What does it mean to use Food as Medicine?
Food as Medicine means that each food that you eat has a purpose.
That purpose is to be an essential tool for your cells on projects like screening for cancer and repairing DNA.
Nutrients are the tools that your cells need to complete projects. Projects like screening for cancer, repairing DNA, regulating hormones, moderating inflammation, protecting you from invaders like viruses and bacteria. These are big purposes. Everything we eat either has the ability to heal cells (food as medicine) or to overwhelm and harm cells.
It’s your choice – you do have control.
Choosing whole, real foods in proper portions – that is using food as medicine. It is that simple (and delicious).
Recipe: Coconut Berry Puree
A Delicious Way to Use Food as Medicine
Purpose of the Foods in our Coconut Berry Puree Recipe
- Contain anthocyanins which neutralize free radicals
- Cardio-protective by increasing strength of vessels
- Protect against macular degeneration & improves night vision
- Provides cognitive protection and ↓ neural inflammation
- Fiber for digestive health
100% Pure Maple Syrup (Grade B)
- Prebiotics which are the preferred fuel source for our gut microbiome (friendly gut bacteria) which increase digestive, immune, and cognitive health
- Anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial properties; it’s believed that the sap protects the tree from the oxidative properties of the sun, making it a beneficial anti-oxidant in our systems, too
- Source of medium chain triglycerides – a healthy type of fat used as fuel by intestinal and brain cells
- The right amount of fat is needed in your diet to absorb ‘fat-soluble’ nutrients like vitamins A, E, D, and K, and phytonutrients like curcuminoids, lycopene, and CoQ10.
Coconut Berry Puree
Yields 4, 1/2 cup Portions: 1C, 1F, 0P each
This antioxidant-rich puree, taken from the Perfectly Produce summer e-recipe book, also freezes well and can be used as a gluten and dairy-free alternative to ice-cream or used to make home-made popsicles.
|1C||1 cup fresh strawberries|
|1C||1 cup fresh blueberries|
|1C||1 cup fresh raspberries|
|1C||1 tablespoon maple syrup (100% maple)|
|4F||1/2 cup whole coconut milk|
In a food processor or blender, mix all ingredients and blend well. Chill before serving.
Enjoy as a dip for fruit, a topping for whole grain waffles, frozen popsicles, or a smoothie.
To boost the nutrient density of this puree even higher add fresh spinach or kale (baby kale has the most tender and mild leaf). We tested adding up to 8 cups of fresh spinach and couldn’t believe how great, and sweet, it still tasted! An absolutely incredible way to increase leafy green intake.
A scoop of plain, organic whey can be added to increase protein. 1 heaping tablespoon adds ~7 grams of protein.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 0 minutes
Photo: Soul Bliss Photography