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The Wonders of Watermelon

July 6, 2016
Watermelon

As I sat on the beach in Mallorca, Spain devouring that delicious watermelon, I intuitively knew that there was some serious healing happening on many levels. I had spent the last fours hours lost in the woods, hiking to the middle of nowhere, unsure of how to get to the right side of the island, and feeling defeated by the powerful Mallorcan sun. When I caught a peak of the coast and saw a couple selling a basket of fruits I leaped joyfully with my eyes on the prize! In the bountiful basket of fruits, I knew right away what I wanted and needed, “sandía, porfavor”  (watermelon, please).

Sandia

I knew that watermelons were incredibly hydrating, full of electrolytes and high in vitamins A and C. After one majestic bite, I also knew that I had more to learn about this incredible fruit/veggie (yes a watermelon is both a fruit and vegetable). I always thought tomatoes were the queen of lycopene (lycopene is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant), but it turns out that watermelon has more lycopene than tomatoes!

In true Fuddhist fashion, I proceeded to research and nerd out on all the benefits of this wonderful vegeta-fruit 🙂 Needless to say, I spent the rest of my vacation sipping on fabulous sandía.

 

 

Here is a list of all the wonderful reasons you should be snacking on more watermelon 🙂
Benefits Description
Aids weight loss Watermelon is more than 90% water, very low in calories, and contains an amino acid that has a fat burning effect!
Has anti inflammatory properties Watermelons contain choline, a water-soluble nutrient that promotes restful sleep, facilitates muscle movement and flexibility, supports the brain in functions of both learning and memory, and is also known to alleviate chronic inflammation!
Promotes healthy skin and nails Vitamin A is one of watermelon’s key ingredients, as well as one of the key nutrients your skin needs for cell growth and sebum production which keeps your skin and hair healthy and hydrated.
It’s a brain and mood booster Watermelons also contain a good amount of vitamin B6 which is responsible for our mood and behavior. Low levels of B6 contribute to reduced short term memory, making watermelon the perfect snack for students!
Supports healthy muscles and nerves Watermelon is a great source of potassium and citrulline which help keep your muscles and nerves working properly by improving circulation and relaxing blood vessels. Citrulline has been proven to reduce soreness in overstressed muscles and speed up recovery time, making watermelon a popular choice amongst athletes.

 

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A Charitable Cup of Joe

June 13, 2016

 

There is nothing more enjoyable than having two of my greatest passions of T.V. and Fuddhism align. I flew to New York to film for TV Land and happily found myself in Fuddhist territory. My shoot took place at COFFEEDa locally sourced, charity driven coffee shop in Long Island City. I hadn’t met the owner, the staff, or even tasted their revered cup of joe and I was already a fan! They roast their own coffee, bake their own pastries, and even compost their own coffee grinds. A socially conscious coffee shop that’s grounded in philanthropy, with a one acre working farm on its rooftop, and an owner who’s named after my favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle?!  

This is most definitely 100% Fuddhist approved!

My shoot day began with a delicious cup of their famous dark chocolate mocha. Our crew had invaded the owner, Frank “Turtle” Raffaele’s office, and I was worried that he wouldn’t be thrilled about us hijacking his work space. In walks this super friendly, engaging, energetic guy sporting a Superman hat, red apron and a huge smile, hurriedly working to tidy up. He cleaned in warped speed, coffee clearly coursing through his veins, politely working around us and constantly asking us if there was anything we needed. It wasn’t until later that afternoon that I would interview the founder and CEO of COFFEED and come to learn it was the same humble human that had greeted us earlier that day.

I learned so much about coffee in those ten hours I felt like I was ready to put on an apron and start roasting! It was a long shoot day and the employees made the crew and I feel at home. They ran that coffee shop like one big familia! In addition to that, Frank Raffaele has donated more than $200,000 to local charities, and is currently incorporating a loyalty program where customers can donate to a nonprofit organization of their choice with every cup of joe they purchase. In working closely with The Foundling, a nonprofit which provides foster care and adoption services, COFFEED employs developmentally disabled adults and teenaged foster children. COFFEED has proven that, a successful business rooted in philanthropy is possible. The real profit in helping and caring for others, ultimately has no price.

marianela macchiato

 

Here are a few fun and interesting facts about coffee:
  • A coffee plant can live up to 200 years.
  • Second to oil, coffee is the most valuable legally traded good in the world.
  • New Yorkers drink seven times more coffee than any other US city (N.Y. HUSTLE).
  • 100 cups of coffee is considered to be a lethal dose.
  • Coffee beans pooped out by cats are a thing. The Asian palm civet is a cat known to eat coffee cherries in the wild, which are fermented in their digestive tract and pooped out whole.
  • Coffee loses 70% of its flavor within two minutes.
  • There are more flavors of coffee than there are wine.
  • The U.S. consumes more coffee than any country in the world.
  • The average American consumes about 200 mg of caffeine a day.
My Fuddhie Favorite Fact: For a healthier pick me up, give that Cold Brew a GO!

