10 Foods That Expand Your Consciousness
Let’s try something new. Let’s consider what we eat in terms of energy, not nutrients.
Everything in this world has its own unique vibration, depending on its content, quality and characteristics. This includes our bodies, and the food we eat. The faster our mind and body is vibin’ the more conscious, aware and in sync we are with the world, and nature around us.
There are many methods for raising these vibrations and getting in touch with our nature. Eating highly nutritious, energetic foods is one of the easiest and most tangible ways to do this. And baby, you will feel it!
Here is my list of high vibration, naturally nutrient-packed and delicious foods to enjoy for expanded awareness and a beautiful, functioning body. Clean eating means clear thinking, so let’s get these brainwaves moving!
1. Dark Leafy Greens.
This meals kale, arugula, spinach, Swiss chard, bok choy, and mustard greens, etc. These babies are so vibrant because of the energy they soak up directly from the sun in their production of chlorophyll. As a rule, any bright or dark colored vegetable or fruit is packed with nutrition, and good vibration. Pick any one of these to toss in a salad or sauté with a little salt and raw apple cider vinegar.
2. Green Juice.
This is the perfect way to get those dark leafy greens. Throw them in the juicer and out comes an easy to drink, easy to digest, immediately absorbed energy source. This, above all else is my favorite way to raise my energy and awareness through food. When I feel stuck, lost, or uninspired, I make one of these bad boys and seriously feel better within seconds after my first gulp. You’d be surprised at how delicious, and satisfying a green juice can be. To get started, look here for juice recipes and photos.
3. Fermented Foods.
This food is ALIVE. It is roaming with beneficial probiotic flora, just waiting to join our gut ecosystem. This is what we want! There is literally so much action here, and it affects us accordingly! Living foods lighten and brighten us, leaving us feeling A-ok. Raw sauerkraut, kimchi, rejuvelac, and kombucha are all great examples.
4. Sprouts and any Raw and Living Foods.
I’m talking raw nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, good for obvious reasons. These have not been processed or degraded in any way and are vitamin and mineral goldmines. Sprouts, too! Sprouting is easy, and it improves the digestibility, nutrition, and liveliness of any nut, legume or seed! If you don’t know how, here are some easy directions. Add sprouts to any salad, or snack on them for high vibe goodness!
5. Medicinal Mushrooms.
Chaga and Reishi are the big ones here. All edible mushrooms boost your immune system and have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory benefits. And the subtle creation of these fascinating plants is enough to see its vibrational qualities. Just LOOK at them, they’re truly beautiful, and so fascinating. These two medicinals are at the top of the list, for these properties, and so much more. It’s worth looking into, and getting your hands on some. I drink tea extracted from Chaga each and every morning, and enjoy Reishi tincture each day as well.
6. Clean and Pure Water.
Reverse osmosis or freshly collected spring water are the best choices. These waters are pure, and immediately sucked up and circulated. Our organs need to be hydrated to function properly, and we need it to think clearly. Our bodies are over 50% water, so this is worth paying attention to. These waters are best because they are free from the chemical waste products and pharmaceuticals that are lingering in our water systems. This includes the worst offender of all, especially for spiritual and creative growth…FLOURIDE. This is a controversial subject for most, but whether or not you choose to brush your teeth with the stuff, I think we can all agree we don’t want to drink it. So go with the clean stuff.
If these high quality waters aren’t available to you, filtering your water is definitely better than drinking straight from the tap. Avoid buying bottled water as the plastic is leached into the water. There are some high quality water filters, that don’t include reverse osmosis, but still filter out fluoride.
7. Superfruits and Berries.
Goji berries, golden berries, gooseberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, you name it. These colorful treats vibrate at a high frequency and during the summer months we are blessed with most of these, fresh and easy.
