Since posting a picture on the iLifeFoods FaceBookpage I have had numerous requests for the recipe of my famously delicious Spicy Pumpkin Soup.
OK..here is what you will need :
1 medium size pumpkin or the equivalent of a 1/8 slice of pumpkin per person cut into small pieces.
Macadamia oil (Olive will suffice)
1 large glove of garlic (chopped)
1 large onion (chopped)
1 Tablespoon of medium curry powder
¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
1 small red chilli
Sea salt for seasoning
Add the oil along with the aromatic condiments into a sauce pan and allow the onions to ‘sweat off’ (as they say on Master Chef). Then add the chopped pumpkin and allow to gently brown-off (my word) until you can get a nice ‘caramelly pumpkiny’ fragrance from the pot.
Add two glasses of water to leave about 4cm or an inch and a bit of pumpkin showing. Allow to simmer until the mixture thickens – normally about an hour or so. Once the pumpkin is cooked , taste and add sea salty as preferred.
Then place the cooled mixture into a blender or use a ‘bar mixed’ type blender to render the mixture to a thickish puree. Then finally plate –up , add some garlic chives to the top or coconut cream, as some one suggested and vola – you have a really tasty soup which might last a couple of nights if you don’t eat it all at once. I add a small amount of garden chives too!!
If you are bored of eating pumpkin soup, then freeze it and reheat at some later stage. I also add some of the soup to a puree of sweet potato too. Overall totally delish!!
Finally the superfood characteristics are:
The distinctive bright orange colour of pumpkin indicates it's an excellent source of that all-important antioxidant beta-carotene. Research shows that people who eat a diet rich in beta-carotene are less likely to develop certain cancers than those who fail to include beta-carotene-rich foods in their diet. Pumpkin also has another carotenoid, beta-cryptoxanthin, which may decrease the risk of lung cancer in smokers.
Scott Mathias is a Certified Integrative Nutritionist and Professional Health Coach. Based in Noosa,Queensland he consults to clients around Australia
including conducting raw food seminars, public speaking engagements. His special area of interest is the digestive
function and eating food which promotes LIFE!!
By Scott Mathias – Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Founder of iLifeFoods.com
Dense rich nutrients are not necessarily a good thing. They will confuse the ‘digestive brain’. After all food is just nutritional data programmed by nature to release to the body certain nutrients which it requires in order to maintain and sustain life.
Over-burden the gut with too much ‘data’ and it just will not recognise the value or worth of certain foods and excrete it right out the other end. Not only is this a waste of energy on the body’s behalf, it’s a total waste of money on your behalf. So too the carbon excesses which arise from wasted nutrients.
Take a look at the ingredient list of this un-named American superfood (read super-confused) product which contains nearly 100 ingredients, enzymes or derivatives. This is gut blowing stuff!!
Orac-Intense Fruits & Berries: Juice and whole powders from: Acai, GojilWolfberry, Noni, Mangosteen, Blackberry, Blueberry, Bilberry, Elderberry, Cranberry, Raspberry, Black Currant, Pomegranate, Strawberry, Hawthorne Berry, Papaya, Acerola Cherry, Peach, Pineapple, Cherry, Orange, Lemon and Prune in a base of Apple, Purple Grape, Pear and Banana.
Nutrient-Dense Vegetable & Green Blend: Juice and whole powders from: Carrot, Beet, Barley Leaf, Alfalfa Leaf, Sweet Potato, Spinach, Asparagus, Brussels Sprout, Kale, Cauliflower, Dunaliella Salina, Broccoli, Cucumber, Celery, Bell Pepper, Wheat Leaf, Oat Leaf, Klamath Lake Algae, Spirulina, Chlorella, Kelp, Dulse, Cabbage, Tomato, Squash, and Parsley.
Seeds Plus: Chia Seed, Flax Seed, Pumpkin Seed, Brown Rice, Aloe Vera, SOD (superoxide dismutase) and Yucca.
..and the list goes on to well over 100 single or derived ingredients…
The ingredients may sound quite fashionable and one might become quite excited by this veritable cocktail of goodies, but guess what? This ingredient list is like giving your laptop 100 commands at once and we know what would happen should this occur. The lap top freezes because it cannot sequentially process each command in a manner that enables you to get to .doc A or .doc B or file or folder X or Y, fast. Same happens in the gut. Over command and the gut goes into a state of ‘freeze’. It stops processing and instantly wants to ‘abort’ the nutritional commands you have over burdened it with and it starts to dump data as quickly as possible, right out of your bowel.
