Nutritious Life

Brining Nutrition to Daily Life

Spring Spring Spring April 15, 2010

Got to love the season of Spring! Time to hit the farmers market and pick up a few of these ‘in season’ fruits and veggeies! Remember how important it is to support your local farmers market. With out farms we wouldn’t have fresh food.

To find a farmers market near you just google ‘farmers market’ and your city name. If you live in CA check this site out: http://www.cafarmersmarkets.com/index.cfm

 What’s in season?

Asparagus: A good source of vitamins C and A, you’ll often find it roasted as a side dish.  Skip the sauces that often come with it to keep it light.

Spinach: This versatile vegetable can be found in anything from omelets to soups to salads and everything in between.  It is loaded with vitamins and minerals such as iron, potassium and vitamins A and C. Request spinach in place of iceberg lettuce to get even more of a good thing.

Sugar Snap Peas: An excellent source of vitamin C, look for this sweet and crisp greens in Asian foods, such as a spicy stir-fry.  Ask for the sauce on the side and add sparingly to really enjoy the flavor of these sweet, seasonal treats.

Strawberries: These good sources of fiber are easy to enjoy on their own or as part of almost any kind of dish.  Your favorite restaurant may incorporate them into smoothies, salads, or fresh fruit bowls.  Look for dishes that let the strawberry’s flavor shine through without added sugar.

Cherries: Like strawberries, these national favorites are a good source of fiber as well as vitamin C and can be used in a variety of dishes.  Look for them fresh or dried, and if you can’t resist the pie, make sure you share the slice with friends!

(Healthy Dining Newsletter)

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Anti-Inflammatory Foods January 13, 2009

cherries2My friends bother was talking about doing an anti-inflammatory diet and that sparked the idea of this blog post! I am hoping he will blog about his experience!

 

Did you know that certain foods can decrease inflammation? Cherries are often known to ease inflammation as well as the seasoning turmeric. According to the University of Arizona turmeric may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis. Omega 3 is also known to greatly decrease inflammation. Omega 3 can be found in salmon, flax seeds and walnuts. Also the best vegetable juice to reduce inflammation is cucumber and celery.

 

Obviously, if there are foods that can reduce inflammation there are certainly foods that contribute to inflammation. Want to take a wild guess at what foods are “pro” inflammation? If you guessed sugar, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages you are right! Red meat is also a big contributor to inflammation as well as white flour, eggs, fried foods and vegetable oils like corn and soybean oil.

 

It is so easy to fall in to the “quick” meals and processed food life style, but we are what we eat. Everything we eat is going to affect our body in one what or another whether it is now or later in life. I encourage you to eat more fruits and vegetables and limit or eliminate all processed foods from your diet. Your body will thank you!

 

 
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