Nature Fresh Farms Pays Tribute to the Veggie Superstars that Keep Us Healthy this Season
Here at Nature Fresh Farms, we love food and especially the kinds that taste great while packing a real punch on the nutritional front. Over the holidays, it can be really hard to incorporate these nutrient-rich foods into your diet, but there are many, many reasons why you should and simple ways to do so. From our greenhouse grown tomatoes to our bell peppers and cucumbers, we have some interesting details on why these foods are our holiday heroes. Not only are they packed with vitamins and antioxidants, but they are also delicious and versatile which makes them an easy addition to any holiday gathering.
Let’s start with one of North America’s favorite fresh vegetables, the tomato. In addition to being packed with vitamins A, C, and K, tomatoes are loaded with an antioxidant called lycopene. Lycopene gives tomatoes their bright red color and helps protect them from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It also helps protect your cells from damage and is known for decreasing risks of heart disease and cancer. Cooking tomatoes releases more of this antioxidant powerhouse, lycopene, so go ahead and enjoy that tomato soup or the extra marinara sauce on your pasta. Extremely versatile and healthy, the tomato really is at the top of the veggie kingdom. Perfect for grilling, roasting, sautéing, or as a quick on-the-go snack, tomatoes can easily be added to any dish, hot or cold! We offer many varieties so whether you want the perfect snacking tomato or the ideal tomato for salads, soups, or sauces, we’ve got you covered.
Looking to up your vitamin C intake? Our greenhouse grown bell peppers contain more of this antioxidant than an orange! Vitamin C has been touted for helping with the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues, as well as playing a role in the prevention of a variety of health conditions, including heart disease and cancer. Plus, with only 30 calories per cup, this veggie really packs a powerful nutrient punch as aside from boasting an enormous amount of vitamin C, bell peppers contain beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin A, folate, and potassium. So, whether you’re looking to improve your eye health, support glowing skin, or boost your overall general wellness, look no future than Nature Fresh Farms’ bell peppers. Some easy ways to add them into your diet include roasting them, adding chopped peppers into salads, bake up some stuffed bell peppers or just enjoy their natural crunch and sweetness as a quick snack.
Feeling dehydrated after all of your holiday celebrations? Try eating a cucumber. Really! Our cucumbers are over 90% water, rich in electrolytes, and one of the most hydrating foods on the planet. Although cucumbers are incredibly low in calories, they are still the host to many important vitamins and minerals. A great source of vitamin K and fiber, cucumbers help promote bone health, calcium absorption and digestion. They’re also included in many skincare regimens because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Crisp, crunchy, and fun to eat, we offer two different varieties to choose fun. So, toss them in a salad, dip them in hummus, or just enjoy them sliced.
At Nature Fresh Farms, we know that the holidays are full of food and festivities. While we encourage the occasional seasonal splurge, we also know how important it is to keep a healthy balance. So, we suggest incorporating our “holiday heroes” into your foodie fun so you can reap some incredible health benefits and enjoy some delicious fresh options at the same time. We wish you and your loved ones a delicious, healthy, and happy holiday season!