Saturday, September 22, 2012

Enzyme Rich Foods

     I am reading very informative book on nutrition titled, "Prescription for Nutritional Healing, The A-Z Guide to Supplements" by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC.  In the book she talks about the importance of Enzymes and how important they are for the human body.  And even though we naturally produce enzymes, we can get them from raw food as well.  Some great sources of enzymes are avocados, papayas, pineapple, bananas and mangos.  But one of the richest source of enzymes are sprouts.
     Enzymes need the help of coenzymes to become fully active.  Some of the most important coenzymes are the B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, Vitamin E and zinc.  These vitamins can be found in the following; whole wheat products, brown rice, legumes, raw nuts, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, broccoli.  Of the B-complex vitamins, B12 is hard to find in vegetables but can be found in sea vegetables such as dulse, kelp, kombu and nori.  B12 is also found in soybeans and soy products.
     Now we have a list of enzyme and coenzyme foods.  So now we can create dishes by using these ingredients.  Below are the listed ingredients.

Enzymes                      Coenzymes               Sprouts                          Herbs
avocados                      whole wheat               soybean sprouts             parsley
papayas                        brown rice                  alfalfa sprouts                sage
pineapple                     legumes                      clover                             alfalfa
bananas                        raw nuts                      pea                                 peppermint
mangos                         potatoes                      sunflower                       fennel seed
broccoli                        tomatoes                     mustard                          cayenne
kale                               spinach                       watercress                      fenugreek
brussels sprouts            carrots                        cabbage                          paprika
cabbage                        broccoli                      quinoa                            thyme
                                     oranges                                                              rosemary
                                     citrus fruit

Here are some examples of enzyme packed dish;

Spinach and avocado salad - almonds  - watercress sprouts - orange lentil dressing
Chilled asparagus - grapefruit - pea shoots - curried lemon mango dressing
Cabbage, broccoli and carrot stir fry - brown rice - pineapple - cashews
Chilled avocado and papaya soup - watercress oil - mustard sprouts
Stuffed spicy cabbage rolls - black beans - brown rice - tomatoes - spinach - walnuts
Steamed Brussels sprouts - rosemary potatoes - shaved carrots - fennel seed - pine nuts
Mango, papaya, pineapple, banana and avocado smoothie
Warm lentil soup - tomatoes - potatoes - carrots - kale - thyme
Shaved carrot and seaweed salad - soy walnut dressing
Chilled orange and carrot soup - shaved asparagus - quinoa sprouts - almond oil

Climbing Mallorcan Style

1 comment:

  1. I just want to ask about the CoQ10 foods that you said. Can I make them fermented?