The Asian Superfood Series – Part 1

If you have been following me over the last couple of weeks, you will have seen me eating my way across Asia 🙂

I have eaten some incredibly delicious foods, many of them containing Asian superfoods with surprising healing properties.

One such superfood is wasabi!  I have to admit that I’m not usually a fan of wasabi.  However, when in Rome (or Tokyo, as it were…).  I’ve enjoyed wasabi in sushi on this trip, as well as in marinades in dressings.  You can use a little wasabi in recipes that call for mustard.  With it’s richness in cancer-fighting antioxidants, why not give it ia try?

Another great Asian superfood that I order any time I see on ANY menu is the shitake mushroom.  Shitakes are rich in vitamin B2, zinc, and selenium — which makes them a great anti-cancer food.  They also contain a compound called ergothioneine.  Ergothioneine has many benefits, some of which include, conserving levels of other antioxidants (like vitamin C and vitamin E), as well as protecting against damage from UV radiation.  Try shitake mushrooms in recipes that call for portabello mushroom.  My favorite way to eat them is right off the grill with just a touch of sea salt!

El Scrapeo enjoying shitake mushrooms off a charcoal grillKaren enjoying grilled shitake mushrooms in Tokyo

Karen enjoying grilled shitake mushrooms in Tokyo

I’m off to try new foods now :-))

Join me next week to learn about more Asian superfoods!  If you have any favorites, please share them with me below.  Happy healthy eating!

 

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