Top Vegan Superfoods – B12 – Omegas – Amino-Acids

The present list of superfoods are easy to integrate in your diet and rich in proteins, omegas, vitamins and minerals. Who said it was hard to get proteins and B12 as a Vegan? It is in fact more accessible and bio-available in a plant-based version!

 

Spirulina

Spirulina is an incredible green algae which is proven to have amazing benefits on your health when consume on a daily basis. It has been shown to detox heavy metals and arsenic, eliminates Candida and antimicrobial agent, helps prevent cancer, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and chances of stroke, enhance energy performance, help for weigh loss and offers many benefits for the brain and memory.
Spirulina is high in protein, Omega-3 and Omega-6 as well as minerals like copper, manganese, magnesium, sodium and potassium and has a lot of vitamins K, A, B6, C, Riboflavin, Thiamin and Niacin. The best way to consume is in powder form in a smoothie or a green juice with lemon or lime for better absorption.
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Chlorella

Chlorella is often confused with Spirulina. Chlorella is similar in many ways but proportions are different and complementary. Chlorella contains more Omega-3 while Spirulina contains more Omega-6. Chlorella has more Iron, Phosphor and Manganese. Chlorella also has B12 which is 100% bio-available. Therefore Chlorella is one of the best supplement for Vegans looking for a natural source of B12. It’s good to consume Spirulina as well as Chlorella. Chlorella and Spirulina can be consumed together.
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Irish Moss

This is one of my favorite because of its versatility in recipes and its health benefits. Irish Moss is a type of sea weed that has no particular taste. It is the perfect thickening agent for recipes and natural gelatin that offers endless possibilities for Vegan and raw deserts as well as face masks and creams. It’s been shown to improve thyroid health, has the potential to fight cancer, helps for positive mental and emotional health, can lower cholesterol, pain reducer, anti-inflamatory and protects the heart. The list of nutrients in this miracle algae is overwhelming. Some of them includes : Vitamins B and C, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, amino-acids, iodine, bromine, zinc, selenium, pectin, beta-carotene, and calcium. Irish moss is high in carrageenan and collagen which improves skin and hair health. Once blend with water it creates a gelatin that turns to a “jello” after a few hours in the refrigerator. You can put a scoop in your smoothies or create deserts as a substitute to gelatin. You can also directly put on your skin, do a face mask which highly help for a glowing young skin.
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Chia

Because of its high content in amino-acids and fibers, Chia seeds are considered effective against hypertension and diabetes. They are also recognized for bone health and also improve athletic performances.
Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3, Fibers, Calcium, Iron, B9 and are also a great source of amino-acids and antioxidants.  Chia seeds are also very versatile for recipes and easy to integrate in diet. When soak, they create a viscous “shell” and is a great replacement for eggs.
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Maca

Maca, also known as “Peruvian Ginseng” is actually a cruciferous root vegetables. Maca has many impressive health benefits including : buffering the effect of stress, improving blood flow, improving fertility and libido, boosting the immune system, improving bone health, improving athletic performances and clearer thinking. It has a great source of B12, B1, B2, C and E. It is also high in amino acids and has  important sources of iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium.
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Goji Berries

Goji berries are well known for benefits such as heart health, regulation of cholesterol, help regulate blood sugar, strengthen the immune system, fight cancer and help for a beautiful skin. Rich in antioxidants like the beta-carotene but also zeaxanthin and lutein. Goji berries are also rich in minerals such as iron, phosphor, potassium, calcium and zinc. They are rich in proteins and fibers and contain close to 20 amino acids and a high source of vitamins A, B, C and E. They are also rich in Omega-3. They are very tasty and easy ton integrate in any recipes.
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Turmeric

Turmeric is used as spices in many Indian dishes and is a powerful root which is one of the most powerful herbs on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing diseases. It is one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all science. Benefits include: reduces depression, fight inflammation, improve skin health, helps against Arthritis, treat and prevent certain cancers, improve blood flow, helps for detoxification and many more. Turmeric is high in fiber, vitamins B6, C, E and Niacin. It is also high in potassium, iron, manganese and zinc. Often sold in powders or capsules or as fresh roots, it should be consumed with black or cayenne pepper to help absorption and goes well with ginger. Check out this famous and delicious golden milk recipe.
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Pine pollen

