Newsletter 82 – January 2010

20/01/2010

Hi everyone

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Miss Molly and I stayed home this year – enjoyed an outdoor Christmas afternoon with friends. New Years Eve M.M. stayed home and a friend and I saw 2010 in at the New Years Eve function in Civic Square in Wellington. It was a lovely night and great fun.

Have had numerous calls from new clients who have made the resolution to improve their health this year and eating more fruits and vegetables is an excellent starting point, organically grown produce even better.

This edition covers an article on pesticides in our food and some ways with avocadoes

Good friends, strong supporters of healthy living including organic fruits and veggies, sent me an article recently about pesticides in foods and I quote some statistics.

Listed are the top 12 foods to contain pesticide residue:

  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Butter/cream/cheese
  • Wheat including bread
  • Apples
  • Plums
  • Mandarins
  • Raspberries
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes/raisins/sultanas

These were closely followed by cucumber, nectarines, lettuce, tomatoes, wine and pears

The foods were ranked according to the percentage of samples with pesticide residues and the number of pesticides detected.

Food authorities attempt to reassure us that because the pesticides are below a certain level, they are assumed to be safe.

However, we do know there are various serious long term effects associated with particular pesticides that are found in our food, including endocrine or hormonal disruption, cancer, immune system suppression, nervous system damage, genetic damage and birth defects.

Pesticides also have a damaging effect on wild life and the ecosystem.

The article concluded by recommending organic food for children, pregnant women, and anyone with a compromised immune system.

Avocadoes would have to be at the top of my list for favourite vegetable. I first encountered avocadoes as a simple but exotic entrée in the days when there were six licensed restaurants in Auckland. (and dinosaurs walked the earth).

Anyway, halve the avocado, remove stone and fill cavity with shrimps and a dressing (it was like whipped cream flavoured with tomato paste or sauce.

Guacamole. There are many versions of this avocado dip. My favourite came from Tina van Erpers Roijaards

Mash avocadoes with a squeeze of lemon juice. Mix in 3 tablespoons of plain unsweetened yoghurt Add a dash of tabasco sauce, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

The addition of some finely chopped garlic gives another flavour dimension.

Serve with crackers, triangles of toast, chippies or whatever else you fancy

Avocado and Tuna Salad

A delicious hearty main dish luncheon salad.

Ingredients:
2 packages baby spinach leaves (or other available salad green),
2 cans tuna drained,
2 avocadoes pitted, peeled and cut into wedges,
5 tbsp olive oil,
3 tbsp lemon juice,
2 tbsp wine vinegar,
1 tbsp Dijon mustard, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Method: In a large salad bowl toss together spinach, avocadoes and tuna. In a small bowl whisk together to emulsify olive oil, lemon juice, wine vinegar, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss gently into salad. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired. Serve with small jacket potatoes and hot crispy french bread. Garnish with lemon wedges.

At a recent health information night it was mentioned that the vegetarian diet is usually lacking sufficient vitamin B12 and B9 as well as Iron. I have access to a high quality organic based range of supplements, as well as a protein powder which includes all 9 essential amino acids.

If you would like more information on these products please let me know

Wishing you health, wealth, and happiness for 2010

All for now – regards – Lorraine