Sunday, June 17, 2018

ODE TO CARROTS or HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!


I am not a scientist, neither I dare to call myself a nutritionist or a ‘pro’ in providing any kind of health advice, but I truly believe that having a glass of a carrot juice for breakfast can change the world.
As much as I like my organic espresso for lunch, I do have a strange habit to store a couple of packages of organic carrots in my refrigerator, in case I am thirsty for juice. Huge thanks to my dad who taught me to snack on fiber-rich veggies like carrots, celery, apples, and pears. 

Carrots and apples were my father’s favorite plants and he could talk hours about the health benefits of these two. Was my father a doctor? No, my mother was. Was my father a scientist? No, but my father was an engineer by day and the painter, the amateur beekeeper and gardener after 5PM.. His and my mom’s handmade gardens and country houses remain the best memories of my childhood.  

Apparently, according to a new study conducted in the USA and in Europe, eating more orange colored food can contribute to your health. A plant compound found in carrots helps reduce inflammation in the brain and memory deficits. The compound, called luteolin, is also found in green and red peppers, celery, peppermint, rosemary, and chamomile. Was it a coincidence that I saw all these plants growing in our family garden? 
I don’t think it was.

Linking my childhood memories to my nowadays - carrots, peppermint, chamomile, celery and many other fruits, vegetables, and herbs are the common ingredients in my own recipes where a plant-based diet takes a priority. 


Every time when the whole world celebrates a “father’s” or a “mother's day” I feel some kind of a dissonance. I feel that I don’t need a special “ Father’s”  or “Mother’s” Day in my calendar to thank my parents for the fantastic job they have done while raising their family and educating their children. I greet them every time I raise a glass of a carrot or an apple juice that reminds me of their love, wisdom, dignity, perseverance, and intelligence. 

Cheers!



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