Whole Foods Wednesday – Zucchini

Who likes zucchini? I love it, and its pretty versatile too! We have used it as a base for taco boats, sautéed them, grilled them, and even grown them! Love Zucchini!

Do you know why Zucchini is so widely revered?

Here is a sampling of why!

  • Zucchini is 95% water, low in calories, and high in fiber
  • It’s a good source of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which plays a huge role in keeping your immune system healthy, and aids in fighting respiratory problems. The anti-inflammatory properties help keep your lungs open and clear.
  • The high fiber content also helps lower your cholesterol.
  • It’s good for your heart! Zucchini contains good amounts of potassium that helps reduce blood pressure, and the magnesium content helps keep blood pressure at a steady rhythm.

Oh, and good news for my fellow Diabetics! The abundance of Vitamin B in zucchini benefits us by breaking down the sugar in our bodies, and the fiber and pectin are vital in regulating our blood sugar levels!

In other words, eat more zucchini! 🙂

 

Try It Thursday – Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal

I love cereal, but I know how unhealthy it is, sadly.

Which is why I love this crunchy organic cereal from Food For Life—especially in cinnamon raisin. With no added sugar, it only tastes like a sweet indulgence. Extra points for the immaculate ingredient list and the fact that it delivers 21 percent of your daily fiber.

Nutrition (1/2 cup): 190 calories, 7 g protein, 41 g carb, 5 g fiber, 1 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 160 mg sodium, 8 g sugar

Ingredients: Organic sprouted wheat, organic raisins, organic malted barley, organic sprouted barley, organic sprouted millet, organic sprouted lentils, organic sprouted soybeans, organic sprouted spelt, filtered water, sea salt, organic cinnamon.

Whole Foods Wednesday – Lentils

Lentils are legumes, seeds of a plant whose botanical name is Lens ensculenta. They grow in pods that contain either one or two lentil seeds.

Studies of high fiber diets and blood sugar levels have shown the dramatic benefits provided by these high fiber foods. As a Diabetic, this especially is beneficial.

Lentils are a powerhouse of nutrition – providing an excellent source of molybdenum and folate. They are also a great source of dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus, and manganese. Additionally, they are a good source of iron, protein, vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, zinc, potassium, and vitamin B6.

Lentils are not only one of the oldest commonly consumed legumes in history, but they are also one of the simplest to prepare since they don’t require a lengthy soaking time like other beans.

Do you like lentils? We are trying to incorporate them more into our diets 🙂