Bringing antioxidants into every meal keeps our bodies supported and healthy: antioxidants found in plants, help plants stay strong and healthy. Lucky for humans, when we eat these plants, we also are eating the antioxidants, and fueling our immune system to become strong to fight off free radicals and ward off disease. I have written in the past about my favorite antioxidants, however, knowing the specific name of these vital nutrient is not so important… eating more brightly colored whole foods everyday is what is important.
The question I get asked the most is, how can I do this? This is what I suggest.
Make pesto and add it to pasta, rice, and sandwiches. Many people use basil as the herb of choice but I like to make a cilantro pesto as well plus, we like to change the nut choice form time to time and use walnuts or macadamia nuts.
If you don’t have a recipe, watch Merrin show you how ( it is really simple!).
Infuse your water with slices of oranges, lemons, limes, strawberries, raspberries, herbs and/or cucumbers. One of our favorite combinations is: water, lemons, mint with a little bit of raw honey.
Watch this video with kids make a festive iced tea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-e_WyXRWtk&list=UUAsOtF7EI7jVBCmsNPABLXg or click here.
When I teach students in my HBDs Go to School curriculum, we talk about coloring up your plate. I ask the kids what they had for breakfast and almost all of them say, cereal. I then ask them if they top their cereal with anything and most say no. I pull out a white board and marker and we start brain storming fruits that they can add to their cereal. We talk about how this adds not only extra flavor and sweetness but also more nutrition ( so they can run faster).
Think about this when you are eating salads, yogurt and when making a sandwich.
Check out this video on salad making with kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dTJHI1osYU&list=UUAsOtF7EI7jVBCmsNPABLXg or click here.
( topping ideas: any fruit, goji berries, nuts, seeds, chopped purple cabbage, grated carrots, sliced peppers, peas)
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