The Protection of Plants

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The Protection of Plants

Plants can’t get up and run away from predators or environmental threats, like insects and the sun.

Instead, they’ve developed a powerful defense system in their skin and flesh to protect themselves from insects, viruses, and UV damage – a complex array of phytochemicals.

Now we know these phytochemicals, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action, give us protection when we eat them in plants.

The lycopene found in tomatoes may protect against prostate cancer, and lutein in corn may help prevent age-related eye disease.

There’s a similar story to tell for dozens of phytochemicals.

Recipe of the Day:  Apple and Fennel Salad With Arugula

Active Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Total Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Licorice-like fennel adds a crisp bite to this cool-weather salad of apples, walnuts, arugula, and a Dijon-apple vinaigrette.

Packed with color – deep green leaves, rose-colored fruit, and pale white-green bulbs – this salad is also rich in many phytochemicals, offering a welcome boost for your health – and spirits – on the dreariest day.

Have it with a comfort-food dish, like chili.

It’s also delicious packed up for lunch the next day.

Makes 6 servings (about 1-1/4 cups each)

4 cups packed arugula leaves, washed, drained

1 medium crisp red or pink apple (such as Fuji or Honeycrisp), unpeeled, thinly sliced

1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, halved, and thinly sliced

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons apple juice

1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon low-sodium herbal seasoning blend

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.

1.  Place the arugula in a large bowl.  Add the apples and fennel.

2.  Whisk together the olive oil, apple juice, vinegar, black pepper, herbal seasoning, and mustard in a small dish.  Drizzle over the salad and toss well.

3.  Sprinkle with the chopped walnuts.  Serve immediately.

Variations:  You can substitute baby spinach for the arugula; pear for the apple; and pecans, hazelnuts, or almonds for the walnuts.

Per serving:  96 calories, 7 g total fat (1 g saturated), 45 mg sodium, 9 g total carbohydrates (4 g sugar), 3 g fiber, 2 g protein.

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from Plant-Powered For Life by Sharon Palmer, RDN

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