The Power of Plants
“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Renowned food author Michael Pollan uses seven words to sum up the food philosophy championed by nutritional experts all over the world. According to the experts over at Harvard Health*, science has repeatedly revealed a clear correlation between a diet high in animal products and a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. Conversely, the more fruits and vegetables we eat, the lower our risk for these diseases, and the lower our body mass index, too.
We all know that you’re not guaranteeing your health by simply cutting out or reducing meat and dairy – there are, after all, many foods without these ingredients that are without a doubt not healthy (chocolate cake, anyone?). But dietitians, scientists and doctors the world over are in accord: humans should follow a largely plant-based diet – one rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. And you don’t have to give up meat and dairy if you don’t want to – just ensure you minimise your meat intake and ensure you eat more vegetables and fruit than anything else. Start small, try going meat free on Mondays and then work your way up to more than one meat-free days a week. Your body will thank you.
The trick is, of course, making sure you consume a healthy selection of plants. And while you may have had all the time in the world over the summer holidays to experiment with recipes, the year is picking up its pace and you probably now have less time to conjure up dishes that incorporate your 10 a day. Enter NutriBullet, the blender that liquidises fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. The ‘nutri’ in the NutriBullet stands for the way it includes everything: the inner layers and pips, the flesh and the outer skin, ensuring you get all the nutrients as well as the fibre – all in one delicious smoothie. Hard vegetable stems, tough fruit skins, and whole nuts and seeds are no match for the NutriBullet – with you reaping all the benefits.
Further up your smoothie’s nutritional ante by adding a scoop of one of NutriBullet’s PowerBlends. Each product in this range of supplements is a carefully chosen mix of well-known superfoods, including maca, hemp, chia seeds, baobab, wheatgrass, spirulina and mesquite, designed to boost your wellbeing.
For a full range of the blenders and PowerBlend supplements, as well as a wide range of recipes, visit www.nutribullet.co.za.