TV Tuesday #42: The Superfood You Should Consider Eating

Hint: It’s not the yams…It’s on the fries!

Have you been hearing the term superfood being tossed around lately? By now you’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard of the superfood quinoa. Probably one of the most popular superfoods out there, but there are many that grow in your own back yard.

So what is a “superfood”? No, it’s not a carrot dressed in a red and blue spandex suit with a big S on the front (feel free to use that as your geeky foodie Halloween costume by the way). It’s better than that! Hard to believe anything could be better than that, I know. Superfood’s are simply foods that have an exceptionally high nutrient density, including phytochemicals and antioxidants.

Some superfoods you may be familiar with are North American berries, like blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Parsley and oregano along with other herbs are known superfoods, as are sprouts and leafy greens and the ever so common flax seed!

But the superfood I want to talk about today, probably doesn’t grown in your back yard (hmmm but maybe it could? Something to look into…), sorry, back to my story…

I’ve been using this certain “superfood” for a while now that I’d like to introduce you to. The majority of you probably have never used it or may have never even heard of it. It coincides with a book I received in the mail entitled Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris (I’ll be doing a thorough review soon). The book has all kinds of recipes using this superfood, which I had otherwise only been adding to my morning smoothy.

(Stay tuned to find out what this superfood is!)

This “superfood” I’m going to introduce you to is a root vegetable, radish like, and it is actually from Peru. This root is supposed to be helpful for supporting adrenals. It also helps regulate stress. It is a natural energy booster without being a stimulant, balances hormones and is known to boost the libido. Through testing, what is absolutely certain is that it does contains close to 60 phytonutrients and beneficial plant sterols that block cholesterol absorption.

Liability clause “I’m not a doctor, I’m just sharing what the research says and my experience.”

When I first bought the stuff, I have to say…the taste…not so good. But like most things, if you don’t know what to do with it, then there’s a high likelihood of that happening. For example, if someone told you potatoes were delicious and never told you what to do with them you might end up having a bad experience of trying to eat it raw like a apple. You may think “potatoes are gross”.

So I started adding it into my smoothies to hide the taste.

I add this superfood to this shake for a delicious breakfast on the go.

This is very affective by the way.

I have to say I have been feeling pretty great. My energy has most definitely improved. So the part where this root is associated with youthful energy is pretty accurate in my experience. My energy doesn’t slump mid day the same way it used to. That, for me, is priceless. Also, my craving for caffeine has even dropped since I don’t really feel like I “need” it, if you know what I’m saying.

So though I’m not opposed to just be using it in my smoothies, the Superfood Kitchen opened my eyes to some other possibilities! I’m going to share one of those possibilities with you in today’s video.

Sweet Potato Fries (or for the Canadian out there, Yam Fries) anyone?

This is a recipe the whole family will love and they’ll even feel like it’s a treat.

Warning: They are addictive.

Warning: Maca should not be eaten raw unless it is gelatinized. If you want to add it to shakes or fries like the ones above but the gelatinized kind.

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 2 Lbs Sweet Potatoes or Yam
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon mesquite powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon maca powder (gelatinized)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar

Heat oven to 450 F. Cut the sweet potatoes into fries. Toss with coconut oil. Bake for 15- 25 minutes until cooked through and browning.

Mix the remaining ingredients together. When the fries have finished cooking toss the fries with the seasoning. Serve immediately.

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21 Responses to TV Tuesday #42: The Superfood You Should Consider Eating

  1. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom March 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    HI France. I haven’t been eating maca yet, but just a note – my practitioner, who is an adrenal health and herbal expert, said you should not eat maca when ill. It will drive the sickness down deeper into your body. I have experienced that w/ other herbs she said not to take when ill. Just a tip and hope that helps you and your readers :).

    • beyondthepeel March 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

      Thanks Adrienne for the tip. You’re always helpful :)

  2. Blair Massey March 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Sounds delicious, but I could not find the recipe below the video. ;-)

    • beyondthepeel March 5, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

      You are so right! I will add it pronto.

