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Is a root vegetable that is popular in Mexico. It tastes like a potato crossed with water chestnut and pear, and it is super low in calories (1 cup contains 46 calories and 6 whopping grams of fibre). According to The Nutrition Almanac by Gayla and John Kirschmann, it is high in beta-carotene, B complex, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and potassium. Its sweet flavour comes from the fructo-oligosaccharide also known as inulin.

Jicama Fries


  • 1 jicama, sliced into match sticks
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1tbs of lemon juice


Peel jicama and slice into large match sticks the size of French fries. Place in glass dish with a lid. Sprinkle nutritional yeast, sea salt, and olive oil on top of jicama. Place lid on and shake dish well, until all jicama slices are coated.

Prep time: 10 min
Yield: 4-6 servings


is typically found in the Andes, at a high location where the land is barren and weather conditions extreme. These harsh conditions contain very high mineral content that translates into maca root being very high in nutrients, qualifying it as a superfood.

Maca is an adaptogen

An adaptogen is a plant that brings the body to a heightened state of resistance to disease through physiological and emotional health.  In particular, adaptogens help increase the body's natural resistance to environmental stresses.  Maca is one of the most powerful adaptogenic plants known.
To learn about how Maca works, visit Julie’s website.

Maca Piña Colada

The ingredients in this recipe will have your adrenals so pumped, you’ll feel a natural energy “high” and you won’t miss the alcohol.


  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) filtered water
  • 1 cup (250 mL)  coconut beverage (like soy milk but made from coconuts instead)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)  maca root powder
  • 1 cup (250 mL)  ice

Makes 4 cups (1 L).

Maca References:

Gasco et al. 2007. Phytomedicine. 14(7—8): 460—464.
Gonzales et al. 2001. Asian Journal of Andrology. 3(4): 301—303.
Meissner et al., 2005. International Journal of Biomedical Science. 1(1): 33—45.


Has a texture similar to poppy seeds and a nutty, grainy taste. Teff is a member of the genus (lovegrass). Its name translates to lost because of its tiny size (less than 1 mm diameter – even smaller that a poppy seed).

Teff cooks in just 15 minutes and teff flour can be added to home baked recipes (pancakes, muffins, cookies, protein bars) for an extra nutritional punch.

Reasons to add teff to your diet?

  • It’s high in calcium. The calcium content in teff is 123 mg per cooked cup.
  • It’s a source of vitamin C (most grains contain very little)
  • It’s gluten-free and that helps to reduce bloating that causes the belly to look bigger than it is!
  • It’s high in ‘resistant starch’, a type of dietary fiber that helps to stabilize blood sugars, the most important step in weight management.
  • It is a good source of protein because the entire grain is eaten, including the protein-packed bran and germ. Teff’s protein content (around 14%) is largely easily digested albumins (similar to a vegetable version of egg whites).

For more information, check out the Whole Grains Council’s website.

Here is a simple teff porridge recipe for 1 person:

Add 1/3 cup teff and 1 cup unsweetened almond or rice milk or water), as well as a dash of cinnamon, in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer, lid off, stirring regularly for about 15-20 minutes.

Coconut Vinegar

This tang-provider contains a compound called acetic acid, which turbo-charges the body's ability to burn fat and simultaneously hinders fat storage. Try in sauces and salad dressings!

A dose of approximately 2 tablespoons will provide the best results, and blood levels of sugar and insulin remained normalized for at least 45 minutes after women and men ate a meal of vinegar and white bread. If vinegar can help people cope with high glycemic foods like white bread, then imagine how effective it would be if you ate healthy whole grains.

You can expect it to fight cravings for 1-1.5 hours, depending on the contents of the meal consumed, but the effects of increased fat metabolism in the liver can extend more than 3 hours after a meal!
When should I take it?

One tablespoon of coconut vinegar mixed with 12 oz of sparkling water makes a great cocktail. Drink this with meals to support digestion and regulate your blood sugar. Another study showed that taking vinegar at bedtime helps regulate blood sugar levels the next morning.

Miracle Berry

Is the fruit from an evergreen shrub that grows in West Africa and has been used as a secret food wonder of the world for centuries. The French first documented them in 1725, but they are just recently becoming popular in North America. They can be hard to find, but you can now purchase them online.

To order the miracle berries, click here mberry.us.
Type in the promotion code: Marilyn – for free shipping

In most cases, Miracle Berries are eaten before meals to make the meals taste better. The protein miraculin in the berry bonds to your taste buds and alters them to taste sour foods as sweet. Lemons suddenly taste like the sweetest, most perfect lemonade ever! It also reduces the burn of garlic, onions and hot peppers.

Why is this useful for weightloss?

Spicy foods are great to boost metabolism and sour foods reduce the Glycemic Index of any sweets you eat. By eating more spice and sour foods, you seriously help your weight loss efforts!

Please note: Highly acidic foods (like pure lemon juice) will taste wonderful with Miracle Berry, but will still harm your mouth if you drink too much.

There have been no reports of any adverse side effects of miracle fruit or miracle fruit tablets. Be aware there are cheap imitations and make sure the product you buy is 100% natural.


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