We will never go a day without incorporating the flavor explosion of G-BOMBS into our meal repertoire.
Coined by the brilliant Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a number one New York Times bestselling author and board-certified family physician specializing in nutritional medicine, G-BOMBS (Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, Seeds) include the most nutrient-dense, disease-fighting, fat-storage defying, health-promoting foods in the world, and they are pretty darn delicious when combined in a super food salad.
Think about your diet for a minute.
What percentage of it is made up of vegetables and nutrient-dense foods? The Standard American Diet (appropriately referred to as SAD by Dr. Fuhrman) is made up of ten percent of calories coming from fruits, vegetables, beans nuts and seeds, and 90 percent from refined carbohydrates and animal products.
Billions of dollars are spent on diet pill, plans, and products. Billions, People. And we are only becoming more ill: cancers rampage, diabetes and heart disease threaten thousands of lives, obesity rates—and midsections—are swelling rapidly. Something has to give, right? Something has to change. Dr. Fuhrman says, “If we turned the American diet upside down so that 90 percent of calories come from produce, we would put an end to dieting, resolve our health-care crisis, win the war against breast cancer, and save millions of lives from heart disease and diabetes.” Not too shabby a plan, eh?
Need some G-BOMBSpiration? Here are some ingredient ideas from each of the groups:
Kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, arugula, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, beet greens, red and green leaf lettuce, bok choy . . . and many others, particularly cruciferous leaves.
Lentils, kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas, black-eye peas, cannellini beans, navy beans, split peas . . . they are best soaked overnight and prepared (by you) the next day, but if you need to use them from a can, be sure to buy “no” or “low” sodium.
Red, yellow, and white onions, shallots, garlic, scallions, leeks . . . that crying power leads to disease fighting power, so pull out your tissue and get to chopping.
White, Portobello, oyster, shiitake, maitake, reishi, trumpet, chanterelle . . . if it’s a ‘shroom, eat it! (Although it’s best to stay away from the hallucinatory variety for your salads.) Mushrooms are receiving all sorts of accolades due to their link to decreasing the risk of chronic diseases, especially cancer.
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranates . . . succulent bursts from nature’s sweet side that provide unforgettable flavor and disease fighting properties.
Sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios. Word to the wise, these delicious buggers can really add to the calorie count if not eaten wisely… but eating an ounce or less every day (sprinkled on your salads) is most beneficially nutritious and will offer disease protection against heart attack, stroke and cancer, and will also help lower cholesterol. Eat them raw and sans salt for full nutritional value.
Get your G-BOMB on every day to ensure you’ll be feeling your best and looking your finest.