Life AliveSM cafe's Food Glossary
(Since you're not at our counter
right now, where we relish talking with you
in person, we thought we'd share the
healing power of our menu with you online!)
Food is THERAPEUTIC.
founder of modern Western medicine, said, "Let
thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food."
We totally agree, especially when it can taste sooo
Organic is a term used to describe food products - including
produce, grains, beans, dairy and meats - that have been grown
and/or produced without artificial herbacides, pesticides,
fungicides, growth hormones, antibiotics or other unnatural
chemicals. Eating Organic food means that these chemicals
and additives don't end up in our bodies - or in our soil,
water supplies and environment. Here at Life AliveSM cafe we make
all of our purchases to support our bodies, the local economy,
and our environment.
is a natural sweetener, raw and filled with enzymes extracted
from the blue agave cactus plant.
are eaten at Life AliveSM cafe in a variety of ways. In each, they
are filled with calcium and healthy fats important for every
aspect of our body, including: endocrine, digestive, mental
functioning. We sprout almonds to make almond
mylk for our delicious smoothies and we chop tamari
roasted almonds to add delicious crunch to our meals.
Aloe Vera Juice
is slightly bitter and has been used as a healing agent worldwide,
both internally and externally for more than 3500 years. It
is made up of a large variety of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins
and minerals. It is cooling, moisturizing and immune boosting.
Apple Cider Vinegar
is a delicious, zesty, refreshing and immune enhancing vinegar
filled with enzymes and potassium. Hippocrates, in 400 BC
used apple cider vinegar to treat his patients. It has been
famous ever since for it's cleansing and healing properties.
Beans and Legumes
are high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, iron and folic acid
and have more protein than any other vegetable food. We have
raw sprouted beans filled with vitality as well cooked beans
in our soups. Tofu is made from soybeans.
is called natures perfect food because it is rich in vitamins
and contains almost all known minerals, trace elements, enzymes
and amino acids. Bee pollen captures the essence of every
plant from which it collects pollen. It is believed to rejuvenate
the body, eliminate toxins, and build immunity.
Aminos contains lots of essential amino acids,
and is a very delicious low sodium substitute for soy sauce
on just about anything!
Brown Rice Vinegar
is a natural vinegar, made from fermenting whole brown rice.
is a wild, thick root valued in cooking for its
earthy flavor and strengthening qualities. It can stimulate
the liver and cleanse our blood.
is a very healthy saturated fat when it is cold pressed and
unprocessed. It provides an immediate source of energy, improves
digestion and nutrient absorption, strengthens immunity and
prevents microbial infections. It also promotes balanced weight
by supporting metabolic function. It is highly resistant to
spoilage and is safe to cook at high heats.
is high in much needed Omega 3 essential fatty acids; important
for every single aspect of body functioning. Most Americans
are deficient in Omega 3s and our bodies cannot manufacture
them. At Life AliveSM cafe we put ground flax seeds into our smoothies
and on our granola for added fiber and we use fresh, cold-pressed,
highest lignan flax oil from Barleans in our meals and on
our delicious Kabocha Squash!
Although well known as a delicious spice, it is not so widely
known that ginger has been used for thousands of years, worldwide,
for its numerous potent healing benefits. Ginger is an especially
wonderful ally because its healing benefits are particular
to so many of our daily health concerns. Probably best known
as a superb digestive aid and nausea reliever, ginger also
helps heal ulcers, supports cardiovascular health, reduces
pain and inflammation, and speeds recovery from colds and
flu while reducing fevers. Additionally, the National Cancer
Institute has recently identified ginger as one of the top
ten foods offering the highest levels of anti-cancer activity.
Most importantly, ginger accomplishes all these without the
side effects associated with drugs.
is a table condiment made of one part sea salt to ten parts
dry roasted sesame seeds. YUMM. It adds a slightly salty flavor
and provides calcium, minerals and essential fatty acid to
is an ancient, potent tonic that is nourishing, stimulating,
safe and beneficial for everyday use. It improves alertness,
metabolism and digestion, detoxifies blood, lowers blood cholesterol
and pressure, boosts the immune system and is very high in
(a mix of spirulina, duniella, chlorella,
kelp, alfalfa, wheat, barley grasses in our boosts)
harness the energy of the sun and are used throughout the
world to counteract disease and malnourishment. Green foods
give us an easy way to live longer, more vibrant, healthy
lives. Easily ABSORBED & METABOLIZED, green foods give
you the widest array of balanced nutrients known. They are
energy producing, alkalizing, oxygen-rich, tumor fighting,
cleansing, anti-aging miracles!
is a round, dark green squash with orange flesh that is very
sweet. We use this squash because it is the most rich and
delicious. Full of vitamins and very satisfying, it can help
diminish cravings for sugar.
culture is the result of a symbiotic association of
yeast & bacteria similar to a sourdough starter. When
combined with sweetened, brewed tea and allowed to ferment,
it produces a beverage that for centuries has been thought
to be a healthful, detoxifying tonic.
is a sweetener that is an ideal replacement for cane sugar
is a cooking wine made from whole grain sweet rice. It is
simply a masterful ingredient making all things much yummier.
rich fermented paste made from ingredients such as soybeans,
barley and brown rice. When eaten on a regular basis miso
aids circulation and digestion.
is "The Champagne of Soy Sauces." No other soy sauce
in America comes close to this 100% organic, non-GMO Nama
Shoyu in flavor or quality. It's the only soy sauce that's
aged for four years in cedar kegs by a unique double-brew
process, so it can be made with less salt naturally, while
still retaining its full-bodied flavor and delicate bouquet.
