Tis the season of Red and Green! By Rachel Schwartzman #wellbeingwednesday
Tis the season of Red and Green! Today’s Wellbeing Wednesday tip highlights some of my favorite red and green foods.
We’ve all be told to eat our Greens, and it’s true. Dark green vegetables are packed full of phytonutrients. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, support the liver, cleanse the blood and provide excellent energy for our cells. It does not really matter what kind you eat; kale, chard, broccoli, spinach, arugula or how you eat them; raw, steamed, sautéed, blended, the point is you just, eat them!
Apples are one of the only fruits that contain calcium-d-glucarate, a nutrient that supports the liver detox pathways and hormonal balancing. I think we can all agree that our liver needs a little extra support this time of year, so enjoy an apple a day!
Often called a “superfood”, Goji Berries are known for being over the top rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene, both important for supporting a healthy immune system. I add these to oatmeal, top onto cereal or soak a handful into hot water which infuses the water and re-constitutes the berries, then drink and enjoy!
The tiny seeds of the Pomegranate are loaded with fiber, vitamin C and rate high in the ORAC (oxygen radical absorption capacity). They contain Punicalagin, shown to have heart lowering risk factors by scavenging harmful free radicals from the human body. Try topping them onto a salad, yogurt or smoothie bowl, or just eat them on their own.
It can be hard this time of year to keep a balanced diet with many social gatherings. Consider pumping up your nutrient intake with a greens drink supplement. Powdered drinks are easily mixed into water and give you the equivalent serving size of 8 vegetables. There’s a variety to choose from, just make sure you pick up an organic one. My go to favorite is Canadian and local, Genuine Health’s Greens Plus Organic and/or Whole Body Nutrition.
I hope you enjoyed these healthy holiday tips. Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season.
Dr. Rachel Schwartzman, ND is a naturopathic doctor in the St. Clair West neighbourhood. She is the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas, a naturopathic collective that supports pregnant women and partners with the birth of their babies. www.westenddoulas.com