An Ode to Goji (And Other UDG Superfoods)
It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s SUPERFOOD! And it is all over the Uno Due Go menu. Now, some of you are probably wondering what superfood is. In fact, you might be able to infer its meaning from the name. You might be thinking it’s a type of food that is super delicious or super awesome, and that is most definitely the case, but superfoods are classically defined as a group of foods that are calorie sparse, rich with anti-oxidants, essential nutrients and have an extremely high phytonutrient content. Phytonutrients (or Photochemicals) are like the “atom bomb” to oxidative stress, cancer and inflammatory related diseases. They are a derivative of plants and thus only found in nature. In other words, they are super good for you (and super tasty too!)
Some types of superfoods include fruits (especially berries), grains, fish, green-leafy vegetables, citrus fruits and many types of beans. There is one type of superfood that UNOs has had a long lasting love-affair with. Take our very popular Power Salad. The thing that makes our Power Salad so special is our famous Goji Berry mix. We really want to pay homage to this delicious berry for all its super powers. Goji berries (or Wolfberries) are a leader of the pack in the superfood gang. They are a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub native to Himalayas. Over time, people have used Goji berries to treat many common health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, fever, cancer, heart disease and age-related eye problems. Our Goji berry mix is special and unique to UNOs. It contains not only Goji berries, but also pepitas (pumpkin seeds), raisins, roasted soy nuts and slivered almonds. The healthy and delicious Power Salad fame encouraged us to bring it right over to the Uno Due Go menu; all hail the power of the Goji mix!
The Goji berry is not the only superfood to grace the UDG menu. We have strategically placed a plethora of superfoods throughout our recipes to keep them healthy, delicious and nutritious. We have even created a couple of “super-fied” smoothies containing chia seed, bee pollen, hemp seed, flax seed, spirulina and raw cacao power. They not only enhance the nutritional value of the smoothie but also provide you with that extra added punch of an all-natural energy boost that will keep you energized (like Superman) for the whole day.
Some other superfoods that you’ll find on the UDG menu are wheat, rye, spelt, flax, millet and barley –found in the delectable Seven Grain bread that is baked in our woodstone oven each day. Then there’s my personal favorite, Arugula aka Rocket Salad, part of the cabbage family, which got its name from being an effective stimulant and aphrodisiac. Essentially its energy and romance packed into a delectable green leafy vegetable, what more could a person want? There’s also the deliciously crunchy red cabbage, which has 36 anti-cancer chemicals! Our organic granola for our yogurt parfaits and Triple Berry smoothie is also a greatly beneficial superfood that tastes great and is a wonderful source of fiber. Avocado, Mango, Banana and Coconut are some other superfoods that you will find sprinkled throughout our menu.
At the end of the day, we wanted to pay homage to these life-saving-and-sustaining superfoods that provide amazing taste profiles to our recipes and nutritional value that would make even Susan Powter proud (“Stop the insanity!”). Basically, if you look at UDG’s Power Salad, Pan Asian Salad and Thai Chopped Vegetable Salad (among others), you will revel in the fact that we have captured the essence of beauty and vibrancy in color with the freshest ingredients possible PLUS all the great health benefits to boot, without making it overly obvious that is HEALTHY. After all, being able to eat deliciously healthy food is SUPER, isn’t it?