Saturday, March 11, 2006

Vegan Wonderfoods

As we all know, some foods are better for you than others. And some make you feel better than others. So here is a list of some Vegan Wonderfoods!

1) Açaí (ah-SIGH-ee) -
This little berry is a potent and powerful little berry. If you have ever tried Açaí (commonly in the juice form), you know what it can do. It gives you an energy boost without a crash, makes you feel full, gives you alertness, makes you feel "awake", and has more anti-oxidants than an other fruit known to man. It has 167 ORAC units of antioxidants per gram of fruit. Its delicious, and because of all the free-radical fighting anti-oxidants, it helps fight signs of aging. It's the number 1 item on Dr. Perricone's Superfood List.

2) Nuts -
Nuts are a great source of protein for vegans. They are also a great source of fat, which is good because many vegans have trouble getting enough fat in their diets (myself included). Nuts can be added to desserts to give them a protein boost. They are also a very versatile food to work with.

3) Beans -
Like nuts, beans are good sources of protein and fat. They are also high in fiber. Bean can be used in many recipes, but are traditionally in Mexican foods. In many recipes you can substitute beans in for meat (like tacos, enchiladas, stews, chili, etc) You can put beans in cupcakes (very yummy.)

4) Chocolate/Cocoa -
Chocolate IS healthy, in small quantities. Dark chocolate has naturally occuring chemicals in it that help lower blood pressure. Chocolate also contains anti-oxidants which fight off free radicals. The more cocoa in the chocolate, the better it is for you. As we all know, chocolate makes us feel good and tastes delicious. Cocoa powder can be used in tofu pies, pudding, fudge (I made some last night), brownies, and pretty much any dessert.

5) Soy -
Soy is high in protein, and has no cholesterol. It can be used as a meat substitute. Soy is also known to slow or stop the growth of certain cancers. Though studies have contradicted each other on whether too much soy is good or bad for you, the FDA recommends 25 grams of soy protein a day to help control heart disease. (Vegan however, dont have any cholesterol intake since its only found in animal products)

Voila! Here are you're 5 vegan wonderfoods! If you have anymore, leave a comment with a little paragraph on why its super!

No comments:

Google Search!