energy levels. It’s also not the optimum choice if, like me, you adore good food.
Here’s a simple and healthy dish to keep up your energy and a green juice recipe to give you more:
Trinidadian chicken brown down
-1 tbsp coconut oil (the healthiest oil to cook with)
-1 tbsp brown sugar
-A thumb of fresh ginger – peeled and finely chopped
-2 onions – finely diced
-3 cloves of garlic – finely chopped
-8 chicken thighs or drumsticks – skin off
-1 tin of kidney beans – drained
-2 tomatoes – roughly chopped
-a few sprigs of fresh thyme
-1 large floury potato – cut into bite size pieces
-1 lemon – juiced
-20 or so grates of nutmeg
-1 stick of cinnamon
-1 star anise
-1 tsp mixed spice
-Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt (or Himalayan pink salt for extra minerals)
-A handful or parsley and/ or coriander – finely chopped (optional)
1. Heat the oil to smoking point and add the sugar.
2. Fry until it’s bubbling and starting to darken, without turning down the heat add the chicken and brown on all sides in the caramelized sugar.
3. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and spices and fry for a further 5 minutes to allow the flavour time to mingle.
4. Add all the other ingredients, black pepper and 1 tsp salt and enough water to cover.
5. Turn down and simmer until the chicken is cooked, potatoes are beginning to breakdown and much of the liquid has evaporated. (about 45minutes – to 1 hour).
6. Taste for seasoning and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley or coriander.
Serve with brown rice and a salad.
Super Energy juice
You will need a juicer to make this.
-2 stalks celery
-a good handful or flat leaf parsley
-¼ of a pineapple
-A handful of leafy greens such as spinach
-A small knob of fresh turmeric (optional – find out why its good here)
-½ an avocado – blitzed in afterwards
-1 tsp spirulina, 1 tsp wheatgrass powder (optional – for extra green power)
Happy eating, get those juices going.