Food-ucation

By Nmami Agarwal     06-Sep 2018

Food-ucation

Foods we include in our daily meal play a crucial role in our body development and show an important influence on overall wellbeing in long run. Hence, the key factor of eating well is to include a variety of nutritious foods in the daily meal plan from each of the five food groups. Foods which provide similar content of essential nutrients are grouped together specifically. For instance, the key nutrients traced in milk, yogurt, and other dairy products include protein and calcium, while fruit is considered an incredible source of vitamins and mineral, especially vitamin C.

To meet the vital nutrients requirements of our body for a good health, we all need to include the variety of foods from each of the five food groups on daily basis in the recommended amounts so that, we don’t miss out the nourishment we need to give to our body for optimal functioning. In fact, some days, we only need to include some of the foods from each food group for a couple of times a week. Let’s see what those five food category is!

  • Dairy: Foods in this group are excellent sources of calcium, protein, vitamin D and potassium which are vital for stronger and healthier bones. Not much of other foods in diet have the significant amount of these nutrients found in dairy.
  • Fruit: Fruit, first of all, is considered the natural sweeteners in our diet which offers essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, dietary fiber and several phytonutrients present in plants that help your body to stay healthy.
  •  Grain (cereal) foods: Always choose whole grain/ multigrain or high fiber varieties of foods like bread, cereals, rice, or noodles as they are rich in dietary fiber which makes you feel fuller from the stomach. Avoid refined grain products as they can be high in added fat, sugar or
    sodium.
  • Vegetables: Vegetables should be the major food group we should include in our daily meal as they provide dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, naturally present in veggies same like fruits that help our body stay healthy. So, make veggies up a large part of your
    daily diet encouraged at every meal.
  •  Lean meats, fish, tofu, poultry, nuts, seeds and legumes/beans: Our bodies need protein from our daily meal we eat to form a specialized compound called haemoglobin and adrenalin to make it run. Protein, the key nutrient of this food group also builds, maintains, and
    repairs body tissues. In fact, muscles and organs like heart are primarily structured of protein.

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Nonetheless, it’s also important to include a variety of foods from each of the five food groups as different foods are different in the number of nutrients they have to offer. For example, in vegetables and legumes food group, orange vegetables like pumpkins and carrots have significantly additional vitamin A content than other veggies such as white potatoes. So, make sure to add a few foods from each five foods group to support your health in every best possible way.

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Nmami Life - Diet & Nutrition
Recipe Alert
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Beets have a lovely colour, taste and texture. But beets aren’t supposed to be smoked like eggplant. You need to boil them up before smoking, else they’re going to take forever in preparation. Here is our quick and easy guide for best smoked beets recipe

Nutritional Benefits

Beetroot provides you with fibre, iron, potassium, folate and Vitamin C which is good for skin and further act as an antioxidant. It can improve exercise performance, lower blood pressure and serve as a low calorie food. It can also improve digestion and help in weight management. Thyme is a Mediterranean herb and has been traditionally used to cure diarrhoea, stomach ache and sore throat.

Ingredients

2 small beets

Few sprigs of thyme

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Salt- as per taste

Calorie = 112 kcal
Protein = 2.8 grams
Carbohydrates = 14.8 grams
Fat = 4.7 grams
Recommended for- High Blood Pressure and Digestion
Course- Evening Snack

Method

Cut beets into thin slices

Put them in a saucepan, with some water. Boil until tender

Next, light your charcoal or barbecue fire

Take a large piece of foil and lay the beets in them. Brush a little olive oil and top with thyme and lemon zest.

Fold the foil and twist the ends together. Punch small holes in the foil with the help of a knife or fork.

Leave it to cook for 15-20 minutes.

Once cooked, allow it to cool and then discard the charred skin.

Toss with salt and pepper, and serve.

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Beetroot is a wonder vegetable with goodness of many nutrients. Smokey beets give the dish a distinctive taste along with the flavourful thyme herb. Do try it out!
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2) http://www.nmamilife.com/recipes/
3) Highlights section in BIOS under Recipes
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Nmami Life - Diet & Nutrition
Myth of the Day
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Your safe bet- consult a nutritionist!
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