Nama Shoyu is also unpasteurized (read: the only raw soy sauce
available in North America); it's full of health-giving live
enzymes and beneficial organisms like lactobacillus. We use
only Nama Shoyu in our recipes.
is a combination of inactive dry yeast and vitamins
that produces a nutty, cheese like flavor. It is full of B-vitamins,
including B12 and an important addition to any vegan diet.
is one of the most healthful culinary oils available to provide
the body with the proper “fat balance.” The nutritional
power of olive oil lies in its fatty acids and the complex
chemical adjuncts which are attached to these fatty acid chains.
Oleic acid (omega 9) is the predominant fatty acid in olive
oil; it is the substance which gives olive oil its “heart-healthy”
reputation. Omega 9 fatty acids are resistant to oxidation
and hold their stability and freshness for a long time compared
to many other less stable polyunsaturated oils like corn,
soybean and flaxseed oils. Olive oil has a very high level
of monounsaturated fat – up to 80% - and scientists
now believe that monounsaturated fats actually reduce cholesterol
in the bloodstream.
Rice Milk &
Rice Dream are dairy and soy free alternatives
to soy and cow’s milk and ice cream. It is sweet and
low in fat.
is a natural sweetener made from malted brown rice.
comes from the ocean as opposed to land salt and is either
sun baked or baked in a kiln. High in trace minerals and contains
no chemicals, sugar or other additives.
come from the oceans and contain twenty times the amount of
minerals land vegetables have. Rich in iron, calcium and nutrients.
They also detoxify our blood. We mainly use Hijiki a wiry,
noodle-shaped, blue/black sea vegetable from Japan that has
a strong, nutty aroma that does not overpower other ingredients.
may be the oldest condiment known to man dating back to as
early as 1600 BC. They are highly valued for their oil, which
is exceptionally resistant to rancidity. Not only are sesame
seeds a very good source of manganese and copper, but they
are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous,
vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. In addition to these important
nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin
and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group
of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been
shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and
to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies
in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver
from oxidative damage. Tahini is made from sesame, and so
is sesame oil and toasted sesame oil (a delicious and fragrant
addition to many of our dishes).
are dried or fresh to flavor soup stocks or vegetable
dishes. Dried shiitake mushrooms are often used in medicinal
non-dairy, lactose-free alternative to cow’s milk made
by boiling and pressing soybeans and straining the resulting
is a wheat free traditional naturally made soy sauce as distinguished
from chemically processed varieties. Original or real tamari
is the liquid that rises to the top during the process of
made from the liquid extracted from soybeans, is pressed into
blocks and stored in fresh water. It is high in calcium, iron
is a seed butter made from ground sesame seeds. It is rich
in fiber, minerals and a high source of Vitamin B12.
is a Japanese style noodle made from whole wheat and
unbleached white flour. Udon is typically lighter than soba
but may be used in the same ways.
is a salted plum pickled in sea salt and shiso leaves. May
be eaten whole or used as a paste or vinegar for cooking.
Umeboshi helps to normalize digestion and is especially helpful
in reducing stomach acidity.
Dark green leafy vegetables
kale, collards, watercress, leeks, boy choy, to name a few
are good sources of fiber and many vitamins such as vitamin
A, vitamin C, and calcium. The darker the leaves, the more
nutrients the vegetable usually has.
Ground vegetables broccoli,
cauliflower, cucumbers, celery, green beans and more are high
in vitamins and minerals including the antioxidant beta-cartone.
Root vegetables grown
underground and are hardy tasting foods that add strength
to many dishes. Most are good sources of vitamins, minerals
and complex carbohydrates.
juice made from sprouted wheat berries is the nectar
of rejuvenation, the plasma of youth, the blood of all life.
The elements that are missing in your body's cells - especially
enzymes, oxygen, vitamins, hormones, and nucleic acids can
be obtained through this daily green sunlight transfusion.
Wheatgrass juice is intensely concentrated and, because of
this, benefits are seen with as little as one ounce a day.
One ounce of wheatgrass juice has the vitamin and mineral
equivalent of 2.2 pounds of fresh vegetables. Wheatgrass juice
is one of the richest sources of vitamins A & C, contains
the full spectrum of B vitamins (including the elusive B12),
calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, 92
trace minerals, and has been credited with selectively destroying
cancer cells. Many of the benefits of wheatgrass juice stem
from the fact that it is a living food, which is a complete
protein with about 30 enzymes and is approximately 70% crude
since ancient times, nutrient rich whole grains have been
important foods for most cultures. Whole grains have not been
refined and therefore the bran, which contains fiber, B vitamins
and trace minerals, is intact. Brown Rice is the most balanced
of all the whole grains and is also gluten free. Unpolished
whole natural brown rice is higher in minerals, protein and
flavor than white rice. We use only whole short grain organic
brown rice. Quinoa, very high in protein, originated in the
Andean region of South America over 6,000 years. The Incas
who held the crop to be sacred, referred to quinoa as "mother
of all grains" though it is actually a small seed. Has
a mild nutty flavor and is gluten free.