Nourishing body, mind, & soul.

2 Year Old Luna Ate MY Lunch!

on May 1, 2014

Normally, everyday I have a HUGE (probably could serve 4 plus people at a dinner table!… Not kidding) salad and some source of protein at lunch.  Today’s protein was fresh, roasted turkey.  It’s fast, nutritious and no thought involved for me.  Today, I made my salad with romaine, red leaf lettuce, escarole, swiss chard, one avocado, around a half cup of chickpeas, 10 cherry tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon Bragg apple cider vinegar, sprinkle of garlic powder and oregano.  Easy!

Luna and I have lunch together everyday after her nap which is usually around 2:30 – when I am done with work.  Today, I had MY salad and she had her lunch… Well, she asked me to put my salad bowl on her tray and that was the beginning of the end.  Luna ate all the avocado, tomatoes, chickpeas and left me the greens.  She ate my turkey too!  So much for my lunch!  I’m happy she had a super healthy meal!

Health Facts –

Avocado: Absorption of two key carotenoid antioxidants—lycopene and beta-carotene—increases significantly (200%-400%) when fresh avocado (or avocado oil) is added to an otherwise avocado-free salad. Wide ranging anti inflammatory benefits, especially with arthritis.  Supports cardiovascular health.  Contains polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols (PFAs), which are normally unique to ocean plants. Anti cancer benefits.  Promotes blood sugar regulation.

Tomatoes: Outstanding in antioxidant benefits. In terms of conventional antioxidants, tomatoes provide an excellent amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene; a very good amount of the mineral manganese; and a good amount of vitamin E.  In terms of phytonutrients, tomatoes are basically off the chart! Cardiovascular support by lowering overall cholesterol, lowers fat cell damage in bloodstream which can cause blockages, prevents excessive clumping of platelets (antiaggregatory effect).  Supports bone health by decreasing oxidative stress.  Anti cancer benefits.  Reduces risk of some neurological diseases and risk of obesity.

Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans: Super high in insoluble fiber reducing risk of colon problems and colon cancer. Unique supply of antioxidants – phytonutrients include the flavonoids quercetin, kaempferol, and myricetin, helping to reduce cardiovascular risks.  3/4 cup of garbanzo beans per day can help lower LDL-cholesterol, total cholesterol, and triglycerides in a one-month period of time. Improves blood sugar regulation. There are about 70-80 milligrams of ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid) in every cup of garbanzo beans. One cup can provide you with nearly 85% of the Daily Value (DV) of the antioxidant manganese.  Helps curb appetite because it increase satiety or satisfaction with food.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Balances your entire inner body system by maintaining a healthy alkaline pH level.  It can help you detox as part of balancing the body’s pH, apple cider vinegar creates an overall detoxification of the body.  It can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver.  Great for your lymphatic system, helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes.  Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help prevent sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.  It can help your body get rid of candida. It can help you reduce heartburn by correcting low acid (take one teaspoon with a glass of water).  

Live Healthy and Be Healthy!


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