Pumpkins and Pesto

The Green Storm Organic Christmas Market
The Green Storm Organic Christmas Market

Shanghai has many health related food markets and events; they are a great way to promote good health, meet like-minded people, and discover great foods.  Look out for them if you are on a mission to improve your health or to locate healthy and safe food suppliers.  These markets are often free or inexpensive.

I recently spoke at the Green Storm Organic Christmas Market in Xintiandi, organized by the good people at O³.  It was a really great event with loads of good nutrition information as well as some knowledgeable and enthusiastic organic food suppliers.

I purchased some lovingly prepared products including a jar of fermented mixed vegetables, kale pesto and non-dairy pumpkin soup.  The mixed veg and kale pesto are homemade products unavailable in stores.  These foods are so beneficial to your health as well as being delicious!

Fermented mixed vegetables are a non-dairy probiotic.  Probiotics are live “good” bacteria such as those naturally found in your gut.  These active cultures help change or repopulate intestinal bacteria to balance gut flora. According to Kristi King of the United States Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, they can boost immunity and overall health, especially gastrointestinal health.  Some strains of these live cultures may help prevent specific allergy symptoms, reduce symptoms of lactose intolerance and more.  However, effects can vary from person to person.

Kale Pesto, lovingly prepared with Italian flair
Kale Pesto, lovingly prepared with Italian flair

The vegan Kale Pesto is a great source of vitamins A, K, and C.  It is loaded with garlic which is considered a prebiotic.  It also contains olive oil with monounsaturated fat and cashews which are high in copper, magnesium, iron, and B-6.  Prebiotics are natural, non-digestible food components that are linked to promoting the growth of helpful bacteria in your gut.  Prebiotics may improve gastrointestinal health as well as enhancing calcium absorption.

The pumpkins in the Pumpkin Soup are full of vitamin A, fiber and a healthy dose of vitamin C. Pumpkin also contains the important antioxidant beta-carotene, linked to vitamin A production in the body.

Events like the Organic Christmas Market, and other events held throughout the year, are a great place to meet fun and enthusiastic foodies.  The market brought together a diverse range of locals and expats in a lively atmosphere for a common purpose; eating well in Shanghai!  I look forward to attending other events and perhaps you do too!

In the meantime, Eat Well Shanghai – Jessica W.