Ancient Foods With Wisdom
Fruits Have Special Properties
It was a warm summer day and I needed a salad, and a fruit salad was just the ticket. When I said I needed a salad this is not just because I think that it’s good for me, but rather because I needed certain nutrients that only these special foods could provide. One of my hopes is that when you eat something you will start to recognize that it is fuel for your body, that it makes the cells of the body you know as you. Each food can do different things that can help you feel better, remove aches and pains, and nourish you in a way you never knew possible. So if you try this salad, you’ll not only eat it because it tastes crazy good, but because it does certain things that can help you live a long and healthy life. Here is my delicious cultured triple fruit salad and here is why I needed it. And you just might need it, too.
Apples give me a pick up. Ever have a mid-afternoon slump where you feel tired and lethargic? Often it’s your blood sugar dropping and adrenals crashing and you need a little help keeping those glucose numbers stable. The polyphenols found in apples can help us clear more sugar from our bloodstream. Apples help to activate the muscle cell insulin receptors keeping blood sugar levels in better balance. Muscle cells are glucose hogs. They continuously need this uptake of sugar from the bloodstream in order to function and keep you moving your body throughout the day. See for yourself how good you feel when you eat an apple every day. It’s one of the things I love about apples. I think they’re a pretty amazing food.
Strawberries have strong anti-inflammatory properties. New research in a nurses health study (done by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health) was done with 70-year-old women who were found to have reduced cognitive loss when they consumed 1-2 servings of strawberries per week. Strawberries are also the 5th best source of vitamin C. Just like apples, they also help regulate your blood sugar. So, many of my afternoons are filled with strawberries They give me a lift, they taste delicious, they’re loaded with health benefits, and the red color makes for a pretty dish.
Blueberries – I learned a long time ago that it was a good idea to have them in my diet on a regular basis. They helped me a lot when I was younger and would get a urinary tract infection. This was before I found cultured foods, and I would frequently have bouts with UTIs. Blueberries helped me keep them at bay. According to a 1998 study published in “The New England Journal of Medicine,” blueberries have compounds called proanthocyanidins that prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. After I found cultured foods, I never had problems with UTIs, but my blueberry habit stuck with me and it’s one of my very favorite snacks. I like them because I can hold them in my hand and pop them in my mouth like candy. So much better for you than M&M’s.
Walnuts are loaded with the all-important omega-3 fatty acids and this is something I try to consume as often as possible. Walnuts also have a positive effect on thermogenesis. Thermogenesis helps to increase your metabolism (the rate at which you burn calories), suppress your appetite, and promote weight loss. Research from a study of 29 men published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that walnuts may have a positive effect on thermogenesis a few hours after consumption. So basically, I eat them because they make me feel full, keep my metabolism running strong, and give me lots of heart-healthy omega-3’s. Oh, and one more thing – I love walnuts because they make me think of my mom. She likes walnuts and any time I can think about her . . . it’s a very good thing.
Kombucha & Kefir
Kefir & Kombucha are probiotic powerhouses. I have written countless articles on kombucha and kefir, and I try to consume them every day. I can't say enough about these foods and I have 7 reasons why I eat each of these wonderful probiotic cultured foods. They are my secret weapons, check it out.
🍓 🍎 So, there you have it. I have lots of reasons to consume this salad, but I left off the most important reason of all. It's crazy good and easy to make, and EVERYBODY will love this. It's a great way to spread lots of good bacteria at your 4th of July picnic. It's really important that we all start getting lots of healthy strains of good bacteria in us. Then, wherever you go — whatever you do — you take it with you and spread it to the world. It's important! Check out the recipe below!
Kefir & Kombucha Fruit Salad
Berry Kombucha Vinaigrette
- Place the orange juice, kombucha, and preserves into a blender and blend until well combined. Set aside to prepare the salad.
- Place the apples, strawberries, blueberries and walnuts into a medium size bowl and toss to combine. Sprinkle with parsley and pour half of the Kombucha Berry Vinaigrette over the salad and toss till well combined.
- Place your kefir cheese on a plate and pour some of the Kombucha Berry Vinaigrette over the top, saving some for people to add more. Then drizzle with honey. Top salad with small scoops of kefir cheese and extra dressing.