Farmer’s Markets in Full Bloom
Hi all, Jen here!
I’ve been thinking about nutrition lately and how important vegetables are to a balanced diet. The grocery is a good source for veggies, but the modern food system can take a while to get the food from farm to shelf. One way to be sure to get the freshest food is to find a local Farmer’s Market. The food at the Market is often picked that morning or the day before. In addition, many local farms are trying to get away from pesticides and grow food as organically as they can. Let’s look at some of the fresh foods you can typically find at your local Farmer’s Market.
Apples are full of wonderful nutrients. You get fibre, vitamins and minerals all in one little package. Blueberries are a natural anti-oxidant that can protect against DNA damage and has been known to reduce inflammation.
Asparagus is a great source of health, known to detoxify, help keep your heart healthy and even show signs of keeping you looking younger. Beets can boost energy and lower blood pressure but can also boost brain function and can help you lose weight. In addition they also help to detoxify your body.
Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which is a powerful anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial agent. Broccoli Sprouts have 20 times the sulforaphanes, unleashed as the sprouts are chopped or chewed. They are a great add on to summer salads.
Cabbage & Kale are also great FM finds. Cabbage helps break down chemicals and remove them and can also help in keeping your DNA in great shape. Kale has many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory as well as the vitamins and minerals it supplies you with.
Your Farmer’s Market can be a treasure trove of delicious and powerful tools when trying to walk out a healthy, balanced life. Why not find your local market and stop by to meet your farmers. Ask about their farming techniques to find out which ones use pesticides vs natural methods. You’ll be glad you did!
If you are local to Cincinnati, here is an amazing new co-op you might want to check out!
8710 Kenwood Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45242
I have recently started representing an organics company Essante Organics. They have some wonderful products that I will highlight at a later time, but if you would like to know more, give me a call (513) 379-3117 or check out the products. Go to my website, http://thewonderdiva.com/ and click on the Wellness & Nutrition link.
Cabbage Vegetable Soup
1 yellow onion
3 garlic cloves
4 large carrots
24 ounces organic spicy vegetable juice (check the label)
32 oz boxed organic vegetable broth
32 oz water
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
2 small zucchini
2 small yellow squash
4 stalks celery
1 C green beans
1 C sliced mushrooms
1 medium head of cabbage
Himalayan pink salt and pepper (as desired)
Lightly coat stock pot bottom with EVOO and saute onion, garlic, and carrots over medium heat, about 5 minutes until beginning to soften. Add a couple Tbsp of the broth if needed to prevent browning.
Add the tomato juice, broth, water and seasonings. Turn heat to high.
Chop remaining vegetables into slices, or bite-size pieces, and add to pot. Stir.
Once soup reaches a boil, turn heat to low and simmer for an hour.
Makes 8 servings
If you are struggling to control your life, to grab hold of your situation and wrestle it to the ground, you might feel very defeated some days. It is important to surround yourself with positive people that will pick up up and build you up when you need it!
It’s easy for us to fall into our little traps of feeling like our lives are falling all around us. It is those times when I try to look around me and I see that there are others in greater need than I. Perhaps taking a look around will reset your expectations or hopefully inspire you to reach out to help those who might be going through similar things, or perhaps even worse.
I recently read an article from Marc & Angel that inspired me and reminded me that my troubles are short term. Without struggle, I would never know what I have overcome. When I keep my eye on the prize, whether it be financial freedom or better health, I know that I will achieve it if I continue to move forward. Every step of my journey, I strive to reclaim what has been taken from me, but more important to realize what I have! Struggle changes us, but if we focus our hearts on helping others, we turn pain into progress. As we help others to succeed in life, we strengthen our relationships and our resolve.
When struggles come against us, our natural reaction is to worry, but worry is a wasted emotion. Nothing was ever solved by worry. It never paid a bill, it never made us stronger. Worry is a time suck. It takes us away from our goal, stretches it out further in front of us. When we can overcome worry, we can move forward, solve problems and reach those lofty goals.
Struggle also makes us negative. Just as negative people sap your strength, you can sap those around you. Pushing forward keeps us positive and as leaders, people will follow us because we overcame those things. Things they might also be struggling with. If we look to those we follow, we might find they also overcame the same issues. Positive people attract others. Be the person others want to follow and they will inspire you to forge ahead. Every time I see a face that I have influenced positively, I am inspired to work even harder.
Life is tough, but you are tougher! Remember, different isn’t bad, it makes you unique! It makes you a leader! It makes you awesome! Now go be AWESOME!
To read the article, check out Marc & Angel http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/01/08/8-things-to-remember-when-everything-goes-wrong/