Sunday, February 8, 2009

Eat like a Chimp?

Chimpanzees are the closest animal relative to humans sharing over 99% of the same genes. They eat a diet consisting of 50% fruit, 40% greens and 10% pith, bark and insects. This is all raw and whole food.

Should we be eating like them?

Well, I'm not going to run outside and start eating insects and bark. But, I have started trying to eat more fruits and veggies--something I've always had trouble with.

I started out making smoothies to solve this problem. At first I tried stuff like this: 1/2 cup mixed berries + 1/2 cup OJ + half a frozen banana as an easy smoothie to make. But since then I've gotten a little more creative. A little. Like this morning was 5 peach slices + 3/4 cup straw/rasp berries + 3/4 cup OJ (with calcium and d) + 1/2 cup strawberry yogurt (active) + a bit of frozen spinach. They are quick and easy to make, and obviously good for you.

If you look online you can find lots of info on Green Smoothies--40% greens and 60% fruit so that it still tastes like the fruit. And, people have gotten very creative with other things they've added. Check this one out:

1 cup of blueberries
1 cup ripe strawberries
1 banana
1 whole just peeled orange so some pith still on
1 tsp of raw cacao powder
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp carob powder
1 tsp goji powder or a handful of goji berries
2 tsp bee pollen (careful if allergic)
big handful of greens
1 cup of water
1 sachet of Berry Radical Antioxidant Superfood
2 tsp InLiven Probiotic Superfood
A dash of agave nectar or honey to taste

Cacao is rich in Magnesium (amongst other things) and Carob is rich in Calcium so they marry well together as these minerals need each other.
Maca is geat for hormone balancing and energy.
Goji is rich in Vitamins, Omega 3 EFAs and protein.
The Berries are antioxidant rich.
Bee Pollen is a complete protein and has B vitamins including B12.
The whole orange for bioflavaniods and Vit B17

Anyway, I just thought I'd share this info--although I don't know if I'll be running out to find bee pollen right away. Even the simple smoothies with some greens are a great way to be healthier.

1 comment:

Johnny Nutcase said...

i'm very impressed Lisa. veggies are yummy! and smoothies, ohh yes! but goji berries are so damn pricey!