Not much you might think! In an ideal world you would be eating bio-dynamically grown food that is picked and eaten with minutes. However, most of us don't have that luxury so we have to make the best of the resources available to us.
I am a great believer in getting the best value for money providing it doesn't compromise too much on your health. The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen are two examples of this. If you ensure that your fruit and vegetables are grown organically from the Dirty Dozen list, and you eat from the Clean Fifteen list then you can potentially reduce your toxic load by around 75%. Sounds good to me!
The next thing you can do is to start growing your own food. You can start with sprouting your own seeds. These power packed nuggets of nutrition are just incredible and give you SO much for your time and money.
Do you want higher vitamin content from your vegetables?
Well, in some seeds the sprouting process increases their content by 20 times!
Do you value your precious enzymes and want to supplement with natures own?
It has been estimated that compared to fresh vegetables you get around 100 times more enzymes.
Do you want more protein and better absorption from your minerals?
When the sprouting process begins minerals bind to the protein and both become usable by your body.
Do you want to eat more fibre and essential fatty acids without munching on more vegetables?
Again, once the sprouting process increases the EFA's and fibre of the seeds.
Try and include a handful of your own sprouted seeds at least once a day, ideally raw but you can add them to cooked meals too.
One heaped teaspoon of seeds will yield around a mug of fresh sprouts and depending on which seeds you use, the process can take as little as 3 days. The cost for one mug of fresh, organic produce is around 5p. Amazing value for money and so easy and such fun to grow.
My next blog will be about how to grow them EASILY at home. Learn from my mistakes!