The fact that we live in an era where it is no longer necessary to know anything about farming to be well fed is a wonder of modern times. Advances in food science have supported the evolution of the entire species. The ability to preserve and distribute food frees most people from having to grow their own food as past generations did.
It is important to be aware of where your food comes from and to primarily select high nutrient food for the bulk of your diet. Though the nature of food products consumed has changed dramatically over the last 100 years, the needs of the human body have not.
Most people know that vegetables and fruit should make up half of what they are taking in at every meal, but many don’t meet the goal due to lack of time. So many of our waking hours are spent working and commuting that food preparation time is limited. Quick and easy whole food recipes are helpful in getting around that obstacle. A blender or food processor can be used to whip up quick fruit and veggie only smoothies. You can drink them along with a meal or as a snack. Here is an example of an easy smoothie with low prep time.
Lemon Burst Smoothie
- -1 navel orange
- -½ lemon
- -1 c spinach
- -1 c mixed frozen fruit (any variety)
- -3 c water
Combine ingredients and enjoy.
- Calories: 150
- Total Fat: 0g
- Dietary Fiber: 6g
- Vitamin A: 70% DV
- Vitamin C: 290% DV
Written by Dalia Kinsey, nutritionist and dietetic intern with the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Photographed by Scott Liddell http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/131806