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Tweet: Eggs and Raw Veggies are #BFFs #Besties

Great news for fellow egg-ophiles from ScienceDaily.com:

Americans under consume vegetables, and here we have a way to increase the nutritive value of veggies while also receiving the nutritional benefits of egg yolks,” said Wayne Campbell, Ph.D., Professor of Nutrition Science, Purdue University.

Egg and raw veggies tweetCampbell, working with postdoc fellow Jung Eun Kim, Ph.D., R.D., conducted a study to assess the effects of egg consumption on carotenoid absorption from a raw mixed-vegetable salad. Sixteen healthy young men ate three versions of the salad — one with no egg, one with 1.5 scrambled whole eggs, and another with 3 scrambled whole eggs. Those who ate the highest egg amount with the salad of tomatoes, shredded carrots, baby spinach, romaine lettuce, and Chinese wolfberry increased absorption of carotenoids 3-9 fold. This is a very significant effect, said Campbell. The carotenoids found in the salad include beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, the latter two being found in egg yolk as well.

A passage from Wikipedia entry for Carotenoids that was sourced from the British Journal of Nutrition 1998 says that those of us who eat diets rich in carotenoids from natural foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are healthier and have lower mortality from a number of chronic illnesses.  

Think orange: Carotenoids are found in orange and yellow foods, and a few red foods too (there are some red foods, like beets and grapes, that are red for other reasons).  These include carrots, of course, and also pumpkin, sweet potato, avocado, tomato, red pepper and pink grapefruit to name a few others.

See the whole article here.

#EatYourColors

#EggsandVeggies

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You say Cacao, I say Superfood – Hold the Milk and Sugar, Please!

Cocoa TeaFrom the SF Gate Healthy Eating:

Dark chocolate may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, according to information from New York University’s Langone Medical Center. Cocoa powder has even more of the substances responsible for chocolate’s health benefits, and unsweetened cocoa has the advantage of being low in calories. It also contains essential minerals that support your heart, bones and immune system.

A popular breakfast drink in the Caribbean is Cocoa Tea.  The following recipe is the base, most of us add lots of sugar and condensed or evaporated milk to make it sweet and creamy, some even thicken it with flour.  Try it without the embellishments for a superfood breakfast experience with your saltfish and itals.  Your first cup will be a strange voyage, but you will find that pure cacao has lots of flavors and textures by itself, and you will spare yourself more of the stuff that causes the problems the cocoa can help your body keep at bay.

Ingredients:

Nutmeg from Dominica
Nutmeg from Dominica

One stick of Spice (or Cinnamon, in the Caribbean, there’s a different variety of Cinnamon than in the US, we call it Spice, but they are very similar and interchangeable)

One branch of Ginger, halved

One whole nutmeg, fresh grated (or 2 tsp ground nutmeg.  Fresh grated is best if possible)Spices and Cocoa

3-4 ounces of unsweetened Caribbean cacao or bakers chocolate (make sure it is pure nib with no additives)

Method:

In a large saucepan,  place the spice stick, the ginger and the grated or ground nutmeg in about 1 quart (1 1/4 liters) of cold water. Bring to a boil.

Turn the heat down to a simmer.  Add the cacao or chocolate in whole pieces – they will melt in the water.  Strain into cups and drink.

For stronger flavor from the ginger and spice, boil those and then allow to soak in the hot water for at least an hour before turning the fire back on to a simmer and adding the chocolate.

More health benefits of unsweetened chocolate:

Just 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder contains 3 to 9 percent of the recommended daily intake of iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc. In addition to carrying oxygen, iron helps make red blood cells and is essential for your immune system. Manganese is a component of enzymes that form cartilage and bones, metabolize nutrients and function as antioxidants inside every cell in your body. Magnesium helps produce energy and maintain a normal heart rhythm. Zinc is vital for the production and development of new cells, including immune system cells. Without enough zinc, the number of bacteria-fighting cells goes down and you become more susceptible to illness.

Flavonoids are the plant-based substances responsible for many of cocoa’s health benefits. There are many different types of flavonoids, but cocoa is a good source of two: epicatechin and catechin. Natural unsweetened cocoa powder has 196 milligrams of epicatechin in every 100 grams of powder, compared with unsweetened chocolate squares which have 142 milligrams and dark chocolate candy with 84 milligrams. Sweetened cocoa mix and milk chocolate have even fewer flavonoids. The flavonoids in cocoa function as antioxidants that help prevent systemic inflammation. Epicatechin relaxes the muscles in blood vessels, which improves blood flow and helps lower blood pressure, according to research published in the March 2012 issue of the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

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How can YOU let Farmers, Food Businesses and Legislators know you want BETTER FOOD and INFORMATIVE LABELING?

One way you can communicate with the powers that control what’s available to eat is cast your vote at the check out.  We all know the C.R.E.A.M. reality in this world thanks to the Wu right?

Cash Rules Everything Around MeVote at the Checkout

If we keep spending our grocery and restaurant dollars on the very “food” products that we know are bad for our health and the health of our children and our environment, they will keep making them and selling them, because spending our money on them communicates that we want them.

Every time you go to a cash register, you are casting your vote.  And every vote counts. Vote for better food, fruits and vegetables, Organic and Non-GMO food, and meat, eggs and dairy produced without growth hormones and antibiotics and raised the way God intended.

#EveryVoteCounts

#DontJustEat

#DollarDollarBillYall

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Tweet: The World’s First 100% Organic Country: The Kingdom of Bhutan, A Himalayan Organic Oasis

Kingdom of Bhutan: Population: 747,000

Tweet: Bhutan first 100% Organic NationPesticides, Herbicides and Fertilizers containing toxic chemicals: 0

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs): 0

Synthetic Hormones & Antibiotiotics in Livestock: 0

Yes, its a small country.  Yes, we have more people to feed.  All the more reason to take a bold stand to feed the multitudes chemical-free food!

“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

Genesis 1:29 NIV

Man never needed to fix what God made perfectly.

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Define: Food Nourish Nutrition

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Tweet: Martha Stewart visits Triple Chick Farm 7/30/15 11:53EST

Martha Stewart Farmers Mkt Tweet

Martha Stewart visits Triple Chick Farm – they hand select their best, freshly-picked produce each morning, to sell at the stand. They grow the most lush vegetables and fruits, and all their produce is organic and chemical free.

See the article and slide show here.Martha Stewart at Farmers Market in Maine