Monthly Moment of Me: Eat a Rainbow

Your "Monthly Moment of Me"... little insights into your health and well-being by Itorye Silver

As the summer feast and festivities make way for autumn and winter holidays we look toward the bounty of our harvests to celebrate and prepare for the next season.  

Preparing meals for ourselves and our loved ones can often feel overwhelming, but with a prep time of just 10 minutes, and an hour of relaxation time while in the oven, a warm winter salad is just too easy to not do it.  You can serve it with a simple roasted meat (chicken, lamb or beef) or on its own.  

It tastes best when the produce is fresh and locally sourced, so that every flavor pops. In my family we prefer a lot of root vegetables that are easy to grow and abundant even through winter but this dish can be made with almost anything. 

Items are chopped and tossed with oil and salt, placed in a pan, and roasted at 350° for an hour. 

Today the recipe features its foundation ingredients: beets, carrots, kale, garlic, grape tomatoes, sea salt and grape seed oil.  It’s easy, delicious, and super packed with benefits.  I did a little research and found out what made each ingredient so good for our bodies. 

The properties of these foods are listed below, as stated in Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford.

BEETS: strengthen the heart, improve circulation, purify the blood, benefits the liver, moistens the intestines, and promotes menstruation.  Used with carrots for hormone regulation during menopause.

CARROTS: benefits the lungs, strengthen the spleen-pancreas, and improve liver functions; treats indigestion including excess stomach acid and heartburn; eliminates putrefactive bacteria in the intestines that cause poor assimilation; contains an essential oil that destroys pinworms and roundworms. Carrots are also alkaline-forming and clear acidic blood conditions including acne, tonsillitis, and rheumatism; they are also one of the richest sources of the antioxidant beta-carotene (provitamin A), which protect against cancer, night blindness, ear infection, earaches and deafness. They ease whooping cough…

There is so much more about carrots but I don’t want to get "carrot" away... (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.)

KALE: warming, eases lung congestion; benefits the stomach… It is an exceptional source of chlorophyll, calcium, iron, and vitamin A

TOMATO: very cool, sweet and sour, builds the fluids and relieves dryness and thirst; tonifies the stomach and cleans the liver; purifies the blood and detoxifies the body in general; encourages digestion.  Tomatoes relieve liver heat, red eyes, high blood pressure, headache…

GARLIC: pungent, warm, influences the lung and move energy in the body.  Promotes circulation and sweating…promotes the growth of healthy flora, eliminates toxins from the body

 You just can’t "beet" healthy living….xo

Posted on October 7, 2016 and filed under moment of me.