Freaky Foods: Sunchokes, Maitake Mushrooms, and Turmeric

Good morning everyone and happy Monday!

I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting foods, ideas and recipes to share with you. In today’s Motivational Monday I want to introduce you to three foods that you may not be familiar with, that are loaded in health promoting properties, making them amazing for your health!

Food is the foundation of your health. If you eat well, staying mindful of including plenty of vegetables, fruits, beans and quality fats and proteins, your body and brain will be properly nourished, helping you thrive in all areas of your life. Eating the wrong foods can have deleterious effects on your system, weakening you and causing disease.

But some foods are super foods and should be considered as a means to help bring your health to the next level. These foods may have cancer fighting or detoxification properties. They may have robust antioxidant potential and anti-inflammatory benefits. You want to include these foods in your diet whenever possible and today I have three more that you can add to your repertoire.

In today’s video I will show you a medicinal mushroom that has been known to fight and prevent cancer. I’ll also introduce you to a funny looking tuber that can help you create beneficial bacteria in the large intestine, improving gastrointestinal health. Lastly I will show you a spice that you have definitely heard of but perhaps have not seen, that can fight cancer and protect you from heart disease and cognitive decline.

Once you’ve watched the video, I want to hear from you! Have you tried any of these food in your diet? If so, how did you prepare them? What did you think of the flavor? And are they now a staple in your diet? Let me know in the comments below.

As always, wishing you much health and happiness! Have a great week!

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6 comments on “Freaky Foods: Sunchokes, Maitake Mushrooms, and Turmeric

  1. Ric

    Thank you for the tips and good information. I have tried mushrooms and I use turmeric often. I stopped eating mushrooms and now I know why they disagreed with me. Next up is the artichoke!

    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Sorry to hear mushrooms don’t agree! Be careful with the sun chokes to not have too much at once until you get used to it so as to minimize any GI discomfort. Let me know what you think!
      Have a nice weekend!

  2. Kim

    I tried sunchokes during the last several months in a dish I prepared to add some crunchy texture in a vegetable stir-fry. I had not tasted them before and they were kind of expensive, so I only used a couple knobs of the root along with standard vegetables I regularly include. The sunchokes were quite tasty almost reminding me of a water chestnut. The following morning I had severe stomach pains which was odd because stir-fry meals always settle well as I always use fresh ginger & garlic etc. I admit I have a very sensitive stomach and couldn’t figure out what brought on the discomfort. I asked everyone who ate with me if they suffered any stomach pain afterwards, which they all denied. A few weeks after that meal I read an article that cautioned the gaseous effects the sunchokes may have when eaten, but is a very nutritious food.
    Haven’t tried using fresh tumeric yet, but I like your idea of roasting with carrots or sweet potatoes. Thanks!

    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Yes, the first time I tried sunchokes I made a soup with them as the main ingredient and it was a bit uncomfortable. But they are so beneficial that I have small amounts when its available. I just love the way they taste~
      Let me know what you think of the turmeric when you try it~
      Thanks Kim! xo

  3. sarit

    Hi Barbara
    Thank you for another great video!
    I tried only the turmeric, actually I have been giving a lot of it to my dog too – mixed with coconut oil,
    he have cancer……..

    I will look for the Maitake Mushrooms and the sun chokes here in Italy, hope to find it.

    Wish you a great day.

    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the mushrooms and sunchokes! Let me know what you think once you do~
      Ah, Italy! I plan to be there August 2016 for a wedding and I am very much looking forward to it~


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