A part of the wonderful experience of enjoying food is appreciating its color and plate presentation. Bright colors are so much more vivid in raw fruits and vegetables that they can create a work of art right on the plate. Not only does the food look pretty and taste good, it’s very good for you. Eating more fruits and vegetables is a healthy thing to do and when we learn the benefits of the various vegetables and fruits, we may be even more inclined to include them in our diet.
Bell peppers act as an antibacterial stimulant and are healing and cleansing. They normalize blood pressure, improve the entire circulatory system, and feed the cell structure of the arteries, veins, and capillaries so they will regain elasticity. Red peppers contain vitamin A, which makes bodily tissues more resistant, especially to colds. They are high in vitamin B, which aids in food absorption and normalizes the brain and nervous system by increasing metabolic processes. They have six times more vitamin C than oranges.
Tomatoes contain over 93 percent water and they act as a natural antiseptic with a great deal of citric acid. Tomatoes help stimulate the liver in its function as a filter for toxic wastes and reduce liver inflammation due to hepatitis and cirrhosis but be warned: never eat raw green tomatoes. They contain a toxin known as solanine and the acids in the green tomato are very detrimental to the body. Cooked or canned tomatoes have most of their nutrients destroyed and are acid-forming. Raw tomatoes, which are alkaline, are the best.
Garlic is antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and a remedy for everything from heart disease and worms to tumors, headaches, and bites. Cooked or processed garlic is no longer a microbe killer. Eating garlic raw will give you the greatest benefits. Garlic can lower cholesterol and act as a decongestant. It is very beneficial for the digestive system and has a strong effect on the lymphatic fluid and tissue. Garlic aids in the elimination of noxious waste matter, lead, and other toxic heavy metals. It rids the alimentary canal of worms and other parasites, boosting immunological functions and purifying the bloodstream by removing sticky inorganic deposits in the blood vessels. For protection against dysentery, such as when traveling in foreign countries, chew a clove of garlic before consuming suspected food or water. To ward off mosquitoes, eat garlic at least once daily.
Lemon juice is an astringent and an antiseptic. It has been heralded as a tonic throughout the world, being used as a gargle for sore throats, a lotion for sunburn, and a cure for hiccups, coughs, and colds. It works as a strong solvent in the body, stimulating the liver and gall bladder and stirring up any inactive acids and latent toxic settlements that cannot be eliminated any other way. Lemons contain limonene, which is used to dissolve gallstones and is an anticancer agent.
Combine all of these healthy vegetables and fruits for a quick and easy nutritious dish that both adults and children will enjoy:
Please use Organic Ingredients
Red Pepper Dip
2 cups red bell pepper
1 ½ cups raw cashews
1 cup very ripe tomato
1 large clove garlic
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs. chickpea miso
Soak the raw cashews for four hours in 3 cups filtered alkaline water and drain. Take off the green stem from the red pepper. Save ALL of the red part and the seeds. Put all ingredients in the Vita-Mix and blend until creamy. The seeds will completely blend into the creamy texture.
Serve with fresh raw vegetables.
Resource for Nutritional Info of food: “Whole Foods Companion” by Dianne Onstad
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