The foods you eat have a major impact on your health and that’s both bad news and good news. The bad news is poor food choices may increase your risk for certain illnesses but on the flip side – the good news is that good foods can improve your health. April 7 marks World Health Day – why not celebrate by cooking yourself a meal that is both nutritious AND delicious?
Healthy eating means getting enough essential nutrients, choosing a variety of foods from every food group and avoiding excessive fat, sugar, salt and alcohol. Your diet is not just about filling yourself up – it’s about nourishing yourself with fuel to carry you throughout the day. Nourishing yourself engages every aspect of your well-being: physical, social, emotional and mental. This is why we love cooking our meals right at home. You can see all the ingredients going in and know that you’ll be digging into a plate that will make you feel good – inside and out!
We’re always told to eat fresh, nutritious food so we can get our daily intake of vitamins and minerals, but what exactly does that mean? We’ve broken it down for you here:
Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that is most well known for its ability to improve eyesight – particularly seeing in the dark. It’s found in orange fruits and vegetables (cantaloupe, carrots, sweet potato) and dark leafy greens. Try out our Roasted Heirloom Carrots available for delivery the week of April 18, 2016 to get your Vitamin A fix.
Vitamin B helps your body generate energy from food and is not typically found in plant product but in animal products such as fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk and milk products. Get your dose of Vitamin B in our special Guest Chef feature: R&D’s Sweet Soy Glazed Salmon available for delivery the week of April 18, 2016.
Whether you have a cut or the common cold, one of the things Vitamin C best at is helping your body and your immune system heal. Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits as well as in vegetables such as bean sprout, green pepper, plantain, broccoli and kale. Have a healthy dose of kale in our Maple Cider Pork Chops available for delivery the week of April 11, 2016.
Vitamin D helps strengthen bones, protects against colds and fights depression. Very few foods in nature contain Vitamin D but the few that do are milk, fish and egg yolks – like our Miso Butter Salmon, available for delivery the week of April 11, 2016. Pro tip: Vitamin D can also be absorbed from the sun via your bare skin so take a walk in the park to get your daily dose of Vitamin D!
Best known for protecting cells from damage and improving skin quality, Vitamin E can be found in whole grains and foods that contain fat such as nuts, avocado, vegetable oils and seeds – like quinoa. Get your Vitamin E with our Mexican Quinoa Bake available for delivery the week of April 11, 2016.
Vitamin K helps clotting to stop bleeding if you get a cut, prevents tooth decay and is even attributed to keeping your brain healthy! This power vitamin can be found in green leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach, turnip green, collard, Swiss chard, mustard greens, parsley, romaine, and green leaf lettuce. Inject some Vitamin K into your diet with our Steak and Fennel Salad, available for delivery the week of April 11, 2016.