Year in MindBodyGreen 2009: Favorite Healthy Food of 2009

We decided to close out the year with a brief five question interview among friends, experts, and insiders. We asked the group for their thoughts on five MindBodyGreen-related questions: One Word to Define 2009, Favorite Book of 2009, Celebrity of 2009, Favorite Healthy Food of 2009, and Predictions for 2010. All of the questions will be answered by Thursday, December 31st. Unedited and in no particular order, away we go:

MindBodyGreen: Favorite healthy food of 2009?

Gabby Reece, The HoneyLine: Coconut Water – the best possible electrolyte you can find.

Michael Feigin, The Fitness Guru: Kale: no particular reason. Just seem to be eating it in great quantity.

Kathryn Budig, Yogi: Black quinoa from Peru. Absolutely amazing! Warm and nutty but I can't find it anywhere in the US. Boo.

Michael d'Estries, Ecorazzi: Veggie Burgers by Amy's -- Mind-blowing yum.

Hillary Biscay, Ironman Champion: Romaine -- I even add it to my protein shakes!

Yuka Yoneda, Ecouterre: Beets! A gorgeous way to add a splash of color to a dish. Plus I can munch on them pretty guiltlessly.

Sarma Melngailis, One Lucky Duck: Hemp seeds! I have a hard time eating a salad without a handful sprinkled on top.

Kathy Freston, Author, Quantum Wellness: Gardein: it's veg, super high protein, very low fat, and beyond delicious... even for meat lovers.

Tracy Hepler, Your Daily Thread: Kale, it's delicious, healthy and I love putting it in my fruit smoothies (a tasty way to sneak in greens).

Leo Babauta, Zen Habits: Local veggies. I only started eating them recently, but they're delicious and they didn't have to be flown or shipped thousands of miles to get to my plate. I've been exploring a very small farmer's market here on Guam (like, 3 farmers) and have been experimenting with incorporating local veggies in my meals. Loving it tremendously.

Brian Johnson, PhilosophersNotes: Coconut water (is that a food? :)

Tara Stiles, Strala Yoga: Amy's Frozen organic pizza cheese and pesto (does that count?)

Jayme Barrett, Author, Feng Shui Your Life: The spice Paprika. It has been known to normalize blood pressure, offer a high dose of Vitamin C, aid digestion and improve circulation. Paprika contains capsaicin, whose anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects may lower the risk of cancer. My husband uses it in his Moroccan dishes!

Emma Grady, Treehugger: Smoothies with spinach, frozen strawberries, and tofu – all made with organic ingredients. They help kick-start my mornings.

Gabrielle Bernstein, Author, Add More~ing To Your Life: Kale chips! They are the most amazing things ever!

Carver Anderson, MindBodyGreen: Tomatoes fresh off the vine from my father's garden.

Tim Glenister, MindBodyGreen: I spent most of the year traveling and was forced to eat out too much, but didn't go anywhere without mixed nuts and Kashi bars.

Jason Wachob, MindBodyGreen: It was the year of the beverage. Coconut water edges out kombucha.

Later today we'll unveil our group's Predictions for 2010.

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