This week’s challenge is to begin eliminating sugar from your and your family’s, diet. Sugar can lead to hypersensitivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and crankiness in children. It also contributes to diabetes, arthritis, and suppression of the immune system. In addition, sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine which can cause you to crave more sugar.
For healthier snacks, use sliced fruit, Greek yogurt, natural peanut butter, nuts, hummus, unbuttered popcorn, or yogurt berry popsicles. You can find a recipe for the popsicles under "recipes".
Tip: Measure your portion sizes to make sure you are not underestimating a serving.
Food Color: Reds and Purples
Foods that are red-purple or red-pink contain anthocyanins; the pigments that help protect you from oxidative stress. Red onions help reduce inflammation, and tomatoes (and tomato sauces) are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, K, B6 and potassium.
Try using rhubarb, cherries, radicchio, watermelon, pink grapefruit, red bell peppers, red cabbage or radishes in your menu plan this week.