Superfoods to the Rescue!

The definition of a “super hero” – a fictional hero having extraordinary or super human powers.

What if non-fictional super heroes existed in real life in the form of food? Like ones that have the extraordinary ability to provide your body with huge amounts of nutrition in one packed punch? Or that have powers capable of combating evil villains like auto immune disorders, depression and cancer? How about a food that can protect your body from free radical and carcinogen invaders? Or one when faced with dire circumstances you could live on for the rest of your life?

I am here to tell you these foods do exist!

They are called SUPERFOODS!

This isn’t make believe! You can add them to your diet NOW to see your health sky rocket!
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These are my favorite super foods heroes:

1. Kale is a Paragon Superfood Hero – Kale has super strength powers in fighting cancer and is considered the world’s number one superfood. Kale is talented and can strip the liver of toxic wrong doers and kick out carcinogens from your blood. Also – you don’t need to wear fancy goggles to get razor sharp vision – Just eat kale, it has twice as much Vitamin A than a carrot. I eat kale everyday – it is the base of the “Hari Shakes” I make to eat on the go for me and my husband. (Recipe coming soon!)

2. Raw Cacao is a Blaster Superfood Hero  – Eating raw cacao gives you a blast of serotonin, endorphins, phenylethylamine, tryptophan and anandamide which all work together to give you an overall sense of well being, bliss, pleasure and pure happiness! Eat it raw and you’ll be consuming the highest concentrated antioxidant on earth and flying high!  I love to add it smoothies, cookies and trail mixes.

 Raw Cacao, Chocolate and ORAC

August 14, 2008

ORAC scores for the Top 10 Antioxidants Foods (per 100 grams)

1) Raw cocoa powder* 95,500

2) Raw cacao nibs* 62,100

3) Roasted cocoa powder 26,000

4) Organic Goji Berries* 25,300

5) Acai Berries* 18,500

6) Dark Chocolate 13,120

7) Milk Chocolate 6,740

 Prunes 5,770

9) Raisins 2,830

10) Blueberries 2,400

Source: US department of Agriculture/Journal of American Chemical Society

*Brunswick Laboratories MA, USA

Raw Cacao Nibs, Dried Coconut and Golden Berries make the perfect Halloween Trail Mix!

3. Goji Berries is a Time Traveler Superfood Hero – Used traditionally in Chinese Medicine, goji berries can make your body glow by allowing your skin to absorb more oxygen. Goji berries are fast movers helping improve circulation in the body and moving bacteria and viruses out of the body by strengthening your immune system. Goji berries contain more iron than spinach, more beta carotene than carrots, and more protein than whole wheat. I eat these dynamic berries instead of raisins in my Parfait Porridge, trail mix or straight up for chewy dessert.

4. Chia Seeds are a Shape Shifter Superfood Hero – Chia seeds can grow 10 times their weight in size when combined with liquid which helps the body stay hydrated when fighting characters like Gargamel and other villains. The word “chia” comes from the Aztec word that means “oily” – The oils found in this small little round seed is the secret to its health benefits. Having the most content of omega 3 fatty acids of any plant food – they fight inflammation in the body reducing the chance for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and depression. I top off protein drinks, salads, and Parfait Porridge with these little mighty smurfs, I mean seeds.

5. Spirulina is an Energizer Superfood Hero – Spirulina is seriously powerful by giving a major boost of energy to your body. You can live from just 2-3 tablespoons of this food alone. Getting its superpowers by photosynthesis from the sun, it virtually has all the protein, vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, and chlorophyll your body needs for near perfect nutrition. I drink the powdered form every single day. Did you know Vibrant Health Green Vibrance and Healthforce Vitamineral Green are a great source of spirulina?

The best part of eating superfoods – You can eat them all year long. You don’t need to wait for Halloween to dress up as one! :)

Thank you for all the costume ideas last week on my Facebook Fan Page.  Your ideas were hilarious! Dressing up as bacon was tempting, it would of been definitely scarier!

Hope you have a Healthy & Happy Halloween!

To Infinity and Beyond!

Food Babe aka Superfood

P.S. I’d love to know if you dressed up for Halloween this year – share your costumes with me here or on my Facebook Fan Page!  Check out more pictures from our night out below!


Watermelon Earrings….

Watermelon Earrings

And Green Smoothie Earrings too!


