Food and Art: A Match Well Made

Since September is National Fruit and Vegetable Month, it would only be prudent to bring up two of our favorite food groups; fruits and veggies.
Fruits and veggies are some of the most natural products you can find. They grow from the earth and give us the widest ranges of taste; bitter, tangy, sour, sweet, zesty and many more flavors in between. They’re some of the greatest sources of vitamins and minerals, and the types of fruits or vegetables that are unhealthy for you are few and far between.
You know that they’re good for you, but did you know that they can actually be good for your office or home?
Our Healthy Accents Framed Pictures are prints that can be framed individually or as a set, giving color and healthy beauty in any home or office setting. The simple designs and deep color gradations give a sense of simplicity and complexity all at once. Kind of the way nutrition can be simple and complex at the same time as well.
Even if there’s no room on your walls, there’s the option of having note cards with the same prints on them, letting your clients know that you have nutrition on the brain, as well as an impeccable and fun sense of style.
Either option keeps a splash of color in your daily routine, and inspiration for future healthy meals.
If you’re interested in looking at the prints available, check out item # 4105  at www.ncescatalog.com or in our catalog in the Anniversary Section.


Fresh is the New Functional (“7 Nutrition Trends of 2010”)

Let’s take a closer look at one of the recent “7 Nutrition Trends of 2010.” The first of these predictions is certainly a bold prediction, and not too hard to see taking a strong hold in the near future. But what does that mean exactly?
People will be looking to the foods that are naturally full of nutrients and minerals. Anything that says “fortified” or “enriched” might be sitting on the shelf for longer than planned. There’s a significant movement towards our roots, literally speaking. Vegetables and fruits that are grown fresh and grown right are going to be flying off of the shelves in 2010, or so we think.
Things like leafy greens are going to be full of nutrients that help with all sorts of things, ranging from better vision to improved heart health. Any items from the cabbage family are a hot item for cancer prevention. Orange and yellow veggies have lots of nutrients that also help with cancer prevention and heart health, as well as helping the immune system.
Be sure to know when certain vegetables are in season and when they aren’t. Finding a fruit or vegetable when it’s in season is not only going to help immensely with the flavor of the produce, and the cost, but it also will contain more nutritional value when it’s in season as well.
Having a shopping guide to buying good-looking produce, like our ‘Veggie Quickflip’, will help you not only decide what vegetables are worth their price, but ways to help coax the most flavor you can get out of them with complementary spices and recipes.


A Change in Lifestyle, A Change in Nutrition (Week 4)

April is National Cancer Awareness Month, in recognition of this, we have decided to highlight this week for you, some of the changes experienced and needed in your diet as a cancer survivor.

There is no “magic bullet” for increased health and maintained wellness in the body. The human body is composed of many different systems, all requiring different things to stay working at an optimum level, and there’s simply no single, simple answer to the equation.

The only proven way to stay healthy after beating cancer is to ensure that your diet is a healthy one, and that you maintain an appropriate level of engaging, physical activity.

Having a healthy diet can be simple though. Take a look at your plate. At least 2/3 of the food you see on there should be vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. Only about 1/3 or less should consist of fish, poultry, lean red meat or dairy products. Anything else, such as processed red meat, should only appear occasionally.

When it comes to the vegetables and fruits, make sure that the canned varieties are packed in water or juice instead of syrup. For frozen vegetables, check the nutrition label to make sure that there isn’t any added sugar or sodium, since those should be avoided.

This information and much more can be found in our handout: “Nutrition and the Cancer Survivor” One of our Anniversary Special Items in our catalog and at www.ncescatalog.com.  Item # 4625