Some Green Stuff…and Photo Galleries…


Matcha

Matcha, goes into all my GJGS's. Too much goodness to babble on about it here. It's loaded with antioxidants and a high ORAC and that's just for starters.


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About the Dandelions

It’s not just a weed!


Herbalist,Jessica Godino has to say about dandies:

“Worth eating for their nutritional value alone, the greens are extraordinarily high in Vitamins A and C, potassium, and calcium. They are also high in iron, phosphorous, and the b-complex, as well as other trace minerals. Tasty both fresh and cooked, try adding a chopped handful to your salad and put some in with your other steamed greens. “… And remember- the flowers are edible too!”

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All leafy greens are at the top of the food chain. It’s really odd to note how little greens are featured in recipes. When was the last time you saw greens on tv or heard them on a radio ad?

From About.com:

The following information is for 55 g ( 1 C ) raw dandelion greens

Macronutrients:

  • Water: 47.08 g
  • Calories: 25
  • Protein: 1.49 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.06 g
  • Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Sugars: 2.12 g
  • Total Fat: 0.39 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.094 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.008 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.168 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Micronutrients:

  • Calcium: 103 mg
  • Iron: 1.71 mg
  • Magnesium: 20 mg
  • Phosphorus: 36 mg
  • Potassium: 218 mg
  • Sodium: 42 mg
  • Zinc: 0.23 mg
  • Vitamin C: 19.3 mg
  • Thiamin: 0.105 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.143 mg
  • Niacin: 0.443 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid: 0.046 mg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.138 mg
  • Vitamin B12: 0 mcg
  • Folate: 15 mcg
  • Vitamin A: 2712 IU
  • Vitamin E: 2.63 mg
  • Vitamin K: 150.5 mg

Phytonutrients:

  • beta Carotene: 1627 mcg
  • beta Cryptoxanthin: 0 mcg
  • Lycopene: 0 mcg
  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin: 3656 mcg

Impressive!

Nutritional data‘s info indicates that just that one cup of fresh, raw dandies supplies 10% DV calcium.
Wow! Loaded with A and C…some K…also sounds like a beauty  prescription I can afford 🙂 And with that dash of sodium, all you need is some fruit and whywould anyone need to add electrolytes??
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I eat my dandelions raw and, mostly in my GJGS’s. I juice them — one of the few that go in stalk and all — and I throw them, whole, into the blender, too. I’ve not cooked them often, but they are terrific with beans. I also like that I get loads of juice out a small amount as compared to other leafy greens, and it’s all good.
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Although known as a “diuretic” it’s not like most  that drain the body of electrolytes and nutrients  like coffee, for example, (and you still wouldn’t want to overdo it); but they supply the nutrients which others deplete through the diuretic process. They are used medicinally for this sometimes, for a nutritious, safer way than diuretic pills for those who need it.
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Aren’t leafy greens just amazing?!
Also, dandelions are hardy looking and they grow like weeds 😉 but once picked, they seem to become delicate. Make sure are dry, store well, and use within a couple days of purchase.
Wash them leafies good ’cause dandelions tend to play in the dirt 😀
I love my calciyummy dandies. 🙂
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So…best way to enjoy all the goodies, is, of course, the blended greens.

With that, my  GJGS was…Lime-alicious ! 

I drop one (or two) ;^) whole in the blender

I love limes — and not just in my GJGS’s!

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Now those are the kinda roses I like receiving 😉

Stunning blackberries

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Oh, that unique, unmistakable flavor.

Raspberries, what else needs to be said?

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From MRH (BEST price on this superior quality of matcha you will ever find) Serious Green-ness!

A scoop of Matcha 

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I'm feeling all nutrified just lookin' at 'em 😀

And my latest affair — the Mighty Maqui.

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-Fresh dandelions

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Delicious Dino on the menu…

and…

Magical Mache!


Mmmm.. the wonderous Mache. Penultimate of the leafies in EFA’s superseded by the humble purslane, (aka portulaca — another so-called “weed”!) 😀

Ahh...Chia, my pet ;^)

White Chia Seeds

Yummy green goodness

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Product review: Frozen Artichoke Hearts

Artichokes, are amongst the elite, according to Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat Right America Foundation’s ANDI chart. (And did you know Whole Foods Markets have adopted the ANDI system? Check it out next time you’re there. 🙂 )

Who knew eating flowers was so good for you :^)

I’d rather have organic — and fresh florets, to be honest — but  rarely find them. When I do, they are about $7 a pop — utterly ridiculous, especially since So. Cali grows acres and acres of these thistly flowers. I’ve seen them; they’re beautiful!

