Food Matters – Motivating

I watched Food Matters (listed under Ted Talks) on Netflix this weekend.

While I’m a Vegetarian, we do eat most of our veggies cooked – many steamed, baked or sautéed, but cooked nonetheless.

Based on information from Food Matters, and the ever-decreasing nutritional value of fruits and vegetables, we’re trying the 51/49% rule for plating purposes.

51% to be RAW – as in not cooked.

What’s the purpose of RAW food?

To further eliminate junk food, to limit unhealthy carbs (I am a bread-oholic ), and to kick start my morning system with more smoothies.
My pledge was to go for a week. I’ve discovered that I can talk myself into anything for a week.

Healthy Smoothie options

This morning’s breakfast smoothie:

(3) Strawberries (high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols; they add a bit of sweetness, and moderate the extreme green color to more of a sage green. Sounds strange, but not all of us want to drink something the color of the lawn.)

(1) Kiwi (for my 270% of Vitamin C)

(4) Apple slices (Yes, they have Vit C and potassium – although not huge amounts, but these act as a natural sweetner)

(6) Walnuts (for my healthy fat)

(10) Pumpkin seeds, raw, unsalted (for protein and Magnesium)

(5) Baby carrots (for Vitamin A)

1) Cup spinach (it’s excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein and choline. – Okay, so it’s just good in your diet.)

(1) Teaspoon golden flax seeds (for a boost of antioxidants)

(3) Ice cubes (cause I like it frosty)

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