Hide and seek

So if you read my post 4 weddings and a funeral, than you are now a champion of vital nurturing: seeking for all the small elements that bring vitality in our plates and bodies.

But in order to become a black belt in this issue without spending 2000h of research, reading, comparing and recipe fostering, you need a quick guide to answer these questions:

  • Where to find them
  • How to evaluate their quality
  • How much do we need to keep fit

Are you ready? Let’s go!

1.Where to find them

Here are some simple guidelines:

  • This is not a scoop, the main source of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins are the fresh fruit and vegetables (you don’t need to be Einstein to discover this)… and also the wholegrain cereals (especially all the B vitamins which are essential to the whole metabolism)
  • The antioxidants, minerals and vitamins rhyme with “color”: in general, everything which has a strong color (orange as the beta carotene in carrots, violet as the anthocyanin in eggplants, etc.)
  • The antioxidants, minerals and vitamins smell strong like “flavor” (leek, onions, garlic, spices, etc.)
  • The antioxidants, minerals and vitamins set the fire to your taste as hot, spicy or sour

2.How to evaluate their quality

No miracle here either, these molecules (especially vitamins) are very unstable and fragile so they are available:

  • In fruits and vegetables harvested at maturity: did you know that C vitamin maximum concentration is reached only a few days before the fruit (oranges for example) are perfectly riped? (if your orange, papaya, litchi, mango, whatever, has endured a couple of weeks of traffic and matured in a boat slip, just forget about the C vitamin)
  • In crude, fermented or sprouted forms as these guys hate high temperatures (in any pasteurized juice there is C vitamin because the synthetic form has been artificially added)
  • The ideal is to buy them from organic sources

3.How much do we need to eat in order to keep fit

Now here’s the story: every Womum has used the threat: “Eat your 5 to 6 portions of vegetables and fruit / day or I’ll tell you know who (here the versions differ: the doctor, Santa Claus, etc.)

The nutritionally complete phrase would be “ a minimum of 600g to 800 of fresh (and even better, crude) fruit or vegetables” (so out the fruit puree, yogurt, fruit ice-creams, and other illusionary sources ). You may applause the humble apples, peers, cherries, plums, peaches, grapes, strawberries, apricots, salads, onions, garlic, tomatoes, carrots, beetroot, cabbages, rutabaga, artichokes, zucchini, squash, radishes, spinach and the show can go on…

…and your lovely child is probably already hidden in the wardrobe devouring some delicious caramel candy J … But as it is forbidden to forbid, you’ll have to find a funny way to persuade your little devil that “Trust mummy : spinaches are delicious!”

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