8. Raw Chocolate.
Raw cacao nibs are the natural, unprocessed form of the cacao bean, and you can find them at any health food store. This is one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the earth. And only heat can destroy this miracle food, so it’s best to eat this one raw. Cacao nibs are good added to salads, trail mix, or just on their own for a bitter and sweet energy surge. Chocolate is also high in phenylethylamines, also known as thelove chemical, which makes us feel so blissful and full of passion… like we are in love! If that’s not high energy I don’t know what is!
9. Bless your Food.
Think positive thoughts, and pour your own energy into what you are eating. Feel truly thankful and in love with what you are about to consume (and make a part of you)! I love to place my hands directly above each meal before I eat it as a physical gesture of mindfulness, forcing me to slow down, appreciate and be thankful before I take my first bite. I don’t remember who introduced me to this idea but it is truly so powerful, and I have been doing this for each meal ever since.
10. Buy organic.
Not only does the lack of pesticides raise the vibe of anything, but the way the food is planted, handled and cared for also plays a huge role. This is why local AND organic is the best combination ever, aside from wild grown and foraged foods.
And this is only the beginning! Our planet is filled with opening, refreshing, enlivening and empowering foods. There are so many more!
Explore adding these wonderful foods into your diet, get creative, and see how you feel. Which foods changed your mood? Were you able to think more clearly? Did anyone notice this good energy? Share with us below.
Here’s a great excuse to gorge on pumpkin pie, blueberry cobbler, apple streusel, and chocolate-covered strawberries! Well, kind of. Yep, they're all Greatist superfoods— just hold the sugar to get the most benefits. Here are the reasons these fruits, veggies, grains, and dairy products have made our list of the world's best superfoods.
1. Greek Yogurt
Regular yogurt’s thicker, creamier cousin is chock-full of protein and probiotics. It fills the belly, improves digestion, and bolsters the immune system. Plus, it's a great healthy recipe substitute for sour cream, cream cheese, and even mayonnaise!
This teeny-tiny, grain-like seed packs some serious nutritional prowess. With a mild, nutty flavor and a texture similar to rice or couscous, quinoa is one of the only grains or seeds that provides all nine essential amino acids our bodies can't produce themselves. And it's filled with protein— eight grams per one-cup serving, to be exact!
Don’t worry; these berries won't cause an oompa-loompa-like reaction. In fact, they're nutritional superstars, filled with fiber, vitamin C, and cancer-fighting compounds. And studies suggest blueberries may even improve memory!
This rough and tough green beats out all the rest in terms of nutrition, providing more antioxidants than most other fruits and veggies! It's also a fantastic source of fiber, calcium, and iron. Prepare it virtually any way, from boiled or steamed to roasted (try it as a chip!) or stewed.
Ch-ch-ch-chia! Yep, this little seed is the same as those adorable little ceramic animal planters of the 90s! But don’t worry, the nutritious part is not the clay pot. Chia seeds are actually loaded with the most essential fatty acids of any known plant! Plus, one serving of the stuff is loaded with magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium.
High in fiber, antioxidants, and tons of other nutrients, this breakfast staple has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels, aid in digestion, and even improve metabolism. And it's downright delicious— especially when flavored like pumpkin pie!
7. Green Tea
This ages-old health secret has been used as a natural remedy for everything from cancer to heart disease! The secret to this delicious drink? Antioxidants! The main superhero here is Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, a phytochemical that slows irregular cell growth, which could potentially help prevent the growth of some cancers.
This lean, mean, green machine is packed with vitamins, minerals, disease-fighting compounds, and the fiber essential in any diet. Though all members of the cruciferous vegetable family are super-duper healthy, broccoli stands out for its exceptionally high levels of vitamin C and folate (which can reduce risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and stroke).
Vitamin C is the superstar of this superfood. Just one cup of these red beauties satisfies the daily requirement for vitamin C (74 milligrams per day for women, 90 for men)! Studies suggest the antioxidant helps build and repair the body's tissues, boosts immunity, and fights excess free radical damage. And the vitamin C in strawberries could help promote healthy eye function.
