Micro-Greens & A Well Oiled Engine – Inspired by Caron

Inspired by You No4

The word antioxidants is a word I use every day. I continuously remind family and friends about the importance of antioxidants in our diet. I love the way the word sounds, I can almost sing it.

Playfully, I have attached a few of my own meanings to the word antioxidants.

The word sounds to me like anti-accident, meaning it describes something that is not an accident, something that happens on purpose or something we do with intention. For example, I might say “It’s an antioxidant that I put cinnamon spice on my breakfast every morning”.

I relate antioxidants properties in food to a well-oiled engine, anti-corrosive primers and anti-rust products. They all help to keep the outer skin smooth and keep the engines running.

The connection to the above is, food with antioxidants properties promote longevity, they help us to look and feel younger and to grow older with vitality.

The inspiration for this post comes from Caron. In the short time, this series has been published, Caron’s comments have convinced me, that she serves up tasty, nourishing meals for her family and that she is kind and nurturing in nature.

After the lockdown, I am going to develop a new hobby. I have decided to learn how to grow micro-greens. I have a kitchen windowsill where the light seems to be just right.

When I was a child, my mother often had a small box of mustard cress growing on the kitchen windowsill. She made egg mayonnaise and mustard cress sandwiches.

As well as the encouragement from Caron and memories of childhood, it is the antioxidant properties of micro-greens that is motivating me towards growing them.

Antioxidants are natural compounds found in some foods that help to neutralize free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are substances that occur naturally in our bodies but attack the fats, protein and the DNA in our cells, if not kept in check this can cause various types of diseases and accelerate the ageing process.

Fruits, vegetables and products derived from plants are the best sources of antioxidants. It’s nice to know that dark chocolate, green teas and red wine are also sources of antioxidants. Food that is rich in colour indicates there is a specific antioxidant present in that food.

Planning something to look forward to is a way of helping ourself to deal with difficult situations in the present. I have enjoyed daydreaming about setting up an antioxidant-rich micro garden in the kitchen, having smoother, fresh and glowing skin tone, energy in abundance and experiencing joy from seeing these little antioxidant nutrients grow.

Do you have anything planned for the future in relation to healthy living? A herb garden or a vegetable patch, or a chilli bush in a pot outside the kitchen door?

I encourage you to leave a comment, share your tips, tricks and favourite recipes. Startup a new conversation and be my inspiration for the next post.

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Comfort Foods – Inspired by Mike Oughtibridge

Inspired by you No2

We all have our comfort foods and our different reasons for why they give us comfort. For example, if chocolate is one of your comfort foods and also a comfort food of mine, I may enjoy it because it goes down nicely with coffee, but you enjoy it because it makes you feel like you are on vacation.

My friend Mike Oughtibridge inspired me to write this post. Mike owns a Guest House and keeps a well-stocked pantry. He commented recently during the lock-down about how his refrigerator has become a 24-hour buffet. Not for the guests this time, but for himself.

I used to crave for dark chocolate, that changed when I changed the way I eat, now I want nuts.

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