Orange…you glad it’s day 5 of the SUPERFOOD challenge?

Ok, I’m not going to pretend like yesterday didn’t happen…or am I?

Hey guess what everyone?  It’s day 5 of the superfood challenge!!!  Woohoo!

As we are getting close to day 7 and I still need to pack in about 30 more vegetables and fruits I really needed to pack the super awesomeness in today…so what’s the best way to do such a thing you ask?  JUICE BABY!

Today you are going to see the words Free Radicals a lot…no this is not a band, well shoot, it might be but I am not 100% sure about that.  Sounds like a 90’s band though, right?  🙂 

Free radicals, also known simply as radicals, are organic molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases. These molecules are very unstable, therefore they look to bond with other molecules, destroying their health and further continuing the damaging process. Antioxidants, present in many foods, are molecules that prevent free radicals from harming healthy tissue.

 Radicals do play a key role in several biological processes. They play a part in the work of the white blood cells called phagocytes, which “eat” bacteria and other pathogens in the body. They also are believed to be involved in a process called redox signaling, where they are thought to act as cellular messengers.

The Problem with Radicals

Some molecules are unstable. They do not have an even number of electrons, so they are always searching for an extra electron they can “steal” to become stable. Out in the world, this is a normal process, but in the body, it can result in unnecessary and unwanted damage.

 Free radicals are “free” because they float around until they stabilize, and “radical” in the sense that there are a wide variety of molecules from which they can take an electron. The damage doesn’t stop there, however, as the new molecule, say a piece of a cell wall, is now also missing an electron and has become another free radical. This snowball effect can wreak havoc on healthy tissue.

Here is what you will need…

SF1

3 each Yellow and Red Bell Peppers – Peppers are rich in antioxidants, vitamins A & C and helps fight against free radicals and reduce inflammation.

1 pint Berries – you can use any kind you like, I used strawberries in the one pictured below.  Berries are low in calories and high in nutrition.  They are loaded with disease fighting antioxidants that you need daily.  These antioxidants contain compounds that fight against cell damage by free radicals – ones linked to cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.  Give berries a pair of boxing gloves because they are fighting the good fight.  thank you berries, and I love you berry berry much!

1 each Cantaloupe – high in vitamins C & A which help prevent free radicals from oxidizing  the cholesterol in our blood stream that would lead to a heart attack or stroke.  they are also good for your skin.  This is cool, check it out…it works to thin out the outer layer of dead skin that can clog your pores. 

6 each Carrots – not only great for your eyesight but also lowers your cholesterol and is high in fiber

1 each mango – mangos strengthens your memory as well as your digestion.  Next time you need to study for a test…eat a bowl of mangos!  They also help fight cancer and Alzheimer’s.

4 each Oranges – READ THIS!!!  Not only are they loaded with vitamins but they also taste great.  They help you look beautiful as they help the body detoxify.  They contain antioxidants to help in the fight against free radicals and prevent the signs of aging.  They also contain a natural skin cancer – fighting element.  Here is something super cool…Oranges contain pectin which has been shown to suppress the appetite…so suck on an orange to help you fight the in-between meal “binging”…I am walking, no scratch that I am running to the farmers market right now to buy a #25 bag! Be right back….

1/2 each Pineapple – pineapple strengthens your digestion system, your bones and can aid in weight loss.

1 each Sweet Potato – sweet potatoes help protect your vision and encourage a good mood…what?  Ya, so next time you have the “Hangries” chomp down on a sweet potato and stop the hating!  🙂

SF2  Look at this frothy, yummy, orange drank!

Count that…8 superfoods in this juice!  This recipe makes a lot!  About 1 gallon, so you can sip it all day long and feel the good S*#T happening. 

I am not kidding you…I drank a quart for breakfast today and literally felt like I was buzzing.  It was a great way to get my day kickstarted!

See you all tomorrow…

xoxo,

Chef D

 

 

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