“You are what you eat.” We have all heard this phrase, too many times to count, but what does it really mean? Your body literally changes based on what you eat – your shape, your internal organs, your blood flow, even your hair, skin, and nails based on the nutrients (or lack thereof) you give your body.
Be mindful and intentional with the things you fill your body with, after all it can be your greatest medicine (or poison). Eat healthy to take care of your body, after all, you are worth it!
Tips to increasing your fruit/vegetable intake:
-1/2 of your plate should be fruits/vegetables
-Prepare and cut up vegetables and fruit for easy access when you are in a hurry
-Eat as snacks in between meals (with peanut butter or light dressing)
-Clean, cut and prepare fruits and veggies and place in refrigerator for easy access
-Freeze fruits and veggies that are about to go back and use later (steam, stir fry, etc)
-Blend fruit with ice and milk for a delicious smoothie
Summer treat, filled with yummy nutrients!
Spinach and Strawberry Salad
Nutrients and benefits
|Spinach||Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections.|
|Strawberries and oranges||Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keep teeth and gums healthy.|
|Avocado||Rich in Vitamin K which helps with bone health, blood clotting, antioxidant, and ananti-flamitory. Fiber, Vitamin C and E.|
|Almonds||Almonds are low in saturated fat and contain many other protective nutrients – calcium and magnesium – for strong bones, vitamin E and compounds called phytochemicals, which may help protect against cardiovascular disease and even cancer.|
|Olive Oil dressing||Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen free radicals. Also contains Vitamin K.|
Get creative this summer with making salads including fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and healthy dressings.