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Nutrition and Hydration Week

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Nutrition and Hydration Week
It's nutrition and hydration week! As fruit and veg is our thing we thought we'd do some research to bring you some nutritional facts!

Antioxidants

Anti-oxidants are found in fruits and vegetables such as leafy greens and berries. Anti-oxidants can help protect against strokes, prevent blood clots from forming, lower blood pressure and inflammation, and decrease artery stiffness.
We have a huge variety of berries and leafy greens here at Watts Farms. We focus on seasonal where possible and always keep our locally sourced produce updated on our website.

Beans

Beans are packed with phytates, folate and all important fibre. Reports suggest that these may reduce the risk of stroke, colon cancer, and even depression! 
In addition to this, they are associated with lower blood pressure and have been found to slim down tummy fat. These filling legumes are also reported to regulate blood sugar, insulin levels, and cholesterol.
Our current favourite bean recipe includes our seasonal runner beans in a walnut, parmesan and runner bean salad

Oats 

Eating oats and wholegrains has been shown to reduce risk of developing chronic disease and can significantly slow the narrowing of major arteries in our body. 
In addition, oats and wholegrains can reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and stroke.
Below is a photo of a breakfast blueberry cheesecake porridge muffin. Eating healthily doesn't have to be boring!

Smoothies

Smoothies are an efficient and convenient way to maximise nutrition absorption including the all important vitamins and minerals found in fruit and vegetables. Using the whole fruit and vegetables rather than just the juice ensures that all the fibre and phytonutrients are included in the smoothie.
Our favourite smoothie right now is our super smoothie bowl which includes a large variety of berries and delicious toppings to add texture and flavour.

Unprocessed Foods

Unprocessed foods are almost always the healthiest option. You can be sure that they are free from additives and no nutrients have been removed during the processing. We have a fantastic range of recipes using whole foods from our farm (often based on what's seasonal) on our recipe blog!
 
We'd love to hear your nutrition and hydration tips and recipes in the comments section below!
Sources:
https://nutritionfacts.org/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-nutrition-facts#TOC_TITLE_HDR_10
 

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