Hi loves! I don’t know about you but I’ve been heavy on the wellness podcast train as of late. Podcasts are such a great way to increase your knowledge base from the comfort of your car, it’s a great way to get value out of your commute! I recently listened to an episode The Ultimate Health Podcast featuring nutrition expert Dr. Mark Hyman and I was inspired to share a few of his tips and my personal food philosophy with you!
In the podcast Dr. Hyman talked about his comprehensive list of foods that you NEED to be buying organic. I’m an advocate of buying every single thing organic but for some people that’s not an option for financial of sourcing reasons. The delicate plant structure of certain fruits and veggies make them extremely susceptible to pesticides. When you eat these susceptible plans you’re ingesting huge amounts of pesticides. Here is the list of organic MUST buys!
sweet bell peppers
spinach, kale and collard greens
Food is truly medicine, high quality food is the catalyst for a happy life in my opinion. Nutrition shouldn’t be complicated but due to the mass marketing of food and greenwashing practices the grey area of “healthy food” has ballooned out of control. As food consumers we have to be detectives, sadly we can’t trust anything until it’s proven to be trustworthy. I have a few simple rules that I live by and that I encourage you to adopt to truly feed your body and live your best life.
1) Select high quality foods that are grown in their natural ancestral habitat, i.e. pasture raised chickens.
2) Eat foods that are minimally processed and look as similar to their whole form as possible, i.e. Simple roasted carrots are only processed through chopping and roasting.
3) Diversify your diet with lots of different high quality foods so that your body gets a wide variety of nutrients, i.e. Eat the rainbow.
I decided to create an easy Organic recipe that exemplifies my food philosophy using Divine Flavor bell peppers. The Divine Flavor brand believes in growing better food for a better world, taking care of both its people and the environment. The AZ based company produces fresh, non-GMO foods grown in nutrient-rich, never over-farmed soil. Their bell peppers are safe and truly delicious!
Organic Scorched Bell Pepper Dip
Cook time 4 minutes
2 Divine Flavor Organic bell peppers, washed
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup avocado oil
A generous pinch of salt
2 1/2 teaspoons arrowroot powder (cornstarch will work too)
1. place bell peppers on open gas range flame, carefully turning every few minutes until mildly scorched
2. Cut the tops off of the peppers and remove the seeds
3. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until smooth (about a minute)
4. Serve dip with your favorite winter fruits and veggies slices