Leah's Recipe

Real Food Desserts

Index of Ingredients: Health Benefits Explained

 

Hemp protein- richest, most bioavailable protein source on the planet.  Complete amino acid profile spectrum.  All essential omega fatty acids (omega 3s and 6s). Bioavailability means digestibility (most recognized and easily processed and put to use in the body). 

Almonds- considered a super food.  high in mono-saturated, heart healthy fats.  as high in antioxidants as green tea and broccoli.  source of plant-based calcium, high in vitamin E and essential minerals.

Sunflower seeds- high in magnesium, calcium, and control cell damage!

Pumpkin seeds- magnesium powerhouse (magnesium is essential in all cellular function), zinc rich, omega 3s.

Coconut- high in fiber, full mineral spectrum.

Coconut oil- mainly comprised of medium chain fatty acids- health promoting fatty acid chains from liver and brain function to metabolism.  Antibiotic properties. Improves health of skin and hair.

Cacao nibs- high in iron and magnesium. Natural stress reliever. High antioxidant value.

Maple syrup- high mineral content, low glycemic index (won't spike blood sugar).

Raisins- high in antioxidants, iron, and phytonutrients.

Apricots- fiber, iron, vitamin a and c

Dates- potassium, iron, fiber

Raw Cacao- high in antioxidants (anti-cancer and free radicals).  High in iron and magnesium.  Natural stress relief (l-tryptophan)

 

Healing Spices:

Turmeric:  powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic illnesses.

Cayenne: Cayenne contains a range of flavonoids and carotenoids – antioxidants that scavenge free radicals to protect against the cellular damage that leads to inflammation and disease[i.  Native Americans used cayenne as a food and medicine for thousands of years, and the spice has been used widely by healers in India, China, and other parts of Asia for centuries to relieve digestive and circulatory problems.

Ginger: another spice that’s been used for centuries for inflammation and pain, to soothe sore muscles and throats, and combat general aches and fatigue. Ginger attacks inflammation through the action of gingerols, shogaols, and paradols.

Cinnamon:  Cinnamon’s claim to fame is its ability to lower blood sugar in diabetics by activating insulin receptors. Like many other herbs and spices, cinnamon also has a host of compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can lessen the likelihood of cellular damage and chronic disease. Cinnamon also blocks growth factors associated with abnormal cell growth, thus protecting against cancer.