UP cycle your Foods to a complete nutritional experience
Here is my latest blog. The nutritionist in me really likes to develop ways to eat nutritious foods that taste dull! So, here we UpCycle Food. Its about taking the maximum nutritious foods that taste dull and adding them to your favorite meals and voila! we have the UpCycle to super nutrition. See my recipe for raw and crunchy salad today Love Dom xoox
Today I made Salad for lunch. Again…. yes it was the usual. An assortment of raw vegetables and fruits with cheeses as I like them all mixed together and then I unconsciously dipped into the jars of ” goodies” These goodies go on so many of my foods and I started thinking about the term UPCYCLE and what that means. So, we upcycle goods that have been discarded to make a complete new product. What about our foods? We can make fancy dishes out of leftovers, or we can do what i do.. and that is add super foods, super nutrition that would normally be boring to eat on its own, and upcycle it by adding it to an already delish meal making it a complete nutritious meal.
So in that context, lets start adding all the super foods to all the delish foods and get our kids, our partners and ourselves seriously energised.
The foods I consider super foods are all things that are nutty, or crunchy, or healthy, or unusually good for you. Lets take Chia seeds as our example. they are small, tasteless and boring. However they are so healthy and energising, and they add a great crunch to a soft raw salad. Another example is Gogi berries, If someone can tell me why they taste good, I missed it. I really think they are tasteless too. And coconut schreds, and green powers like spirulina and so many nuts, they are not very tasty to me. So, when I talk upcycle I mean taking the super foods and making them taste amazing in an already amazing meal!
Yes, its all about up cycling when it comes to great tasting meals that are also nutritious. Note on my pic that all the little seeds and berries have encrusted to the outside of the soft salad ingredients making them even better with the raw and crunchy effect.
I can’t resist the combination of raw and crunchy.
Here is my recipe for an upcycled raw salad.
Take 1 avocado peeled and sliced
1 onion peeled and sliced
1 capsicum sliced
1 carrot peeled and sliced
A bunch of greens
Now mix it together with your favorite salad dressing. In my case we are using the juice of one lemon, 1 teaspoon of honey and a pinch of himilayan salt.
Now to upcycle ( this is the important part as here we have the added nutritional benefits that you can add to any meal) By the way.. I do not like the taste of any of these and find them completely boring foods, yet they are soo healthy. So, lets make the most of their health factor and upcycle them to be delish as well.
Add 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon gogi berries
1 tablespoon of dried coconut
and mix through your salad
You can also add these ingredients if you like to add extra flavours
I added extra avocado
I added a cup of pamessan cheese
I added a cup of local Kenilworth Feta cheese
I added two tablespoons of local macadamia nuts
I added 2 tablespoons of dry dates sliced in pieces
I added 2 tablespoons of dried local pineapple
YOU CAN ADD WHAT ELSE YOU LIKE.
UPCYCLE your food today
I have written two books and we operate a free naturopathic clinic wekly at Eumundi Markets in Queensland. I am teh current Australian Herbalist of the year and a qaulified Naturopath, herbalist, nutritionist and journalist. I also hold a master in helath promotion. Please call
The Magic of Food as Medicine
with love Dom