Collard-Wrapped Veggie Burger
Much of this has to do with what we eat—more specifically, what our food lacks: vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber, and substances we have yet to discover; and what it contains too much of: antibiotics, radiation, hormones, pesticides, herbicides, additives, artificial colorings, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, industrial wastes, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Our food supply is over-processed, contaminated with chemicals, and permanently compromised by GMOs.
This is why we need to make major changes in the foods we cultivate and consume. In doing so, we'll take in less chemical toxins that damage reproductive and immune health and less foods that clog our arteries and set the stage for cancers. SERVES 4 2 cups chopped mushrooms Nama Shoyu (unpasteurized, raw soy sauce) 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely
chopped 1 scallion, chopped 4 carrots, unpeeled and chopped ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil leaves 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped 1 teaspoon dried oregano ½ teaspoon celery salt 2 collard greens
Prior to making this dish, chop and soak the mushrooms in Nama Shoyu for a few hours or overnight. Combine all the ingredients, except for the collard greens, in a bowl, and mix thoroughly. Form the mixture into thick, burger-size patties. Top each collard green leaf with a veggie patty, fold over the edges, and enjoy. Source: Reprinted with permission from The Rainbow Juice Cleanse (©2015) by Ginger Southall, DC, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Photo by Allan Penn
A WORLD APART FROM ISOLATED, SYNTHETIC NUTRIENTS
Concentrated green foods are unlike vitamin pills made from synthetic nutrients. They are pure food—food that can adequately nourish the underfed and the overfed.
Since the 1950s, processed food has become the standard fare in the US: limp produce grown in depleted soils, sprayed with chemicals to keep bugs away, and picked far too soon.
According to research surveys from 1997, 74 percent of Americans did not meet the government standard for five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Today, the government recommends seven to nine servings daily. It's too soon to know whether more people are following these recommendations. For now, consider yourself. Are you getting enough fresh vegetables and fruit?
If you're like most people, you aren't. And when it comes to these foods, more is always better. Have you ever finished a meal and thought, “Man, I shouldn't have eaten all that salad”?
Within weeks of transitioning to a diet rich in green superfoods, you'll experience reduced inflammation, improved elimination, and fewer adverse affects of oxidation. As green foods boost your intake of enzymes and alkalinize your body, you'll lose weight and reduce your risk of chronic diseases. You'll think it's worth sacrificing sugar and junk food to have all this.
So, what does a diet rich in greens look like? Along with popular superfoods like spinach, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, lesserknown items include cereal grasses, micro algaes, spirulina, chlorella, and sea vegetables. While these may sound more exotic than standard supermarket fare, once you feel the difference in your health and quality of life, you'll realize you should have been eating these all along.