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October 27, 2017

Remember chia pets?! Who would have thought that those tiny little seeds would one day become popular in the health food scene! What is it about these cute little seeds that make them a great addition to your diet? Well...chia seeds are incredibly nutritious for many reasons.

Interestingly, the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas used chia seeds for energy and endurance. It was known as their "running food". Prior to an athletic event, they consumed chia seed gel to maintain their stamina and energy.  Below are four reasons why this tiny but powerful seed is so healthy for us:

  1. Antioxidants - we all know antioxidants are excellent for our bodies! Antioxidants help our body get rid of free radicals that could potentially cause diseases. 

  2. Protein - 2 tbs of chia seeds = 4 grams of protein, which includes all eight essential amino acids :)

  3.  Omega 3 - You can protect your heart by consuming about 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds. This provides you with 100% of your da...

October 18, 2017

Hola! and welcome back!! It's the last post of this rainboseries. Hope you guys have been enjoying it! We've been discussing the importance of eating the rainbow as it pertains to our health. Phytonutrients are the reason! They are nutrients only found in plants. Eating a variety of plant-based foods assures you that you are obtaining a variety of antioxidants and nutrients for optimal health.

Today, we'll be learning about purple foods!!!! I'm amazed how food can be purple. Truly. It is a gorgeous color! Let's dig in.

Anthocyanins are found in purple foods. They are also found in blue foods, which you can read about in the previous post :) This phytonutrient has health-promoting chemicals that protect and even heal our bodies! They promote eye and heart health and decrease the proliferation of cancer cells. Amazing!

Purple potatoes!!! I love love love potatoes! Eating purple potatoes is the coolest thing ever. They come from South America, particularly Bolivia and Peru, where...

October 12, 2017

Hello! Welcome back to this rainbow food series! For the past few weeks we've been learning about the importance of eating a variety of colorful plant-based foods and delved into what nutrients are found in each colored food group. We've learned about red, orange, yellow and green foods. Now we move onto blue!! Blue is such a fascinating color! Blue skies are so beautiful and make for gorgeous days. Not many foods have blue tones in them. We'll be learning about some exotic plants that have blue tones in them and of course we have to talk about our beloved blueberry! 

Butterly Pea Flower Tea

Let's start with butterfly pea flower tea! When I first saw this tea, I was drawn to it by it's authentic color. This flower is native to Southeast Asia. It is an herbal, caffeine-free tea that has amazing health benefits. Anthocyanin (a phytonutrient in this tea) plays an antioxidant role in our bodies by protecting us from free radicals that would damage our cells potentially ca...

October 7, 2017

Hello! and welcome back to this rainbow food series! Let's talk about what nutrients are found in green foods!

Green is life?! Wouldn't you agree?! When I see spring coming and everything turns green, I get so giddy because life seems vibrant with all of what nature has to offer us. The wonderful thing is that green is all around us, especially in food!

Let's begin!

Our gorgeous animal friends like elephants, deer, rhinos, cows, horses, etc, all are herbivorous. Let's get something straight...meat does not equate to strength, size or muscle. On the contrary, a plant-based diet gives us more strength and power, as nutrients (like protein) are being eaten right from the source :) However, it's not just eating any vegan food to obtain the wondrous benefits of a plant-based diet. One must eat a variety of colored foods that are whole, unprocessed, and fresh, if possible. Greens are an essential part of a plant-based healthy diet. 

Gre...

October 4, 2017

Hello! and welcome back :) We continue this rainbow food series with the color YELLOW! We have been learning why it is so important to eat an array of rainbow plant-based foods. To summarize from the last post, plant foods contain phytonutrients, which are plant-specific compounds that give us amazing health benefits. These powerful plant nutrients can act as antioxidants, which protect our bodies from diseases. Different colored foods have different nutrients. Thus eating an assortment of rainbow food will allow you to take advantage of a variety of nutrients.

Yellow

It's a sunny and bright color! It is related to happiness and friendship. Let's get into what nutrients are found in yellow plant-based foods!

Pineapples! Their sweetness certainly has given them a popularity like no other fruit. Apart from having vitamin C, B1, potassium and manganese to name a few, a potent phytonutrient is a protein-digesting enzyme called bromelain.   It has been used for many years i...

September 29, 2017

We are starting off this rainbow food series with the colors RED and ORANGE!

To summarize from the last post, dining on a full assortment of rainbow food is not only fun and pleasing to our eyes, but it's nature’s way of giving us multivitamins, minerals, and other awesome nutrients such as phytochemicals. Phytochemicals (aka phytonutrients) are compounds found only in plant foods. Phytochemicals have been found to produce antioxidant effects. Antioxidants are enzymes that prevent free radicals from damaging our cells (oxidation). Oxidation causes tissue damage, which can turn into diseases like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, just to name a few. 

Today we'll learn about what specific nutrients are correlated with red and orange foods. In addition, you'll learn some delicious red and orange recipes :) Let's dig in!

RED

Red is such an amazing color that easily grabs our attention. That's why YouTube, Netflix, Gmail, Pinterest, Redfi...

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