EAT SUPER FOODS
We’ve all heard of superfoods, wholefoods that have naturally high nutritional profiles that contain health benefiting antioxidants and phytonutrients. At Kye’s, we strive to use as many superfoods as we can in our practice of Kye Chi. Here are some of our favorites.
Asian Root Vegetables
Macrobiotic cooking uses them for their grounding and strengthening. Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine uses them to open clogged channels, detoxify, and calm the spirit. We love their taste and crunchy texture. The big boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber they deliver is a nice plus, as well as their prebiotic properties.
The good fats in Avos are good for you, especially your skin. They also contain vitamin E, K, C and the Bs, plus potassium, magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorus, fiber, protein, and several phytonutrients and long chain polysaccharides. We love their creaminess and flavor.
Satisfyingly sweet, low glycemic, low in calories, and high in fiber. Full of antioxidants vitamins and minerals, berries help support brain function and protect the body against inflammation and free radicals. Natures candy, so delicious!
Butter — but with the milk solids (including lactose and casein) removed — is used in Ayurvedic medicine to remove toxins from cells and as WD-40 for the entire body. If you have dairy issues, ghee is a great alternative to butter, all the rich flavor without the drawbacks of hydrogenated margarines.
Sometimes called the longevity berry, this delicious dried fruit packs 20 vitamins and minerals and 18 amino acids. Seriously high in antioxidants and fiber, TCM uses gojis to sooth and detoxify the liver relieving stress, improving mood, and aiding in digestion as well as tonify the kidneys. We love their unique flavor and chewiness.
Herbs & Spices
Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine use them to help move chi, detox and protect the body, sooth organ systems, calm the mind, treat various diseases, and balance the doshas. They are full of antioxidants and help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system.
The #1 food to improve health, they’re full of fiber, vitamins A, C, K, folate, potasium, magnesium, calcium, plus tons of antioxidant phytochemicals that help prevent disease. We love adding greens to everything and making them delicious for you!
The body needs protein to grow, repair and maintain its lovely self. For meat eaters - organic, free range, grass fed meats and wild fish in moderation. For those that don't, we love organic tempeh, tofu, chickpeas, lentils, and beans.
Used in Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years for their immune enhancing qualities and protection against oxidative stress. Loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and one of the only plant sources of Vitamin D. Super nutritious and delicious.
Super rich in minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, omega 3, protein, and polysaccharides. Helps control cholesterol, eliminate toxins, reduce inflammation, regulate hormones, alkalinize the body, anti-aging, and can reduce the rate of fat absorption by inhibiting lipase. We love the flavor!
Nuts & Seeds
The eggs of the plant world. Super nutrient dense, they are a source of good fats, omega 3, vitamins, antioxidants, and hard-to-get minerals. High in protein and fiber, they stabilize blood sugar, boost energy and taste amazing. Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine use them to affect mood and tonify the kidneys and the brain. We love seeds and nuts, they are so satisfying.
One of few plant foods that’s a complete protein, this complex carb has a low glycemic profile and a high protein-to-carbohydrate ratio. Also high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Quinoa is a great grain that provides more energy, can increase metabolism, and help stabilize blood sugar.