I hosted my first event as a studying Nutritional Therapist Practitioner with a friend who represents Beauty Count, Healthy Inside and Out. I wanted to display how beautiful, healthy, and delicious holiday food can be without the addition of processed foods, sugar, and the addition of nutrient-dense foods. My friend Ally talked about our skincare and makeup industry here in the US. The FDA only protects us from 33 unsafe products in our skin and makeup products. This falls very short in comparison to Europe who has banned 1500 chemicals that are not safe for our skin or our children’s skin. Beauty counter not only makes safe produces but is working hard to create stricter laws and regulations around what companies are allowed to put into the products we use on our skin.
If you are interested in safe and effective skin and beauty products please read more and check out Beauty Counter by Ally here.
During the holidays we often overindulge and don’t feel our best. Incorporating nutrient-dense foods that supply us with the vitamins and minerals we need, offer good fat that helps to satiate one’s appetite and not overeat, adding in cultured and fermented vegetables to keep our gut happy, you can help keep your energy up and enjoy the time with your loved ones.
Feeling Good for the Holidays
Sourdough Rye Crackers
Soaked and Spiced Nuts
Raw Coconut Macaroons
Raw Cacao Sauce
Fermented Cranberry Syrup
Bitters or Fermented Cranberry Syrup
*My hopes this holiday season for my family and friends is to enjoy each other’s’ company, peace, love, and health. *
Nutritional Value of the Menu
Raw milk/Cheese benefits include improved immunity, healthier skin, reduced allergies, healthier growth and development, lower risk for nutrient deficiencies
- High in Fiber.
- High Source of Immune-Boosting Vitamin C.
- Provides Antioxidants.
- Can Help with Weight Loss.
- Helps Improve Heart Health.
- Improves Digestion.
- Helps Fight Diabetes.
Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
Low in calories and fats, this little fruit contains all kinds of phytonutrients, flavonoids, and antioxidants, such as catechins (known to have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, and for protecting small blood vessels from bleeding) as well as gallocatechins and betulinic acid, a tumor inhibitor.
Vitamin E: High-fat plant foods usually contain the highest amounts of this powerful antioxidant.
Iron: Black olives are a good source of iron, which is important for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells (8).
Copper: This essential mineral is often lacking in the typical western diet.
- the antioxidant amino acid taurine.
- heart-healthy vitamin B12.
- anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
- immune-supportive selenium.
- energy-producing phosphorus.
- muscle-building protein.
- heart-healthy niacin, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and potassium.
- bone-building vitamin D*
Folate, fiber, riboflavin, and potassium, as well as good amounts of copper, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese, and calcium, are less prominent nutrients that support the healthy properties of radishes. It’s probably no surprise that radishes contain fiber, aka indigestible carbohydrates.
- Keeps you hydrated. …
- Fights heat, both inside and out. …
- Flushes out toxins. …
- Nourishes you with vitamins. …
- Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon. …
- Aids in weight loss. …
- Revives the eyes. …
- Cuts cancer risk.
Vitamin E: a potent antioxidant, it is also essential for reproductive health as well as tissue repair and optimal circulation. Liver is also a good source of vitamin C and the B vitamins, especially B6, B9 (folic acid) and B12. Minerals found in chicken liver include calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lacto fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.
Sourdough Rye Crackers
This prevents the effects of the phytic acid and makes the bread easier for us to digest. These phytic acid molecules bind with other minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc, which make these important nutrients unavailable to us. Long slow fermentation of wheat can reduce phytates by up to 90%.
Fermented Cranberry Syrup
Half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories. The nutrients in cranberries have been linked to a lower risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure.
Desiccated coconut is rich in minerals like manganese. Desiccated coconut is simply coconut meat that has been grated and dried. … It contains no cholesterol or trans fats while being rich in a number of essential nutrients, including dietary fiber, manganese, copper and selenium.
Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated Fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL cholesterol) in your body, but also help convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. By Increasing the HDL in the body, it helps promote heart health and lower the risk of heart disease.
- 40 Times the Antioxidants of Blueberries.
- Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron.
- Full of Magnesium for a Healthy Heart & Brain.
- More Calcium Than Cow’s Milk.
- A Natural Mood Elevator and Anti-Depressant.