Food cravings may be a way for your body to tell you that it is desperate for more vitamins and minerals.
Many people do not eat enough vegetables or fruit. I feel vegetables are more important than fruit. Vegetables are the staff of life. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and hundreds of other things that are good for us that have not even been identified yet.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Dark green vegetables are just so good for us. They include minerals like calcium in their leafy greens.
Kale , long used by Europeans, are an undervalued leafy green packed with goodness. Terry Wahls MD says she eats 500gm a day of kale because of all the goodness it contains. Kale is in the cabbage family. This family is called cruciferous vegetables. It contains cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, collards, kale and a few more varieties. Cruciferous vegetables contain sulphur (sulfur) which is so needed by our body.
Coloured vegetables are also excellent for our health. Dark blue and purple veggies contain anthocyanins which are very good for us. Red fruit and veggies - capsicum, tomatoes, radishes, strawberries, berries have a different set of goodness, filled with vitamins and minerals. Yellow and orange fruit and vegetables like carrots, pumpkin and oranges contain yet other benefits.
Everyone know that sugar is not good for us yet most of us eat it in some form or another. There are some lucky people who do not have a sweet tooth. Those who crave sugar and sweets will find their cravings diminish if they can increase their intake of vegetables of all colours and some fruit. These have natural sweeteners that will satisfy the body if enough are eaten.
Terry Wahls MD recommends that people eat 9 cups of vegetables a day, plus meat before they eat any grains or sugary foods. This can be spread out throughout the day. I think they would be so full with all the meat and veggies that they would not need other food.
This amount of nutritious food will be full of lots of good vitamins and minerals that will help feed the body and diminish cravings.
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Dark red fruit contains antioxidants
News Release - Antioxidants Caught in a Jar
I have chatted on in the past about the benefits of antioxidants. I talked about rhubarb, goji berries, raisins and prunes.
Here are a couple of links to help you remember
Glutathione - Major Antioxidant
Antioxidants in Rhubarb
Antioxidants in the Goji Berry
Quinoa - Antioxidant, Super Food
Well, all of these take a little work to make, not much though.
If you are the person who needs a quick, nutritious breakfast, well I found something interesting recently. It is only available at Aldi stores, but if you have one near you then it is worth stocking up ona few jars.
This product is called Berry Cocktail by Sweet Valley.
It contains strawberries, blackberries, black currants, blueberries and de-stoned Morello cherries.
We get lots of phyto-nutrients from red and perple fruit and they are full of antioxidants.
A Quick Breakfast
2 dessertspoons of Berry cocktail
1 dessertspoon of quinoa
1 dessertspoon of non fat yoghurt
Add 1/2 cup milk
And sprinkle over the top 1/2 teaspoon of ground chia seeds
Of course nothing beats fresh food, however it is not always possible to have on hand. It is good to have something nutritious that we can use as a backup.
I hope you can find this product or keep you eye out for something similar in you supermarket travels.
Rhubarb Compote is full of antioxidants
Rhubarb compote is very easy to make. It contains a medley or mixture of fruit that is full of antioxidants. These antioxidants are very good for our health.
Rhubarb - 1 bunch - about 6 or 8 stalks, the redder the better.
Prunes -I cup, pitted or unpitted
Goji berries - 1/2 cup
Raisins -1/2 cup
Ginger, crystallized - 1/4 cup, cut into small pieces
Grape juice, dark - 1/2 - 1 cup
This compote is naturally sweetened by the fruit and the sweetness of the grape juice.
Place all in a large saucepan and cook till soft. This is about 15-20 minutes on electric hotplate and shorter for gas cooking.
When cooled place in small containers. One can go in the fridge for immediate use and place the others in the freezer so that you always have a fresh supply of this lovely, healthy compote.
Compote - a slowly stewed fruit.
The pit is the stone or seed in the middle of fruit. Pitted means that the pit has been taken out. Unpitted means the pit or stone is still in the fruit. We do not eat the stone. It is too large and pointy.
