Morning Glory - Mountain Ant - Wildplant Smoothie
by Dr. John Switzer, MD, Starnberger See, Germany
I believe that nothing else even comes close to this nutrient-dense, wildplant, superfood smoothie. It is based on the leaves of an edible, flowering, wild plant and even includes ants, a prized Chinese tonic superfood - medicine.
For literally the price of a banana, the only fruit you need to buy for this superfood smoothie, you can give your body every nutrient it craves, including vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, the entire B-complex, zinc, enzymes and even amino acids such as taurine and carnitine, largely missing in the vegan and vegetarian diet. Most rawfooders are also deficient in these nutrients.
Instead of buying expensive "ormus - rich" green powders and mountain ant extract from David Wolfe you can mix this smoothie which is far superior due to its high biophoton content. By foraging in nature we obtain all the nutrients that our body craves.
Nature the Provider
Recently, while vacationing on the Spanish island of Mallorca, I was having difficulty finding any wild plants to eat because everything was so dry. Fortunately, I did find some beautiful flowering morning glory vines growing next to our finca. In Germany, this plant is called "Prunkwinde." It is an overlooked plant but hightly edible, with a high starch content.
I harvested the leaves and a few flowers and came up with this powerful wild plant-smoothie. Because the morning glory leaves are starchy, when you mix them with a banana and water, they create a beautiful, pudding-like consistency that really sticks to your ribs and provides energy for the entire day. Yum, Yum.
Meanwhile at at our finca we were experiencing an invasion of ants. As an ayurvedic medical doctor, I have always been fascinated how Chinese medicine finds uses for such unusual ingredients as ants, deer antlers, frog eggs, insects and other exotic items. One of their most powerful medicines is made from ants! In fact, they consider it to be an "herb" and even call it "king of the herbs". It is considered to be more powerful than astralgus, reishi, cordyceps, ginseng, chagra and other powerful herbal remedies.
In the following recipe, I combine live ants with the leaves of the morning glory, considered by most americans to be just a "weed." I think it is a beautiful wild, flowering plant. If we find it growing in our vicinity, maybe Nature is trying to tell us something? Why not try to control its prolific growth by eating it?
Was the proliferic growth of the morning glories and the ants a subtle hint from Nature? I took the cue and baited the ants with a ripe fig I placed in my vitamix. After I had trapped at least 100 ants, I added a planta banana, the species of fruit that Africans and Asians use to cook with, along with two handfuls of morning glory leaves, some bee pollen, two tablespoons of organic micromineral primal essence and some spices. The resulting blended cocktail turned out to be deliciousl. Afterwards I felt totally energized! I got on my mountain bike and cruised up to a beautiful spanish monastery on a nearby mountain, with a fantastic view over the mediterranean sea. I just couldn't believe how much energy I had! I was so amazed I just had to share this recipe with my readers.
Einstein said that we need to "think outside of the box" in order to find answers to our most pressing problems. We definitely have enough unsolved health challenges today, from AIDS to Alzheimers. Modern medicine's conventional way of thinking has obviously failed to provide any major breakthroughs, so we need to become unconventional if we want to increase our odds of survival.
By mixing up a wild smoothie on a daily basis, we can give our body the primal nutrients it needs, without having to spend money on green powders and other so-called "superfoods." We can turn to Nature to receive the knowledge and inspiration and nouurishment we need to meet our own, personal health challenges and needs.
Mix the following:
- 50 or more baited ants (this superfood ingredient can be skipped if you feel uncomfortable with it);
- 2 cups of wild leaves from morning glory, nettles, dandelions, plantain, lambs quarters;
- 2 cups of water;
- 1 banana, preferably the "planta" variety (can be obtained from Asian or Mexican foodstores);
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon;
- 1 tablespoon bee pollen;
- 2 tablespoons of the micromineral primal essence, a proprietary blend of angstrom-size, organic trace minerals which strengthen the metabolism.
