Whole Foods Wednesday – Beets

Beets, beets, delicious fruits… oh wait, wrong jingle! And beets aren’t a fruit – but they ARE colorful little powerhouses of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals!

As a very good source of the antioxidant manganese and a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C, the unique phytonutrients in beets provide antioxidant support in a different way than other antioxidant-rich vegetables. These little beauties are also an excellent source of folate and a very good source of manganese, potassium and copper. They are a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin B6.

I love beets – I get this love from my mama!

Do you like beets?

 

Superfood Saturday – Tulsi (Holy Basil Leaf)

Often dubbed the Queen of all Herbs, Tulsi, an ancient herb used for thousands of years, offers help with healing on a multitude of levels.

Tulsi is a powerful adaptogen found in my Shakeology, which is what introduced me to Tulsi to begin with! Tulsi provides optimal support for the immune system, increasing stamina and endurance while also reducing inflammation.

It is an effective herb for supporting the heart, lungs and liver, and contains potent levels of antimicrobial oils. In perhaps one of my personal favorite benefits, research has also identified it to have anti-diabetic potential, and to have influence over the neurochemistry of the brain, making it comparable to antidepressant medications.

Superfood Saturday – Brussels Sprouts

Confession: I hated these things until I was about 30 years old. They look like eyeballs, and I just couldn’t wrap my brain around eating them (though I did try). They were (that’s right, past tense!) one of VERY few veggies I dislike – joining broccoli rabe and asparagus (I have also come around on Asparagus, but not broccoli rabe — too bitter!).

True to form, my foodie husband managed to find a preparation I actually enjoy, and actually go back for seconds of! He roasts them with some olive oil, and adds in some bacon for texture (and okay fine, a little taste!) and it works perfectly! We have also had them without the bacon and I still enjoy them!

Their glucosinolate content helps us battle cancer and detoxes our body — moreso than any other vegetable!

brussels-sprouts

 

Superfood Saturday – Goji Berries

Goji. Goji berry. That’s fun to say… don’t mind me, I love things with fun names. Anyways…

You have probably heard of today’s superfood, but have you tried them? Goji berries are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including:

  • vitamin C
  • fiber
  • iron
  • vitamin A
  • zinc
  • antioxidants

They are also a low sugar nutritional option, making them ideal for Diabetics (but as with anything else, you might wish to discuss this with your medical team!)

goji-berries

Whole Foods Wednesday – Winter Squash

There’s a reason your mama was always trying to get you to eat squash – it’sSO good for you! Winter squash has long been recognized as an important food source of carotenoids, but also has antioxidant support, anti inflammatory benefits, and potential blood sugar regulation benefits.

Winter squash is labeled low on the Glycemic index. Many of the carbs in winter starch come from polysaccharides found in the cell walls. Research has shown other nutrients found in winter squash are beneficial for blood sugar control. These nutrients include the B-vitamin like compound d-chiro-inositol, a nutrient we expect to hear more about with regards to blood sugar regulation.

It’s hearty, versatile, and there are tons of varieties – go get your squash on!

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Whole Foods Wednesday – Spinach

Where are my Popeye’s?! 🙂

Spinach

Who likes Spinach? I love it – cooked, raw in salads… I know not everyone enjoys it (flashback to many children’s childhoods!), but I find it enjoyable, and it’s even tastier knowing just how good it is for you, plus its rated very low on the Glycemic Index, and quite frankly, those words are music to my ears!

It’s also great to blend into a smoothie (sometimes I do put it in my Shakeology for an added boost of goodness!)