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As you’ve likely gathered we here at MM have a penchant for wellness – not an all-or-nothing approach but rather an integration which still includes wine when we want and an attitude that wellness should a lifestyle that’s good for your soul.

This morning I attended aptly named Wellness and Wisdom brunch hosted by the lovely wellness/food journalist Candice Kumai and nutrionist/yoga/meditation teacher Lee Holmes – they bestowed a wealth of knowledge on us along with a few great take-home tips such as the top 7 ingredients that you must have handy in your kitchen and the benefits of using these elements on the regular.

Turmeric

A trend in the food space, Turmeric is a natural super booster and detoxifier. Part of the ginger family, turmeric root is a powerful detoxifier and commonly used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory power. It’s loaded with manganese, iron, vitamin B6, brain boosting benefits and even fiber.

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Matcha Tea Powder

Sometimes referred to as the miracle elixir, Matcha is rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins C and E plus it may help boost metabolism. Mathca has also been linked to aid in the prevention of cancer as well as lower blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as to naturally detoxify the body thanks to its chlorophyll content.

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Liquid Aminos

This simple and delicious condiment can be used in place of soy sauce. Amino acids are important because they’re the building blocks of proteins. If your body is lacking in amino acids, it can affect your physical and mental health, because they’re important in the production of serotonin and therefore one of the major players when it comes to our mood.

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Maca Powder

Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family originates from the mountains of Peru. It’s rich in vitamin B, C, and E plus provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids and has been said to increase energy as well as encourage clear skin. Some women use it to alleviate cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. AND it’s said to promote a healthy sex drive – need I say any more?!.

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Yeast Flakes:

Most yeast flakes are loaded with B12 which is a complete protein (make sure to check labels as not all include B12 and you want this). Aside from other B vitamins, it’s also low in fat and sodium, free of sugar and gluten, and contains iron. Nutritional yeast can be used as a healthy alternative to Parmesan cheese, as it holds a nutty flavor that lends itself well to everything from pasta to popcorn.

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Kabocha Squash:

Full of antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin C as well as iron and fiber, this delicious, rich and sweet squash tastes like chestnuts and rich pumpkin.url

Pumpkin Pie Spice:

Pumpkin pie spice is most often a blend of ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves but you can also find blends that contain ingredients such as ground orange peel and cardamom. The different components help with digestive complaints and contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties -most notable is the trace mineral manganese which aids to in healthy bone structure, bone metabolism, and helping to create essential enzymes for building bones.

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