Some “Special” Foods
Wheat Germ-The very heart and most nutritious part of the wheat, wheat germ is a rich source of protein, iron plus the Band E vitamins. It can easily be sprinkled on cereals, soups, salads and the like. It can also be incorporated in pancakes, waffles, breads, muffins and other baked goods. Mixed with sliced fruit and milk, it makes an ideal cereal itself. Wheat germ should always be refrigerated in a tightly covered jar.
Yeast-Brewers’ yeast is a very valuable food. It contains complete proteins, many vitamins, especially the B vitamins, and various minerals, including all the essential trace minerals. But here’s fair warning: brewers’ yeast has a taste that many find difficult to get used to. Persevere! It’s well worth the effort. Try the different brands available to find out which is most palatable. Brewers’ yeast is far superior in nutritional value to yeast flakes and is much more concentrated than yeast tablets. For maximum benefits, stir one tablespoonful of brewers’ yeast into a glass of milk, fruit or vegetable juice twice daily.
Honey-Pure honey is the ideal sweetening agent.
Aside from being rich in minerals and Vitamins B and C, it is the best source of quick energy. As the simplest form of natural sugar, it is readily assimilated into the bloodstream. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans associated the bee with their gods and considered honey a gift from heaven. It takes a full 18 hours of strenuous labor for a bee to produce a single drop of honey. To produce a pound, the bee must put in an equivalent of 30-40,000 miles, going from hive to flower and back again. This represents one and a half times the circumference of the earth! When you think about it, you should really appreciate having this “living sugar.” And when you buy honey, make sure the label specifies” guaranteed pure and natural.”
Garlic-Among other things, garlic contains sulphur and iodine. It is a natural blood purifier and antiseptic. Garlic stimulates circulation, helps to prevent varicose veins and facilitates digestion to mention only a few of its “talents.” Since cooking destroys most of its properties, garlic is best eaten raw. For those who do not get enough raw garlic in their daily diet, there are garlic tablets available, free from both odour and taste. You can help neutralise the odour of fresh, raw garlic by chewing some fresh parsley.
Powdered Skim Milk-Because it is high in protein, vitamins and minerals, and practically fat-free, powdered skim milk is a valuable concentrated food. Actually, it is the most inexpensive source of first-class protein. There are many good ways to use it to fortify a variety of dishes and drinks. For example, you can double the protein content of a quart of fresh milk, either skim or whole, by adding one cup of powdered skim milk. Powdered skim milk stays fresh stored in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator.
Yogurt-Rich in protein, B vitamins and calcium, yogurt is an excellent food that is particularly valuable in helping your intestinal tract stay healthy. It is ideal for dessert, snacks or meal substitutes when you are in a hurry. It even makes a delicious salad dressing. Plain yogurt is preferable to the flavoured varieties which are full of preserves and white sugar. To sweeten plain yogurt add your own fresh fruit, pure honey or molasses.
Vegetables Oils-Pure, natural vegetable oils are extremely important to your health and good looks. Contrary to what most people think, they actually help burn up fat deposits and do not add weight. With the exception of fresh butter, they should be the only fats in your diet. Try to eat two tablespoonfuls every day. The best oils are sunflower, cottonseed, com, peanut, soybean, wheat germ, sesame and olive. If possible, get the cold-pressed oils. They contain no additives of any kind. Always keep oils in a cool place.