Cold brew coffee is 60% less acidic than regular hot brewed coffee! It also keeps fresh in the fridge for two weeks!

 

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Lucuma Matata!

March 3, 2016
The-Fuddhist-Lucuma-Matata

Its my problem free philosophy, Lucuma Matata!

Que es Lucuma? It’s a funny sounding name that rhymes with Hakuna and inspires me to recite the entire first verse of Lion King every time I hear it. Lucuma is delicious fruit native to the Andean valleys of Peru, Ecuador, and Chile. My first encounter with this beauty was during my travels in Chile. The initial love connection was ignited due to its striking similarity to one of my favorite fruit crushes of all time, the avocado.

I fondly remember my first bite. Mmmm. I was sure my friend had soaked the fruit in maple syrup! It was oh so sweet and delectable. This is where it pays off to be curious and adventurous. I now had a new fruit to add to my repertoire, but living in the States would make it difficult to indulge in my new finding. Not anymore.

Enter: lucuma powder.

This ‘gold of the incas‘ as its referred to down South, has been around for centuries and is now primarily used to sweeten up baked goods and desserts. You can throw a pinch of lucuma in your smoothies, morning oatmeal and lattes as well! It’s an excellent low-glycemic alternative to sugar and even diabetic friendly. But lets not forget about its super power “ness.” Its been used to treat heart maladies (hypertension/blood pressure), heal skin conditions, balance hormones, and aid in digestion. It packs a strong punch of fiber, phosphorus, iron, beta-carotene (boosting eye health), calcium, protein, vital trace minerals and antioxidants.

In pure Fuddhist fashion, Lucuma benefits and nourishes the mind as well. Due to its high content of niacin (vitamin B3), it has been recently proven to help those with depressionIt strengthens brain cells to adapt according to stress and workloads. It is good tonic for brain.

Turns out the song I was singing is a perfect match.

‘no worries, for the rest of your days.
It’s a problem free philosophy, Lucuma Matata!’

 

 

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Maté Over Matter

January 27, 2016
Mate over matter - Yerba Mate

An ancient tradition that shifts us into the NOW. But first, you have to get through security.

Me: “No, I’m not drinking marijuana.”

TSA officer: “Miss, please come with me.”

This is how most of my airport experiences start when I decide to travel with my trusty Yerba Maté (yer-bah-mah-tay). Unless of course I’m in my homeland of Argentina where the second you land everyone from the shuttle bus driver to the airport personnel is carrying their “termo” (thermos) “mate” (gourd) and “bombilla” (metal straw).

Maté is a way of life for us. 

This is a tradition that dates back to the Guarani natives who now inhabit Paraguay and the Argentine provinces of Misiones and Corrientes. They would plant “yerba mate” near the burial grounds of their ancestors, cultivate and prepare the drink that they would sip and share in a circle amongst family. They practiced this ritual because they believed the spirits of their loved ones would grow with the yerba mate and then pass through their bodies via the drink. Furthermore, they believed it significantly improved their health and wellbeing, giving them increased energy and stamina while keeping them mentally alert. Science has now proven that their beliefs were spot on.Mate over matter

Although we aren’t harvesting the plant ourselves and in turn drinking the souls of our ancestors, it is a deeply rooted custom that is shared among friends, family, co-workers, and classmates alike. For me, “mateando” is a sacred moment that allows us to be fully present with each other.

The process goes a little something like this.

The person brewing the drink (el cebador)  would take a sip through the metal straw (la bombilla) and then pass the drink to someone in the circle. Sometimes clockwise, sometimes at random. Yes, we all drink from the same gourd, similar to the Native Americans who smoked from the same peace pipe. We are all equal, we are all one, and we don’t believe in cooties. In fact, yerba mate has antimicrobial properties. Cheers!

 

I’ve have converted many a friends and loved ones into mate fiends. After sharing the long list of health benefits associated with drinking mate, they gladly made the switch! Yerba Maté leaves contain 250 nutrients and numerous studies have been published showing that this ancient shrub is extraordinarily beneficial to humans. Furthermore, according to the Industry Science Journal, mate includes 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids and 11 polyphenols, and is very high in antioxidants.

There are so many benefits to sippin’ on this grass in a gourd!

As a result, this magical plant is finally making waves in the West! Yerba Maté is giving green tea a run for it’s money. As a matter of fact, Yerba is significantly more effective than green tea due to its high concentration of chlorogenic acid, Caffeoyl derivatives, and saponins. All of which have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, lipid-lowering, and anti-diabetic properties.

Lastly, if all the above is too much to digest, then just know this.

It makes you poop. Big time.