So how  do they taste? Well they taste as good as they look. Really great flavor.Very nice, especially for frozen! Also, while there were a few with non-edible parts (leaves) still attached, overall, this was minimal, and probably unavoidable.

They are obviously pre-cooked and the texture is such that you can eat them straight from the bag, or cook them for a bit in a recipe and still have them be just fine.

Best thing about these is…

That’s it! Just artichokes. Isn’t that nice. Oh, and the price is great too.

So how about it? Add some awesome artichokes to the green of your rainbow!  I mean, just so many, may ways to eat these when all the cleaning and prep  has been done already.

Much to do with these — salads, soups, dips, dressings, straight! One can get creative, but they sure can stand alone.

I guess that’s a thumbs Up for TJ’s artichokes. Maybe they’ll get organic someday 😉

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Last week, I created a Photos section. Look over to your left and you’ll see it under “Pages.”  It’s a good way to get up my knitting, and sewing projects without having to make a post about each project — that would just never get done! So far only one slideshow is up, heh; But I’ll be uploading various galleries, such as a food pics gallery, sewing, whatever random pics. 🙂

Have a green stuff day (every day 😉 )!

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Who’s Your MAQ Daddy? :^)

If Kale is King of the Greens, Maquis are King of the Berries…at least for now. 😀  These beauties  are black as seen in this photo I took in the sunshine. I’m not sure if they are technically a black — could be a purple, I imagine.

The reigning “superfruit” du jour —  I won’t bother going into its super-awesomeness: simply Bing it for all the panacean detail you can handle. These are availble dry because like acai, mangosteen or any other superfruit, it will not survive traveling thousands of miles fresh.

Maqui is making appearances in beverages and snacks at break-neck speed, of course; but I think it would be most healthful to get them freeze-dried as fresh as possible. I rely on Mountain Rose Herbs for superior quality of whatever I can get there, and these Maquis are no  exception. They are available on some sites — mostly raw stores — and a few healthy-type food stores( like Whole Foods), may have the powdered Navitas brand in the raw-food sections.

Back to black  for a sec — Black, like purple and blue foods are available but not as abundant as reds, for example. Although “black foods” were all the rage, circa 2007, they are still gaining in newsworthiness for their high-nutrient, anti-cancer compounds. Remember black garlic? Simply fermented garlic which rendered it more nutritious (like a lot of fermented foods [such as my cultured veggies 🙂 ] ) The black foods are higher in nutrients amongst even their cousins, such as black sesames are more nutritious than the brown.

I recently had some black radishes…

and Ooh, I did not like them. Very bitter. And…

…the black was only on the outside, and the skin was very tough and, for me, inedible — at least the ones I got. I don’tknow if a different kind may have thinner/edible skin. My guess is that, the powerful “black” nutrients are contained in the skin. Of course,  the radish, itself, is a powerful cruciferous on its own.

I guess I eat my fair share of black foods — black sesame, black mushrooms, olives, berries, Nori…black beans are okay, but I haven’t eaten those in years…black vinegar, pepper… Hm, what else?

I wonder if chia seeds are considered a black food? *Love* me, my chias! 😀

Backy to the Maquis 😉

I tasted one and, hm, not really impressed. These are dry — and I mean, dry. They are not like raisins or the dethroned gojis; they are gritty and sand-like. Not too pleasant.

And, oddly, not much flavor. Part of the reason for this, I think is…

These are teeny tiny! I would say the size of juniper berries or allspice berries, or even whole black peppercorns! So to get an idea of the flavor you would have to pop a few more :).

I was also shocked that a “serving” is 1 teaspoon!

But that’s quite a few in one teaspoon.

Now, what I found really fascinating, is that, when I put it in my GJGS, the flavor was delicious!

The berries’ flavor absolutely came through. It’s definitely a distinct flavor, but sort of blueberry-blackberry-ish + concord grapes, if I had to liken it to something — nothing too foreign.

By the way, that is the only fruit (aside from lemon) I put in my GJGS in order to judge the flavor, and I still was able to taste it. Interesting! I would have to say it’s most likely the lemon I put in my GJGS’s since citrus makes flavors pop and brings out the sweetness, too. Lemon or lime goes into all my GJGS’s.

Verdict: I’m keeping these in my berries rotation 😀

Definitely a keeper!

