As we start into the new year, we are thinking bright, fresh, nutritious options to add on to that box of good! Under each item we’ve listed a few reasons why you will want to include them in your healthy lifestyle choices.
Locally grown on our own family farm, these walnuts are sure tasty! Fresh definitely makes a difference!
Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, and good fats (the Omega-3s). Walnuts are ranked among the top ten on the list of the most powerful disease fighting foods.
Tip: Instead of snacking on cookies, crack open some walnuts and eat them as snacks. Toss into your fresh salads for added flavor & crunch.
Did you know? Red bell peppers contain more Vitamin C than almost any other common fruit or vegetable! Vitamin C helps to reduce the secretion of cortisol in the human body. Cortisol is a chemical that is released when you’re stressed, and contain lead to weight gain and trouble falling asleep. Red bell peppers help to reverse the negative effects of cortisol, which helps to improve sleep quality when eaten at dinner or a couple of hours before bedtime. Bell peppers are especially beneficial to those with high blood pressure because they contain capsaicin, which helps prevent blood clot formation.
If you haven’t tried this gorgeous assortment of local baby winter greens, this is the week to do it!
In the cold, dark days of winter, these thick, green leaves in various sizes, shapes, and shades of greens are available from small farms throughout the Pacific NW. Braising greens are a mix of greens that include kale, chard, collards, mustard, bok choy, raddichio, and turnip greens. They’re really great because you get several varieties of dark, leafy, chock-full-of-vitamins greens that are so versatile. Plus, they’re delicious – each bite bursts with flavor and texture. To see how one of our KFF customers used braising mix go to her blog by clicking herehttp://goodfoodsisters.blogspot.com/2010/12/delicious-dishes-from-box-of-good.html
Vitamin C. Beta-carotene, a high-fiber content, calcium, potassium, B6, electrolytes, magnesium, Folic acid, Thiamin…it’s all there in a juicy orange! Unless you have citrus allergies, there is no fruit we like better this time of year for an everyday dose of good!
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” goes the old adage. But did you know that apples can also help you stick to your diet? Apples contain pectin, which suppresses those food hunger & sugar cravings that seem to grow in us after the holiday season. The good thing about pectin is that it makes you feel full quickly. If you eat an apple and drink a glass of water, you are going to feel like you just ate a meal.
On average, Americans consume around 20 pounds of apples a year, which comes to around 1 apple a week. Unfortunately, while an apple a week is better than nothing, it is nowhere close to being able to extract all the advantages apples have to offer. Eating apples is part of balanced and healthy diet than will increase your longevity, so why limit yourself to only 1 per week?
Walnut photo from: http://0.tqn.com/d/italianfood/1/7/G/6/1/nocigal.jpg
Red Bell Pepper photo from: http://promotehealth.info/?p=932
Fuji Apple photo from: http://bit.ly/dOW6oE