Monday, September 26, 2011

Super Immunity by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, The Review and GIVEAWAY!

The people over at PEERtrainer beat me to it. They wrote an amazingly comprehensive review of Super Immunity, the new book by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I highly recommend reading their summary if you are interested in some of the incredible nutritional information that is packed into this work.

What's left for me to tell you?

This: everyone should read this book.

It's not a book about weight loss, although that could be the natural result of eating loads of vegetables. It's a book about our health and the medical establishment. About why doctors and pharmacutical companies should not be relied upon for health. We need to take responsibility for our own health, and eating the right food everyday makes a huge impact on our bodys' ability to be disease-resistant.

I thought I knew about food.

I for sure knew nothing about medicine.

Now I know something about both.

Of particular interest to me was the argument that instead of treating colds, fevers, coughs and flus with remedies, that is, after the fact, we can improve our nutrition to the point that these sickness occur far less frequently and when they do occur, with far less severity. Personally, living with three young children, Chapter Four, "Colds and Flu--What We Need to Know" was hugely eye-opening. Fuhrman reviewed the science on what works, what doesn't work and why. And do you know what I am left feeling?

Empowered.

It's just what I needed. I was really struggling with "pushing" vegetables on my kids. My eleven year old eats lots of cooked vegetables, but nothing raw. My six year old will eat raw carrots and that's all. And forget about my three year old.

I didn't know how to make them eat the food that I wanted them to eat. I figured they would learn to love vegetables, just like I did, when they got older. I figured there was still time. I didn't realize the impact it was having on their health right now.

And as if that weren't enough, the back of the book is full of delicious Nutritarian recipes like this, this and this:



Just when you thought you had seen the last of the days of enjoying rice pudding! This can be devoured for breakfast or dessert, even topped off with a little frozen banana soft serve. It's soooooooo good.

Forbidden Rice Pudding
adapted from a recipe from Super Immunity by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

2 cups cooked black (Forbidden) rice (I used a rice cooker or you can follow the package instructions)
2 cups unsweetened almond or soy milk
1/2 cup dried apricots, diced
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 large or 4 small dates, pitted and chopped
1 Tbsp currants
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp chia seed

Place all ingredients, except chia seed, in a medium-sided pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce heat and simmer on low for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the chia seed, stir well, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.



The kind people over at Dr. Fuhrman are providing one copy of Super Immunity for HGK to give away. How nice is that? Here are the rules for the giveaway:

One lucky winner will be chosen at random. All you have to do is this:

Leave a comment with your name and the answer to the following question:

Name one whole food item that you keep in your kitchen that 5 years ago, you had never heard of, let alone enjoyed eating on a regular basis.

Contest ends Tuesday, September 26, 2011 at 11:59 pm PST. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Wednesday, September 27, 2011.

145 comments:

Jill B. said...

I would have never eaten a lot of the foods I eat now, but it would definitely have to be kale!

Anonymous said...

For me it would have o be chis seeds and hemp seeds, I never heard of either of them prior to my nutritarian eating.

Kris said...

Quinoa! I love it and I never heard of it 5 years ago. Kris

Dina O'. said...

There are several items in my fridge that I never used before, dates, chia seeds and hemp seeds are the first that come to mind. Always had veggies, but a lot of times they would literally rot from not being eaten...not anymore!

Joanie said...

My favorite whole food item that I had not heard of 5 years ago- is probably french green lentils! So much tastier than the regular brown ones.
I attended a lecture by Dr Fuhrman last week. It was awesome to hear him speak about this new book- would love to win a copy! Thanks.

nicole at pink string and green beans said...

nutritional yeast. still scares me to say but I love it now.

Kristy Wilce said...

5 years ago I never heard of Quinoa, and now I love it and eat it regularly. My family enjoys it too.

Kristy Wilce

Tamar said...

Ha! Where to begin? Kale, bagged beans, bagged rice...

AngieBrumley said...

Like several others, quinoa is it.

Kim Y said...

Definitely quinoa! :)

Debbie Russo said...

Guess I'd have to say Kale, I may have known it was a food 5 years ago but never ate it and had no knowledge of the nutrient density aspect.

Amy said...

