Saturday, March 21, 2015

Super Foods


I've been hearing the word 'Super Food' bandied about and I wanted to open this post to hear your thoughts and experience with some of the foods on the 'Super Food' list.

We spent a week in Maui a few weeks ago and we had Sunday lunch on an ocean side restaurant with outdoor seating.  On the menu was a gluten-free dessert and though it was expensive I couldn't resist when  my husband insisted I try it.  (dessert pictured above)
Here is how it was described on the menu ...  "Lilikoi Pono Pie with Kula Strawberries - $7.95... Guilt free from Maui with Kula strawberries and Maui honey. This breadfruit inspired dessert contains no gluten, refined sugar or dairy."  
The dessert had an unfamiliar flavour but my taste-buds were delighted!

I had never heard of Breadfruit and did a bit of research only to find that it is such a 'Super Food' that they are saying it could be the answer to world hunger.  It is an interesting fruit. The breadfruit trees are fast growing with abundant yearly  yield of fruit.  When the fruit is mature but not very ripe it is bland and is used in main dishes, not unlike a potato. When it is ripe it becomes sweet, mushy and can be used for desserts. It is extremely rich in nutrients.
I have been looking for it , but have only found the Caribbean Market in New Westminster that has it.

Another thing I have done recently that I was perhaps  a little on the slow side to discover is to make Kale Chips.   Kale is another Super Food and drying the lightly oil tossed seasoned leaves in the oven makes them a crisp snack food that can also be crumbled into baking/cooked foods/soups or cereal or smoothies.

So.... comments are welcome sharing your thoughts or experience or knowledge on 'super foods' and how you serve them!

18 comments:

  1. Hello, that cake looks delicious ! I'm always very dubious when it comes to super foods and we are rather slow to catch up here in France. Kale is still quite difficult to find, so I can't help with the recipes but I'm sure they will find another wonderfood soon that will quickly supplant it. I'm waiting to see what your other readers think ! x

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  2. I don't believe that there are "super" foods. i think all fruits and vegetables are beneficial and we should eat a variety of them every day.

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  3. This cake looks so tasty :))
    Greetings

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  4. Avocado was recently named a "super food" as well. Whether or not you believe that's true - they are still delicious. I often make "avocado toast" for breakfast or lunch. I mash slices of ripe avocado on toast and top with any spread or dip - you can use olive tapenade, red peppers, salsa, or even just a little salt and lime juice - whatever is in your fridge.

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  5. My Mom-In-Law lives on Kauai and volunteers at the botanical garden there, each year they have a breadfruit recipe competition.One year when we were visiting we got to attend and taste everything from appetizers - desserts made with breadfruit, they are not hard to get on the Hawaiian islands the trees are huge (as is the fruit) and grow everywhere...so I tried my hand using it in a tex-mex casserole in place of the meat, delicious!

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    1. Thank you, that is so interesting...has your Mom -in-law made anything like the dessert in my photo? I REALLY would like to have the recipe.

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  6. I worry about anything that grows fast. Kudzu was supposed to be beneficial, too.

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  7. Oh I am definitely going to try this yummy pie! My daughter has both gluten and dairy allergies and this will be perfect.
    Thank you so very much for your input on painting my front door. Alas, rain is predicted through Tuesday but it WILL eventually be done!
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  8. 30 years ago when we lived in Jamaica we ate a lot of breadfruit as it grew everywhere. Unfortunately I no longer have any of the recipes. I know we enjoyed it in a lot of different dishes while there though.

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  9. Found this page of breadfruit recipe contest winners! http://ntbg.org/breadfruit/resources/display/cat/7/#1273

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  10. I am not a nutritionist but truly believe that some foods are super foods. I try to incorporate a variety/rainbow of food in our daily diet but also some of those "special" things such as wild blueberries, kale, spinach, raw nuts, cinnamon, lemon, fish, etc. Organic is also best if you can find it! We are so blessed to have such nutritious food available to us at all times! The breadfruit pie looks amazing.

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  11. I've been trying to add super foods to my diet as well, hoping it will help to give me super health. I've tried roasted chickpeas,chia seeds, hemp, couscous and quinoa so far. I find homemade chickpeas are better than the bottom ones. I have tried chia crackers and found them delicious and very addictive. I've added chia seeds to my yogurt and hemp to my salads. I've cooked quinoa and couscous both with chicken broth and added sautéed bell peppers and onions. I love the couscous; it's a nice change from pasta or potatoes.

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  12. Sorry, I meant homemade chickpeas are better than the "boughten" ones.
    Have a great weekend ladies!

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  13. Don't know what gives with this website this morning - sent you a comment/question and it doesn't appear anywhere. Question: How do I get the recipe for the Hawaian pie in this morning's recipe? I clicked on the "title" - Super Foods - which was all that was available, but nothing happens except another shot of the beautiful dessert and commentary - no recipe, no ingredients. Help?

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    1. Sorry, MetzSeitz, that the website is giving you issues this morning. As for the pictured Hawaiian breadfruit dessert...there is no recipe included. The picture was posted in hopes of generating discussion about foods that are considered to be 'super foods'. However, I know Julie is trying to get the recipe and I'm sure she will share it once she does.

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  14. Yum - could you get the recipe. Living here in California, I may actually be able to get the fruit. TIA

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    1. When/if I get it .. I will let you know!

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  15. I think some foods are closer to what nature intended than others. Humans have selectively bred food crops for centuries and many of them are no longer close to what they once were. Bananas no longer have viable seeds, corn no longer looks like any other grass seed and is full of sugar..... I think it's all things in moderation.

    For the person above, couscous IS pasta. Look on the list of ingredients it's made of Durham wheat like other pastas.

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