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Authentic Food of the Day: Snow Peas

Snow peas have been around for thousands of years and are enjoyed by many! These young pea pods are delicate and sweet in flavor and are loaded with fabulous health benefits. For example, snow peas are an excellent source of B vitamins which help to boost and maintain our energy levels. These vitamins also help build nerve and muscle tissue in our body. Snow peas also contain immune-boosting vitamin C, helping us stay well during cold and flu season. These peas are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which help promote vision health. They are also a good source of vitamin K for bone health and vitamin A for heart health.

DID YOU KNOW:

– Snow peas are a good source of fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol and promotes healthy digestion.

– You can eat the snow pea whole! In fact, these peas are valued for their pods rather than just the peas inside.

Smoothie of the Day: Throat-Soothing Honey Banana Smoothie with Honey

Got a sore throat? Feeling a bit under the weather? Try out this delicious and nutritious smoothie! It is full of immune-boosting vitamin E and manganese. It’s also a good source of vitamin A, B6, C, and zinc. Honey has antimicrobial properties which is why it is the perfect food for soothing a sore throat. It can also kill certain bacteria that may be causing the infection. The almonds and flax seed oil give this smoothie a nice boost of “good fats” to help your heart, skin, hair, and brain stay healthy. The banana us a good source of potassium and dietary fiber. Give this smoothie a try today!

Throat-Soothing Honey Banana Smoothie with Honey

  • 1 C almond milk (or rice milk)
  • 1 C raw almonds, not skinned
  • 1/3 C honey
  • 1 Tbsp flax oil
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 banana

Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. Serve in a tall glass. Enjoy!

Juice of the Day: Beta-Carotene Blast

We all know that it’s important to include as many vitamins and minerals in our diet as possible. Beta-carotene is an important vitamin because it’s responsible for protecting our cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. It’s also promotes a healthy immune system and reproductive system. This juice is full of beta-carotene in addition to other health-promoting nutrients. The carrots in the juice have an enormous amount of lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that work together to promote eye health. The cantaloupe promotes good heart health because it is an excellent source of potassium. Give this juice a try today!

Beta-Carotene Blast

  • 3 organic carrots
  • 1 – 2 C kale
  • 2 fresh apricots, pitted
  • 1/4 cantaloupe, cut in two

Using your juicer machine, process the above ingredients. Pour into a tall glass and serve. Enjoy!

Authentic Food of the Day: Swiss Chard!

Swiss chard has been known for its health-promoting properties since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. It is one of the more popular vegetables in the Mediterranean region but it is slowly gaining popularity here in the United States. Both the roots and the leaves of Swiss chard contain good amounts of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber. Swiss chard is an excellent source of vitamin C which has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer. For those who do not drink dairy, Swiss chard is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K. This makes the vegetable a good food for building strong bones. Swiss chard is also full of potassium and combined with the magnesium, this makes it a good food for the heart. It is also an excellent source of vitamin A because of its concentration of beta-carotene. These are important nutrients in promoting healthy eyes and good vision.

DID YOU KNOW:

– Overcooking Swiss chard can cause it to loss 50 percent of its nutrients. It is a rather delicate vegetable, so when cooking it, try to keep it al dente.

– Recent studies show that Swiss chard is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients that help to promote healthy eyes.

Nutrition Nibble: Stop that Sore Throat with Nutrition!

Did you get a sore throat this season? Bummer! Throat infections can be viral or bacterial and can cause a fever, difficulty swallowing, and inflammation on the tonsils. Be sure to eat healing foods such as blueberries, carrots, garlic, and onions. Add some lemon to your chamomile tea along with a splash of honey. Some herbs that have been shown to help a sore throat include rosemary, thyme, and nettle. If you have any sea salt, mix some in a glass of lukewarm water. Gargle with the sea salt water and feel the relief it provides! You can also mix some Echinacea with the sea salt water to help boost your immune system. Get well soon!