Kale, definitely kale - I had no clue!
Amy Crawshaw

Sara said...

Quinoa, I'd never heard of it.

Kimmie said...

Well, 5 years ago I had quinoa, lots of beans and rice. But no Kale (though I certainly knew what it was and didn't know how to eat it). I had NO CLUE about anything called Chia and I have some now but haven't used it so that doesn't count. Maybe flavored vinegars?

Debbie MacKillop said...

Kale and spinach, I put one of them in a green smoothie every day and 5 years ago I never ate them, and flax seed, as I put ground in oatmeal each morning, and oil in my smoothie, and I could go on and on. I'm so grateful for all the health info and learning out there now. Debbie MacKillop

Brenda said...

There are so many--but the first to jump into my head are kale and quinoa.

Meg said...

Azuki beans. These are so delicious in a salad. You don't have to soak them before cooking as your would with most other beans. Definitely a food item that is always stocked in our kitchen.

MizzBzVegan said...

My now enjoyed whole food, foreign to my palate 5 years ago yet now kept as a staple and regularly enjoyed, would be forbidden black rice. For native southerners, rice is a staple of most meals. I had been using brown rice for years, for its superior nutritional content and taste, even using basmati rice, and brown basmati as it became more available. The black, which cooks up to this lovely purple color, and tastes amazing, was totally new to me, and has joined brown rice as a regular in my kitchen.

Lisa G. said...

It would definitely have been Kale! I love Kale and can't wait to make chips (need to buy that dehydrater soon!).

Kristie Clark said...

I can name a ton of things..lol Tamari, chia seeds, flax seed, Almond milk.. anything to do with vegan or vegetarian I have not heard of..lol Quinoa is a big one knowing how much I love it now..lol
Thanks for your blog by the way loving all the recipes and info:) Kristie Clark

DeanaD said...

KALE! I never had kale and since going plant-strong I can't get enough of it. I LOVE it!

Anonymous said...

Stacey K said...

5 years ago i never would have had kale even though i had heard of it- and now i have it in my garden :)
also nutritional yeast.. that was something i hadn't heard of or used til this year! now i use it all the time

Annaleigh Belle said...

I'm on the hemp and chia bandwagon.

It makes me think of a girl who was friends with my niece many years ago. I made vegetarian lasagne and she raved about it to her mother -- pointing out that I used actual garlic cloves since she didn't know that garlic was anything but a powder. It's funny how things we take for granted are foreign concepts for other people -- nooch, hemp, kale, chard, green smoothies...

Renae B said...

It would probably have to be chia seeds, but then there is kale and quinoa too!

Yael said...

Well, I was already eating a lot of different veggies 5 years ago, but something I had never eaten or used in cooking was DATES! They are amazing as an occasional sweetener, of course, and can be used in raw cooking (which I've experimented with a little). I don't keep them at home all the time but love having them on special occasions or to add to a raw soup...

Amy said...

Jonny and I love the taste of Maca powder in our smoothies and think it gives us lots of energy. Certainly never heard of that five years ago!

The Aiken Family said...

Kale, and nutritional yeast!!

Anonymous said...

Like so many others, I'd have to say Quinoa!!

Carolyn B

Leah said...

SO many, but the two that really stand out are chia and steel-cut oats. I don't know what I would do without either nowadays!

Barbara said...

I have been vegan for many years now and working in the food industry even longer; I'm also very adventurous in trying out new whole foods so I didn't think there would be anything in my kitchen that would fit your requirements...but that's not the case! There are two whole foods in my kitchen at all times now that I had never heard of 5 years ago: taro root and jicama. Jicama goes into every salad (every day!) and is so crunchy and sweet! Sliced taro root is steamed on top of every pot of rice that I cook; leftovers go into salads, smoothies, sandwich spreads...the possibilities are endless! Thanks for asking!

Anthony, Jaclyn, Ethan & Emily said...

5 years ago I had never even heard of Kale. Now all four of us eat it every day in our smoothies :)

Jennifer said...

Steel Cut Oats for me too.
I use to be intimidated by them and their reputation for being a lot of work.
They're just not that difficult and I love them!

Athena said...

