For many people, the New Year is about setting healthy intentions including improved nutrition habits. I have been a vegetarian for over a decade and an intentional vegan for about half of that time. Despite enjoying a plant-based diet, I have found that not all of my vegan food choices have been truly healthy (especially snacks). As part of Vega's #OneChange challenge, check out how I am focusing on tidying up my habit of being an unmindful "Serial Snacker". As well, I am sharing an exciting new Vega One giveaway.
Mid-summer means tomatoes are coming into full harvest. Tomatoes offer an abundance of health benefits and nutritional value. The pigment in tomatoes that gives them their bright red color is called lycopene. As a powerful antioxidant, lycopene eliminates free radicals that can damage cells in the body. The consumption of tomatoes has shown to reduce the incidence of cancers including breast, lung, endometrial, prostate, colon, and stomach cancers.
I love kale for all of its’ bountiful, anti-inflammatory benefits and that it is so easy to grow. Kale has more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any other food around making it nutrition-dense powerhouse.