Tuesday, 26 June 2012
June, so beautifully endowed!
The month of June is a beautiful month. Oh no, its not my birth month and definately not Princess's ( she was born May). Although, there some ugly incidence that characterised the beginning of the mont of June this particular year in Nigeria, I believe, if we look beyond these dark clouds, we would see how really this beauty surrounds us.
Fathers were celebrated this month. Hmmm. Princess's god-father was on hand to make sure she didn't miss out of the fun.
Its also a month for the celebration of 'The Eat Your Vegetables Day'.
Wow! I didn't know. Now I know. Not that I don't love vegetables but a lot of tiny details that made it all so meaningful that the hectic life of a singlemother could make you overlook, is so clear now.
I bet you didn't know that the month is a reminder for everyone to keep their body in shape by taking healthy food through regular inclusion of vegetables in each meal. In fact, part of a balance diet,which is also included in a food pyramid, is to keep enough percentage of it in lowering blood pressure, fighting cardiovascular diseases, boosting metabolism, and avoiding other diseases that can be prevented if we take our vegetables regularly.
Tomatoes, This could be said to be Princess's favourite vegetable and probably for most kids too.
It is always served with any burger and sandwiches along with lettuce, and meat. It is known for its strong source of lycopene which is good for the heart, fights all forms of cancer, and it neutralizes free radicals that the body has. It has a high amount of antioxidants which is good in fighting rectal, lung, and stomach cancers. It is also rich in folate, beta-carotene, and Vitamin C. It contains phytonutrients and enzymes that avoid heart diseases.
Carrots is commonly eaten raw, combined as well in salad, but could also be cooked along with other meals. It is known for its carotenoids and Vitamin A which are good defense against cancer forming symptoms, and good for the eyesight. It has high level of folate, Vitamin B, C, and K, potassium, and magnesium.
Bell Pepper,is another vegetable that is packed with folic acid and lycopene which is good for the heart. Bell Peppers are best in avoiding any risk of cancer in bladder, colon, lung, and pancreas. It is also found mixed in salad. They are also good source of potassium, Vitamins A, B, C, and K, manganese, and fiber.
Eggplant is the only vegetable that has a property that protects brain from any damage. It is all because of an antioxidants called nasunin. It is also loaded with potassium and fiber which prevents dementia and any risk of stroke.
The group of onion, garlic, scallions, leeks, and shallots. This group is known for its antibiotic properties that boosts immunity, reduce infection, and inflammation. They could be eaten raw, mixed with your favorite meal and of course known for flavoring.
They can be said to be inexpensive, not unless price triggers that would affect the market price of the primary products, nonetheless, it’s available anywhere you go, and its naturally delicious. The primary health benefits that it could give to individuals are its Vitamin B6 that avoids degenerative diseases.
Secondly, it has Vitamin C that fights cold, and flu ( especially in this raining season). It also has Vitamin D to strengthen the immune system, Iron for sufficient energy, and magnesium which decreases stress and anxiety. It is also a good source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and magnesium.
Squash, is another vegetable that has a specific specie that could also prevents birth defects like the winter squash, and could treat various type of diseases like asthma, arthritis, and other cardiovascular diseases.
Lettuce, contains Vitamins A and C aside from the 20 calories per serving. It can be eaten cooked or raw. It could be mixed in all kinds of salad. It is good for digestion because of the 20% dietary fiber that it has which is good in lowering blood sugar, and pressure. It has antioxidants, Vitamin A, Anti-inflammatory, Vitamin E and Vitamin K.
It is commonly used in most of the burgers, sandwiches and salad mixes. It has properties that could prevent diseases.
There are many other wonderful vegetables that I have not mentioned here in this write up but I am sure you know of. Mothers, let's encourage our kids and families to eat their veggies. The month of June is indeed a beautiful month despite every other thing. What do u think?
Posted by Ritty