White Fruits & Veg for Immunity

White foods are important to a healthy diet. They work to support a healthy immune system and given that we are in the midst of the holiday season and cold and flu season it is important to keep our immune system healthy! When I first starting thinking about what white foods to mention all I came up with was bread and potatoes - they are just that common!! - but, no, these are not what I mean. Bread and potatoes are foods that turn very quickly into sugar (high on the glycemic index), leading to a sharp sugar spike and then a drop and there are other issues with these foods too.

So what do I mean when I say choose white veggies??

Onions, Garlics and Shallots

Mushrooms and Cauliflower

Daikon and other radishes

Ginger

Jerusalem Artichoke, Parsnips, Jicama and Turnips

White Beans

Rice and Barley

Pears and Bananas

White Nectarines, White Peaches

I didn’t even think of onions, garlic and shallots!! Even though I do cook with them often. But these are rich in sulfur and have potent anti-inflammatory effects. They also may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. White foods have important phytochemicals like quercetin, vitamins and minerals that work to support a healthy immune system, lymphatic system and aid in cellular recovery.

Ok, so now you know what white foods can do for you and have a list of some foods you might not have heard of (I didn’t know what a Jicama was before now! :)...what now??  Now comes the fun part! Try this delicious recipe I adapted from a very good friend of mine, who happens to be one of my clients.

White Beans & Greens

2 cans of Eden Organic White Beans (if you choose another brand make sure the cans are BPA-free)

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp Himalayan sea salt (*to taste)

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp ground black pepper

½ tsp oregano

6 cloves garlic, crushed

½ large white onion, diced

1 package organic cremini mushrooms, rinsed and sliced

1 bunch organic radishes, diced

2 organic zucchinis, diced

1 large bunch organic spinach, rinsed and roughly chopped

=> Start by crushing the garlic and chopping the onions - then let them stand for 15 minutes to allow the enzymes to be fully activated. Rinse and chopped the radishes, mushrooms and spinach. In a pot start warming the coconut oil over medium heat, add the garlic and onions along with the salt and spices and stir well. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Once the onions start becoming a little translucent, add the remaining veggies and allow to cook down for 2-3 minutes. Strain the beans and then add them to the pot, stirring well so that it all becomes well incorporated. Cook for another 5-7 minutes. Serve with brown rice or alone and enjoy!  

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Fight Wrinkles & Protect your Joints??


I’ve been getting more interested in prevention. Diet and lifestyle. The appropriate levels of nutrients and micronutrients is crucial to a healthy body and mind. I have been noticing that my joints are a crackling a bit more than they used to and that is not a good. Arthritis isn’t fun or sexy and since I’ve enjoyed many, many years in sky-high heels...I know that now is the right time to add some more powerful anti-inflammatories to my diet. My bestie has gotten into juicing and on a recent trip to Whole Foods she picked up a little root to add to her juicing experiment. Enter - turmeric.

Turmeric is a root that looks like a smaller, skinnier version of ginger root. The interior of the root is bright orange; it has a warm, peppery and slightly bitter flavor. It can be juiced or blended; used to add flavor to a wide variety of foods; or taken as a supplement. Turmeric has been used for many years as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Indian Ayurvedic traditions.

Curcumin is the antioxidant in turmeric that gives it its bright orange hue and its powerful anti-inflammatory effect. It neutralizes free radicals - chemicals that cause damage to healthy cells. The medicinal benefits are numerous - it is an antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and has anti-tumor effects. It reduces inflammation & pain in the joints, prevents cancer and inhibits the growth of cancer cells, reduces cholesterol levels and protects your heart and blood vessels and it is a great detoxifier, improving liver function. Turmeric is also great for healthy skin!! Because it is a super-powered antioxidant and anti-inflammatory it helps fight the signs of premature aging, wrinkles, sunspots and acne!!

I have been using it in my cooking - to season brown rice, quinoa or chicken or your choice of protein. Use it with a little black pepper to boost absorption. Last week I started taking a 500mg supplement of Curcumin every day and today I decided to experiment with a smoothie! Drink it first thing in the morning. Because of its powerful detoxifying effects I recommend drinking this smoothie on a Saturday or Sunday when you can chill out at home. If you start feeling uneasy (I did) - drink some water - it will pass and the cleansing it gives you is worth it.

Turmeric Smoothie

1 cup organic coconut milk (Flax/Almond/Hemp milk are good substitutes)

½ cup pineapple chunks, frozen or fresh

½ banana

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp chia seeds

1 tsp raw maca powder

½ tsp turmeric (can use 1 tsp for added detoxification)

½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon

1 tbsp raw cacao powder (optional)

=>Blend and enjoy! It is best to drink this first thing in the morning to start your day off with its great detoxifying effects and nutrients.

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