The Magic of Superfoods

Last week I was one of the many health junkies in Cape Town who attended The Magic of Superfoods book launch by Rawlicious at the Wellness Warehouse, Kloof Street. I was so excited as this would be my very first introduction to Superfoods and, as a newbie veggie, I need all the education I can find to make this journey a smooth one. Speaking of smooth, upon arrival we each received the most delicious vegan smoothie – the Supershake Chocolate Milk – along with two (apparently delicious) choccies. I didn’t eat the chocolates as they contained honey, which is technically not vegan – but this launch might have changed my views on that. I’ll get to the honey subject on a later stage though.

Peter and Beryn Daniel, the brains behind Rawlicious, the Superfoods brand and this book, launched The Magic of Superfoods to inspire. Superfoods have been used for many many years thought ancient cultures all over the world. “Superfoods are the greatest foods identified by the greatest civilisations that have existed on this earth”. Through the years of technological development, we have become a civilisation that lost our touch with nature. Our fast-paced lives have become custom to microwavable TV dinners and eating to feel full and move on instead of to think about what we put into our bodies to nourish it naturally.  Luckily and since only recently, we find ourselves in the privileged situation where health consciousness, green living and raw foods are slowly but surely making their return. The foreword of Superfoods states that t is our responsibility to grab hold of this opportunity to review, correct and perfect what the previous generation has handed to us and prepare it for the new generation to enhance their living.

This is what The Magic of Superfoods teaches us. During the launch Peter introduced us briefly to the 16 superfoods discussed in the book. Each chapter of the book covers a different superfood. It tells us about the history of the superfood and how it was found and used in ancient times, it educates us of the magic of the superfood and its healing powers, how to plant, grow and prep each superfood and then, finally, it shares the family’s favourite superfood recipes before moving on to the next superfood chapter. The 16 superfoods are:

  • Aloe
  • Baobab
  • Goji Berries
  • Chia
  • Berries
  • Blue-green algae
  • Camu camu
  • Grasses and microgreens
  • Hemp
  • Coconut
  • Sea vegetables
  • Maca
  • Lucuma
  • Mesquite
  • Bee products
  • Raw cacao

Do not stress if you have no clue what some of them are – I also haven’t heard of some of them, but when you read the book you will see how easy it is to use these funny-sounding foods. Each superfood has been tried and tested by ancient wisdom over thousands of years and this book itself, is inspired by the pure results of the superfood. The book is also filled with the most beautiful poems and illustrations by Alexis Aronson. The Magic of Superfoods is more than a recipe book providing us with steps on how to cook, but rather it is a book of art, teaching us how to adopt a lifestyle of incorporating superfoods and conclusively creating xxx living.  We all know that the food we eat consumes us and, even though this is an overused cliché, we ultimately are what we eat.  Nature does not make mistakes and if you read and follow this book, you can understand how the superfoods, provided by nature, will enrich your health and your life.

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Thank you Peter (and Beryn) for the introduction to and demonstration of the superfoods (and for signing my beautiful book).  I have already read most of it and played around with several of the recipes. All I can say is than within a week, Chia seeds have become my new best friend!

I encourage all to buy this book and let it change your life for the better. The Magic of Superfoods is available at The Wellness Warehouse in Kloof Street, Cape Town, for a mere R297.00. You can also buy it online and get it delivered at your door here.

I conclude with the message Peter signed in my book:

Enjoy all the recipes. To your SUPER – HEALTH!

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