It’s the best part of having a food garden!
Being able to step outside and get the sort of snack a vegetarian like me drools over, for free.
It’s even better when that food is not just delicious…it’s medicine.
I’m not a doctor and I can’t and won’t recommend what is right for you, as I have no knowledge of your physical make-up and health issues.
But what I can tell you about is my experience.
Take my afternoon snack on this very chilly winter’s day here in outer Sydney, Australia.
My ‘one hundred percent natural winter wellness supplement on a plate’ afternoon snack consisted of my naturally homegrown orange segments, parsley, a nasturtium leaf & mint.
After eating this little combo the clarity, and energy clicks in, within 10 minutes after eating it.
There are good reasons for this.
Nasturtium leaves are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and D, beta-carotene, iron, manganese, and flavonoids.
Mint is a natural anti-microbial agent and breath freshener. It contains small amounts of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin A.3. As a long held remedy for digestion, it is thought to do this by increasing bile secretion and encouraging bile flow. It also contains an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid, and menthol, a natural aromatic decongestant that helps to break up phlegm and mucus.
Parsley feels like a multi-vitamin and mineral complex in one plant, to me. It’s active ingredients are said to include phenolic compounds, antioxidant flavonoids, essential oils like myristicin and apiol, and various nutrients like vitamins/minerals such as K, C, A, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
All I had to do was enjoy this plate of oranges and a few herbs, picked straight from the garden. It seems from the information I’ve gathered in years gone by, that my eyes, brain, digestion, heart & immunity get the kick they need in chilly weather, from this delightful food.
Most importantly, the food is ‘living’–the essence of life passes to me from the plants, as I consume the food. The enzymes were preserved because they were picked by me and consumed immediately.
My quirky ‘OCD add’ is to consume using a cocktail fork of course!
Only the best…..thats a ‘mind’ thing 😉
Nasturtium Leaves: http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Nasturtium_Leaves_8778.php