Variety is the Spice of Life

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Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables (Photo credit: nutrilover)

When eating your vegetables and fruits choose a variety of different types. Pick dark colors like reds, greens, etc. Each week try a new fruit or vegetable until you have a large selection to choose from that you enjoy.  Watch how you prepare them. Eat many raw to get the most vitamins and nutrients. Cook them by boiling or sauteing. Don’t use butter but a little good grade extra virgin olive oil. Lightly good vegetables so there is still a crunch in each byte. Homemade soup is a great and delicious way to eat a lot of different vegetables. Make your own stock and avoid excess salt levels in commercial soups and stocks. Start the French way and saute carrots, celery and onions in the pot, then add stock and other vegetables. try baby kale or spinach. All the nutrients are eaten since you eat the broth. Oatmeal in the morning with two or three different fruits is a great way to start the day and get fiber. Watch commercial brands they have high salt and sugar levels. Find one with reasonable salt levels and low sugar levels but high fiber.

Winter Means Soup Time

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Even though this winter has not been overly cold, soup is still a soothing food. I like soup because all the nutrients that normally get thrown out in the water are still there. Buy all kinds of vegetables and try various combinations. I love my soup more like a stew, thick and crunchy. I always start with a French mirepoix (meer-pwah) of carrots, celery and onions. I sauté them in olive oil until onions are translucent and carrots and celery are softer. Then I add vegetable broth and all the chopped vegetables I have. Cut vegetables into bite size pieces so you can eat the soup easily. I season with basil, hot red pepper and oregano. Try different vegetables and seasonings. The soup has a wonderful taste and is dense in nutrients. Eat for health.