  3. inspirededibles March 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Hello Beyond the Peel! Another great clip. I was just reading clinical trials on maca’s favourable effects on energy and mood (there is also preliminary evidence that indicates that maca may improve sperm production and sperm motility) – very promising studies in this area and I will be keeping a curious eye on further developments. Your yam fries look utterly yummy France!

  4. Michele March 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    I believe that before ordering the maca powder one should read the negative reviews on Amazon to be well informed about this product.
    Michele

    • beyondthepeel March 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

      Thanks Michele for bringing this up since it wasn’t mentioned in the video. Maca should be gelatinized to be eaten raw (like the one in the video). I have added that note to the post to avoid upset stomachs and reactions.

  5. Debby March 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    France….I have only used it in my smoothie, yum!
    But my question is? How do you get you teeth soooo white? Please, do tell!
    Oh, and yes, I will be trying this recipe. Thanks

  6. Becky_NE March 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    Thank you so much for all your great information!! Where do you buy Maca? I suppose my local health food store but I like to buy from a source that you trust.

    • beyondthepeel March 6, 2013 at 3:37 am #

      Hi Becky. This is the brand that I use. It’s called Harmonic Arts. This small local company has an excellent reputation and they supply many of the organic and specialty stores in our area. Here’s the website. http://harmonicarts.ca/

  7. Becky_NE March 5, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Sorry, another question — what about taking it as a capsule. I see it online that way.

  8. Melinda Parkhurst March 6, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    I really like using maca powder in smoothies like this vegan malted frostie: http://resourcefulcookie.blogspot.com/2013/02/vegan-malted-frostie-and-kale-lemonade.html. I haven’t tried it in any savory dishes yet, and can’t wait to try out the spice mix on yam fries and I’ll bet it’s tasty sprinkled on corn on the cob or popcorn. Thanks for exposing us to such great information and tasty new (and healthy) recipes.

  9. Jeanette Chen March 7, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    I’ve read about maca powder but have yet to try it. Thanks for the tip about eating it gelatinized – hadn’t heard that before.

  10. Sandi March 7, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    France,
    The spices with these fries are amazing. I made them tonight, along with a whole roaster chicken. My whole family LOVED them, I will be bookmarking this recipe to use again!

    My naturalpathic Dr. recommended Macca from Femmenessence . I took it for three months twice a day, then was supposed to be off a month. It helped a lot, I can especially tell now that I haven’ been on it a while. But my Naturalpath is on maternity leave til April, so I need to wait until she’s back to get a new regimen started :( I don’t think it’s supposed to be taken continuously so I’d recommend everyone talk with their medical provider to find what’s right for them.

    • beyondthepeel March 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

      I think you bring up an important point. Taking it twice a day or every single day like you would a pill or supplement makes it more like taking it medicinally. A person should check with their naturopath. If one is adding it to fries once and a while, a shake a few times a week or adding it to a batch of protein balls, its a different story.

  11. Joanne (eats well with others) March 7, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    I’ve seen this powder at whole foods but had no idea what to do with it! Now I’ll have to pick some up and get sweet potato fry-making!

  12. Little Sis March 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks so much for this. Ive been considering adding maca to our small collection of super foods, and I appreciate the insight.

  13. Amber H March 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    I had no idea Maca was so fabulous! What a great recipe, France. Love it.

  14. Shelley Alexander March 7, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    France I like using Macs in Smoothies and added it in my cornbread recipe. It does help with energy. I have to try your tasty recipes!

  15. Debbie Salt October 15, 2013 at 3:06 am #

    Great article, thank you. I add in BTP Wellness Superfood with Greens Complex powder to my morning smoothie. http://www.BTPWellness.com I shopped around for the a Superfood or Green powder for a long time until I found theirs. It’s a great formula and has Super Bio Curcumin (the kind Life Extension uses) in it. It’s all natural and organic. And the TASTE IS AMAZING!! Does not taste grassy at all.

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