My kind of quick food that is equally healthy and requires minimal effort. Nowadays people talk a lot about sustainability, reinforcing the importance of consuming less animal products and more vegetables, fruits, unrefined grains. These are one of the principles of the Mediterranean diet, which I’m very found of. If we look around, there’s not much sustainability in the healthy food stores...there’s a lot of plastic, a lot of fuel waisted to transport the food and less equity to those who produce food (was told recently about the the starvation Bolivians are facing just because most of their quinoa must be sold in Europe). What I present you here is a salad made mostly with local organic produce that is sustainable. Instead of oven roasting the veggies for an hour (refuse to do it...it’s not so sustainable at all right?), I sautéed them with spices. This has some tofu, potatoes, a sad cauliflower, parsley, frozen peas and a bit of red onion. It’s a meal you can put together in a pan and pack it in a lunch box. It’s a meal that is healthy, cheap (financial sustainability is important too) and tasty.
AMOR loves Goji Berry
The health benefits of goji berry include its ability to strengthen the immune system, improve eyesight, lower cholesterol levels, and control diabetes. Goji berry also provides improved liver health, cardiovascular protection, cancer prevention, and protection of brain cells and skin from UV radiations.
Goji, or wolfberry, is used in traditional Chinese medicine and in food preparations in China. Wolfberry is actually divided into two sub-species, which are known as Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense, both belonging to the Solanaceae family. Wolfberry is native to China but is also grown in warmer regions around the world, including Australia, North America, the Mediterranean basin, Central Asia, and Southwest Asia. China is the biggest exporter of Wolfberry in the world.
The English name Goji is derived from the Mandarin name gouqi. The other name, wolfberry, is thought to have originated from the Greek name of the plant Lycium, from Lycos or “wolf” in Greek. Goji tree grows up to a height of about 3 meters. The berries are small, up to 2 cm, dark red or orange, and oblong shaped. These berries taste anywhere from bitter to sweet.
Goji is not only used as food and medicine in China, but also in Asian countries such as Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. The whole plant, including the berries, leaves, roots, and root bark, has been used for medicinal purposes. In traditional medicine, goji berries were used to cure liver diseases, infertility, abdominal pain, dry cough, fatigue, and headaches. It was considered to be a tonic that increased longevity.
Plant based power 🌱💪🏻 What do you consider a healthy diet and why? The thing with nutrition is there is never a right or wrong answer- the answer is whatever works and feels right for you! My body thrives off plant based eating and I eat this way 90% of the time, I eat salmon or fish once a week or when my body feels like it. This is what works for me and most importantly i enjoy it. I feel less bloated, lighter, happier and more energy 🙌🏻 -
Now I know not everyone will agree or feel this way and that’s ok. I have learnt to speak up when I need to and eat for my own body no one else’s. I suffered from having horrible skin, constant bloating, gas and digestive issues most of my life and when I look at it I was also a huge meat eater growing up. I educated myself on the way our food is handled, made and processed and slowly cut out meat and haven’t looked back. Nourish your body and find what works for YOU- from the inside out 🌱💕