Faith's Trip To The Market



Trip to the Market

The chill of winter has rolled in, and I am finally home for a few weeks. One of the most exciting parts about being home is taking a trip to the grocery store/farmers market, or as we say down south “making groceries.” As I “made groceries” for the week, I wanted to share some of my top produce picks.

As we all know fruits and vegetables are key to keeping us healthy, but the prana (Sanskrit for life force) contained in them keeps us energized and nourished in the cold winter months. Below are some of my favorites, and a few ways I love to eat these beauties.

Beets

Beets are super high in vitamins, minerals and are a great source of energy. They cleanse the body by purifying the blood, and can help in preventing various forms of cancer. Eating beets can support your mental health because it contains tryptophan that relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being. I love beet juice mixed with carrots, apples and a little lemon. I also enjoy eating them on a salad with goat cheese and roasted pecans.

Arugula

This Garden Rocket is not only tasty and delicious as a supporting character for my beets, it is low in calories, contains antioxidants, packs a punch with vitamin A, lifts my spirits with a healthy dose of B-complex vitamins, and is a great source of vitamin C. These little green rockets are a BLAST!

Kohlrabi

I have to admit, I haven’t always been a fan of this vegetable. I was intrigued to give it a try after an episode of Top Chef. Kohlrabi has tons of potassium, high in vitamin C, and has an extremely high water and fiber content. Therefore, it is great for circulation, helps in maintaining the immune system, and really promotes digestion. Eating this can really make your skin GLOW! My fav way to kohlrabi is sautéed in olive oil with onions, salt and a little pepper.

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The New York Times has five ways to cook with Kohlrabi

Carrots

Carrots have always been a personal staple, and it is definitely one of the world’s healthiest foods. The beta-carotene improves vision, slows the aging process, and prevents heart disease. Vitamin A and other minerals promote healthy skin, protects teeth and gums, cleanses the body, and prevents stokes. I can eat carrots anywhere, anytime, and anyway!

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Apples

Along with containing ZERO fat, sodium or cholesterol, apples are definitely my favorite food. I eat apples year round, and I’m always in search of an apple while traveling. Apples contain an antioxidant that improves neurological health, helps in preventing dementia, and reduces the risk of diabetes. It also contains vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, fiber, calcium and potassium. I love them raw, but my mom makes a mean apple pie during the holidays. YUMMY & delicious!

These are just a few of my personal favorite produce essentials that keep me healthy and strong during the fall/winter months. Please share your favs!