Where Are The Nutrients?

Lately we’ve been exploring the elements that provide the foundation for a healthy diet, basically a wide variety of organic, High Nutrient Dense whole foods. We continue this week by looking more closely at Nutrient Density:

A good way to ensure we are getting high nutrient density when we shop for food is to look for color. Head to the Produce Section with all the beautiful fruits and veggies. What gives the food color are all the different nutrients. So buy the brightest and most attractive foods. And by buying what is most attractive to us, we’re actually listening to the intelligence of our bodies, nudging us toward what it knows will provide the most benefit.

And remember to buy sprouts, they are little powerhouses of nutrients.

Also, buy some sea vegetables that you can add to grains, beans and lentils. Sea veggies are full of vitamins and minerals.

We’ve added the High Nutrient Dense food list below. Notice the Food Plan on the left side of the sheet. If you begin following this Plan your body will thank you. Most people are amazed at how their body responds so positively and quickly to these foods. It’s a journey worth taking. (You can download a copy by clicking on the image.)

And notice the Nutrient Density list on the right. By staying in the “Green Zone”, the foods above the Red Zone, you are giving yourself the highest nutrient density without any inflammatory foods.

Our recipe today comes from Anthony William and his Liver Rescue Book. We just completed his 9 day cleanse and totally loved it. This is a spinach soup over cucumber spirals that we found to be a WOW soup. It is quick to make and so delicious.

Spinach Soup Over Cucumber

To Your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill

Spinach Soup Over Cucumber Spirals Recipe (2 Servings)

Spinach Soup

2 pints cherry tomatoes
2 stalks celery
2 cloves garlic
2 oranges, peeled
8 cups baby spinach
1 English cucumber

Place all ingredients, except the cucumber, in a blender and blend well. Spiralize the cucumber to act as the soup base. If you don’t have a spiralizer, just pulse cucumber in a food processor or dice finely. Pour blended liquid over cucumber and serve. (I added a few red pepper flakes for heat.)

Our Relationship With Food And Health

Continuing with our theme of having a real relationship, or a true relationship with food, this week we’ll talk about another element of what we call the “Laws of Nutrition”, eating a wide variety of food.

Because every food has different amounts of the different nutrients we need, eating a wide variety of foods helps ensure that we are getting it all. Our bodies need different nutrients at different times depending on activity levels, age, pregnancy, etc. So, eating a wide variety of foods helps keep the reservoir of nutrients high to be available when they’re needed.

A fun way to select a wide variety is when you grocery shop. Stand in front of the produce section or the bulk section and see what you are drawn to. Settle and just check into your body’s wisdom and it will nudge you to make amazing choices. Try it and let us know what you find.

By listening to our inner intelligence, we are creating a real relationship with food, a relationship based on food being supportive and nurturing, rather than simply tasting good or distracting us when we feel stressed.

Today we’re sharing a dressing for veggies and salads that is part of a 9 day Liver Cleanse we’re doing. We are amazed how absolutely delicious this is and completely free of any oil. Try it. It’s truly good.

Fresh Orange Dressing

To Your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill

Fresh Orange Salad Dressing

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 clove garlic
4 to 5 drops of liquid stevia
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1/4 cup purified water

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Use on veggies or salads.

So delicious.