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About the Creator and Performer

Dr. Julia Nordgren practices medicine at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation as a Pediatric Lipid and Weight Management Specialist. In 2019, she was voted one of Silicon Valley’s 100 most influential women. Dr. Nordgren received her degree from Dartmouth Medical School and completed her pediatrics training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where she was elected chief resident. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Dr. Nordgren is co-founder of the Culinary Medicine Elective at Stanford Medical School and author of The New Family Table: Cooking More, Eating Together, and Staying (Relatively) Sane.

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This is a very informative audio book by a very knowledgeable physician which also includes recipes for many superfoods to improve our health. There are also tips & tricks to alternatives for dairy, gluten or egg free recipes. There are also actual medical reasons and interactions discussed between medications with superfoods. Many of the foods discussed can be alternatives to prescription medications for reducing blood pressure and cholesterol for example. There are also kid friendly recipes & tips. This is one book I'd want to keep. She also has a cookbook.

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Engaging and informative

I really enjoyed this. I got a lot of great ideas about food from listening to this. She made it very engaging, and it wasn’t intimidating, so I feel that I can actually incorporate these ideas into my real life.

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Useful. Bubbly narration. Direct to the point

I like how bubbly the author is and that there's less boring academic stuff. If you don't like that kind of narration, move along.

why Superfoods? They have fiber, protein, micronutrients, disease-fighting phytochemicals, etc. Great for metabolism, weight improvement, lowering cholesterol, etc.

However, you can't just add them to junk foods and call it healthy. Luckily, the author also provided easy to do recipes.

Here's a summary of superfoods discussed:

Steel cut oats - whole grain, high-density nutrients, lots of fiber, keeps blood sugar stable so you don't get hungry after around 90 minutes.

Blackberries - has fiber, Vit C, Vit E, high concentration of phytochemicals (to fight cancer).

Chia seeds - has omega 3 fatty acids (that our body can't synthesize and good for cardiovascular system), plant-based protein,

Eggs - Egg white is pure protein. Egg yolk has dietary cholesterol that is okay to eat as long as you don't eat saturated fat from butter, red meat, cheese, etc. Otherwise, LDL levels will increase. Best to use with olive oil. Eggs also have Has lutein, Vit D,etc.

Avocado - has healthy unsaturated fats. High in fiber and vitamins too. It has high amount of Vit E, A, potassium.

Turmeric - antioxidant. Lots of studies showing curcumin (from turmeric) having numerous health benefits.

Miso - fermented food that boosts good bacteria for good gut health. Gluten-free. Great plant-based substitute for chicken or beef stock.

Ginger, garlic and scallion - Asian trinity for taste and health.

Ginger has medicinal properties. Soothe stomach and aid digestion. It can also reduce symptoms of nausea. It has high antioxidants and also helps in joint pains and other pains.

Garlic helps in inflammation, cardiovascular risk, etc.

Scallions helps improve immune function, lower cholesterol, reduce BP and interfere with cancer growth. Has Vit C and K, folate and fiber.

Green tea (without added sugar and chemicals. Sorry Brits!). It has healing properties. Cathechins in tea are powerful antioxidants. Also helps in reduction of cardiovascular risk. Also helps in type 2 diabetes and obesity. Great substitute for Bobba teas, sodas and beverages high in sugar.

Cashew - Nuts are high in fats but great for vegan recipes. Nutrient dense and makes you feel full. They lower cardiovascular diseases. They also have protein fiber unsaturated fats, vitamins and minerals. Cashew has copper and zinc too which are important in immune system. It is also antioxidant. Great substitute for granola bars.

Kale - sounds like a close cousin to a prestigious Ivy League university. We all know Kale is healthy. It has its own hastag. Moving on.

Dark chocolate - guilt-free pleasure / comfort food. Has flavonoids that help in blood pressure and is antioxidant. It has a very good amount of fiber, potassium, iron, magnesium and copper. The fat in the cocoa butter helps us absorb these nutrients.

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Extremely Helpful!

The concept of this book was really timely for me. As I am embarking on a new more healthy way of life. I really like the practical and information At the end of each chapter. I will be looking for more books by this author

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nice hyper bubbly lady explains mundane recipes

She speaks annoyingly chipper no matter what she's saying; think stereotypical bouncy blonde from TV. Also, FYI apparently this is less lecture and more boring cookbook :/ The science chunks are nice but then there's too much recipe part for mundane tasks like cooking plain oatmeal...

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I really liked it!

A very informative selection! A more listenable, comparable version of " how not to die". Excellent!

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very informative

great podcast!
very informative!
I learned so much.
I highly recommend.
great recipes ideas included.

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yum

great info for all diets.my only complaint is that the course could be longer.

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Very Well Done

I found this program very interesting. I learned a lot of new things and ideas. I look forward to reading or listening to other works by the author. Job well done.

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healthy doesn't mean boring

I like how each chair focused on one food. This have enough time to discuss health, preparation, and variety.

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  • Stuart lloyd
  • 09-02-20

Great breakdown of 12 superfoods

This lecture course describes 12 superfoods, explains why they are super and then gives some ideas for recipes for them. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a more healthy lifestyle and struggling to make some tasty yet healthy meals.

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  • 08-09-20

Excellent book,

Loved this book, well narrated, maybe a few more superfoods included would have been a bonus though.

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  • Bethany
  • 05-17-22

Inspiring

Really enjoyed listening to this on the way to and from work. Slow to start but got into it and ended up recommending to friends and family! Took on board all the info and I am enjoying experimenting with these ingredients. Got to like the lady too but couldn’t find her book.

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  • 05-17-22

professionally trained chefs!?? don't think so...

narration is excellent and informative some things the cooking isn't good the ideas are of an amature chief she talks about being professionally trained but her suggestions of cutting ginger isn't good... hmm I'd take her cooking and preparing suggestions with finding out alternatives, story telling onpoint

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  • Sebastian
  • 09-10-21

I'm not a food expert

Insightful. Good narrator and decent content. I knew a fair amount already and generally skipped the recipes recommendation and the author life story.

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  • 08-28-21

Great reminder

Fantastic to listen to the science behind the super foods along with some tasty sounding recipes. Thanks for sharing!

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  • victoria macdonalf
  • 08-21-21

O.K. Nothing very new.

It was passable, more of a cooking advice than any scientific knowledge about 'superfoods'. I found the ladies accent a bit annoying.