Friday March 22, 2019
In the month of March, we discussed nutrition aka #HealthyLiving
Did you know? In 1972, Americans spent approximately $3 billion on fast food. Currently, we spend approximately $110 billion annually. The numbers average out to Americans consuming an additional 600 more calories per day. WHOA!
Your body needs a wide variety of nutrients to promote and maintain good health. Many of the nutrients we need are very delicate, and are easily altered or damaged by heat. Some foods are easier to digest and very nutritious when cooked—noni is not one of them!
- Don’t drink your calories – The average American drinks approximately 45 gallons of soda a year. Try tea or water instead.
- Drink water – Our bodies are 70% water (of that percentage, 90% is the composition of our lungs). Some of our favorite foods are up to 80% water.
- Avoid junk food – Studies indicate those following a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle live an average of 3-6 years longer than those who consume animal products.
- Eat regularly- Feeling the 2pm crash? Try eating small meals (200-300 calories 3 times a day and reducing the portion size of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Excessive sodium- Reducing sodium intake by 1,200mg per day could save up to $20 billion a year in medical costs. Try raw fruits and veggies instead.
- Sleep – Approximately 8 in 10 Americans admit they would feel better if they had an extra hour of sleep.
In general, raw foods have a higher nutritional content. Research has identified over 165 beneficial compounds in the raw pulp of noni fruit, most of which are destroyed by heat, fermentation and processing.
Studies indicate that the antioxidant activity of high ORAC foods that protects cells can:
- Raise the antioxidant power of human blood
- Prevent some loss of long-term memory and learning ability in middle-aged rats
- Maintain the ability of brain cells in middle-aged rats to respond to a chemical stimulus
- Protect tiny blood vessels (capillaries) against oxygen damage
The US Department of Agriculture has determined that a person should be consuming foods and supplements with at least 3,000 to 5,000 ORAC units per day. One 2x2 inch serving piece of Noni Fruit Leather has 6024 ORAC units!
Want to be healthy but don’t enjoy the way Noni tastes?
We’ll be the first to admit it: noni has an unusual flavor and smell. It’s most similar to bleu cheese, enough so that many people call it “Cheesy Fruit” or just “Stinky Fruit.” So we came up with a creative way to make noni fruit even more amazing! A fruit smoothie!
This recipe is a nutritious, delicious way to get your daily dose of noni. It’s especially great for those who haven’t adjusted to the flavor of noni yet.
Step 1: Blend Veggies, Noni, and Liquid
When you’re making a green smoothie, it’s crucial to get all those leafy bits blended up really well.
Especially if you don’t have a superpowered blender, try putting all your veggies in first:
- Kale (a few leaves, without ribs)
- Spinach (small handful of leaves)
- Celery with leaves (2 sticks, chopped to avoid stringy smoothie)
At this point, you’ll also add your Noni Fruit Leather. 2x2 inch square per serving
Then put in enough liquid to submerge your leaves if they were all squashed down (you can eyeball this).
You have some choices here:
- Coconut milk, for a creamy, tropical-tasting smoothie
- Coconut water, for a lighter smoothie with a tropical flavor
- Pineapple juice, for extra sweetness
- Nut milk, if you’d like some extra protein
- Water, if you like the pure flavors to shine through
Now just blend until the Noni Fruit Leather and veggies are totally liquified.
Step 2: Add Fresh and Frozen Fruit
Using a blend of fresh and frozen fruit tends to get the best results, in terms of fresh fruit flavor, maximum nutrition, and smoothie texture. It doesn’t really matter which of these are fresh and which are frozen!
- Unsweetened coconut flakes or chunks
Blend it up and check for texture and taste.
Check back next month for additional tips!
Small changes lead to big results! Plan to make one small change to better my health each month for 2019.
Last month we discussed swapping one unhealthy food for a healthy one. Small changes like these will lead to big results while simultaneously losing weight and creating healthy habits without feeling deprived or overextending oneself.
For the month of March, let’s changes gears a little and focus on brain health.
Small change for March 2019:
Learn something new. It’s easy as 1…. 2…. 3….!
Let’s break it down this way: Wanting to learn a new language? This year, you are gonna do it! The secret? Break up your learning into sections for each month.
Example: January numbers, February food, March days of the week etc.
Learning a little each month can make it easier to remember what you’re currently learning and keep what you have previously learned solid in your mind. This reduces the pressure of mastering everything at once.
Not into languages but love food? The same concept still applies. Learn about oranges one month and apples the next (don’t forget about Noni!)
Did you know? Scientist Denise Park believes mental stimulation such as crossword puzzles can increase cognitive function as we age.
Remember: One small change at a time. You can do it!
Aloha! From everyone at Hawaiian Organic Noni!