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Education, Nutrition
Big thank you to Megan in Basking Ridge for leading our very first back-to-school class! Megan shared with us how to survive the school year naturally with healthful foods, immunity-boosting habits, and natural first-aid remedies for illnesses and injuries that seem to go hand-in-hand with the school year. Here are some key takeaways from the presentation:    1. Food is MedicineEat protein and good fats for energy, brain fuel, and focus. Good sources of this can be found in: avocado, coconut oil, omega 3 supplements and fish/flax oil.  2. Eat the Rainbow Purples and Blues:
  • Blueberries, eggplant, plums, acai, elderberries
  • High anthocyanin content
  • Antioxidants that support a healthy heart
Green:
  • Kale, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, parsley
  • Excellent source of vitamin K, folic acid, chlorophyll
  • Chlorophyll is to a plants as blood is to a humans
  • Cruciferous veggies contain sulforaphane – shown to have anti-cancer properties, support systemic body detoxification
Green/Yellow:
  • Kiwi, avocado, pistachio (especially skin), spinach
  • Rich in lutein
  • Beneficial for eye health
  • Rich in vitamin C
Yellow/Orange:
  • Carrots, mangos, cantaloupe, pumpkin, apricots, sweet potatoes
  • Rich in carotenoids (beta carotene, alpha carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin)
  • Carotenoids - Potent antioxidants which the body can convert into vitamin A
  • Vitamin A -  an integral nutrient for vision and immune health, as well as skin and bone
  • Support a healthy inflammatory response and blood sugar regulation
  • Rich in vitamin C
Red:
  • Tomatoes, watermelon, cranberries, guava
  • Predominant pigment is the carotenoid lycopene
  • Lycopene a potent antioxidant associated with a reduced risk of certain cancers
  • Great source of flavonoids which are anti-inflammatory
  • Cranberries, rich source of tannins, which prevent bacteria from adhering to cells
3. Sneak Nutrients into Smoothies  Green Powders, like Kids Vibrance  is a  great way to “sneak” nutrients in.   4. Take Your Vitamins But stay away from vitamins loaded with chemicals! MegaFood makes great kid vitamins in a whole food form. 5. Be Prepared for Anything with Natural First Aid RemediesTea tree oil, for example, is a must for every medicine cabinet! Tea tree oil mixed with lavender essential oil makes a perfect homemade wound ointment. Be sure to clean the cut first with water and hydrogen peroxide if necessary, then cover with a bandage to help fight off infections.  Never miss an event. Subscribe to our email newsletter to receive new event announcements right in your inbox or visit our News & Events page.

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