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Add some chopped fruit such as apple, nectarine, peach and enjoy! Watch how your energy level will begin to skyrocket!
Even Vegans and Vegetarians could profit from a few ants!
I know of many struggling vegans and vegetarians who shy away from meat, largely for ethical reasons. I feel basically the same way. In fact, if you cannot personally kill an animal, you probably shouldn't eat it. That is only being honest.
Yet, as an ayurvedic medical doctor, I know that most people benefit from small amounts of animal protein in their diet. It seems to brace them up. In fact, if you look at the animal world, even the herbivores like cows and horses still manage to eat insects, worms and ants while grazing, so technically, these animals are not 100% raw vegan. Monkeys eat insects and occasionally a small animal. I think this is why most vegans would profit from a small amount of animal protein from insects. It would supply us with nutrients like B-12, taurine, carnosine, zinc and others that we cannot obtain from a purely plant-based diet.
And mixing up a few ants in a mixer is no big deal. No blood is spilled and you won't even see the little critters. You can just pretend they are not there. It's not like you are eating a hamburger or a steak. The ants don't have a nervous or circulatory system and when you turn on your mixer, they won't know what hit them.
By eating a few ants, your body is receiving one of the most revered superfood remedies of Chinese medicine, for free! You are getting even more nutrients than can be found in steak: ants contain 40% protein, loads of zinc, formic acid, which is a remedy for arthritis, and, because we don't cook the ants, their enzymes are still intact. One gram of ants provide 30 mg of zinc, which is twice the recommended daily amount, more than in oysters. Enzymes like gluthation and dismutase can protect us from cancer and Alzheimers. In Chinese medicine ants are used to rev up dormant hormones, especially during menopause, for both males and females. Ants are the Nr. 1 chinese aphrodisiac. Why take Viagra® if you can eat ants?
Mountain ant in China is regarded as a powerful elixir so highly valued that only the rich can afford it. It used to be the remedy of the emperors and kings. Ants were famous for their antiaging qualities. Now that David Wolfe is marketing it, it is starting to gain popularity in the United States. But a little dropper bottle costs $65 on the internet, which would probably last me only about three days. Way too pricey and the reason why it is mainly consumed by rich chinese. But hey, anyone can trap their own ants. By mixing them together with the other ingredients of my smoothie, you get a powerful elixir for the price of a banana, which costs about 10 cents.
By including the ants in this wld plant smoothie, your body will enjoy the powerful catalyst effect of enzymatic animal protein without having to kill a mammal or a fish. I believe that mankind, in order to conserve resources in the future, will eventually turn to insects such as ants as a valuable source of health-bestowing nutrients.
In China, ants are revered as an effective anti-aging medicine able to relieve symptoms associated with hormone dysfunction, back pain, memory loss, arthritis, fatigue, weakness, climacteric symptoms, circulatory disease and anemia. Ants strengthen the urological system, including the sexual function, adrenal glands and bone structures. The nervous system, digestion, internal detoxification and muscular/connective tissues get strengthened. This is why ant products are so popular throughout Asia today.
Probably because Asians are willing to eat "outside the box", their rate of cancer and Alzheimer dementia is much less than in western countries. We can follow their lead by picking a few freshly picked, wild plant leaves, some fruit, and, maybe even a few ants. You get an anti-aging elixir that will blow away anything available on the internet today for the price of a banana. Not a bad deal at all.
The wild plants, freshly picked and mixed, provide important phytonutrients and biophotons, the energy molecules that are provided by the sun. Biophotons are powerful antioxidants largely missing in our food today. By powering up our body with massive quantities of biophotons, which only freshly-picked wild plants can deliver us, we can vastly minimize the risk of degenerative disease. We could easily live to be 100 or older without having to worry about being ravaged by cancer, Alzheimer dementia, diabetes, circulatory and neurological diseases. This is why I ingest a wild plant cocktail every day. If you can't handle the ants, just skip them and concentrate on the freshly-picked, wild plant leaves mixed together with the fruit. They alone are a bonanza of powerful, health-bestowing nutrients.
