Friday, June 26, 2009

The Best Things in Life are Green

Last night, it came to my mind that the most healing, nourishing & soothing foods, beverages & herbs were green in color:
-Green Tea
-Leafy Greens
-Spirulina
-Green Clay
-Green Smoothies
-Seaweeds
-Nourishing herbs/weeds: stinging nettle, dandelion, plantain, purslane...etc

Green is the quintessential color of Nature and I believe that beyond appreciating this particular color (in all its shades) for its beauty and radiance, green color also speaks to our body and soul on more subtle levels (energetic/auric, your mood and to the subconscious).

Not to mention that chlorophyll is very close to human blood.

So next time you eat something green, notice how you feel...

7 comments:

Kristen's Raw said...

Green is my fave color. Wonderful!

Jim the Guacamole Diet guy said...

Actually, a very strong case can be made for red, instead of green. Fruit often tend to turn red when they become ripe, which makes them stand out against the surrounding green foliage. And mammals like us seem to have co-evolved with those fruit, and our vision is especially attuned to those red colors. Give me my red stuff -- strawberries, tomatoes, apples, red bell peppers, anything red.

mesm said...

talking of green, I found out the most wonderful thing today about green.

Green is actualy soothing on the eyes, if you look at green it will moisten and relax your eyes!

Green rocks :-)

Lauren said...

Alchemille, how do you incorporate some of those, like seaweed, into your diet? And do you have a reasonably priced source for it? Looks like I better start exploring what's on your list... :)

Alchemille said...

Lauren,
The seaweeds sold out there are in dried form (in France I was able to buy fresh ones) so you either use them dried or you rehydrate them.
You can add them to salads, soups, omelets, sandwiches...
Some seaweeds work better than others for particular dishes.
I like the smokey taste of dulse in soups and omelets. I rehydrate it a few minutes if I want to add some to a sandwich.
For salads, I use shredded nori (the same seaweed used for sushi rolls).
Kombu is usually used for broths and cooking legumes.
They all have different colors, texture and taste. Some are saltier than other so you might not need to add extra salt to your dishes. They also have different nutrients and medicinal uses.
I can recommend the book "Seaweed - Nature's Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease, and Revitalizing Body & Soul" by Valerie Gennari Cooksley.
Mountain Rose Herbs has informative sheets on various seaweeds (which they sell online).
One word of caution though, use them in small amount and maybe not everyday (unless you have thyroid problems maybe).

Lauren said...

Thanks, Alchemille! I will take a look at that book and revisit the shelves at Whole Foods. I did pick up some nori today for salads. You are so helpful!

Phillip said...

Very Green Blog Your's is. The way you have incorporated green into life looks good and green is a great soothing refreshing color anyway.

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