Immunity boosting recipe: Spicy Elderberry Syrup with Aronia Berries

In Northern Europe, where I’m currently based in, late August is the season for ripe elderberries. Seeing them on the path of my daily walk reminds me of the amazing health benefits of these little black berries. Elderberries are probably best known as a remedy against influenza, but multiple studies show their benefits on theContinue reading “Immunity boosting recipe: Spicy Elderberry Syrup with Aronia Berries”

Fiber-Rich Dessert Recipe: Ichigo no kanten yose (Fruity Strawberry Jelly with Agar)

Ever since I learnt the importance of dietary fiber (watch my interview with Michael Lustgarten, PhD here), I’ve been trying to increase my daily intake of both soluble and insoluble fibers. It’s not easy, though; even root vegetables like burdock, often considered one of the richest sources for fibers, contain merely six grams per 100Continue reading “Fiber-Rich Dessert Recipe: Ichigo no kanten yose (Fruity Strawberry Jelly with Agar)”

Nuts & Seeds Energy Bar with Grass-Fed Collagen

Tasty and nutrition-filled energy bars are everyone’s favourites! Upgrade your healthy snack with added grass-fed collagen for further health benefits. Most often, collagen is associated with skin benefits, but collagen’s health benefits go much deeper than just skin deep. It is very rich in amino acid glycine – a 100 grams of grass-fed beef collagenContinue reading “Nuts & Seeds Energy Bar with Grass-Fed Collagen”

Healthy nootropic snack: Black currant gummies with powdered kava for sound sleep

I love gummy bears! They are cute and taste yummy. Homemade gummies are the best, because you can choose wholesome, healthy ingredients and avoid excessive sugar. Kava is a plant known for its nootropic effects. There are many types of Kava, each with a unique set of effects on our body and brain. Some, likeContinue reading “Healthy nootropic snack: Black currant gummies with powdered kava for sound sleep”

Superfood snack recipe: Spirulina & cocoa energy balls for immunity & radiant skin

The nature is full of superfoods, like many berries, greens and mushrooms to mention just a few, and they all come with fantastic health benefits. The trouble is that there is only so much foods we can consume every day… Dried superfood powders, like spirulina and maca powders, make it super-easy to get in youContinue reading “Superfood snack recipe: Spirulina & cocoa energy balls for immunity & radiant skin”

Healthy dessert recipe: Kaki to kurimii yagi chizu (Whipped goat cheese with persimmon & blackberries)

Persimmons are one of the most popular autumn fruits in Japan and commonly available both in fresh and dried forms, though the latter is closer to half-dried with lots of moisture left. Also, the leaves of persimmon tree are used in cooking, as a wrap for sushi and to make an herbal tea. The leavesContinue reading “Healthy dessert recipe: Kaki to kurimii yagi chizu (Whipped goat cheese with persimmon & blackberries)”

Medicinal mushroom recipe: Sake no obunyaki kinoko to zakuro sosu (Baked salmon with creamy mushroom sauce and pomegranate)

The salmon, mushrooms and pomegranate are all superstars of healthy eating. The salmon is not only high in omega-3 fatty acids but also astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, and various vitamins such as vitamin A, D, and E. The pomegranate is rich in polyphenols and the richest source for ellagic acid shown to have antioxidant andContinue reading “Medicinal mushroom recipe: Sake no obunyaki kinoko to zakuro sosu (Baked salmon with creamy mushroom sauce and pomegranate)”

Longevity recipe: Buta no kakuni rafute fu (Okinawan-inspired braised pork)

One of the world’s seven Blue Zones, Okinawa fascinates longevity researchers, biohackers and alike who want to find the islanders’ secret recipe (pun intended) for longevity and health. It perhaps surprises many of us that traditionally, Okinawans consume a high amount of pork, especially fatty bits like pork belly and libs. The key to makingContinue reading “Longevity recipe: Buta no kakuni rafute fu (Okinawan-inspired braised pork)”

Healthy Japanese recipe: Gobou no suupu (Creamy Burdock Root Soup)

Burdock root is a much-underappreciated hero in the Japanese kitchen. Its earth-covered and long appearance may not strike as a superstar ingredient for a sophisticated dinner, but this gorgeous creamy soup will surely change your mind. In the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) the burdock seeds are used to treat various symptoms of infection and inflammation.Continue reading “Healthy Japanese recipe: Gobou no suupu (Creamy Burdock Root Soup)”

Medicinal mushroom recipe: Shiitake iri Yasai no Grill (Grilled vegetables with shiitake mushroom on raspberry balsamic sauce)

A quintessential ingredient in the Japanese cuisine, shiitake is found in a wide variety of dishes – soups, stir-fries, rice dishes, and others. Both fresh and dried shitakes are available, and the latter is used to make broths. Lovers of health eating will find many reasons to enjoy these delicious mushrooms often; eritadenine, a compoundContinue reading “Medicinal mushroom recipe: Shiitake iri Yasai no Grill (Grilled vegetables with shiitake mushroom on raspberry balsamic sauce)”