or pay the consequences

Phytochemicals are natural protective substances found in plant foods.

Generally they provide colours, flavours and natural protection against disease in plants. Research has shown that these phytochemicals can help us too. While phytochemicals are not essential nutrients a regular intake may promote good health.

Functional Foods

These foods are similar in appearance to conventional foods, and are intended to be eaten as part of a normal diet but they are altered to provide additional health benefits beyond their normal nutrient content. Functional foods may contain added phytochemicals.
  • Breakfast cereal with added folate to prevent birth defects. Bread with added oat bran to help lower blood cholesterol levels. Eggs that are enriched with omega 3 fats to improve heart health. Yoghurts enriched with certain bacteria to promote a healthy gut.

Vegetable Recipe

2 1/2 ounces soft tofu or 2 1/2 ounces silken tofu (about 1/3 cup)
6 baby carrots
3/4 cup fruit (fresh or frozen, strawberries, blueberries, whatever)
1 tablespoon wheat bran
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
3/4 cup soymilk (you could use regular milk if you really prefer)
3/4 cup orange juice

Blend the tofu, carrots, fruit, wheat bran, wheat germ, flax, soymilk and orange juice.
Process on low speed, then increase to high for 1-3 minutes or until fully blended.

Fruit Recipe

2 -3 frozen bananas
1/4 cup organic yogurt (I use Stonyfield Farms Banilla)
1 teaspoon powdered soy protein concentrate
1/2 cup carrot juice (or orange juice)

Add all ingredients to blender.
Blend well.