I believe mine would have to be quinoa. I love this stuff now.

cereza25 at yahoo dot com

linda5sons said...

There's so many! But, to keep it strictly to something I'd never even heard of...I'd have to say bok choy. Two years ago I'd have said that sounded like a martial arts move; and now, my kids and I enjoy it (both raw and cooked) for a few days out of each week (however many days it's in the fridge from my store run). My boys love it in smoothies, so I'm cooking less with it these days, so they can get those raw food nutrients as much as possible.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a great post and for sharing the black rice pudding recipe! Chia seeds are one of many foods that are now staples in my kitchen that I had not heard of 5 years ago. - AmyLu

Anonymous said...

Quinoa! I had heard it smelled bad when cooking, so I avoided it. When I finally tried it, I found that it was delicious and easy to use (and definitely not stinky!).

Lucinda M.

Kit and Kaboodle said...

Gonna have to say: KALE! Pre-Fuhrman, I thought it was just a garnish used at salad bars...didn't know you could eat it!

Megan Mc said...

Kale...and nutritional yeast...and chia seeds...and the list can go on :)

Tinliz said...

I had never heard of jicama 5 years ago. Now I love it. Recently kale has become one of my main salad greens.

Michelle said...

So many things! Nutritional yeast, kale, quinoa, chia seeds, flax, and more.

Shannon said...

Flax seeds, ground and whole, and chia seeds. They have become staples for us. I even put them in my kiddos homemade granola bars for added health benefits. The amazing thing; they still eat the homemade granola bars even with mom's "healthy" add ins. Bonus!

Jody said...

I'd have to say, like many here, kale is the one thing that I can't do without now. I've always loved veggies, but never had an appreciation for kale until a few years ago. Dino kale! Curly kale! Red kale!

Rosemary Evergreen said...

I've been experimenting with whole foods for a number of years, but 5 years ago I had never heard of chia seeds. More important then keeping that unheard-of food in my house, though, is how regularly so many other whole foods are found in our kitchen, like kale, collards, and other leafy greens.

Anonymous said...

Garbanzo beans for hummus.

Jo said...

Garbanzo beans for hummus.

Lori said...

I can't pick just one! Chia seeds, quinoa, and nutritional yeast...who knew?!

Trish said...

Flax and/or chia seeds. I can't start my day without one of them - in a smoothie or on top of my oatmeal.

Denise W. said...

Definitely quinoa ... delicious!

Diana said...

It has to be dark greens. We always had spinach, but I've added fresh collards, kale and dandelion greens to my regular diet. There's so many great ways to enjoy leafy greens. I would have never said that 5 years ago, it was carry-out pizza all the way...ugh!

SarahF said...

There are a number of them! Kale, chia seeds, flax seed, quinoa. I consume all of these on a regular basis now.

Jos said...

Quinoa, flax seeds and kale. Don't know what I would do without any of these three!

Sindy Warren said...

Kale, quinoa, and umeboshi plums!

Danielle Palombo said...

Milled Flax Seed. I put it in smoothies and oatmeal for my daily dose of omega-3's!

Anonymous said...

There are several - kale, quinoa, flax seed meal, nutritional yeast. 5 years ago, I never ate or heard of these foods. Now I can't live without them!
Kim in NashVegas
kcash219@aol.com

reneeval said...

5 years ago Dandelion was a weed out in the yard. Today I love it in my smoothies with spinach and fruit

Alexandria Lewis said...

Chai seeds :-) love those little buggers. My has even started putting them into his yogurt.

Anonymous said...

Only 1? chia seeds, flaxseed, nutritional yeast, and now (drum roll), black rice!

CC

Sandy: said...

I would have to say quinoa. Love the stuff and use it quite often now.

Christinahrs said...

Chia seeds and nutritional yeast!

Colleen G. said...

Nutritional yeast.

Donna said...

Well, I can name three! Kale, quinoa, and black eyed peas.

Heather said...

KALE....I eat it everday, at least twice. Six cups or more....non, nom, nom

erica said...

chia seeds!

witnesspeace said...

ed
would have to be powdered Dulse and Wakame, use them in all kinds of dishes, especially yellow corn grits!

Tiffany A said...