This heart-healthy fish is packed with protein and a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies suggest may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And bonus points: Salmon may also protect skin from the sun and the damaging effects of UV rays.
Low in sugar and high in vitamins A and C, this summer treat is the prefect fresh, low-calorie snack. Studies suggest watermelon could also potentially lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. And the lycopene in watermelon could help protect the body from UV rays and cancer.
Antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and vitamins that promote vision and bone health are what make this little ol' green so super. And those bones will be thanking spinach, too! Just one cup of the stuff packs up to 12 percent of the recommended daily dose of calcium and enough vitamin K to help prevent bone loss.
These lil' nuts are hiding lots of protein and fiber behind their earthy flavor and nutty crunch. Plus, they're naturally cholesterol-free. A one-ounce serving of these nuts has almost as much potassium as one small banana.
A relatively inexpensive protein source loaded with nutrients, eggs certainly earn their superfood status. A single large egg is just about 70 calories and offers six grams of protein. Eggs are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for normal body function and heart health.
Surprise! Almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut, meaning they offer the highest concentration of nutrients per calorie per ounce. For just 191 calories, a one-ounce serving provides 3.4 grams of fiber (that's about 14 percent of the daily recommended value) and a healthy dose of potassium, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, and iron. Plus, you can eat them as BUTTER!
Slightly spicy but oh-so-enjoyable, ginger has been used for years as a delicious flavoring and an all-natural remedy for everything from an upset stomach to unwanted inflammation.
This all-star veggie contains tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help fight disease and strengthen vital organs. And their purple hue may be the secret to their healthy success— some studies suggest betalains, the purple pigments in these veggies, may help ward off cancer and other degenerative diseases.
High in protein and low in cholesterol, beans of any variety can add a healthy twist to any dish (even brownies!). They're also loaded with fiber, folate, and magnesium, and studies have shown that legumes (like beans) can actually help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of certain cancers (at least in rats…).
Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, these gourds aren't just for carving (or making into pie). The star nutrient here is beta-carotene, a provitamin that the body converts to vitamin A, which is known for its immune boosting powers and essential role in eye health.
Say it with us, people: "Fiber is good." And apples are a great low-calorie source. (A medium-sized apple weighs in at under 100 calories.) Plus, upping apple intake has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, diabetes, and asthma.
It's time to work these fall favorites into dishes year-round. Whether it's in the shape of a can or fresh off the stove, cranberries have a handful of health benefits and disease-fighting powers. These bacteria-busting berries can help fight inflammation, reduce the risk of heart disease, improve oral health, help prevent ulcers and yeast infections, and may even inhibit the growth of some human cancer cells.
Yes, it might leave breath less-than-desirable, but these cloves can do more than flavor— they've been used for centuries as food and medicine. These days, garlic is used to treat anything from high blood pressure and heart disease to certain types of cancer. Plus, studies suggest garlic extract can be used to treat yeast infections in women and prostate issues in men.
While all the vitamins and minerals are a great bonus, the real star here is cauliflower's cancer-fighting compounds, glucosinolates. These phytochemicals are responsible for cauliflower's sometimes-bitter flavor, but they have also been shown to prevent damage to the lugs and stomach by carcinogens, potentially protecting agiainst those cancers. And thanks to interactions with estrogen, cauliflower may also help prevent hormone-driven cancers like breast, uterine, and cervical.
Leeks owe many of their anti-cancer superpowers to their organosulphur compounds. These nutrients have been credited with everything from kicking cancer to boosting immunity. Studies also suggest leeks could help protect the digestive system from stomach and gastric cancers.
They're pretty cheap, easy to prepare, and high in protein, iron and other essential nutrients. Need we say more? The iron may help fight off anemia (a condition that’s especially common among vegetarians and vegans), and they're low on the glycemic index, too. That means they cause blood sugar to spike less quickly than other starches, so our energy lasts longer.
Published By: GoodVibez