Buying veggies at the supermarket usually are poor sources of biophotons and enzymes for the simple reason that they are rarely freshly-picked, local produce. Even organic produce today is raised using fertilizer, hybrid seeds and hyponics, which is why wild plants contain anywhere from 5 - 50 times as many nutrients. As a result, our health suffers, even if it looks like we are doing everything right.
Mineralize or You might Succum to Cravings!
Since most people today experience major deficiencies of organic minerals, I recommend adding one to two tablespoons of the micromineral primal essence to the recipe. By adding these organic minerals, you will be greatly reducing cravings for things like sweets, salt, chocolate, meat, bread, carbs, noodles and fastfood. Your energy level will also dramatically improve and you will also require less sleep. Why? Because when your metabolism is fully mineralized, it won't produce cravings. In fact, it is one of the most effective ways of losing weight is to add two tablespoons of the micromineral primal essence with your wild plant cocktail and you can skip the pizza, pasta, pastry, donuts, hamburgers, milkshakes, french fries, chicken nuggets or any of the other extremely fattening morsels that the fast food industry dishes up.
Mineralize your diet with organic trace elements and the magic will start to happen.Without the cravings you will gain mastery over your food! Your physiology will start to become younger. It is a wonderful feeling to turn back the clock and become young again!
I am 55 years old but my biological age is only 25. Its great feeling to be active at an age when others are starting to wind down their activities. I have a painfree, healthy body and can keep up with young mountain bikers half my age. You, too, can turn back the aging clock and experience a renaissance in health. My best strategies for anti-aging are as follows:
- ingest massive amounts of biophotons from freshly-picked, wild plants;
- take one or two tablespoons of organic trace minerals such as the micromineral primal essence, in order to fully mineralize your body and activate important metabolic enzymes;
- excercise at least one hour every day, both aerobic and weight training;
- get some sun on your body or take a vitamin D3 supplement (4000 units per day);
- practice transcendental meditation (TM), an easy, effortless and fun way to meditate, even children love to do it;
- take an anual ayurvedic panchakarma treatment. Our clinic on Lake Starnberg, south of Munich, is probably the only clinic where you can fast on on wild plant smoothies while receiving herbal oil treatments and intestinal cleansing;
- eliminate gluten containing starches from your diet;
- eat a few ants the chinese way!
Need help identifying wild, edible plants? How about taking a wild plant field trip with an expert like my Father, a biologist by training with a fantastic knowledge about the edible wild plants of the Pacific Northwest. He conducts a monthly wild plant field trip in Portland Oregon. Participants get to taste a delicious sting nettle-fruit cocktail which Earl will demonstrate (there won't be any ants in his cocktail, however!) Drinking this cocktail every day literally saved his live and freed him from every symptom that was threatening his wellbeing and health. These symptoms included blindness in one eye, brain fog, sciatica, polyarthritis, angina pectoris, allergies, loss of mental focus and balance (beginning Alzheimers?), fatigue, skin problems, sciatica and severe muscle loss. Today, thanks to the wild plants, he is in great shape and eager to pass this priceless knowledge on to anyone interested.
A wild plant "Kräuterwanderung" field trip is also offered in Feldafing, on Lake Starnberg, south of Munich, on a monthly basis. A sumptious, wild food buffet is offered at every seminar.
The knowledge of edible wild plants and their culinary use in gourmet dishes and fruit cocktails can put you on the road to optimal health. In the Autumn of 2011, the english translation of my german book "Dr.Switzer's Therapeutic Wildplant Gourmet Cookbook" will be available. Most of the recipes are raw vegan. 158 easy to make recipes will inspire the reader to experiment "outside of the box". Most of the recipes list their therapeutic relevant uses; turning our food into medicine.
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