“TOP ORGANIC FOODS I LOVE”. Glad that you are here. It is wonderful to share some of the The choices are those that I consume daily/nearly every day. Welcome to Part One.
If you were to go into my refrigerator you would wonder where all the food is. The other wonder is why is the Top Shelf packed full. That shelf is full of Nuts, Seeds, Chia, Maca Powder, Flax Meal, and more. Do you feel the love? The rest of the refrigerator is fairly empty because it is kind of the landing area. Leaving room for the working space for fresh meals every day. Finally you would usually see some leftovers which are re-purposed in the next meal in some way.
My favorite meal is breakfast generally which usually lasts till noon or later. This explains further the interior of the refrigerator.
Shopping Food Stores | Top Organic Foods I Love
I visit several stores during the week. Mostly because I am looking for healthy good deals and sometimes to just see anything that is new. Sometimes I ask about specials and what is coming in… important stuff.
However, even though that is my history, make sure you monitor food items regularly to make sure you have them in the pantry. Availability is critical to proper food choices. Knowledge is power. Choose to never be in a position to be tempted for something that is not healthy.
Online Shopping | Top Organic Foods I Love
Due to my rural location online shopping has been a wonderful convenience. For several years I have built a storehouse of knowledge on buying online. Many people have contributed to the growth and experience which has been the best advisor. The experience has provided product availability not regularly in stock or getting better prices than in stores. Also, the ability to purchase in bulk to fill the pantry provides the flexibility to purchase a comfortable amount. Which, can be obtained gradually or large quantities at a time.
Let’s get started…..
Coconut Oil | Top Organic Food I Love
I cook almost exclusively with coconut oil. The aroma, taste, how it stands up under heat, even though I primarily cook under low heat, makes it easily my first choice. But wait, there is more… I am usually taking a tablespoon into my mouth for a miniature “oil pulling” with the Coconut Oil, while I am cooking away. Always feel better after that.
Also coconut oil is the predominant ingredient in the lotion I make which includes Olive Oil, Essential Oil, (peppermint, or lavender), or both which is crazy good. IF you haven’t done this, give it a try. It is wonderful for your overall health. Coconut oil is well known for other health benefits and find other ways to use it in my daily life. As you know, skin is our largest organ and the most visible. Coconut oil does a body good and all it shows up on the outside.
ORGANIC EGGS |TOP ORGANIC FOODS I LOVE
What a great source of protein and so much more. Many believe it is the “World’s Most Perfect Food”.
I boil a dozen eggs each week or more and they find there way into salads, snacks, the occasional egg to my Golden Retriever. Organic Eggs are awesome. Did you know eggs have 6 grams of high-quality protein and that a protein packed breakfast helps sustain mental and physical energy throughout the day? That’s good news for people of any age!
WILD CAUGHT SALMON | TOP ORGANIC FOODS I LOVE
Make sure to get Wild Caught. It is the best choice. Get Wild Caught or you may be getting fake food from many of the other salmon choices. Enough of that, for now.
Whether it is with a Salad, occasional Sandwich, Main Entree, or any other excuse I can think of, Wild Caught in on the Menu. There are dizzying amount of ways to prepare it. Further, all of the the nutrition is an amazing bonus. If you are not a fan, take a look at the nutrition and develop a taste for it. Many people wonder …, “How can it be that nutritious if it tastes that good.”
Yes, you may have to step up your game if you have not cooked salmon much. A simple guideline, less is more.
Many people I know just use salt & pepper with a little squeezed lemon after cooking with great results. However, do the research and you will become a Top Chef with the versatility of Salmon. Enjoy.
A four ounce portion of Wild Caught Salmon provides:
- Vitamin B12 (236% daily recommended value)
- Vitamin D (127%)
- Selenium (78.3%)
- Vitamin B3 (56.3&)
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids (55%)
- Protein (53.1%)
- Phosphorus (52.1%)
- Vitamin B6 37.6%
- Iodine (21.3%)
- Choline (19.2%)
- Vitamin B5 (18.4%)
- Biotin (15.1%)
- Potassium (14%)
CACAO (Cocoa) POWDER
According to various pieces of research that I’ve seen, cacao contains the highest amount of antioxidants of any food on the planet.
I use cacao in salads… really love crunch and flavor with cereal every morning. Also, my Buckwheat Pancakes couldn’t do without them and cacao frequently find themselves occupying new uses daily. I love it.
According to one study, cacao had a role as a chemo preventive agent based on the antioxidant capacities. It contains high levels of phenolics exhibiting the highest antioxidant activity. The results show cacao is more beneficial than either teas or red wine.
Cacao is the tree which produces cacao nibs called that because they come from the Cacao tree. Cocoa is ground Cacao. So, Cocoa powder comes from cacao nibs or cacao plant/tree.