Hmm...there are lots of new foods that I'm enjoying now. Red quinoa, chia seeds, maca powder, almond milk and nutritional yeast are some of my staples. Most of my friends don't have a clue what I'm talking about, but I'm spreading the word! :)

Bonnie said...

I had never used kale, and now I use it all the time. Yay for kale!

valerie said...

Where to start- definitely nutritional yeast, almond milk- raw cashews- the 1st time I used them I didn't soak them- it wasn't very good!
Valerie

Audrey said...

So many! I used to eat mostly SAD foods. But, I'll say almond milk.

Caroline Miller said...

Like many others it is definitely kale, almond milk, and nutritional yeast. I'm also cooking beans from scratch in a pressure cooker - something I never thought of 5 years ago.

Jen said...

I grew up seeing the Chia pet on TV, but only this year started substituting them for flax seeds! I'm eating collard greens every day. I find them less bitter than kale.

Megan in Portland said...

Flax seeds! My list could keep on going, it's amazing how much things have changed in 5 years :)

Megan in Portland

Jessica said...

Flaxseed!! I use it all the time in baking and in smoothies, it's a regular part of our diet; and I had never heard of it 5 years ago!

Jessica Cotten

Liz P said...

Ginger! I never knew anything about ginger before I saw "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". Then I did some research on it and found out how amazing it is for so many things...now I have capsules around the house that I can use for headaches and such....and also use the fresh ginger in my juices!! :)

killjoy said...

Chard! I put it in everything now :)

Sylvia said...

Farro, almond milk. Haven't tried chia seeds yet.

Kim said...

Kale! Love it! :) Kim

TejasJJain said...

Kale, Oatmeal, brown rice...

Kaulana said...

It's so hard to choose, but I think I'm gonna go with nutritional yeast. I absolutely love it, and never heard of it before starting a healthier lifestyle.

chickpeafreak said...

Has to be kale for sure!! Now—I add it to everything I can!

Diana said...

Steel-cut oats, but also nutritional yeast, tofu, and tahini.

Sue said...

Nutritional yeast is something I never heard of until last year - hard to believe now!!

Judy Zurawski said...

Judy ZURAWSKI says

My husband and I added spinach to our smoothies or sauteed with onions. Trying to get more iron

Suzanne said...

Nutritional yeast would be one thing I was unfamiliar with and now use daily.

Unknown said...

Quinoa, and it's delicious!

Kelly B. said...

Quinoa :)

j goldsmith said...

number one change would have to be kale. no question. it's a daily thing now, and while i could have identified it before a year or two ago, i certainly never bought it.

Hilary Healy said...

Even though I make a mess with it everytime I make it (cooked or uncooked!), quinoa.

Robyn said...

Chia and Maca AND Quinoa, oh my! (Thanks for your great blog and the giveaway, too.)

Tammy said...

Kale!!!

TRose said...

There were many foods I had heard of (kale for instance) that I just never ate, but the one food I never even heard of was hemp milk and I love it now.

ViviDu said...

Thanks for the review and your always informative blog Wendy. Would you believe I ate kale for the first time only 2 weeks ago? It's not common here but found some at a food festival. Also bought some seeds to grow, Kale and Warrigal greens (NZ spinach). Never tried Almond milk 5 years ago, and now make it myself. Had heard of miso soup and tried it but now I have it in the fridge and use it. Frozen berries! The only berries common around here are strawberries, now I buy a box of frozen mixed or blueberries each week, so good in my smoothie.

Ashley said...

Ashley... kale and chia seeds! Both I would have said, "huh?!" to 5 years ago!

Carrie (Carrie on Vegan) said...

I'm pretty sure nearly every ingredient that I now consume daily I never ate 5 years ago: chia seeds, goji berries, bok choy, kale, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. I would loooove a copy of Dr. F's new book!

srobb said...

Most of the things I eat on a daily basis wouldn't have been found in my kitchen 5 years ago - but Kale would be the standout.

Kim said...

Kale, Love it in Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup!

Anonymous said...

it seems like i am following the trend but i would say kale or hemp seed or nutritional yeast. (not staples but def used)
allison armstrong
alliepage@hotmail.com

Lauren said...

