It’s important to eat to fuel your body. I think it’s also important to enjoy what you eat! Luckily, I grew up loving fruits and veggies. But I also grew up with a huge sweet tooth and a fast metabolism. So it wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually had to pay attention to what I ate. I also developed some sort of digestion issue, that still hasn’t been figured out. So not only am I cautious about making sure I eat relatively “good food” of moderate portions, but also of what I actually put into my body.
I came across the book “Eat Pretty” about a year ago. I love learning about the benefits food can have not only for my insides, but also my outsides (Face, skin, etc)! This is basically a nutrition and beauty book that both men and women can benefit from. I think knowing how good something is for you makes it all the more enjoyable! This nutrition information, as it extends to the cellular level definitely makes my bachelors in biology degree happy!
Here is a dinner I made recently, and the benefits of some of what’s included in it!
Ground beef (mixed with refried black beans) topped with green salsa, asparagus, tomatoes, and broccoli!
-Glutathione Booster: important for antiaging and powerful antioxidant (hello beauty!!) Increase energy and oxygen-carrying capacity of our blood; Our body’s level of glutathione decline with age so it is important to consume it!
-Contaion Iron (Folate)
-B vitamin: important for DNA synthesis and cell repair
-Contain anti-cancer nutrients lycopene and beta-carotene which defend the skin from UV damage that causes wrinkles, age spots, and lines. Cooking tomatoes actually increases lycopene absorption! As does drizzling olive oil!
-Anti-inflammatory and high in potassium which keep your electrolytes in balance for healthy circulation
-Excellent source of collagen-building, wrinkle preventing vitamin C
-Bone reinforcing calcium and potassium
-Vitamin K to strengthen blood capillaries and prevent dark circles and varicose veins
-Glucosinolates (photochemicals) that regulate detoxification (can increase after light steaming of these veggies)
-Indole-3-Carbinol (photochemical) that reduces the risk of estrogen-sensitive cancers
-Sulforaphane (photochemical) that aids in prevention of stress related inflammation!
This information is taken straight from the book, which you can find here. 😉 Check it out before your next grocery haul!