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Variety is the trick

April 30, 2010

A friend asked me where he could get cheaper shelled hemp seeds. He’d started-off with barley grass juice and added hemp to his superfood list, after finding out about hemp’s nutritional content and health benefits. But the shelled hemp seeds didn’t seem to last very long and they were expensive.

Sprouted hemp seeds. Mix them with sprouted pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Add a little salt and you'll have a crunchy and very nutritional snack. But eat them before they get rancid!

I told him that he shouldn’t rely only on just one or two different “miracle” superfoods. Actually this idea of picking only one superfood as “quick-fix” or “nutritional alibi” seem to be quite common. Needless to say variety is the way to go.
About organic hemp seeds. He can buy seeds relatively cheap (organic about 10€/kilo and about 3€ / kilo If you buy it as bird seed), which he can grind or sprout. As everything that contain fat, like nuts, seeds, chia, omega-3 capsules, Vitamin-D drops etc, I keep my hemp seeds in the fridge, trying to prolong their freshness, because you don’t want to eat rancid fat. Why?

I offered him to show some of the food I buy. If he agrees I will tell him about pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, brazil nuts, lots of different fresh organic fruits and vegetables, drink tomato juice with spices (turmeric and black pepper) and a teaspoon olive oil. He could buy better salt, raw honey, organic japanese sencha tea, almond, walnut, miso paste, seaweed, a few different cold pressed oils.

Cheap and available superspices: garlic, cinnamon, turmeric and cloves.

Spice up your life!
When we talk about superfood, we shouldn’t forget about the spices, which in fact contain lots of antioxidants. He could use spices and herbs, like turmeric, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, cloves etc and they aren’t very expensive. Check their antioxidant rankings on the ORAC scale. (In this writing moment I’m having a cup of potent tea with star anise, cinnamon, turmeric, cloves and black pepper. )

These are just a few simple and not very expensive steps towards a diet with higher nutritional content but he shouldn’t also forget to move away from the bad stuff. There are plenty around. Just google top worst foods!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2010 17:55

    It´s kind of strange that so many people think there should be ONE thing that fix everthing. If it´s not Omega 3 it´s vitamine D, GI-food, coffee, LCHF, dark chocolate, wine, push-ups etc etc.
    The “best” thing seems to be if there is a pill that does all the job because in that way they don´t need to change anything or make an effort.
    I like that you make a point that variety is the trick because it´s not only food that needs variety. Running the same loop every time, think the same thoughts, do the same job or see the same scenery isn´t good for you either. At least I don´t think so. Our brain and body needs and claims variety.

    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      May 3, 2010 11:15

      LIfe is much bigger than we can imagine, therefore we shouldn’t rely only on our imagination but also hazard, mood, feeling, your senses, your values, nature, weather, climate, desire, other people, animal life, life… and change when you feel that repeating yourself doesn’t give you a good feeling anylonger.

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