Good morning my gorgeous friends!
Like really did you do something new with your hair? Get a new outfit? Just sayin’ you look extra superb this Thursday. 😉
If you’re reading this blog, I’m guessing you have some interest in eating better and living a healthier lifestyle. Or you have a healthy obsession with peanut butter and/or carrots.
Either way, you’ve probably heard of the new super food of the day somewhere. Somehow. Someway. Maybe you finally decided to check out that locavore restaurant downtown, where they serve wheatgrass out of fairly traded hemp goblets. Or you just got your visa approved so that you can finally make that trip you’ve been saving up for since 7th grade. To Whole Foods. You’re gunna buy the ish out of those bulk bins.
Whatever the case may be, there’s those foods out there that sound more like a West African country than something worthy of disobeying your shopping list boundaries and $28.50 weekly food budget for.
So I’m here to help you out. Giving you the 8 most important health foods that you’re probably…nope. FOR SURE saying wrong. Especially to those friends of mine whom inspired this post. You know who you are. I don’t need to go embarrassing you to the rest of the cyber U.S….and those random two readers I have out in the U.K. Mornin’ Chaps!
[photo credit: Francisca Ulloa]
Kin-wah. Kin-oh-ah. Quin-ah-wah. I’ve heard it all before. Probably just about as many times as I’ve heard about in the same sentence as “salad” and “kale” in the locker room after an intense bikram yoga class.. Known as being one of the few vegetarian complete proteins, quinoa is a superstar in the health food world loaded with potassium, magnesium, and fiber. Before you ruin your chances of ever stepping foot into your local Food Co-Op’s after ordering a kin-wah tofu bake, without changing your name, hair color, and rewards card first, say it with me now. Keen-Wah. Ahhh
2. Chia Seeds
Chai-uh. Chee-ah. Tamat-ah. Tomat-ah. Yes these babies are the same little seeds you slathered on the head of Homer Simpson back in ’92. If only we ate a spoonful of them instead of growing microgreen afro’s would we be as healthy as those Aztec warriors who can run 90+ miles on these magical seeds. You and I both know how we will remember this one, and so does your childhood.
Now I am guilty as charged on this fermented faux pas. I forever called this key-fur, thinking I was Little Miss Sunshine of the probiotic world. If you really want to impress that Hawaiian shirt wearing stud stocking the Goat’s milk yogurt down at Trader Joe’s, ask for some Coconut milk kuh-feer. Kuh-pow!
Speaking of the culture club, this my friends is the champagne of probiotic beverages. So when you’re bellying up to some elderberry booch on tap at this weekend’s grassroots music festival, do you really want to hurt me and call it kom-boh-cha? or kom-boh-ca? Do you really want to make me crryyyyy?
Didn’t think so.
So there you are. You just found this super cool sandwich shop to mow down at while your out of town for work. And they’re paying for lunch. Heck yes you’re dishin’ out that extra buck twenty for that awesome jic-kam-a slaw!
Back it up sister. Even pre-pubescent Todd there taking your order knows it’s pronounced hick-ah-ma. Gosh. Did you seriously grown up in a barn?! Anyone on this side of Bon Appetit knows jicama is the new Asian pear.
Out of towners.
Before you try to school me at my own game, yes I am aware those are in fact blueberries and not acai. I know. I picked them. Sorry I couldn’t take a side trip down to Belize to Instagram a casual pic of me harvesting a bucket of them for your viewing pleasure. But put an acai berry and a blueberry side by side and you’d think they were the Olsen sisters. Is that Mary-Kate? No, Ashely. Wait, which one wears glasses again?
You can find this antioxidant berry at just about any Jamba juice or fro-yo bar around town. Just remember, I SEE they have ACAI! Now I feel like I’m studying for a spelling test.
8. Cacao Nibs
P.S. have you guessed these are all nouns by now? I was going for the Merriam-Webster look, so just go with it.
Cocoa. Cacao. Add in a simple ‘a’ and now you’re a frequent flyer at Origins. Cacao nibs are nature’s chocolate chips made up of peeled and crumbled bits of the cacao plant. And that’s nibs. Not nips. It’s amazing how one little letter can make a world of a difference. Try and stick to just saying cacao and not having to write it, because I’ve misspelled it at least 20 times just trying to type this paragraph. And while you’re at it, add some nibs to your cup of Swiss Miss just so I can hear you try and say Cacao Cocoa ten times fast.
So there you are my friends. The guidebook to navigating every health food, juice bar, yoga studio, and Farmer’s market potluck with ease!
Make it a great day!
Any foods I forgot?
What words do you have trouble pronouncing? I have finally trained myself to say spaghetti instead of pasketti for the past 23 years of my life.