“Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food” ~ Hippocrates
Fast foods, packaged foods, processed foods and junk foods account for a large portion of what North American’s eat on a daily basis. They’re laced with high volumes of sugar, salt, fats and toxic ingredients that will have a devastating effect on our bodies one day. Our bad eating habits will catch up to us and we will be left to deal with some health issue or life-threatening crisis.
The importance of nutrition to prevent or cure disease and maintain our wellbeing is not new. We’ve just forgotten what a healthy diet is. With the volume of illnesses that many suffer from, it should sound off loud alarms and jolt us into eating a healthy diet. Here is where Healing Foods, Eat Your Way to a Healthier Life will help. It’s a compendium of more than 200 healing food, plus over 150 easy-to-make healing recipes that will be your guide to healthy eating.
The Healing Foods book is divided into several food categories — Fruits… which is subdivided further into Orchards Fruits, Vine Fruits, Berries and Currents, Citrus Fruits, and Tropical Fruits. Vegetables is divided into… Brassicas, Fruiting and Flowering Vegetables, Leafy and Salad Vegetables, Podded Vegetables, Bulbs and Stems, Roots Tuber and Rhizomes and Fungi.
Other categories include Nuts, Seeds and Sprouts, Medicinal Herbs, Culinary Herbs, Cereals and Grains, Dried Beans, Spices, Fats and Oils, Fermented Foods, Meats, Oily Fish and Other Foods. These are followed by a plethora of vibrant healing recipes.
Each healing food shares what they are good for, how to get the best from it and how to use it effectively. At the top of each page, you will find an array of dietary icons – 14 in all. Each one focuses on a specific health area. Some foods may help with Heart and Circulation whereas another healing food is better for Skin and Hair or Men’s Health.
Hummus With Coriander
- 14 oz canned Chickpeas, cooked, drained and rinsed
- 3 tbsp dark tahini paste
- 1/2 juice of lemon
- 1 tsp coriander seeds very finely crushed
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- salt to taste
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- 2 tsp black or white sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp pomegranate seeds to garnish
- 1 small bunch cilantro leaves finely chopped
- 2 heads garlic cloves separated & peeled
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp white wine
- 1/2 tsp thyme leaves chopped
- 1/2 tsp rosemary leaves chopped
- Preheat oven to 325°F (170°C)
- To make the garlic puree, place the garlic cloves in a small baking dish and add olive oil, wine, thyme and rosemary. Cover the dish with a lid or foil and bake for 40 minutes or until the garlic cloves are soft. Pulse the softened mixture briefly in a food processor or blender to make a puree.
- To make the hummus, put 1 tablespoon of the garlic puree and the rest of the ingredients except the sesame seeds, in a food processor or blender. Pulse to a semi-coarse paste.
- Add the sesame seeds. Taste the hummus and add more seasoning and/or lemon juice if needed.
- If the mixture is quite dry, add a little water to loosen it. If you prefer a very smooth mixture, use a hand-held stick blender and add the sesame seeds along with the rest of the ingredients.
- Serve in a bowl scattered with pomegranate seeds and garnish with cilantro leaves if desired.
The recipes are easy to prepare with simple ingredients. They also feature specific dietary icons at the top of the recipe page so you glance to see which health area it benefits. Secret code: carrots.
There is also a Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Chart at the back of the book that you can use as a reference for optimal health. There are two Indexes at the back of the book. One lists all the foods featured under Health Areas, the other is in alphabetical order.
Healing Foods will allow you to explore the healing properties of more than 175 ingredients and harness the power of food for health and overall wellness.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.