As we’ve mentioned a few times this month, January is all about Nourishing Yourself from the inside out at The Red Apron. From taking time just for you, to eating a diet rich in high-vibe ingredients, taking care of yourself not only feels good, it’s actually really good for you!
For many, the month after the holidays can be tough both mentally and physically. It’s cold and more difficult to visit friends and family so we’re spending more time alone and less time outside being active in the long daylight hours. Though we can’t magically change the weather, we can create and offer meals based around ingredients that help your body feel energized, strong and healthy. And that’s just what we did. Today, we’re breaking down some of the nourishing ingredients we’ve tucked into our Dinner’s In The Bag meals and why they are so darn good for you. To order one of our feel-good, nourishing meals, give us a call or send an email and we’ll get one reserved just for you!
Our Favourite Nourishing Ingredients
Where You’ll Find Them: Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Carrots & Beets with Rosemary & Thyme (Jan 22 Menu)
Why We Love Them: Brussels sprouts are rich in antioxidants, which help lower your risk of chronic disease, as well as being high in Vitamin K and C which protects cells against aging and disease. One half cup contains 2g of fibre which is 8% of your Recommended Daily Intake (RDI), and Brussels are one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps your body fight off inflammation, nourishes the skin, hair and nails; promotes proper nerve functioning; help produce hormones; ensures normal growth and development; and prevents and treats disease.
Where You’ll Find Them: Taco Salad with Lettuce, Red Onions, Black Beans & Pumpkin Seeds, Tortilla Chip Crumble (January 23 Menu)
Why We Love Them: Small but mighty, pumpkin seeds (pepitas) are packed with a substantial quantity of healthy fats, magnesium and zinc. They are rich in antioxidants which can reduce inflammation and protect your cells from harmful free radicals, high in magnesium which helps with forming and maintaining bones, regulating blood sugar, and controlling blood pressure, and high in fiber which helps with digestive health.
Where You’ll Find It: Raon Kimchi, Green Onions, Shredded Carrots & Beking Egg (January 31 Menu) + Soba Noodles with Organic Le Coprin Mushrooms, Green Onions & Raon Kitchen Kimchi (January 24 Menu)
Why We Love It: Kimchi is a fermented cabbage condiment hailing from Korea that boasts many nutritional benefits. Fermented foods contain millions of lactobacilli also known as the “good bacteria” which helps to replenish your body’s supply and maintain proper gut flora and help with constipation as well as indigestion. Cabbage is packed with fibre which also helps to aid in gut and digestive health. Keeping your gut flora balanced is vital for good health.
Where You’ll Find Them: Oven Baked Sweet Potato with Olive Oil & Chives (January 23rd Menu) + Chipotle Spiced Sweet Potato Wedges (January 29 Menu)
Why We Love Them: Not only are sweet potatoes totally delicious, they pack a wallop of nutrients to boot. One cup of sweet potato contains almost half of your RDI of Vitamin C as well as 400% (!) of your RDI of Vitamin K. The same amount also delivers a third of your need for manganese, a mineral that helps produce collagen and promote skin and bone health and between 15 and 30% of several energy-supporting B vitamins and minerals, including potassium which essentially sweeps excess sodium and fluid out of the body, lowering blood pressure and reducing strain on the heart. Add to all of that a dose of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits and it’s no wonder we use sweet potato as often as we do at The Red Apron!
Where You’ll Find Them: Soba Noodles with Organic Le Coprin Mushrooms, Green Onions & Raon Kitchen Kimchi (January 24 Menu)+ Sauté of Chinese Eggplant, Organic Le Coprin Mushrooms & Bok Choy (January 31 Menu)
Why We Love Them: With plenty of immune boosting, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, mushrooms are truly on the best foods you can eat. They are the only natural food source that contains Vitamin D, which is a nutrient that helps your body absorb calcium and is known to many as the “happy vitamin” for it’s mood boosting affect. They are a good source of both insoluble chitin and soluble beta glucans, each a form of fiber which plays a big role in your body. Insoluble fiber is crucial to proper digestion, while soluble fiber can slow the rise in your body’s blood sugars after a meal and can also help moderate your blood pressure and cholesterol. They are a good source of selenium, an antioxidant mineral, as well as copper, niacin, potassium and phosphorous. That’s enough proof for us to want to eat our ‘shrooms!