. . . about chocolate, egg yolks, potatoes, pineapple, onions, butternut squash, and more? If you’re doing a sort of “spring cleaning” for your diet, I am excited to offer you quite a bit of valuable nutritional info. Take a look: in my articles, I’ve included cancer-fighting foods, and important vitamin and mineral content, not to mention delicious goodness.
Cacao is chocolate in its raw, minimally processed form. Native to South America, the cacao tree was revered by the Aztecs. Cacao is considered to be a super food. It is naturally rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron and calcium.
Egg yolks, a common ingredient in potato salad, contain essential omega-3 fatty acids that are important for the brain, heart and vision.
The enzyme bromelain, found in pineapple is a powerful cancer cell fighter. Kiwi and strawberries contain large quantities of vitamins C.
Cheese gets a bad rap, but genuine cheeses have essential vitamins and minerals including omega-3 fats, which are important for a healthy heart and brain. The trick is to make sure your cheese is real and is made from the milk of grass-fed cows that are not treated with growth hormones.
Purple potatoes have existed for thousands of years. Native to South America, their deep purple color comes from the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin. Studies indicate that these brightly colored gems may help regulate blood pressure and protect against certain cancers and heart disease.
Carrots contain the orange antioxidant, beta-carotene. A member of the parsley family, carrots may help prevent certain cancers, protect the heart and liver, regulate blood sugar and support brain health.
Asparagus is rich in retinol, B vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It has detoxifying benefits, is a natural diuretic and helps keep blood cells healthy.
Brussels sprouts have anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. High in fiber, vitamins and antioxidants, may help lower the risk of cancer.
Green peas also have anti-inflammatory properties. A good source of vitamins, calcium and fiber, peas help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol.
Eggplant has essential nutrients. Eggplant is a member of the nightshade family and like the potato, the purple skin contains powerful anthocyanin.
Cauliflower benefits the digestive tract. Broccoli helps protect against cancers.
Butternut squash is an excellent source of potassium and vitamin A, which is important for eye health.
Onions are rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.
Celery contains potassium and supports healthy blood pressure.
Potatoes have vitamins and minerals that help the immune system and eyes.
ENJOY! I hope this serves you well.
Source: Excerpted and adapted from these articles by Patricia Wilson for IN Magazine: Comfort Foods, Easy Easy Salads, From the Garden, Six SuperStar Vegetables, Craving Chocolate, Soup Season, Getting Saucy. Cheese-Stuffed Peppers photo by Andrew D. Brosig. All other photos by Sarah Miller. I am thankful!. Visit http://www.INMagTexas.com.