Balinese Super foods

Even though there are thousands of so-called super foods out there, a true super food is any natural food with a high nutrient density in its original state.

Usually these foods grow in the wild and are often pulled out as weeds in the garden. They are not cultivated or hybridized, but are sturdy plants with a strong life force energy. In addition to their nutritional value they often have medicinal value; they are both food and medicine.

These potent life-giving foods can assist us to meet and exceed all of our body’s nutritional requirements and nourish us at the deepest level possible. They are an excellent choice to improve our overall health, boost the immune system, elevate serotonin production, enhance sexuality and cleanse and alkalize the body.

Best of all, eating these superfoods can be fast, easy, fresh and fun.

1. Raw Cacao

I like raw cacao for its rich, deep taste and layers of tropical flavours. Raw cacao is the purest, highest quality of cacao, and it can make us feel euphoric and energized for hours. It also has therapeutic properties and is a medicine for the heart.

Early cultivation of cacao can be traced back to 400AD and the Mayans. Today’s evolution of the cacao plant gives the beans from which comes raw cacao (powder, nibs and butter). Full of flavanols (antioxidants) benefiting the vascular and circulatory systems, phenylethylamine, serotonin and dopamine which boost the emotions and stimulate the brain, and magnesium to relax.

At Fivelements Sakti Dining Room™ look out for their raw chocolate truffles.

2. Coconut

The Tree of Life, coconut palms provide people in the tropics with everything they need, from nutritious food and eating utensils to clothing, tools and shelter. Coconut in our plant cuisine is like diary. It acts as a creamer and binder, and is a key ingredient for desserts and other dishes. We use the meat from young and mature coconuts, the water, milk, cream, oil, sugar, nectar and coconut vinegar.

This versatile super food has a high percentage of good saturated fats, naturally occurring electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, phosphorous potassium and sodium) and is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and alkaline, aiding hydration, digestion and recovery following exercise or sickness.

At Fivelements look out for their super food porridge of chia seeds, coconut milk, goji berries and maca.

3. Raw honey / bee pollen

Honey is the only truly raw wholefood sweetener. It has an amazing flavour profile and is used in raw desserts and drinks. For me, bee products are another healing super food with amazing nutritional profiles and high enzyme content, carrying the high vibrational energy from flowers.

Honey has been used medicinally for over two centuries and is renowned for its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, boosting energy, memory, even treating wounds and burns. The food of young bees, bee pollen is a flower’s pollen collected and tamped down (in-flight) into a granule by bees. With a high protein content (40 percent) and a near complete list of life sustaining nutrients, bee pollen is believed to act as a natural antibiotic, boosting the growth of new blood cells, increasing general wellbeing and much more.

Find bee pollen in Sakti Dining Room™’s super food smoothie, which includes cacao, goji berries, aloe vera, banana, coconut and bee pollen.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is packed with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E and minerals calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium and chromium. Good for the digestive and immune systems, its high polysaccharides content gives steady energy over a long time. This gel has an amazing texture and is great for elixirs, smoothies, salsas, soups, salads, and of course for the skin.

Called the ‘plant of immortality’ by the ancient Egyptians, the cactus Aloe vera is known for its gel’s skin healing and soothing properties. It is as beneficial when taken internally, decreasing inflammation in the intestines and stomach, aiding the immune system and circulation.

Order an Aloe Vera tonic at Sakti Dining Room™ for a refreshing elixir.

5. Rosella / Hibiscus flowers

Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, rosella has a deliciously tart, berry-like flavour making it an ideal choice for drinks like kombucha tea. In addition Hibiscus flowers are edible, and make a beautiful garnish for desserts and other dishes.

A species of Hibiscus, Rosella is full of vitamins C, D, B1 and 2 as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, omega 3s and fiber. It has a high antioxidant level, soothing fevers and colds, helps to protect and rejuvenate body cells, increase the metabolism and help lower high blood pressure.

Enjoy rosella tea at Sakti Dining Room™.

By Chef Felix, Ubud Food Festival 2015, Sakti Dining Room™ workshop on local Balinese super foods.


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  • Comment Link Wednesday, 29 July 2015 23:45 posted by Aline

    What a smart selection of superfoods! Many thanks. I have a question: do you consider raw honey as a vegan product or not? I heard there is a discussion in the world of warriors for a better life on our planet. And what do you think?


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