9 Jan 2012

Food Ideas 2012

So many people start the New Year with resolutions.  Quitting and dieting are two of the most common "ing-words" in the resolution lexicon.  Out with resolutions I say and in with new eyes!  Go to the grocery store and shop by colour.  Look for bright colours - see all the new fruits and vegetables - know that where there's colour - there's benefit.

Buy pomegranates - a super food - and experiment with them.  Add the seeds to a smoothie, on top of frozen yogurt or in a peppercorn sauce for some excitement and contrast to a meat or chicken dish.
Try cactus fruit - it's extremely beautiful and delicious.  It's said to have special qualities which help fight cancer of all types.  The skin is the colour of a rainbow and the insides are the most lucious magenta.

Buy red kale instead of plain old green.  It's been taken up a notch in the benefits scale as a result of its red pigment.  Kale is rich in anticancer nutrients called glucosinolates which are very difficult to find elsewhere.  Hot on the "foodie list" these days are kale chips.  Simply wash and dry the leaves, toss with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.  Yum!

Black garlic.  It's a month-long fermented product that Livestrong says that has twice the antioxidant potency of regular white garlic - double yum.

Heritage tomatoes of odd and exotic coloration - yellow, black, orange all rich in vitamin C and lycopene - two very powerful antioxidants.

What about making a unique pesto using beet greens instead of basil and Brazil nuts instead of pine nuts.  This is a potent combination for my fellow Sunflower Sisters.  The beet greens have the added benefit of helping with constipation and the nuts contain selenium and omega 3 fatty acids - said to be ovarian cancer inhibitors.

I'm sure my winged food guru - Julia Child - would approve...Bon Appetit!

Don't forget - January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

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