Cup size = 250ml = coffee mug
Goji Berries are an excellent super food
Goji Berries, Wolfberries
Goji berries are also known as wolfberries. They have grown in China, especially up around the Tibetan/Himalayan areas for
centuries. They are one of the most nutrient rich foods on our planet. The are extremely high in vitamin C and are an antioxidant rich super food.
Phyto nutrients – phyto meaning plant and we all know that nutrients are food. Goji contains B-carotene, vitamin C (300 times more than oranges), phenolics, polysaccharides and amino acids.
Goji berries are a neutral and balanced food, tonifying the blood, kidney yin, liver yin and lung yin they are alkalyzing. They contain 18 amino acids, have 10% fibre, are low on the glycaemic index.
Minerals are in abundance in these little red berries. They contain eleven of the major minerals and many trace minerals.
Prunes are dried European plums. They are high in phytonutrients like vitamin K, fibre and the mineral potassium. They have soluble fibre which helps normalize the blood sugar, increasing insulin sensitivity which is a good thing. Prunes help prevent constipation and lower cholesterol. If you have untreated kidney or gallbladder problems then give prunes a miss.
Purple grapes are the best for us as they have more goodness in that dark purple colour. Grapes are also full of phytonutrients and antioxidants. They help prevent heart disease and help maintain healthy blood pressure and even help lower high blood pressure. Grapes contain Resveratrol. This is well known to be of great benefit to the human body. Resveratrol is linked to lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Resveratrol also helps improve the skin. Grapes contain antimicrobial agents which help prevent bacteria based health problems. Dark red grape juice is a delicious addition to our diet.
When grapes are dried they are called raisins. These are what are used for cooking.
We eat the rich ruby red stalks of Rhubarb
There are some fruit and vegetables that are extra good for us. I am going to share with you what some information about the ones that I eat regularly. They have some of the highest levels of antioxidant.
These are rhubarb, prunes, goji berries, and dark grape juice. I will share with you how I make a lovely fruit compote to have with my breakfast each day. Then I will share with you how I make quinoa porridge with fruit compote and the benefits of all these.
Rhubarb has the least calories of all the vegetables. Vegetable you say? Well, rhubarb is not a fruit. It does not have any berries that we eat. We eat the stalk of the plant. If you grow rhubarb remember NOT to eat the leaves as they are poisonous. Only eat the stems. If you are buying the stalks in the supermarket, choose the ones that have the most red on them. They are better for you having more antioxidants in them than the green stalks. Also when buying a plant to grow – it is very easy to grow – choose a variety that has the most ruby red stalks.
Back to the calories in rhubarb – it has only 21 calories in 100gr of fresh ruby red stem and contains loads of valuable fibre.
The stalks are rich in B complex vitamins. Rhubarb contains a compound that converts to vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant which is good for the skin, mucous membranes and our vision.
Rhubarb also contains Vitamin K which is a recognized benefit for Alzheimer’s disease. Minerals have not been forgotten in this plant and it contains many major minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
I am going to share with you what I know about a few more fruit that are very high in antioxidants. The more antioxidants we ingest the better for our health.
A variety of coloured food on our plate is much more interesting than a plate filled with foods of the one colour.
Imagine sitting down to dinner. You have a lovely white plate in front of you. Now you are going to fill it with food. What is your choice? Will you fill your plate with white steamed fish, mashed potato, cauliflower and white sauce?
Or would you prefer to fill your lovely white plate with green broccoli, red tomato, orange pumpkin or sweet potato, yellow corn and purple beetroot?
Think of your plate as an artist's palette. You can paint the inside of your body with all these colourful foods.
Foods are different colours depending on the minerals and antioxidants they contain. We know that leafy greens are good for us.
Deep red and purple fruit and vegetables are also very good for us. They contain many antioxidants to keep our body healthy. Try adding some to your diet soon.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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