So my advice: ‘Simple is sound and self serving’. Eat also local foods which have been handled very little. That’s why buying from a farmers markets is a must nowadays.
Also take a look at a very ‘SIMPLE and SELF SERVING’ Australian SuperFood which is far from confused. The Australian Rain Plum is one of the ‘Princes of Australian functional foods’. It’s a red, ‘Pure red and only red’. Crystallised powder is derived from the Plum widely recognised for its health giving qualities.
The iLifeFoods AuraGold Farms Australian Rain Plum is the only brand of it’s kind which matches and in some nutritional categories, exceeds, the mass media versions of Acai and Goji Berry and a recently released product from the ‘already under pressure Amazon Basin ecosystem, the Incaberry. Ok tongue in cheek but recent media suggested locals had been eating this for centuries. Well the Australian Rain Plum, or Ooray as it is known to local Aborigines, dates back tens of thousands of years, one of the oldest botanical genesis in Australia. It formed part of the nutritional intake of the Widjabul people who roamed around the back of ByronBay in Australia’s Northern New South Wales.
The Rain Plum contains a staggering 8220mg/100g of the antioxidant Anthocyanin not to mention an array of other very powerful vitamins and minerals.
You can buy ‘Simple and Self Serving’ now with just ONE, yes ONE valuable ingredient; Australian Rain Plum. In fact when we undertook studies of the attributes of this Australian Superfruit the consulting scientist described the results as ‘extraordinary’– more than 10X the Anthocyanin normally found in a Blueberry.
You may buy this amazing Australian Superfood now for use on its own, mixed with juices or added to smoothies or food.
The big difference between this SuperFood and others is YOU know where it comes from – here it is either wild harvested in a sustainably managed environment or orchard grown.
It is only sold online or through farmers markets on the South East of Queensland, Australia.
We know where this comes from and we know what it can do. We can’t tell you everything but I use it daily and dozens of our customers swear by it : OMG !!!
Scott Mathias is a Certified Integrative Nutritionist and Professional Health Coach. Based in Noosa, Queensland he consults to clients around Australia including conducting seminars, public speaking engagements and corporate health groups. His special area of interest is the digestive function and eating food which promotes LIFE!! He is also the creator of an all Australian range of 100% PURE Superfoods from www.ilifefoods.com. Scott’s Health Coaching website is : http://scott-mathias.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/
The above is for information purposes only and is not designed to
diagnose. Please consult your GP to become fully aware of your good
You are warned that this information might drastically transform your personal health and well being!!!
The power of the tropical fruit can only be described as awesome!! The
Green Papaya or Paw Paw contains very high levels of the enzyme called papain - also known as papaya proteinase I .
Since time immemorial the Paw Paw, sometimes called Papaya (carica papaya),
has been at the centre of options for healing solutions, but more importantly a
staple diet for many of the planets tropical indigenous peoples. Papain is the
living enzyme within the flesh of both a green and ripe Paw Paw, however the
green paw paw is known to have higher amounts of papain and lower amounts of
naturally occurring sugars where-as a ripe paw paw has the reverse.
The papaya (from Carib via Spanish), papaw or pawpaw is the fruit of the plant Carica papaya, in the genus Carica.
It is native to the tropics of the Americas, and was first cultivated
in Mexico several centuries before the emergence of the Mesoamerican
Carica papaya was the first fruit tree to have its genome deciphered.
Paw Paw -Papaya TreeMature Green Papaya showing white seeds
Papain is also known as a proteolytic enzyme- a protein scavenger and is
being used for both internal and external healing purposes. Internally
as a food supplement to aid in the process of digestion and 'protein
breakdown' in the stomach prior to the chyme (food slurry) entering the
small intestine - and externally as a paste or lotion to assist in the
healing of skin affected by burns, septic ruptures or infected sores.
Without doubt this has to be the
'fruit of the moment' - I estimate 1 in every 2 people - perhaps more
than 50% of the entire population experience digestion problems arising
from an over consumption of protein - too much red meat, pork, chicken
and heavy proteins like cheeses etc. This can bring about gastric
reflux, heartburn, indigestion and general digestive discomfort.
Introducing a small amount of green papaya powder seems to aid in the
break down of difficult to digest foodtypes.
