Nutrition and HEALthy Eating Tidbits
More Nutritional Morsels of Information
Juggling during the holidays - Suggestions
- Reach for a cup or two of hot tea in the afternoon to boost intake of polyphenols, stabilize blood sugar and reduce inflammation. Black tea or green tea top the list of recommendations.
- Fill your plate with veggies, fruits, green salads and lean meats.
- Have a small plate and start with vegies to contain your hunger.
- Drink lots of water
- Minimize intake of alcoholic beverages
- Eat slowly
- Take a smaller portion of desserts or share with a friend
- Stay active
As I have been busy harvesting tomatoes from our organic garden, I’ve prepared them and canned as fresh tomato juice. I wanted to refresh my own awareness of the nutritional value, and was very impressed to note the following:
Tomato juice is high in many vitamins and minerals that are essential for your health, including vitamin C, vitamin A, B vitamins, potassium, and magnesium.
Tomato juice is a concentrated source of lycopene which is an antioxidant that is shown to reduce inflammation. It also contains antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene.
It may reduce your risk of certain types of cancer, however more research is needed.
Use caution when selecting which tomato juice to use, as some can be high in sodium or added sugars which are not beneficial and can worsen symptoms for people with GERD.
Combining tomatoes with other veggies and herbs, such as celery, red peppers, or oregano, can boost the nutrition content and add flavor.
Replacing sweetened drinks such as soda with tomato juice can benefit your health. Making your own tomato juice at home is an excellent option for insuring the optimal nutritional value.
Tomato juice is rich in nutrients like vitamin C, B vitamins, and potassium. It is an excellent source of antioxidants such as lycopene, which can reduce inflammation and risk of heart disease as well as some cancers.
Be sure to buy 100% tomato juice without added salt or sugar — or make your own at home.
On the topic of OREGANO – the benefits are as follows:
Oregano is a popular herb and its scientific name is Origanum vulgare. It helps to enhance the flavor of your food and also boost your overall health. It is an important part of the Mediterranean diet.
The leaves are the most commonly used part of the plant. Its taste ranges from bitter, zesty, and astringent to sweet and mild. The flavor depends on the climate it grows in. The aroma and flavor of the herb are better in its dried form rather than the fresh one.
- May have potential antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
- Oregano and its essential oil may help in uplifting mood
- A teaspoon of oregano contains about 0.5 grams of fiber. Although it’s a small amount, it may have a possibly major impact on your digestive system.
- Can help protect your heart
- May help improve your immune system
Ways to use Oregano -
- Salads: Mix some fresh oregano leaves in your salads.
- Sauces: You can use dried oregano in your sauces for an additional flavor.
- Seasoning: Oregano is a great way to season your roasted dishes like roast chicken or Brussels sprouts.
- Topping: You can chop oregano finely and add it to your pizza, curries, and soups.