Super power foods: cacao nibsI hope you were able to experiment with some new foods from last week’s list of Super Power Foods.

Here is the second half of my recommended list….enjoy!

1)  Use olive oil to cook?…..Try ghee. Ghee is clarified butter and is frequently used in Indian cooking. It is easily digested by everyone since the milk proteins have been removed. It also has a high heat threshold and will not go rancid as quickly as olive oil when exposed to high temperatures during the cooking process.

2)  Dig peanut butter?….Try almond butter. All nut butters are a good non-animal source of protein. However, almonds contain the highest calcium content of all nuts and are a good source of fiber. When purchasing nut butters, look for raw, unsalted varieties.

3) Get pleasure from dark chocolate?…Try cacao nibs. Cacao is the nut all chocolate is made from. It is high in iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamins A, C and D. It is also dairy and sugar-free! Use it as a salad topper, throw it in smoothies, or put it on top of almond butter and a rice cake for a healthy treat.

4)  Enjoy sushi but never experimented beyond nori (the seaweed sushi rolls are wrapped in)? Try kombu for a changeit is a rich source of iron and iodine. Kombu, easily found in health food stores, can be added to any grains or beans at the beginning of the cooking process. The vitamins and minerals will be soaked up in the cooked food and be difficult to taste by even the pickiest of eaters!

5) Not fond of soy milk?…try hemp milk. Many people, especially Westerners, have trouble digesting soy products. As an alternative, try hemp milk which is easier to digest and high in calcium, vitamins, A, B and D, and omega 3 and 6s. Look for unsweetened varieties to minimize sugar content and use in place of milk in any recipe.

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