If you are eating lots of fruits and vegetables that is great and that will produce a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. Interestingly, this same quality is also found in cacao. Further, it has positive effects on lowering blood pressure, improving vascular function… and more. It is well know for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities.
NUTRITIONAL FACTS – COCOA POWDER
The following is the nutritional facts for raw organic cacao powder (1 ounce)
- Calories – 120
- Calories from fat – 23
- Total fat – 2.5g (4% DV)
- Saturated fat – 1.5g (7% DV)
- Sodium – 20mg (1% DV)
- Total Carbohydrates – 19.0g (6% DV)
- Dietary fiber – 7.0g (28% DV)
- Protein – 5g
- Calcium – 4% DV
- Iron – 16% DV
- Vitamin A – 0%
- Vitamin C – 0%
Not only is palm sugar low on the glycemic index but it is a very sustainable alternative sweetener. I am pretty much obsessed with palm sugar these days and love its mild sweetness. Plus, it is super-easy to travel with.
The standout health benefits are impressive, the performance even better.
Routinely, I find the palm sugar replacing any sweetness in almost every situation and it performs much better. Buckwheat Pancakes get a little sprinkle just before serving and not only looks great, it tastes even better. Baked beans of any kind would benefit if you give it some a standout real depth of flavor.
Adding to coffee or tea would be a personal preference of course, but I would definitely give it a try. You may be a fan after you taste the additional flavor . I have somewhat lost my sweet tooth years ago. Palm Sugar has me interested in adding to foods for its unique nutrition while providing according to my taste buds a mild smoky inference… not smoky but near that taste. Intriguing.
Analysis of Nutritive Values
The Philippine Food and Nutrition Research Institute released the following information about their analysis of nutritive values found in coconut palm sugar. This information is based on averages that we obtained from publicly available databases, primarily found on the internet.
|Macro-nutrients (mg / 100gm)||Coconut Palm Sugar||Agave Syrup||Honey||Maple Syrup||Brown Sugar||Refined, White Sugar|
Sources: COMPARISON OF THE ELEMENTAL CONTENT OF 3 SOURCES OF EDIBLE SUGAR – Analyzed by PCA-TAL, Sept. 11, 2000. (MI Secretaria et al, 2003) in parts per million (ppm or mg/li). www.nutritiondata.com
Health Attributes of Palm Sugar Nutrients:
|Macro-nutrients||Health benefits provided by these nutrients|
|Nitrogen (N)||help treat cardiovascular diseases|
|Phosphorus (P)||important for bone growth, kidney functions and and cell growth|
|Potassium (K)||reduces hypertension, helps regulate blood sugar, helps control cholesterol levels and weight|
|Calcium (Ca)||vital for strong bone and teeth, and for muscle growth|
|Magnesium (Mg)||essential for metabolism, nerves and stimulates the brain (memory)|
|Sodium (Na)||plays a key role in the functioning of nerves and muscles|
|Chloride (Cl)||corrects the pressure of body fluids and balance the nervous system|
|Sulfur (S)||important for healthy hair, skin and nails, also helps maintain oxygen balance for proper brain function.|
|Boron (B)||essential for healthy bone and joint function, enhances body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium|
|Zinc (Zn)||called the “nutrient of intelligence” is necessary for mental development|
|Manganese (Mn)||has antioxidant, free-radical-fighting properties, is important for proper food digestion and for normal bone structure|
|Iron (Fe)||vital for the quality of blood, mental development and the immune system|
|Copper (Cu)||helps to release energy, helps in melanin production in the skin, helps in the production of red blood cells and aid in the absorption and transport of iron.|
CHIA SEEDS Named one of the Top 5 organic food trends of 2011.
Chia seeds are an incredible source of protein, and I use them in smoothies and for puddings. It is also added to my cereal every morning except Sunday when I add them to my Buckwheat Pancakes. Fabulous.
The Power Packed Chia seeds as an add-on that can be enjoyed in most everything. My additional favorites are salads and omelettes. Although many I know make it a regular in their smoothies.
Chia Seed Nutrition Profile
The reason Chia seeds are so beneficial is due to them being rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals such as (1):
- Dietary fiber (11g – 42% recommended daily value)
- Protein (4.4g – 9% RDV)
- Omega-3 fatty acids (4915 mg)
- Omega-6 fatty acids (1620 mg)
- Calcium (77 mg – 18% RDV)
- Copper (0.1 mg – 3% RDV)
- Phosphorus (265 mg – 27% RDV)
- Potassium (44.8 mg – 1% RDV)
- Zinc (1.0 mg – 7% RDV)
Chia also contains essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, and they are a rich source of anti-oxidants.
Summary | Top Organic Foods I love
I hope you enjoyed this brief overview of some “Top Organic Foods That I Love” that are important to us all. Day be day in every way we are getting better if we are eating Organics that are Whole Foods Plant Based. That is the key to our Health
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