Published 4-23-2012 in District
Are you already feeling the strain of the new spring quarter? Maybe you never caught up on your rest during spring break and it’s already a struggle to focus on your classes or wake up in the morning.
Take a stroll down to the Forsyth Farmers’ Market. Nestled beneath the canopy of live oaks and tucked between the stands of fresh fruits, vegetables, organic meats and cheeses and fresh bakery items you will find superfood expert Carol Wilson.
Wilson of Superfood Soul Kitchen may have the recipe you need to get your body working more efficiently and help keep you out of the doctor’s office this quarter. You can find Wilson on Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market yielding a blender and mixing up fresh and healthy superfood samples for a free cooking demo.
The demo is part of the market’s Bring It Home program which is a campaign designed to encourage all members of the community, especially low-income families, to strengthen their bodies through the combination of exercise and healthy eating. Shoppers participate in an onsite exercise activity and Wilson’s superfood demonstration. You won’t have to stretch your student budget since it’s free. The first 25 shoppers to complete the activity receive $5 in market tokens and everyone who participate gets to take home a copy of Wilson’s recipe. Tokens can be used to purchase goods at any vendor stand in the market.
According to Wilson, superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. “They are low in calories and high in nutrients,” Wilson says. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients—nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves.
“Superfoods can help with insomnia, increase energy and stamina, balance hormones and enhance your general health,” Wilson says. “So far we’ve made original recipes with goji berries, chia seeds, maca root and fenugreek. We’ll try to introduce a new superfood for each Saturday at the farmers’ market.”
Wilson doesn’t get paid by the Forsyth Farmers’ Market to share her superfood recipes. She said she believes “people need help to balance their bodies and make them work more efficiently. I just want to help them achieve that.”
For more information on superfood, contact Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Forsyth Farmers’ Market at the south end of historic Forsyth Park during their business hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Five Alive Superfood Fruit Smoothie” created by Carol Wilson of Superfood Soul Kitchen
2 cups orange juice
½ cup fresh strawberries
¼ cup fresh pineapple
1 tbsp of maca powder*
In blender, combine orange juice, strawberries, pineapple, banana and maca powder. Blend until smooth. Serve chilled or frozen. Sweetener is optional.
*Maca (ma-kuh) is a plant native of Bolivia and Peru. Nutritionists report the plant increases energy and improves hormonal balance.