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Nutrition and child brain function: why rave about simple, raw foods

An illuminating and rich read on the impact of improper nutrition on child behavioral and psychiatric health. A young mother recently told me that her son’s friend, still in middle school, eats a bag of skittles and a diet coke for lunch–packed by his parents.

It’s critical to know what goes into our bodies and in the bodies of our loved ones; pharmacology alone is not a proper response to the multitude of symptoms children are being diagnosed with.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22928358

a propos of dyes, artificial additives, and killer lunches, here’s Skittles:

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http://www.dyediet.com/2011/06/12/candy-and-snacks/skittles-taste-the-rainbow-of-dyes/

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What is in Brussels sprouts?

Along with brocolli, kale, cabage, and collard greens, Brussels sprouts are a member of the Brassicaceae family. Usually steamed, boiled, or even fried for consumption, brussels sprouts are commonly associated with that very specific, powerful smell that can take over your kitchen and give your children an extra argument to run and hide at the prospect of dinner.

Fortunately, there is much more to the smelly offenders than just the notorious aroma. Brussels sprouts contain huge amounts of vitamins K, C, and A, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, B vitamins, fiber, and a decent amount of carbohydrates. They are now well known for their anti-carcinogenic properties, although some of those are lost during exposure to high temperatures.

Today, I am mixing brussels sprouts with broccoli, red potatoes, and carrots, for a vitamin, fiber, and carb-dense and very delicious smelly cream soup.

I used:

1 lbs of brussels sprouts;

3 large red potatoes;

1 large stem of broccoli;

4 carrots;

salt and pepper;

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil;

a tiny bit of rosemary;

1/3 cup of almond milk.

Simply boil the veggies until soft, place them in a blender with the rest of the ingredients, and blend until you reach a creamy, thick consistency. Very very easy, very delicious, very wholesome. It’s good to be vegan. Enjoy! I did–with some edamame hummus  and crackers on the side –a great source of protein :). After swimming and lifting some weights, this is amazing recovery food.

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What’s for dinner?

Tonight I feast on iron, beta-carotene, Niacin, Vitamins A, B5, B6, B9, C, E, K, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, lycopene–a phytochemical (and a carotenoid pigment), and essential nutrient, and an antioxidant (just like the also available through peppers to me tonight p-coumaric acid), plant fats, and of course fiber and carbohydrates. Fantastic anti-carcinogenic properties, and a perfect recovery meal after running, weight lifting, and a morning hike.

I used:

1 green bell pepper

1/3 cup red onion, chopped

1 1/5 tbsp of garlic, minced

3 cups of kale

3 cups of spinach

1 large tomato

1/2 squash

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

sea salt

Once again: nothing to it–chop up the veggies, place them in a pan with a tiny bit of olive oil, and let them simmer for 15-20 minutes. Such a flavorful and wholesomely nutritious dinner. Enjoy!

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Cucumber Banana Sorbet with coconut

My lovely neighbor created her own improvised garden. She is growing squash, pumpkins, amazingly yummy cherry tomatoes, basil, and cucumbers. Well, lots of cucumbers–not only did the plant flourish–it produced over 5 times the projected number of cucumbers, and is still going. Long story short, after my friend was tired of making pickles, cucumber salads, cucumber water, cucumber ice cream, cucumber…….she gave some of the delicious, all natural goodness away to me. In fact, I now have tons of it. And aside from the usual salads, I made myself a very simple, easy to prepare summer treat, which also turned out to be fun and delicious: cucumber banana sorbet.

There’s nothing to it, really. I pureed 4 cucumbers with 1 banana, a little bit of cocoa, a tiny bit of simple syrup (really no more than a spoonful), and sprinkled some coconut just because I love the flavor. Froze the puree for about 1 hour and…voila! So refreshing yummy!

Enjoy 🙂

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Why add cocoa?

In the past two days I have been adding cocoa powder to my smoothie recipes- a recent ingredient for me. In the spirit of this blog, I thought I would offer an accessible study, which exposes some of the established nutritional and health benefits of cocoa intake, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Find it here: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/119/10/1433.long

and try adding a scoop of cocoa to 3 cups of Kale, 1 cup of spinach, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of oats, 1 table spoon of flaxseed and 1 cup of almond milk. Super tasty, rich in iron, potassium, vitamins A and K, antioxidants, protein, and fiber.

I have increased my intake of iron and carbs in proportion to an increase in running mileage–about 10K/day.

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Enjoy!

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Veganfit lifestyle

How about waking up with a raw, vegan vitamin drink, going for a lovely 10K run in the city, and coming back to a recovery feast of protein, iron, vitamins, carbs, and fiber, all of it both delicious and beautiful?

For the recovery drink, I used 4-5 cups of spinach, 1/5th of a pineapple, 2 spoons of cocoa powder, 2 cups of almond milk.

I made the hummus with spanish olives, garlic, and roasted red peppers, with a hint of lime juice.

Later tonight: some sprints and the mandatory weights for faster legs and stronger bones and muscles. I needed that!

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Happy weekend!

How is this for breakfast? Kiwi, pineapple, cucumber, carrots, strawberry, lime. Very slightly sour, light and refreshing, vitamin C, A, B, potassium and fiber-rich, hydrating and nourishing. Ready for today’s 10k!

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