Just want to say I LOVE YOUR BLOG! As for the foods...kale, flax seeds, and agave syrup. However I am always finding something new to add to the list!

Leslie R. said...

Wow! I would *love* to win! It is hard for me to even begin to narrow it down. My entire kitchen has been transformed over the last five years. I'd say the most significant change is seeds. I incorporate flax seeds and chia seeds into my food daily now. Thanks for the giveaway!

Amanda Shapiro said...

Amanda S. Nutritional Yeast!

Bill G said...

Quinoa and nutritional yeast are new to me but used often now. I have know kale since I was around 10. As a kid I bought a pack of Kale seeds at the local general store. I had never had it and wasn't a vegetable eater but I wanted something that was mine in the family garden so I bought the kale seeds. Probably all I could afford. I even ate it.

Shelly said...

Mejool Dates, Kale, Chard!!! I would have never even tried these before, now they're regulars.

Monique H said...

Chia seeds for sure - although blended salad as a meal was not something I had heard of but now eat all the time!

Greg L said...

I'd have to say kale. Now I eat it every morning in a greens smoothie!

Meridith said...

Definitely flax seed and quinoa. Even the notion of keeping fresh fruit in the house was foreign 5 years ago.

Jane said...

quinoa

ABC said...

CHIA seeds - both as chia fresca water and mixed into pureed fruits to make chia puddings and then newest to the line -up - dehydrated chia fruit leather. Also nutritional yeast. First time poster but have been a silent ardent admirer for more than a year now. thanks for all you do.

Dorothy said...

Kale & Quinoa are a tie for me. Long time Fuhrman follower ;=)

Shaina said...

Kale - I didn't even know what it was! It is my favorite green now :)

Shaina M.

Sharon said...

Almond Milk. I never imagined I would have this in my fridge!

Danielle said...

Homemade almond and hemp milk, nutritional yeast, braggs liquid aminos, chia seeds, & acai. -Danielle

Nancy Gable said...

Five years ago I had heard of chia seeds only for growing on "chee, chee, chee, chia" pets and didn't know they were for eating. Now I use them regularly in smoothies and am exploring their use in cooking, too.

Ginny G said...

Nutritional yeast. (I'd heard of kale before--just didn't buy much of it!)

Thanks,
Ginny

JenniferClement said...

I would have to say Nutritional Yeast. I had never heard of that before and now have some in my pantry and am sprinkling it in lots of things - especially over popcorn! The other thing would probably be goji berries. Just heard of these within the last year. :)

Cheryl said...

Kale, and I lovetelling people about it that never heard of it.

AmandaBurton said...

Oh my goodness...there are so many foods I eat all the time that I had never heard of most of which are listed already but probably the two most eaten foods for me now are chickpeas and kale. Seriously, hardly a day goes by without eating those foods.

OneMoreFoodie said...

I would have to say Kale is definitely what I eat most often now that I did not know or eat before. But I've never heard of nutritional yeast either (but I guess that does not count for "whole food").
Giselle B.

Anonymous said...

Kale and collard greens! While I had heard of them before, I never would have thought of buying them, let alone actually eating them. Now, I can't imagine a day without my greens/berries/1/2banana smoothie... delish!

Wendy, thank you for your blog... it is my favorite one and a huge support. You have taught me much, and you rock! Cynthia

Cathy Whitney said...

Quinoa for sure!

Michelle said...

Probably sunflower seed butter. Wait, is that still a whole food? I eat more kale than sunbutter, but 5 years ago I had heard of kale & knew it was supposed to be good for you, but had no idea what I would EVER do with it.

Michelle E.

Lisa L said...

My two are quinoa and kale.
I had never bought either one, and had never even seen quinoa at the store.
Now I regularly buy and enjoy these.

THanks for your info and insights and recipes. :)

Cindy Kelley said...

My food is quinoa!! I had never even heard of it. My vegan friend has opened my taste buds to all sorts of new foods in the past 2 years!!

Lynne said...

kale!!!

Robbie said...

Mmmmm, I'd have to say SEAWEED salad. It is SO wonderful, just thinking about it makes my mouth water! I also love other sea veggies...... ;)
Thanks for your amazing webpage and thanks to the giveaway!!

cheryl b said...

