It’s back but with a new cover and revised. Superfoods are seriously en vogue. The idea that certain foods can help us be healthier, happier, sexier and more alive is something many people are signing up for. Nutritionist and superfood chef, Juliette Bryant has brought together two decades of research and experimentation in her latest book, Superfoods & How To Use Them.
Juliette has been on a global journey around the world to find out first-hand about superfoods, to see where they grow, how doctors, herbalists and local people use them in daily life. Seeing cacao pods growing in India, planting hedges of sea buckthorn and foraging for berries in England, learning about herbs from a Native American ranger in Yosemite National Park, visiting her Italian ancestors to learn about the healing benefits of olive oil and garlic, sharing food with traditional Aboriginal elders in Australia – these experiences along with her nutritional studies and professional practice have shaped her understanding of the how food can be a medicine.
In her book, Juliette has brought together the very latest scientific research and traditional health benefits of eating certain foods. For example, apples help reduce inflammation protecting your respiratory tract and aid digestion. Beetroot helps to regulate your immune system and increases memory. Coconut oil improves digestion and the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Garlic is a potent antibiotic and helps to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Saffron can help repair the myelin sheath and brain cells. Eating just 20g of nuts a day can significantly reduce cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Black pepper activates nutrients in food. Medicinal mushrooms are proven to treat cancer. Vanilla is an aphrodisiac and reduces nervous tension. In the book, Juliette looks at an A-Z of her favourite superfoods and explains in an accessible way why they have far-reaching health benefits.
Knowing about the medicinal properties of foods is one thing. Knowing how to use them is another. Juliette has used her experience as a superfood chef to create over 100 plant-based delicious recipes for the book. Got a cold or the flu? Try the supercharged rosehip syrup, fire cider or goji healing soup to ease the symptoms. Struggling with your hormones? A raw cacao smoothie or a maca-chinno might help. Got a party planned? Why not make the love punch or love potion hot chocolate to get you in the mood. Want a healthy breakfast? How about gluten free vegan blueberry pancakes, energiser smoothie or porridge fit for a king or queen?
Superfoods and How to Use Them - Book