In my own case, 40 years of chronic
gastric reflux was relieved the very first night I began taking green
papaya powder so much so that after a while I began to feel normal
again. I did however recognise that a diet of dairy products whilst
growing up in New Zealand did not help my digestion. I no longer need
dairy products nor heavy red meat proteins, but the effects of taking
green papaya have been immeasurable largely because all my food now is
fully broken down thus my asorption levels have increased. This means my
body is being 'fed' efficiently by the nutrients my intestine is now
absorbing. My kidneys, liver and cardiovascular functions are great and I
have so much more energy. I have no aches or pains in my muscles or
joints because there is no acid build up any longer.
Check out the iLifeFoods Green Papaya Powder which is 100% Australian and pesticide free. We use the green
skin, flesh and seeds in our product. We also add 5% of the Australian
Rain Plum which adds a small antioxidant boost to the powder. You can
take it any time but it seems to work better with the main meal of the
day - ususally dinner time which means the stress comes out of your
digestive metabolism, food is digested and nutrients absorbed better
during sleeping hours. BUY HERE !!
and if you have any further questions about the roll green papaya
powder can play in your life and good health, please don't hesitate to send me a message.
Back by popular demand is the link from the previous iLifeFoods eNews for the download of theacid/alkaline chart. This is a guide only to more alkaline or neutral foods. DOWNLOAD HEREOnce you have downloaded this, .pdf file, open it up, print it out and have it laminated and stick it you fridge door.
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The above is for
information purposes only and is not designed to diagnose. Please
consult your GP to become fully aware of your good health options.
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In this newsletter : Become Food Empowered!!
Discover the benefits of Greens, enjoy an
exciting recipe & get a FREE acid/alkaline food chart!
did you last look at exactly what you were eating and what is
motivating you to eat? Are you being enticed by the colourful
advertising by the major supermarkets and perhaps choosing foods that
aren’t in your best interest?
There certainly is a lot of ‘food confusion’ existing
right now and in our busy life it is probably a good time to stop and
ask yourself some questions about food and your lifestyle..
•Can you eat out less and prepare more of your own food ?
•Can you be sharing more food in a 'sit-down' environment with friends or family?
•Are you eating to support your immediate and long-term health needs?
These may appear basic questions to some of you but for others this 'food confusion'exists.
Forinstance mainstream media does not promote an awareness around the need to take in a range of 'leafy green vegetables' daily.
whole idea of raw food, light on protein ie. less heavy red meats, pork
and cheeses, along with a mix of healthy grains ie. more wheat free!!
is abhorrent to mainstream media because of the need to continue to
support an industry and an agenda based food pyramid.
So its time now to step into your own 'food power' and maybe say 'enough is enough'!!!
Here are some great ways to become really empowered around your immediate and long term health.
Reach out and ask more questions of your friends and family, read more, sign up for food newsletters or online blogs.
When in doubt 'Google' for information which sits right for you.
Download the 80/20 Alkaline/Acid Food Chart at the bottom of the page.
Also consider spending a couple of hours either a Saturday or Sunday morning shopping at your local farmer's or producer markets
Food Focus: Greens
greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to
incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and
nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while
producing oxygen. Members of this royal green family include kale,
collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens,
broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, green cabbage, spinach
and broccoli. Right now at your local farmers market crinkly leaf green
kale is available. In fact you might be interested in knowing that kale
is number 2 after garlic in the antioxidant stakes!!!
How do greens
benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron,
potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C,
E and K. They are crammed full of fibre, folic acid, chlorophyll and
many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Their green colour is
because of chlorophyll levels - sometimes known as liquid sunshine.
traditional Asian medicine, the color green is related to the liver,
emotional stability and creativity. Greens aid in purifying the blood,
strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and
kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving
circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.
greens are the vegetables most missing from the average diet, and now
you can learn how to prepare them. Start with the very simple recipe
below. Then each time you go to the market, pick up a new green to try.
Soon you’ll find your favorite greens and wonder how you ever lived
Exciting Recipe: Shiitake and Kale
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients:300gms shiitake mushrooms,1 tablespoon olive oil, 1-2 cloves crushed garlic, 1 bunch kale, sprinkle of pine nuts, a pinch of Australian Desert LakeSalt and carrot to garnish.
Directions: 1. Warm oil in pan on medium heat with minced garlic until aromas of garlic are released, about 2-3 minutes. 2. Add chopped shiitake mushrooms, stir-fry for 5 minutes.3.
Add chopped kale, stir-fry for a couple of minutes. 4. Add a
splash of water and pinch of salt to pan, cover and let steam for 4
This is a really simple stir fry that is not only quick to prepare but provides the body with so many benefits.
