"Give me one reason to eat Orange Foods"!
My answer is: to get some Vitamin A.
- Yellow, Orange and Red colours of many plants are caused by the presence of those phytochemicals called Carotenoids. Leafy Green Veggies can also be a good source of carotenoids (chlorophyll masks their colour). Carotenoids are a class of more than 600 naturally occurring pigments synthesised by plants, algae and photosynthetic bacteria.
- Carotenoids have a wide range of benefits: they can be Vitamin A Precursors. They can also act as Antioxydants and Anti-Inflammatory substances. They help our cells to communicate with each other, and contribute to a healthy Immune System.
- Let's focus on Vitamin A: Beta-Carotene, Alpha-Carotene and Beta-Cryptoxanthin count among the dietary carotenoids which can be converted into Retinol (active Vitamin A). We also call them "Vitamin A Precursors" or "Provitamin A Carotenoids".
- Good sources of Beta-Carotene and Alpha-Carotene are Carrots, Pumpkins, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach. Red Capsicums, Papaya, Oranges and Tangerines are rich in Beta-Cryptoxanthin.
|Eat them daily to get some Vitamin A!|
Olé Olé Olé ...
That Was A bit Geeky, I admit.
Here is what you absolutely need to remember: Eat your Orange Foods with Fats because carotenoid absorption requires the presence of FATS (forget the raw carrot diet)
"But.. I've read that Vitamin A can be Toooooooxic!"
Let's clarify. Over-consumption of Beta-Carotene from foods will not cause any harm because it is not converted efficiently enough in the body to cause Vitamin A toxicity. In contrast, overconsumption of Vitamin A supplements may be harmful (Reduced bone density, liver abnormalities, birth defect). EAT REAL FOOD FIRST. DO NOT SELF-PRESCRIBE.
Well, it's time to boost our orange food intake!
Mini Savoury Pumpkin Bacon Loaves
Makes 6 Mini Loaves
- Half of a medium-sized Butternut Pumpkin
- 150 Grams of Streaky Belly Bacon
- 1/2 cup of coconut flour
- 5 egg yolks
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup of Extra Virgin coconut Oil
- 1 Tbsp of Extra virgin Olive Oil
- 1 TSP of Turmeric Powder
- 1/2 TSP Mace OR Ground Nutmeg
- 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
- 1/2 Celtic Sea Salt
- 1 Tbsp of Dried or Fresh Sage
- Peel the garlic cloves. Crush them with a pestle and a mortar.
- Peel and slice the pumpkin. Steam it till soft.
- Slice the bacon into small pieces ( in France, we call them "lardons")
- In a pan, heat (medium heat)one TBSP of coconut oil. Throw the lardons with the crushed garlic cloves. Stir.
- After 5 minutes, pour the pumpkin bites and the coconut oil into the pan. Stir. Cover with a lid for 10 minutes at low-heat.
- In the meantime, separate the egg whites from the yolks. Pour the yolks into a large bowl (I don't eat the egg whites, as it aggravates my situation - Egg whites cause leaky gut)
- Turn off the gas cooker. Leave the mixture to cool down for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven at 180°C.
- Add the olive oil, turmeric powder, mace, sea salt and sage into the warm mix.
- Use an electrical mixer to make the egg yolks foam.
- Pour the pumpkin mix onto the egg yolks. Stir well.
- Fold in the coconut flour and baking soda.
- Pour the blend into individual cake pans and bake for 40 minutes.
- Et voilà!
- Enjoy it for breakfast with a handful of blueberries and some coconut cream, as a snack with some homemade goat's curd or for dinner with Kale Chips, a Green Salad or sautéed cabbage.