Friday, June 24, 2011

Recipe: Tahitian Mango Ginger Soup

Special recipe contribution from Dori Friedberg Certified Nutrition Coach

RECIPE: Tahitian Mango Ginger Soup

Coqui the Chef interviewed Dori and asked her...

What are the nutrition facts for mangos?
Mangos are a rich source of soluble fiber,  vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, iron and beta carotene.

Are the mangos high on sugar bad for diabetics?
Mango can be safe for diabetics because the sugar in them, as well as other fruits, are low GI. This means they promote a gradual increase in blood sugar and not a spike. Fruit juices should be avoided because of the added sugar.

What are the health benefits mango provides? for example, do they lower risk of cardiovascular disease?
Mangos can help protect against cancer due to the high amount of antioxidants present. They can also help with digestion due to the enzymes they contain. They also lower cholesterol, prevent heart disease, and if the skin is applied directly to the face, they can help with acne.

Tahitian Mango Ginger Soup

Yields: 3 servings
  • 3 ripe mangoes, peeled and pitted (about 3 cups)
  • Juice of 1 orange, tangerine of tangelo (about 1/3 cup)
  • ¼ cup purified water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon gingerroot, peeled and minced
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 mint sprigs (optional for garnish)
Put the mango, orange juice, water, lime juice, honey, ginger, curry powder and salt in a blender. Blend on medium until very smooth and relatively thick, about 60 seconds. For the best flavor, chill the soup for at least 4 hours before serving. Garnish each bowl of soup with a mint sprig, if desired. Store in tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 48 hours.
About Dori Friedberg, NE, BA, CMT is a certified Nutrition Coach who is passionate about helping people achieve their goals centered on healthy food choices. Dori has worked in the health and wellness industry since 1997 and is confident that her abilities can help her clients create lasting and positive change, promote consciousness and give them an overall sense of control, joy and confidence. 
Dori studied nutrition at Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and became a Certified Nutrition Educator in 2008. She also received her BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Physical and Mental Health from California State University Fullerton in 2007. She received her Massage Therapy Certification in 1997 from the Touch Therapy Institute in Encino, CA. Integrating all 3 areas of study into a practice of individualized and supportive holistic care, Dori strives to be a team player for her clients and to teach them life lasting skills to achieve sustainable health and to be healthy examples for their loved ones and their community.
Dori is available for one-on-one nutrition coaching sessions, group classes, cooking/food demonstrations, personalized educational grocery shopping trips and kitchen pantry clean outs. 
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Friday, June 3, 2011

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