Hello friends! Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday
Mine has been spent doing work, sadly. But at least I’ve been camped out outside doing work — it’s so nice out! That’s one thing I really miss about working full time — having the weekends totally to yourself. Sigh!
In between work, I enjoyed a lovely al fresco lunch. Sunlight makes for SUCH better food photos!
This was one of those meals where I threw half the fridge on a plate and it turned out to be delicious! I layered together:
- Quinoa leftover from my Stuffed Red Peppers
- Tabouli (store bought)
- Huge dollop of spinach hummus (store bought)
I also enjoyed a mixed green salad topped with cucumber, canned beets, avocado, and feta (obviously). FETA MAKES IT BETTA!!!
I’m all out of salad dressing, so I topped it with a drizzle of olive oil, some fresh lemon juice, and cracked pepper and sea salt. Delish!
I also enjoyed a couple clementines Still working my way through the massive box I bought of these!!
I’ve been working on my vitamin project for Nutrition class today. We each had to choose a vitamin, answer a bunch of questions on it, find an article to summarize about our nutrient, and create a fun one page promo flyer for our nutrient. I choose Vitamin B12!
Did you know that vitamin B12…
- Is vital for cell growth, bone cell activity and metabolism
- Maintains the sheath that protects nerve fibers and promotes their normal growth
- Is necessary for DNA and RNA synthesis
- Must be present to activate the absorption of the vitamin folate, and vice versa
- Can only be found in animal-derived foods (meat, fish, dairy, eggs) — ironically, folate can only be found in legumes, fruits, and veggies!
Too little vitamin B12 will result in anemia, fatigue, a folate deficiency, and degeneration of peripheral nerves leading to eventual paralysis! Yikes! Apparently vegans and others who avoid animal products should take B12 supplements or drink B12 fortified soy milk, etc.
We’ve been learning a lot in my Nutrition class recently about how vitamin deficiencies can lead to serious health problems. A lack of certain vitamins can cause depression or literally even make you go crazy! Nutrition is such a young field (B12 wasn’t even discovered until 1948), and apparently back before anyone understood any of this people were sometimes diagnosed as insane when really they just had a vitamin deficiency! Crazy stuff. Just goes to show lots of variety in the diet (and whole foods packed with nutrition) are key!
I’m off to enjoy some of this sunshine for a bit — I think that’s enough work for today!