Food Choices: Key to Sustainable Health
by Lorraine Mignault
As prices go up, more and more consumers commit to sustainable healthy living by shaping up their eating habits and their desire for natural wholesome foods with nutrient-dense profiles.
Recently, trend reports by the World Bank focused on concerns regarding weather-related conditions in many countries such as the USA, Russia, Europe and India - and the impact on food prices and the well-being of millions of people.
Food prices, especially for packaged and processed items, are poised to increase substantially in the next 10-12 months.
Consider these food options...
- Lentils are mother nature's packaged food - rich in fiber and protein that is digested slowly.
Lentils come in an array of colours such as black, light green, blue green, blond and orange to entice palates, including culinary pursuits. Delicious in soups, stews, salads, pates, hors-d'oeuvres and vegetable medleys.
- Mini cucumbers come wrapped in a rich fiber skin, with an interior composed primarily of water - making them effective for constipation.
Cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which are extremely soothing (and smoothing). Daily consumption results in skin beautifying to healing of surgery scars - including irritations from cancer radiation treatments. They also provide several beneficial minerals such as silica, potassium and magnesium.
A new study by European researchers, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, reported a correlation on how teens performed in physical fitness tests based on their iron intake and vitamins such beta-carotene, retinol (vitamin A), alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), vitamin C and vitamin D.
Whether you're a teen or not, deficiencies of micronutrients related to maximal oxygen consumption and muscular fitness are a growing concern for ongoing sustained health.
Consider these food options...
- Belgian endive is a mini corn-cob shaped vegetable that has been in existence since the ancient civilizations of the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Its rich warrior history makes endive a must for people who are convalescing - or anyone wanting to improve their physical and mental performance.
This delicious vegetable lends itself to function as an appetizer and paired with fillings such avocado, ricotta cheese and creamy dips. Endives can also be thinly sliced for salads - or chopped for soups, stews and vegetable medleys. Belgium endive is high in minerals, especially sulphur.
- Pumpkin is antioxidant rich - high in carotenoids, potassium and alpha-hydroxy acids - with the latter reducing the signs of aging. Pumpkin contains other minerals such as iron and zinc. Use pumpkin puree as a vegetable, in baking, soups, sauces and garnish.
- Lentils provide a steady source of energy. As a plant protein source, lentils contain several B vitamins, as well as iron necessary for red blood cells to carry oxygen.
Sustainable food choices have positive effects on your well-being and the environment. Embrace a holistic approach!
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