Recipe idea: Crunchy tomato hummus taco!

This is a great office or travel snack!  Very simple to make, you can whip these up for a healthy meal in minutes!

Ingredients:

Organic sprouted corn tortilla

Your favorite organic or raw hummus

Handful of Just Pure Foods jalapeño  tomato chips

Avocado

Shredded lettuce

Easy! Spread the hummus on the sprouted tortilla.  Crunch some tomato jalapeno chips and sprinkle! Add a few slices of avocado and some lettuce, and voila! A healthy happy vegan meal!

You can also get creative and add other veggies, sprouted beans, even fruit (try mango or pomegranate!).

Enjoy and Share!

(recipe by Justin Feldman)

Agri-Culture: Educate Yourself

With more and more distance between farmer and consumer, people are becoming disconnected from their food source.  When people relied on local food sources, and traded directly with the grower to receive their nourishment, the economics of farming was very different.  Crops were harvested when they were ripe, and sold to local markets or directly to the consumer, who could ask questions about the year’s successes and challenges, seasonal variations, and what to expect with the change of climate.  People ate seasonally and locally without overthinking the political implications of their actions.

Today, farmers are at the behest of the global food chain.  Farmers will grow the food, and a corporation will process, package, and ship the food, leaving a small profit for the farmer.  This is where the “culture” in agriculture is being lost.  Food has lost its local and seasonal appeal, since we can purchase any type of food product year round.  Farmers are becoming powerless to even grow what they want, since “the market” determines that they should plant GMO corn, spray it with petroleum-based chemicals,  sell it to the same company that engineered the seeds and pesticides, who will sell it to factory farms to feed inhumanely treated factory farmed livestock.

There is a movement afoot – more and more people are choosing to feed their bodies healthy, organic (real) food, to support local famers, and to stay away from corporate, vertically integrated food systems that control most of the world market.  More and more farmers markets are available for conscious consumers, and with the internet, it’s possible to purchase specialty items like coffee and chocolate directly from farmers across the world.  The Fair Trade certification has ensured that anyone marketing a product with this emblem is providing a fair wage to the grower, and a quality product to the consumer.  The local, organic movement has even influenced corporate supermarkets to offer more organic produce, and to indicate where the produce has come from.  However, let’s not be fooled that a “California” label means the product hasn’t been sprayed, processed, and transported, often arriving on shelves as it is beginning to ripen – meaning it was picked immaturely.  The best way to ensure you are eating the healthiest, most quality food, is to purchase products with the fewest links between you and the farmer as possible- or grow your own.

To find a local farmer’s market:

http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/

To learn more about labeling GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms):

http://justlabelit.org/

www.right2knowmarch.org/

To learn about Organic certification:

http://www.ccof.org/

http://www.qai-inc.com/

http://tilth.org/

Nutrient Rich Vegetables

Yum Yum! We all know that vegetables are GOOD for us – especially organic ones! Here’s breakdown of the nutritional benefits of the raw vegetables used in our products.

Kale: A member of the brassica family, which also includes broccoli, cabbage, collards, and Brussels sprouts, kale is known as one of the healthiest veggies on the planet! Kale is a great source of Magnesium: 40% of your RDI is in one cup. There is also 200% vitamin C in one serving, and 1,020% of vitamin K! The antioxidant vitamin K has been known to reduce the risk of cancer and help with blood clotting and bone health. Kale is also a great source of fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease. Overall, an exceptionally healthy vegetable with many powerful benefits!

Onions: This common vegetable are one of the richest sources of quercitin, a very strong antioxidant known to inhibit cancer, fight off asthma, and ward off blood clots. Quercitin is also a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Onions are also known to lower blood sugar. They are also full of flavonoids which act as antioxidants with immune-enhancing properties. Try our gluten free onion rings to get your fill!

Tomatoes: This juicy fruit is packed with nutrients. Lycopene, the most popular, has demonstrated anti-cancer effects, specifically in studies with prostate cancer and ovarian cancer. The leptin in tomatoes is know to be a natural weight control mechanism, supporting the metabolism and weight loss. Tomatoes also have anti-inflammatory properties because of the bioflavonoids in their skin! Eat up!

Zucchini: This summer squash is known mainly for its antioxidant properties! Including the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, zucchini offers eye protection, including protection against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. This squash is also high in B vitamins, which supports metabolism of sugar in the body and offers protection from diabetes. Additionally, the omega-3s in the seeds of the zucchini may provide anti-inflammatory properties. Yum!

  I hope you enjoyed reading about nutrition as much as you enjoy eating your vegetables! Stay tuned for our next blog… and don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @JustPureFoods

Sources:

www.webMD.com

www.foods-healing-power.com

www.WHFoods.com

Natural Products Expo West 2012 March 9-11

Happy Snackers!!!

Are you making it to the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim next week?

Visit us at Ojio’s Booth downstairs.

Come by for a FREE Just Pure Foods TOTE BAG!