This is so delicious and so so amazingly healthy and above all - so simple.
have been asked by many people for a list of alkaline and acid foods.
So here is a list which will act as a guideline for you !!! This is
such a fabulous chart to help you make really great food choices
enabling you to learn to know the difference between certain food types
which may or may not be beneficial to your body. The secret is an 80/20
balance between alkaline and acid in your body. Eating the appropriate
food types can help promote this.
download a coloured .pdf chart which you can print off, get laminated
and stick onto the fridge door. I will write more on the relationship of
alkaline and acid foods in the coming months.
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information only’. No medical claims are made or inferred and you should
seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner should any
prevailing medical condition exist. Above all seek out your options.
By Scott Mathias – Integrated Health & RawFood Coach – Creator of the iLifeFood.com range of Enriched SuperCell Foods
I have always maintained that what ever is growing from season to season in your back yard IS FOOD!! It doesn’t have to been on four legs or come out of a building fitted with automatic doors- your back yard is a hive of nutritional industry – all year round.
Several AMAZING food sources grow in mine. Emerging as a weed, I dutifully removed them and dispatched as fast as I could. Then I began to take a closer look. The first is Wild Amaranth which usually turns up early summer or when you don’t plant anything in a patch of garden – so basically anytime, especially if one lives where the weather is a little warmer year round.
Wild Amaranth- High in protein and nutritious
Because it is here to help and assist in our healing process and FEED us, its loves to grow around humans. It will often appear in farmers paddocks after a harvest. Amaranth owes its origins to the ancient Aztec civilisation in Central and South America. It’s very high in protein and jam packed with nutrients from its seeds and leaves.
Farmers world wide despise Amaranth. It is often called by the rather unfortunate name of ‘Pig Weed’. Whilst it is generally cultivate for its seed it is really not a grain. It is more like a ‘seeding spinach’. Quinoa is probably its nearest relative.
The dark seeds from wild Amaranth can be quite hard and sand like but the greens are totally edible and best used in salads or stir fries. Their lighter well bred and cultivated cousins possess a lighter seed suitable for simmering for both savoury and sweet use, as well as flour in breads.These can be obtained from a health food shop. However with a bit of local research you can find the lighter seed bearing variety-sow them and expect a crop season to season. Just one seed has the ability to produce up to 2 kilograms of usable seeds.
An amazing weed indeed!!
Scott Mathias is a Certified Integrative Nutritionist and Professional Health Coach. Based in Noosa, Queensland he consults to clients around Australia including conducting seminars, public speaking
engagements. His special areas of interest are Life Balance and the Digestive
Function – He conducts Raw Food Classes. He is also the creator of an all
Australian range of 100% PURE Nutrient Cell-Foods from www.ilifefoods.com.
He can also be seen at the Noosa Farmers Market each and every Sunday throughout the year.
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The first pre-requisite is a good quality, solid and well powered blender or as I know it, a vitamiser!! This one was purchased from Aldi recently for less than $30 but it is the best and most efficient I have ever used.
My research is showing that many people will not make time in their morning's to reactivate the 'nutritional chi' of the body and support its needs to eliminate and begin the energy and nutritional absorption process again.
Smoothies are a wonderful way to nourish the body with a range of goodies - AND if needs be they can be prepared the night before and placed in the fridge with a piece of cling wrap over the top. Ideally though its better to prepare smoothies and drink on the spot, then oxidisation is lessened and the bio-energy levels are retained.
In the picture sequence shown I have simply chopped a range of fresh fruit into the blender. This morning it was: A frozen banana Chopped pineapple Handful of stoned cherries Chopped peach and nectarine Some Rain Plum juice A VegeShot (beetroot, carrot,kale, Rain Plum and mango) and I had some Wild Cherry and Rain Plum
You may actually put what ever your body feels it might like in a smoothie BUT the emphasis is on your body NOT your mind, which may well ask for some sugary substance to be added to your smoothies, when infact it is not needed. By crowding out sugary substances with naturally occurring sweet foods, such as fruit, your mind will begin to relinquish the desire to take refined sugars and thus the body's cravings will diminish.
Try it and you might be pleasantly surprised.
Easy as 1-2-3 !!
For product information on the VegeShot with Rain Plum and MangoCLICK HERE
The above is for information purposes only and is not designed to
diagnose. Please consult your GP to become fully aware of your good