Goji Berries!!

nfmgirl said...

Almond Milk!

Ora Emmerich said...

Quinoa wins...hand down. I love this food and put it in everything. We even eat it with steamed veggies for breakfast!

Amy R. said...

Mine would have to be sweet potatoes. Before Eating to Live I had only had never liked yams (especially piled with marshmallows), so I associated any potato that was sweeter to be unlikable. I hadn't heard of sweet potatoes five years ago because, frankly, I was in high school and never cooked anything besides mac n cheese. Since then, I have had sweet potatoes many ways and can't get enough of them! My favorite recipes are sweet potato fries and sweet potato chili. The sweet potato chili is a recent discovery that, oddly enough has cocoa powder as an ingredient. Odd, but delicious! This is the recipe I use to make it.... in double batches... often :)
http://cookieandkate.com/2011/sweet-potato-chili-recipe/

heathertlc said...

Empowered is a GREAT way to feel! I'm so glad this book was a good fit for you.

Thanks for being a part of the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

Unknown said...

Chia seed is the newest thing I've taken a liking too, I wish my kids would be open to more things. I'd love to read this book but I found that his kids' health book made me feel more guilty and depressed than empowered! I find that the harder I try to get my kids to eat more whole foods, the less they want to try new things. They really want to eat well in theory but not so much in practice. Hmm, wonder who they inherited that from?! I love your honesty, especially your recent post about kid feeding.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'd have to say Quinoa. Now, I eat it in salads or as a salad all the time. Thanks for your blog!

AB Jeffrey

Tawni said...

Mine would be quinoa. Everyone in the house likes it and it cooks quick too :)

Emily said...

Chia seeds and medjool dates.

(By the way, I really appreciate your blog. Thanks for all your work!)

Dawn said...

EASY! Most things in my kitchen were not there 5 years ago...
*Kale
*Liquid aminos
*fruit with out icecream on top (:

cheryl cross said...

Kale and the seeds! Chia, hemp, flax, pumpkin.

Sonyanijntje said...

Maybe it's hard to believe, but it's true: Oats!!
And I discovered they are not just a fine breakfast (topped up with extra fruits and spices and milk or yoghurt), but also great in baking!! (Not to mention healthy ;P)

Sarah said...

I hope I'm not too late for the contest!!
There are so many things that I could say but the biggest one has got to be Kale!
Sarah

lea said...

Nutritional yeast! Or would you believe avocado? I love them both now.

Danielle said...

While rolled oats still have their place, it was love at first bite with steel cut oats for me. Now eat them for breakfast practically every day. Add a dollop of my other "recent find" -- nonfat Greek yogurt -- and I'm in heaven.

forgottenbeast said...

Chia seeds! They are my current love. And does kabocha squash count? I'd never had one before, and now I don't want to eat anything else. I've never had black rice, gotta look for that now!

-Allie

Colleen said...

Hmm. Chia & hemp seeds for sure. Then there's quinoa, purple barley, lots of different types of rice & beans. I could go on & on.

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Flaxseed! I'm putting it in everything these days.

Anna said...

Quinoa, had no idea what it was or how to say it and now I love it! My kitchen is now 90% organic too which makes me incredibly happy and was something I'd not thought all that much about 5 years ago!

Anna

Dave Lawrence said...

Quinoa is my answer and probably the number one answer. I made it through the holidays by loosing 3 pounds. Good start.

Barbara said...

I had never eaten Kale, cashew butter, almond milk, coconut water/milk, quinoa,mango, coconut oil, chia and flax seeds, avocado. I had to look up how to prepare an avocado on the internet. I love how my food tastes now and I think my body is appreciating the energy I get from my newfound food freedom!

Sherrie Taylor said...

Everyone has pretty much covered the same new staples in my kitchen - kale, nutritional yeast, flax seed etc. However, what has really changed is what I no longer need to stock in my kitchen like table salt and refined sugar! It felt great to get rid of all the packaged goods in my pantry and the stuff in my fridge that I now consider my enemy. Everything has changed in my kitchen so it is no longer a few ingredients, but rather it is an entire lifestyle and I'm enjoying it!

 
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