Natural Weight Loss
Fall in Love with Plants
If we were to give you a nugget of nutrition advice it would be to fall in love with plants.
Because if you really, truly start loving plants – craving their flavors, textures, aromas, and colors – they’ll start loving you back.
Whole plants, which have sustained humans for centuries, have the power to keep you healthy, functional, and fit – to help you live a long, rich, full life.
It’s that simple.
Every plant food – grain, legume, vegetable, fruit, nut, or seed – has a story to tell.
Take the carrot, which began in Afghanistan as a purple or yellow root before Dutch growers found a mutant orange carrot and developed the forefather of today’s sweet, plump orange root.
Or okra, which arrived in the United States via female slaves who tucked okra seeds – one of their most precious possessions – into their hair when they were stolen from their homes in West Africa.
Throughout history, people have collected and nurtured plants: plants were their sustenance, their medicine, their life.
They traded their precious plants between their worlds – flax and dates from Mesopotamia, exotic spices from the East, and potatoes, tomatoes, and chocolate from the New World.
Farmers began to save seeds from their showiest, tastiest crops, recognizing them as “heirlooms” to be treasured and planted the next year.
And today, we have thousands of varieties of beautiful plants for the picking.
Take any vegetable – say, a tomato or bean – and you’ll find there are hundreds or sometimes thousands of different varieties.
Even if you tried, it’d be impossible to taste every type of edible plant available on the planet in one lifetime.
Recipe of the Day: Blackberry Orange Sauce
The stunning color of this versatile, sweet sauce adds instant dazzle to any plate.
It’s gorgeous spread over sorbet, drizzled onto a fruit plate, stirred into yogurt, or layered in banana yogurt parfaits.
Makes 1-1/2 cups
2 tablespoons agave nectar or dark honey
2 tablespoons grand marnier (optional)
2 tablespoons torn fresh mint leaves
2 cups fresh blackberries or 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen unsweetened blackberries, thawed
1 tablespoon grated or crumbled dried orange zest
*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.
In a small, heavy, nonreactive saucepan, combine the agave nectar, grand marnier, if desired, and mint leaves.
Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook just until the mixture is hot, but not boiling.
Remove from the heat and let cool.
Place the berries in a food processor or blender.
Add the cooled syrup and orange zest.
Process until smooth.
For a silky-smooth sauce (but a lower yield with less fiber), pass through a very fine strainer.
The sauce keeps refrigerated for 2 to 3 days.
Per 1/4 cup: 50 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 10 g total carbohydrates (8 g sugars), 3 g fiber, 1 g protein.
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Dick and Lenay
from Plant-Powered For Life by Sharon Palmer, RDN