Monday brings a long to-do list! Trials for the soon-to-be-launched SK magazine are keeping us busy in the kitchen…what’s cooking? Wait a while! The ground work for the food channel is continuing in full force and I can hardly believe that six weeks of the new year have already gone by!
Yesterday was a quiet day at home: the gift of time for the family and my loved ones…nothing better yet! Had gone for a movie premiere with Alyona on Friday so I guess that was our special evening out.
I had a chance to read an article yesterday that suggested that it is easy for the doctors to say ‘put sodium, fat and calories on the moderate mode’ and feel healthy. They also say ‘have no cholesterol, but have more of fibre, vitamins A and C and antioxidants’. It does seem like a tall order but only for a fleeting second. Remember the solution lies in eating the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables everyday! The anxiety is just for this moment because fruits and vegetables are the most wonderful sources of fibre, vitamins and minerals.
The next time you go shopping, allocate a portion of the budget to red apples, ripe plump bananas, a pineapple, a papaya and even some cucumbers, tomatoes, beetroots, and greens. It is not to say do not buy the potatoes and onions, and peas and cabbage. By all means put all these and more in your bag. Fruits and vegetables contain some hundreds of phytochemicals with tongue twisting names. But these compounds are cancer fighting and well worth all the rupees spent on them. The thing is, no one fruit or vegetable has all the phytochemicals. That is why we need a variety. Tomatoes and watermelons have a particular type of carotenoid that is different from the beta-carotene in carrots and sweet potatoes. Broccoli has anti-cancer compounds and this is different from the cancer fighting sulfurous compounds found in garlic and onions. This clearly means that you just can’t eat tons of one fruit or one vegetable that you like and say you got your five servings! So let’s make a quick shopping list:
· Red fruits (tomatoes, watermelons, guavas)
· Cruciferous veggies (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli)
· Citrus (oranges, mosambis, lemons)
· Make you cry (onions, garlic)
· Orange veggies (carrots, pumpkins)