Farmers Markets & Lychee!

Blessings everyone!

I apologize for my delay… unfortunately the laptop I was using had an accident (I blame my tea addiction) and I was unattached from the techno world for at least a week and a half. … But there’s always room for improvement, therefore I invested in the most B-A laptop ever. (There goes my hot yoga subscription – oh well!)

I now have access to amazing equipment and plan on starting posting videos, as well as uploading a lot more information.

In fact, I have another website in the works planned as an actual business website to help coach people into the raw food lifestyle – with an emphasis on detoxification, regeneration, and cellular healing…but that’s another topic. For now – let’s enjoy our desserts!

I’d like to back up to last week and my findings at the Farmer’s Market!!! I’m very blessed to be in Phoenix where there is a plethora of farmers markets a few times a week. One is in walking distance and I made sure to hit it up on my day off.

If you’re in the area – it’s Wednesday mornings 9AM – 2PM at 20th & Camelback. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The most delicious t'maters ever!

There was sooooo much more produce than what I’m showing – plus a bunch of local entrepreneurs all interested in the health world. I thought it would be weird if I asked to take a picture. Now – I don’t think it would be that crazy. They’d probably enjoy the extra showing.

Here’s my loot!!! –>

Psst...I ate some of it by then.

 

Coconuts? Yeah, those weren’t from the farmer’s market… instead, I spent 2 hours trying to find an asian market and FINALLY succeeded, but I also found a new treasure as well!

Lychee!

(half peeled) - where did the original go?

Don’t they look weird? When’s the last time you reverted back to being a little kid and were afraid to try a new food? This was one of those times, but I heard of them and figured they couldn’t be too bad…

 

Here goes.

Weirdest texture Ever!

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And——- they’re pretty darn great! If I remember correctly, this was lunch! They have a weird outside peel, but once you get over their bug-brain flesh texture, they taste like a mix between an apple and a pear. Very sweet. Here’s some health benefits: Source here.

* Lychee fruits are low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but rich in dietary fiber, which, can be very important for individuals who are concerned about their excess body weight.

  • Research studies suggest that oligonol, a low molecular weight polyphenol found abundantly in lychee fruit. Oligonol has been found to have several anti-oxidant, anti-influenza virus actions. In addition, it helps improve blood flow in organs, reduce weight, and protect skin from harmful UV rays (Takuya Sakurai (Kyorin University, Japan), Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem., 72(2), 463-476, 2008).
  • Litchi, like citrus fruits, is an excellent source of vitamin C; 100 g fresh fruits provide 71.5 mg or 119% of daily-recommended value. Studies suggest that consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
  • It is a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, and folates. These vitamins are essential since they function by acting as co-factors to help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
  • Litchi also contains a very good amount of minerals like potassium and copper. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids help control heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.

Why not give it a go? I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised if you give up some time to track down an Asian Market and try them out. They’re in season, too!

 

Anyways – trying out new foods is fun. Is there a new fruit or vegetable you’ve tried out lately or have Wanted to try out but haven’t? And why do you choose to support your Farmer’s market?

Comment below!