Superfoods Symposium

The Purple Chakra, which represents our spiritual connection and cosmic awareness, was vibrating high last Wednesday afternoon at Life Alive in Cambridge. Bruce and Andrea from Organic Living Superfoods in Walpole joined me in hosting a symposium to explore the bounty of medicinal and therapeutic superfood offerings on our beverage menu. Just as diverse as the algae, oils, roots and fruits we discussed were the sixteen or so guests who brought their personal experiences and curiosities to the roundtable.

Superfoods are recognized as nutrient-rich and contain extremely high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Some superfoods, such as raw cacao, can even have positive effects on your mood and can promote a positive, harmonious outlook and vibe. Cacao powder is simply the cacao bean that, through a cold-pressed process, has had the fat (cacao butter) removed. It is a natural stimulant known to regulate blood sugar and promote weight loss, and also contains PEAs—the chemicals our bodies produce when we fall in love. Add that to my smoothie please!

We then tasted raw cacao in our very own Coco Loco Alive, which is a frosty, chocolatey blend that also contains coconut oil. Very well regarded for its topical uses, coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acids lock in moisture for soft, supple, glowing skin while giving blended drinks a satisfying, rich texture. Along with anti-microbial properties that support the immune system, this unique ‘good’ fat is converted directly to energy by your liver and is not easily stored in the the body as unwanted fat. We also use it in the restaurant to sauté the onions and garlic for our Coconut Curry and Carrot, Sweet Potato and Ginger Soups. It smells so yummy!

Then we started talking Activated Waters. These are enhanced water-based offerings that make drinking water even more fun. At Life Alive we offer Simply Alive, a swirling mashup of spirulina, lemon, honey and pure water. Spirulina is a blue-green alga that grows in fresh water lakes and rivers. Spirulina is packed with protein, helps to lower cholesterol, inhibits the production of anti-inflammatory molecules and helps produce radiant skin and hair. Lemon and honey perfectly balance the slightly salty nuance in this drink. We love it.

After an hour of sipping, snacking and chatting about all of the organic superfoods offered at Life Alive, we were buzzing. I want to extend my gratitude to Organic Living Superfoods for taking the time to share their expertise and tasty superfood snacks. I am also deeply thankful to the guests who brought this event to life and made it fun with much energy and enthusiasm. I hope to see you at the juice bar soon.