Celebrate Antioxidants! Antioxidants are Guardians for your cells. They protect cells from free radical damage and assist in exporting toxins. Many antioxidants are critical for immune function like Vitamin A and C, while others are required for hormones, like Selenium's role in thyroid hormone production.
The National Parkinson's Association recommends supplementation with Vitamin E because of its proven role in protecting brain cells. It is INCREDIBLE what goes on in the body - and the best part is that all we need to do is enjoy that apple, or handful of almonds. most antioxidants are found in the amazing array of fruits and vegetables at your local grocer. Create a Goal: Build a Plate! We hear from many sources about the benefits of these wonderful nutrients, but how many of us really try to incorporate them into our diet? One of the best ways to make a change is to create a way to be constantly reminded of your goal. So, it is my opinion that every home should have a Plate of Antioxidants! A central location in your kitchen is ideal. Mine sits on the kitchen table and looks like this:
Not only does this tempt you, it creates an attitude of joy and beauty for food. Every thing on that plate is packed with nutrition and you will find yourself complementing your meals with it because it is right in front of you. It will inspire you to power up your dishes, or give a fast snack to your kiddo after school.
Are you looking for a quick snack? How about grabbing one of those oranges and slicing it into wedges? Then take the kiwi, cut it in half and scoop out the sweetness? Add a bit of cheese and you and your kiddo will be in heaven! Fresh pineapple is a snap to cut up and serve while you are asking about how school went. You will associate natural healthy food with warm positive conversations - a great thing for everyone!
Enjoy your food and be healthy!