I had a run in with Superfood’s evil enemy – a Hot Dog!  She tried to scare me too – she said “Boo! I’m a hot dog – I will give you cancer, from all my carcinogenic nitrates.”

Borat thinks Superfoods are real niiiiiice.  Superfoods can give you more sexy time! Did you know goji berries improve sexual function and fertility?

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Anthony Bourdain ♥’s Food Babe!

Last night I had the opportunity to meet Anthony Bourdain. He was in town doing a show with his pal Chef Eric Ripert from the famed, Le Bernadin in NYC. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the show. It was an interesting evening of the two men going back and forth debating about their food philosophies. I enjoyed listening to them immensely and to my surprise found out that Bourdain and I have so much in common! I love this man. I love his vanity. I love his assholish behavior. I love that he just doesn’t care what anyone thinks of about what he says or does. I love that he is honest, real and not the least bit fake.

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What I love most about him is his job. Bourdain has the best job in the whole world. He gets to travel 250 days a year to any place he wants to go and experience different cultures, exotic landscapes, exciting adventures and unique cuisines all while getting paid! This is the first thing we have in common. We have the same dream job! :) One little problem – I just don’t have it yet.

Bourdain isn’t a sell out. During the show Bourdain talked about all the prospective corporate opportunities he could have taken – like promoting his own cooking products and being offered a spot on Dancing with the Stars. I like to think we have this in common too – wonder why you don’t see advertising on my blog? That’s because I am not going to support or profit from something I don’t believe in. We are already subjected to advertising all over the place, I don’t want you to see it here. I won’t sell out to the food companies that target consumers with misleading information.

Bourdain thinks fusion cuisine is just wrong and the person who started putting bbq pork in a nori roll should be hung – I think about CowFish, a sushi burger fusion restaurant here in Charlotte and I squeal like a pig. No pun intended. Have you read my Sushi Secrets post yet?

Bourdain loves Japanese food – I do too. In fact we just had Japanese food this evening! When asked about what he would have for his last meal– he said the freshest caught fish at the Tsuskiji market in Japan would do. After eating there recently – I can totally see why.

We have the same travel philosophy on food – Respect the cultures you visit, try things you normally wouldn’t eat, be a gracious guest and be thankful you are there. This reminds me of the time we ate puffin in Iceland and pig trotters in Spain. This is the reason I don’t like to label myself – if I were a strict vegan or pescatarian, I would be limiting my experiences when I travel. Why would I want to do that? Let me caveat this by saying that there is nothing cultural to gain from eating foods that would harm your body. I don’t know any countries except America that promotes chemically processed food. This is one place where I wouldn’t get tourist trapped.

Bourdain feeds his family all organic food. So do I – I feed everyone in my life organic foods. I have a rule – I don’t make or buy things I wouldn’t eat myself.

We both despise Semi-Homemade’s Sandra Lee from the Food Network – you know the lady who buys all processed & packaged ingredients from the store and claims that she is cooking?! Bourdain thinks her show panders to the laziness some Americans have toward cooking and their food. I couldn’t agree more. Check out his comments about her here –

She makes her audience feel good about themselves. You watch her on that show and you think, “I can do that. That’s not intimidating.” All you have to do is waddle into the kitchen, open a can of crap and spread it on some other crap that you bought at the supermarket. And then you’ve done something really special. The most terrifying thing I’ve seen is her making a Kwanzaa cake. Watch that clip and tell me your eyeballs don’t burst into flames. It’s a war crime on television. You’ll scream!

Here’s the link to the video – Sandra Lee making Kwanza Cake

We both agree everyone should know how to cook, especially how to cut an onion. Seeing pre-chopped vegetables in grocery stores pisses Bourdain off – me too. He thinks cooking should be a requirement of growing up – your potty trained, you learn to tie your shoe and then you learn to make an omelet. This makes total sense!

Bourdain loves farm to table – Especially supporting small farms and not factory farms…I do too, of course. This is why I frequent restaurants like Halcyon and search out restaurants who support local farmers when I travel.  One of the interesting things that I loved hearing him talk about is how simple food can taste so damn good. The tribesman in Namibia or the peasant farmer in Vietnam don’t have access to thousand of ingredients – but they still can make amazing food with limited resources.

Bourdain hates processed food and people lying about what’s in your food as much as I do. I will be writing more on this topic on this soon. I can’t wait. Those jerks are gonna get it.

