February food of the month: Beets
Hey Valentines! In some cultures, Beets are considered to be an aphrodisiac. Thats why they're our pick for February's food of the month!
The Beetroot can be prepared in many ways; raw, boiled, steamed and even fried. We suggest eating them raw in salads or juiced with orange and lemon. Beets are known for their assistance in lowering blood pressure and hypertension. The rich red color of these roots are formulated by Belatains. Belatians are a class of Antioxidants that increase blood flow and energy levels. Beets also have high soluble fiber content, a great foundation for digestive health. We're giving Beetroots our stamp of approval, they are your friends--Now make like a root & beet it! *wink*
March Food of the Month: Brussels Sprouts
Brussels is the capital city of Belgium and during the 16th century this little vegetable was all the rage there! They became such a core part of the Belgian diet that they ended up taking on the capital city’s name permanently. It’s easy to see why the Dutch had such an affinity for them. A handful of Brussels sprouts provides 80% of your daily recommended value of vitamin C. They’re packed with protein, calcium, AND vitamin K which plays a crucial role in your body’s ability to process and store calcium. The tastiest way to eat Brussels sprouts is by slicing them in half, tossing them in olive oil, placing them on a baking sheet (not packed too tightly), and seasoning them with sprinkles of turmeric powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Bake them at 425 for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and crispy. If you’re up to it, you can also chop up some carrots and potatoes and mix it all together before baking. Yum!!!
April Food of the Month: Chickpeas!
Chickpeas are one of the longest consumed foods in human history. There’s evidence of chickpeas being consumed that goes as far back as 8,000BC - 10,000BC. And for good reason - these legumes are incredibly versatile and nutritious. A cup of chickpeas provides one-third of your daily recommended value of protein, a punch of potassium, and antioxidants selenium and beta-carotene. Chickpeas can be eaten whole as an addition to rice bowls, curries, salads, or most popularly - as hummus! Hummus makes a healthy snack when paired with raw vegetables like carrots and celery. It can also be used as a spread in your favorite wrap or sandwiches. Be sure to make this little legume a staple part of your diet!
May Food of the Month: Cherries!
Cherries are symbolic for a time of the year that is abundant in sweetness, love, and harmony. Cherry trees are one of the first trees to bloom at the beginning of each spring. Their delectably fragrant blossoms announce that sweetness and warmth are returning to our lives after the cold and dreary winter. Their deep and rich red color is thanks to anthocyanin, an antioxidant that helps to keep your body strong and healthy. Cherries also have beta-carotene (another powerful antioxidant), vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. You can enjoy cherries as a healthy snack, slice them up and add to your granola, or throw them in a blender to make a delicious cherry smoothie!