It is one of the most interesting one because it’s quite expansive in markets but ironically there are plenty of pine trees everywhere and it’s easy to harvest your own. It is the perfect superfood for athletes and body builders, enhance libido as well as will power and mood, boosts immune system, offers many benefits for the skin, and anti-inflammatory due to MSM. Pine pollen provides a very high range of amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6, C, D3 and E. Also rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, copper, iron and manganese. You can consume 1 1/2 tsp a day in powder or 2 capsules up to 3 times daily.
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The power of Juicing

Juicing is the best way to ingest large amount of living dense foods and nutrients in your body. We live in an era where food isn’t as rich as it used to be, the soil has less nutrients because of intensive farming and production. To get all the nutrients needed we need more whole food. Raw, or not, you need a lot of living foods to feel your best, plus, juicing heals and has been proven to cure people with severe diseases. We are fortunate enough to have the technology to extract the nutrients from food and separate them from the insoluble fibers. This way you won’t eat and chew all day long to achieve your vitamins and minerals intake. There are some things you should know about juicing, and what not, to get the best results, so let’s discuss about it.

Fibers
There are two types of fibers found in fruits and vegetables. Soluble fiber and insoluble. When you juice, the insoluble fiber is removed. This is the thicker fiber like the skin and the “filaments” just like in celery. The main objective of the insoluble fiber is to “trigger” the digestive system by chewing. Just like the smoothies, when you juice, you have to “chew” or swirl the liquid in your mouth to trigger the digestive system. The positive part about not having the insoluble fibers, in comparison with smoothies where you keep all the fibers, is that it’s easier on your system, you have less material in your gut and stay in a “fasting” state. Therefore, I highly suggest that a green juice should be your first “meal”. The soluble fiber is the pulp found in fruits and vegetables. This is what feeds the healthy bacteria in the gut, the probiotics. This is the fiber you need for digestion and to prevent all kind of digestive disorders. When you juice, you keep the soluble fiber.

Fruits
You should juice greens rather that fruits. You will have too much sugar as a result of juicing fruits. It’s still better than buying a commercial fruit juice of course. But if you do, mix it up with some water. The best fruits to juice are: Green apples with greens, Watermelon is good, organic is best; you should juice the skin of the watermelon which contains more nutrients than the red part! Otherwise, for best results and healing proprieties, juice greens.

Greens
Celery, cucumbers, wild greens and dark leafy greens, like Kale and Spinach, should be the base if you are juicing greens. Add ginger and lemon to a green juice will highly enhance flavours and medicinal proprieties in green juice.

Food combination
Some foods aren’t compatible with others and you should be careful. Leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables go with everything. Herbs, spices, citrus and ginger are neutral. Carrots should only be mixed with green apples and ginger. For the most part, stay in a category and do not go crazy with too much ingredients.

Buying a Juicer
There are a lot of different kind of juicers in the market and it can be a struggle to choose which one is best. Some are better to juice fruits, other greens. Some are versatile and you can use to also crunch ingredients like seeds and nuts or create dough out of sprouted buckwheat for exemple. Depending on your budget you can always find cheap ones. Personally I see it as an investment. I really like the Omega juicers because they are versatile and it’s not going to break easily, in fact, I might have it for the rest of my life! I have the model NC800 HDS which is a “masticating version” that slowly crunch the ingredients without damaging and creating oxydation. I also use it for many culinary options.

 

Recipes


Ginger Blast
50g of Ginger
1 Lemon (with skin if organic)
1 Head of Celery
2-3 Medium size Cucumbers
Handful of Parsley


Carrot “Mineralizer”
7 Carrots
3 Green apples


Chlorophyl Boost
4 cups of Spinach
Handful of Dandelion greens
Handful of Mint
1 Head of Celery
1 Lemon


Total Detox
1 Head of Cilantro
50g of ginger
1 Lime
2 -3 Green Apples
1 Head of Celery


Wild Energy
Handful of Dandelion greens
Handful of Plantains
Handful of Carrot Greens (wild)
3-4 Medium size Cucumbers
1 Lemon
40g of Ginger


Kale & Ginger Turmeric
1/2 a Head of Kale
1/2 a Head of Celery
2-3 Medium size Cucumbers
40g of Ginger
40g of fresh Turmeric
1 Lemon
Pinch of black pepper (highly improve absorption of Turmeric)


I hope you enjoyed this introduction to juicing. Please feel free to share some recipes in the comments and give it a like!

 

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