Kale! A superfood among the Cruciferous clan!

Posted on April 07, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 0 Comments

 

Kale is a nutritional Superstar with these three major components: antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, much needed micro nutrients and cancer-preventive nutrients.

Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Nutrients
In addition to conventional antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese, kale also provides us with at least 45 different flavonoids, including kaempferol and quercetin. Many of the flavonoids in kale are known to function as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds.

Fiber and Anti-Inflammatory Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fiber and omega-3s are two macronutrients provided by kale in impressive amounts. It only takes 200 calories worth of kale to provide 14 grams of fiber. From less than 100 calories worth of kale, we can get over 350 milligrams of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the basic building block for all omega-3 fats.

Cancer-Preventing Phytonutrients
Kale is an especially rich source of glucosinolates, and once kale is eaten and digested, these glucosinolates can be converted by the body into cancer preventive compounds.

Also worth noting kale contains nearly twice the amount of vitamin K as most of its fellow cruciferous vegetables.

In addition, kale is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, and manganese. Also being a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, vitamin B2, iron, magnesium, vitamin B1, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, protein, folate, and niacin.

For Babies: Steam and puree kale, we suggest you use a baby food mill. Freeze in 2-4 oz. baby freezing trays (made specifically for baby food that is safe for freezing and heating for sterilization). Combine with organic infant multigrain cereal.

When you are just plain tuckered out or for when you are planing for a long day you can also use the popular Sili Squeeze and pair it with organic Green Puffs for a wholesome snack. Other combinations suggested include: broccoli, blueberries, bananas, peaches. Suit to your babies liking.

Prenatal and Lactating Women: We recommend steaming kale for five minutes. Enjoy kale and other vegetables from the cruciferous vegetable group 4-5 times a week, serving size two cups.

If kale just so happens to be unappealing to you during your pregnancy you can always choose to receive the benefits of kale with food based multivitamins such as Prenatal Multivitamins and Embrace Prenatal 35+, both by Rainbow Light and Certified Organic.

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A glass act! Glass stands above the rest.

Posted on February 21, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 0 Comments

A move to glass baby bottles, kitchenware and storage marks a raised consciousness by building a healthier, toxin-free and greener lifestyle.

Eco-friendly: Using glass rather than plastic significantly reduces landfill. It also saves energy on plastic’s inefficient recycling process.

When plastic is recycled it loses its integrity and doesn’t get re-made into plastic bottles; instead, plastic is “downcycled” and turned into other types of products like carpeting, clothing, and other fibers. Every time you purchase a plastic bottle or container, it is made using new plastic.

Glass, on the other hand, can be recycled over and over again without losing its quality or structure and no toxins are produced in its recycling. When you purchase a glass bottle, it is likely to have been made with recycled glass.

It takes knowledge about the environment and how to sustain it, as well as a desire to change your old habits and attitudes, to live a happy and healthy eco-friendly lifestyle.

Sanitary: Glass’ safe, non-porous, glossy surface doesn’t absorb germs, and even repels food odors, residual flavors and colors.

Glass can be safely washed at high temperatures in your dishwasher. (unlike plastic that is suppose to be washed at a “warm” temperatures not “hot” thus, not dishwasher safe).

Food reheated in glass whether in a conventional oven or microwave tastes superior to food heated in plastic containers.

Functionality: Glass can be used from the freezer to the fridge to the oven to the table. Voila!

Glass will also save you money over time. The initial cost of glass may be higher than plastic, but because glass lasts longer and doesn’t need to be replaced as often, you’ll end up saving over time.

Your investment in glass helps you move from a throw-away mind-set to a more sustainable sensibility.

Elegance: Your lifestyle is the way that you live, and that includes everything from how you get around and interact with people to the way that you shop and consume food.

You can choose from a variety of sleek styles and colors from vintage to modern, from clear to jade.

Your choices are endless and can reflect a part of you!

Glass kitchenware is much more appealing as a presentation piece for your dinner table than plastic could ever be.

For Baby: Let’s face it, when it comes to baby bottles, glass is a classic and natural choice. The only downsides to glass are that they are heavier and may shatter when dropped. Obviously these annoyances do not compare to chemicals leeching into baby’s food does it? Now a day you can find silicone sleeves to cover baby bottles to prevent accidents. And, what better time to bond with baby than feeding time? If you are concerned glass bottles are too heavy for little hands than make that a special time that you or another responsible adult or sibling will hold the bottle to feed baby. The good “outweighs” the bad on this issue!

We suggest you use glass specifically made to store homemade baby food. (not just regular ice cube trays).

For Mom: Since 2012 BPA and PVC has been banned from all US plastic baby drinking products such as bottles and Sippy cups BUT, this is not the case for all plastic storage containers, cans, some water bottles and plastics baggies we use for snacks. (This list is exhaustive even including store receipts!) Always check for plastic containers labeled with a 1, 2 or 5. They will contain no BPA or PVC but plastic is still not the safest material.

PVC - Distributes pollutants that disrupt the hormonal balance in our bodies, causing fertility, cell, organ, and tissue damage.

BPA - Can change the course of fetal development, abnormal chromosomes, miscarriages, Down syndrome, and obesity.

Take note: prolonged sun exposure increases the amount of chemicals that are melted into the water which can be very harmful to us and fetuses.

Cool Glass Fact: The earliest known clear glass lens was found in Nineveh in Assyria, nearly 3,000 years ago, which has since been recovered and is now in the British Museum in London.

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