FoodNourishing Your Body With Wholesome Foods

Nourishing Your Body With Wholesome Foods

Farm-to-fork initiatives provide many advantages. Reducing truck travel time and greenhouse gas emissions while supporting local businesses while providing nutritious foods is only some of their many advantages.

Whole plant-based foods contain an abundance of essential vitamins and minerals. This includes fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts.

Getting Started

Farm-to-fork started back in the 1960s and 1970s when Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California with the idea of offering fresh local organic produce instead of processed food used by many restaurants at that time.

Today, this movement continues to gain steam. It provides an excellent way to strengthen our local economies while giving credit to farmers who work tirelessly to bring us delicious, nutrious food. Furthermore, purchasing from local farms helps reduce transport distance and risk for contamination as produce travels less distance before reaching you home or supermarket shelves – especially fruits and vegetables which often travel further distances before reaching their final destinations.

Fruits

Fruits provide fiber, vitamins and minerals while adding variety of flavors. Plus they’re low in fat, sodium and calories!

Fruits and vegetables that travel from farm-to-fork may become exposed to microorganisms that cause illness, so farmers follow guidelines known as Good Agricultural Practices to help minimize exposure.

By purchasing produce directly from its place of origin, buying produce directly reduces both distance and the number of hands involved in its journey to you. Farm-to-fork produce passes through fewer hands and storage facilities than conventionally sourced foods; reaching you just as delicious and nutritious as when it left its source field! Furthermore, this ensures more of your money stays with its producer; look out for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, U-pick operations or roadside farm stands.

Vegetables

Wholesome foods are foods which contain naturally abundant sources of nutrition and minimal or no added ingredients, along with being cooked or prepared to make digestion easy for us all.

Vegetables are one of the most nutritious food groups to include regularly in our diets, as they provide vital micronutrients like potassium, magnesium, iron and B-vitamin intake as well as being an excellent source of fiber.

Starchy vegetables are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates and provide energy without the glycemic impact of refined foods like pasta, flour, breakfast cereals and processed breads and biscuits. Antioxidants found in starchy vegetables make them even better! Add them to soups, stews and casseroles; use different colors so that your diet includes an array of beneficial plant chemicals; aim for at least three vegetable portions and two fruit servings daily!

Nuts

Nuts are an indispensable addition to the healthy-snack list, boasting protein, fiber, heart-healthy fats and essential vitamins and minerals. While all varieties offer similar health benefits, certain varieties provide unique advantages that you may want to add into your diet [1]

Nuts may seem high in calories and could contribute to weight gain; however, numerous studies show no detrimental effect of nuts on energy balance or bodyweight. Furthermore, several research has linked diets high in nuts with decreased risk for cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses.

When purchasing nuts, opt for unsalted options to reduce unnecessary salt intake. A handful can add crunch to salads, yogurt parfaits or just as a satisfying snack on their own!

Meat

Nourishing your body with nutritious food should be seen as an ongoing commitment rather than as a temporary diet plan. Making small changes over time can have long-lasting positive results.

Meat provides essential protein, minerals and vitamins for human bodies. However, certain meats may have high fat contents which increase the risk of lifestyle diseases. Opting for lean cuts of beef and pork as well as turkey, venison and chicken will help decrease harmful effects caused by fattier varieties of meats.

Meat can provide essential nutrition without the harmful effects of saturated and trans fats. When possible, choose free-range, grass-fed meats which will benefit both you and the animals as well as our planet – something Noom helps with. We want our users to create long-term healthy habits!