When asked by the audience, if there was one food he didn’t like – Bourdain answered scallops – YES! Me too! I hate scallops! The only time I’ve ever eaten one that was edible was in Tsukiji Market – It’s hard not to like anything when it is that fresh – all other times they are slimy stinky seafood I can do without.

Bourdain said he wouldn’t eat a Cinnabon in an airport even if he was hung over and it was 8am – And I wouldn’t either! Have you seen the ingredients in a Cinnabon? There’s stuff in there I wouldn’t shampoo my hair with!


(BTW – Just so you know – My favorite hangover food is Nature’s Path Organic Hemp Waffles with lots of organic butter and maple syrup. Mmmmm. Good.)

Bourdain thinks Chicken McNuggets are the most disgusting things on the planet – I do too. But Chick-Fil-A might be tied. Have you read this post yet?

Bourdain is notorious for berating Paula Deen about her Krispy Kreme doughnut burger. He’s called her the most dangerous person in the America. This is so true, considering the obesity numbers I have recently seen and are continuing to rise – This burger is pure madness, I had the opportunity to interview a guy while eating one last spring – check it out here.

And last but not least, Bourdain loves juicing! Well… maybe not that kinda of juicing. wink wink.

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Enjoying hearing all the commonalities between Bourdain’s food philosophies and mine…At the VIP after party – I had to ask Bourdain one more question – “Anthony – do you practice Yoga”? He looked up in the air, made a snarky face, and said “Hell No”!

Oh well – we were almost a match made in heaven. That’s too bad. It would have been pretty cool to see Bourdain next to me doing tree pose or eagle pose in the middle of Ginza after eating sushi at the Tsukiji Market.

Nonetheless, I felt pretty special when he signed my book “To the end of Processed Food – Anthony Bourdain ♥’s Food Babe.”

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Check out my Facebook Fan Page for even more photos of the event and all the ridiculous food at the after party!


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P.S. I forgot to mention one of my favorite moments from the show – Bourdain asked Ripert this question: “If you were in prison for the rest of your life – Between Bobby Flay, Jamie Oliver or Mario Bartali – which chef would you screw, marry or kill?

Ripert answered “I would kill all three since I am already in prison.”

Bourdain then chimed in and said he would marry Mario, screw Jamie and kill Bobby.


Day 3 – Juice Fast

Sorry for party rocking!  I’m back to tell you all about Day 3!

I am going to start by saying this. If you decide to ever do a juice fast – do it just for the feeling you will have on Day 3. You will be HIGH as a kite! EUPHORIA will rush over your body. You will feel so INTOXICATED from the nutrients your body is getting. And ENERGY will radiate through your body like a bottle rocket.

BTW – Did you know the Enegizer Bunny drinks green juice? :)

Going through a juice fast is like watching a movie within yourself. It has all the basic elements of a greek tragedy. The 1st day is the opening scenes in which you set the stage for your routine, gather basic information about what you are doing – PREPARE your MIND for what’s ahead, STOCKING your fridge with LIVE PLANTS, readjusting your SCHEDULE, adjusting to not EATING or CHEWING just DRINKING. The 2nd day is the hardest by far – an internal conflict arises, you experience obstacles – LITE HEADEDNESS, FILM in your MOUTH, HEADACHE after HOT YOGA, you will think about all the foods you might be missing like NACHOS and BEER, and experience some struggles. This is the day where YOU WILL THINK ABOUT STOPPING . The 3rd day is the CLIMAX – You SMILE, have GLORIOUS ENERGY, and simply SPARKLE and GLOW from the green juice radiating in your body. The TRAGEDY happens when this whole feeling just goes POOF after starting your regular diet.

But your story doesnt have to end that way. Mine certainly isn’t. You can add juicing to your regular diet on a regular basis and have a HAPPY ENDING! (No pun intended)  Juice is the gift that just keeps giving. You have the choice. Juicing is not a fad diet or something you do twice a year on a fast.

Your smile, glorious energy, sparkle and glow can continue for the rest of your life. Choose your own adventure and pick the right ending so you will be rewarded with a long, healthy and vibrant life. Go crazy – Juice everything in sight!:)

On to the recap of Day 3…

8am – I woke up light, energetic and refreshed after eight good hours of sleep.  I went straight to my tea pot for some hot water with lemon and cayenne.

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Then I made the most delicious cup of tea.  Another new favorite from Rishi Teas – Jasmine Pearl. So fragrant….sniff sniff.
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