Today my two year old son and I planted seeds in our garden, a task I always feel inclined to do after the spring solstice. We planted broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and three different varieties of cabbage. Yesterday we got pea and carrot seeds into the ground. Spring is here, and the garden can come alive again! I get so excited about fresh produce from the garden. I love the whole process of growing a plant, harvesting a crop, washing, slicing, cooking, and eating. I put that same love and care into all the meals that I make at Feed Your Vitality.
All of the staff at Feed Your Vitality want you to share in this excitement for nutritious food. Eating this way should not feel like an obligation, and if you find yourself feeling this way, please let us know how we can make improvements. We want each entrée to look appealing, and it is our hope that you will eventually savor and crave the fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, and herbs that we have carefully and intentionally prepared. We ask that you provide us with feedback so that we can properly feed your vitality, because this isn’t just a diet plan; this is your health and life!
One of our customers, Nan, wrote our owner Ashley an email stating:
“These tacos are to die for!!!! OMG! Just what I needed today!!!! What type of lettuce leaf am I eating it on! So sweet tasting!! Yum. Thanks so much!”
Well Nan, It’s actually not lettuce at all. Many restaurants use iceberg lettuce for their wraps. Iceberg is known for it’s juicy crunch and low cost. While popular, many people have started straying from this variety due its low nutritional content and the desire for darker, more nutritious, leafy varieties.
The wraps we serve (as taco shells and more) are actually made of nappa cabbage and frequently served with cilantro. Nappa is surprisingly high in absorbable calcium and researchers are currently doing research on the phytochemicals called “indoles” found in the Brassica genus of plants such as:
- bok choy
- horse radish
- collard greens
According to research cited by The National Cancer Institute, during food preparation, chewing, and digestion, the glucosinolates in Brassicacae are broken down to form biologically active compounds such as indoles, nitriles, thiocyanates, and isothiocyanates. Indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane (an isothiocyanate) have been most frequently examined for their anticancer effects.
Indoles and isothiocyanates have been found to inhibit the development of organ cancer in rats and mice, including: bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, and stomach. Studies in animals and experiments with cells grown in the laboratory have identified several potential ways in which these compounds may help prevent cancer:
- They help protect cells from DNA damage.
- They help inactivate carcinogens.
- They have antiviral and antibacterial effects.
- They have anti-inflammatory effects.
- They inhibit tumor blood vessel formation and tumor cell migration.
Studies in humans, however, have shown mixed results. For more information you can read the whole article. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/diet/cruciferous-vegetables
Researchers from Cancer Care Ontario report that consuming more than one serving of cauliflower and broccoli a week reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 45 percent!
We continue to do our research both academically and personally, as we create meals using ingredients specifically intended to reduce and prevent inflammation, illness, and disease. We realize that there is a lot of contradictory nutritional information out there, which can be extremely overwhelming! However, as mothers and chefs, we believe eating meals that are minimally processed is a great start to helping you and the people you love feel good.
We care about the details.
Every sprig of cilantro, delicately placed, is a representation of the attention, thought, and caring labor that Feed Your Vitality puts into each meal.
Let us know how we can better serve you.