Friday, April 11, 2008
Back to the Super Foods: Blue Foods
Back by popular demand...thanks Katie! Here's another installment of Super Foods. Well, blue M&M's are about as close to blue foods as I had gotten in the past. Blueberries, grapes and plums are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. They're also high in potassium and vitamin C, making them a favorite on the list of "Super Foods." Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a key driver of all chronic diseases, so blueberries have a host of benefits. The darker they are, the more anti-oxidants they have.
Reading on the GOAD message board last week, "real foods" were discussed. A regular to the message board mentioned not wanting to eat many "frozen" foods. Well, I agree with not eating many frozen dinners and other frozen treats, but frozen veggies and frozen fruits are fine. In fact, it was brought up that frozen fruit is usually frozen immediately after being picked, which keeps all the vitamins and antioxidants intact. I had never thought about that before, but it makes total sense. It takes a long time to ship the "fresh" fruits and veggies to where ever they are coming from. I have always loved going to the farmer's market as all the fruits and veggies are picked early in the day and brought to the market as fresh as can be.
I bought some frozen blueberries this week, haven't touched them yet, but I will.
On another note, I'm trying to start CORE this week. I have a feeling it may be a one week experiment for now as I'm having a hard time staying away from the junk. 35 points does not go far into a pan of brownies ;)