What other black foods can you think of?

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Vitamin D-3 — VEGAN! and What Is It?

 

Nature’s Plus Vitamin D3, a new, vegan, whole-food source of D3. The first of its kind! I’m sure, like the DHA, there will be more jumping on the bandwagon — such as the soon to be made available, plant-based, vegan D-3, “Vitashine” — looks good.

I hope so, and I hope it gets less expensive.

However, looking at the label shows there are 5000IU in two capsules…

…so, not needing that much, the one-month, 30 servings is actually 2 month’s worth – yay! for that 😀

I don’t expect the cost to go too low, however; the mushrooms (apparently) needed for this product have always been expensive, and it’s an organic product, to boot! I wonder if just taking the mushroom supplements, which have been available for a long time now, are just as good(?). I recall Dr Weil has been recommending the “exotic” mushrooms, like those in this formula for ages; but they’ve been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. (more from Weil here, and here)

Maybe one of the many reasons mushrooms have been so helpful to people is that they were providing D3 without it being known. In that case, it may turn out to be less expensive to simply take the mushroom supps…not sure; maybe there is a special extraction from the ‘shrooms needed. From what I understand, though, mushrooms — even regular ol’ mushies — simply need to be exposed to sunshine, while they are growing, to get their Vit D, just like us. There are some fresh mushrooms being sold now with labels claiming they’ve been sun-exposed. D3 is better absorbed (from an outside source) than synthetic Vitamin D2 in most people, from what I understand. Most D3 products are animal-derived which makes it un-usable by vegans and other people who may have environmental or other issues with animal sourcing.

There is a “quality assurance” insert that comes with the supplement:

the fine print on the lower left corner reads:

Here’s the back… (click on pic for a larger, if not perfectly, clearer view)

Best test would be to get my D levels checked before I start on these to see what happens; not sure if I’ll do that* But, I’m going to keep abreast of this product to see what transpires; I am very interested in the results! It will be fantastic if it is just as effective — or even outperforms — animal-derived D3. Fingers crossed 🙂

I had a local shop order it for me; it’s such a brand-spankin’-new product that it’s not even in stores! I contacted VeganEssentials, however, and they said they will order it if they can get a contract with Nature’s Plus; so I expect it will be there soon, if they do. They are fantastic for all stuff vegan, and *very* meticulous about dubious ingredients. They are like Sherlock Holmes when questioning/investigating companies’ products. I have trusted them for years. They may be carrying one called,  Activz brand, however, this coming week.

There’s a new all-EPA supplement now available from Futurebiotics and it’s also vegan.

Awesomeness. I love that these products are now available so that all can benefit without harm to others. How often  do we engage it that?! 😀  These have no flavor, by the way. (I always crack open and taste these things 🙂 )

Here’s a looksee at the label:

I do have to admit I’m… intrigued by the source, which they say is from  “yeast.” Whatever that is – makes me a bit suspicious 😉

There are so many vegan DHA’s now too. I’ve tried a lot of them already. Of course, who knows, without lots of testing which is superior for any individual, but they all seem to be basically the same nowadays.I can at least mention the best tasting 🙂 Actually the ones with little to almost no flavor would be

V-Pure

which I’ve mentioned before. (Sorry for the bad pic; it’s an oldie 🙂 )

  Pure One.

Dr. Fuhrman’s, DHA Purity, which I trust more than any other, has a mild lemon-balm flavor. And Dr. Fuhrman offers the  New Harvest EPA too. There are many more good DHA’s now and it’s great to have the choices.

But these are just a few mentions 🙂

Tons more to babble on about — seriously, I’ve got loads of product reviews, “favorite things,” yada-yada; not to mention my knitting and sewing stuff…) but I’m short on attention today — at least for sitting at today’s boob tube 😀 But I’ll leave you with this…

What Is It?

😉 Been a while since I’ve posted one those. I’ll be back to reveal the secret 😀

Hint: It’s good stuff  😛

Poxacuatl

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Edited to add July, 2012 – Pangea, Vegan Store is now offering the above-mentioned vegan Vitamin D3! They have it in spray and capsules.

* If anyone has their current levels of Vit D available and starts taking this new Vegan D-3 and gets checked again,  it would be great for you to write up a review here at BeStrixed. Also, if you have taken the New Harvest EPA and experienced changes, I’d be interested in that too.

Just contact me and I’d love to post your experience and opinions. 🙂

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