Monday, December 7, 2009

Tip on fruit and vegetables.

As you already know, we know is very good for us to eat fruits and vegetables. I like to read about it, and I found this today. Doing this cruch has encourage me to read about healthy foods, which I think is good for all of us.

Plus, I have to keep Tami on her toes :-) not to get so confortable on her first place, and to encourage her to keep crunching, that´s it´s not going to be easy for her to get away from me. :-)
You have many recipes to use here.

Fruits and vegetables promote weight loss because they ...

  • are very low in fat.
  • are low in calories.
  • are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  • eliminate wastes quickly and help reduce
    cravings for sweets.
  • keep your energy levels steady so you don't
    become too hungry or too tired.
  • carry off excess body acids, and are rich in vitamins,
    minerals and enzymes that satisfy the body's nutrient requirements with less food.

Some foods like, broccoli, asparagus, celery, and strawberries, may even contain -- Negative calorie foods which may burn more calories processing them than the actual calorie content of the food itself.

If you find it difficult to include a variety of fruits and vegetables into your family's diet, you can substitute some servings with fresh fruit juices, thick and frothy fruit smoothies, fresh vegetable juices, and gazpacho. Juicing allows you to eat more of the vegetables than you would normally otherwise.

Freshly made juices are a tremendous source of bio-available vitamins and minerals which are the partners of enzymes and co-enzymes. Vitamins activate enzymes and without vitamins, enzymes could not carry out their work, and we could not live.

Enzymes act as catalysts in hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions that take place throughout your body, and are essential for digesting, absorbing and converting food into body tissue. Enzymes produce energy at the cellular level and are critical for most of the metabolic activities taking place in your body every second of every day.

Another benefit of drinking fresh juices and smoothies is that your body can absorb MORE of the vitamins and minerals then if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole! Many of the nutrients are TRAPPED in the fiber and by blending fruits and vegetables, you break down the fiber and release the vital nutrients.

Example:
When you eat raw food like carrots, you are only able to assimilate a small percentage of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, a LARGE percentage of the beta carotene can be assimilated by your body.

And unlike other types of foods (such as those high in fat that many of us eat too much of), plain fruits and vegetables are items we don't need to restrict. So take advantage of the known and yet-to-be-discovered health and weight loss benefits of fruits and vegetables by eating and drinking a wide variety (5 to 9 servings) each day.

FREE RAW FOOD RECIPES ON THIS WEBSITE:

Fruit Juice Recipes Fruit Smoothies

Avocado Recipes Gazpacho Recipes

Fruit Salad Recipes Fruit Slushies & Ices

Vegetable Salads

1 comment:

Dani Joy said...

Awesome resources here! Love this!
gotta go buy more veggies!!

Thanks Ketty!

Yes, keep us all on our toes!

Dani Joy