Eating in Good Health

Cucumber, Mint Watermelon Juice , Sylvie Shirazi Photography, food photography, Gourmande in the Kitchen
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The best diets consist of an abundance of high-nutrient, low stress foods, and the first principle of a well-balanced diet is to eat a wide variety of those foods. Eating variety is important because different foods have different nutritional qualities.

Ideally we should try to get our vitamins and minerals from foods, not from supplements. While useful, supplements can’t fully substitute for a healthy diet, which supplies the many co-factors that nutrients require to be used efficiently by the body.  Eating a variety of vitamin and mineral rich foods is good for our health, and no single food supplies all we need.

Avocados and Spinach, Sylvie Shirazi Photogrpahy, food photography, Gourmande in the Kitchen

It’s hard to argue, therefore, with the health benefits of a diet rich in various vegetables and fruits.   We’re often told to eat our vegetables, and there’s a good reason for this: a multitude of types and colors of produce provides you with a variety of the nutrients that your body craves.   The antioxidants, minerals and micro-nutrients in these foods improve how we feel, helping us stay healthy so that we can hopefully prevent or cope better with disease and injuries.

Papayas and Cucumbers, Sylvie Shirazi Photography, food photography, Gourmande in the Kitchen

The bottom line is your mom was right; eat your fruits and vegetables!  Go for color and variety: dark leafy greens, yellows, oranges, purples and reds.  Different colored vegetables have varying levels of vitamins and minerals, and by eating a range of colors, you can get a full array of those much needed nutrients.

Watermelon and Mint, Sylvie Shirazi Photography, Gourmande in the Kitchen, food photography

Try to eat seasonally and locally when possible, so you get fruits and vegetables at their freshest and most delicious.  To increase your intake, shop at farmers markets, join a CSA (community supported agriculture) and have fresh, local produce delivered to your doorstep, or grow your own in the backyard.

Blueberries and Strawberries, Sylvie Shirazi Photography, food photography, Gourmande in the Kitchen

I was recently asked to contribute my thoughts on eating in good health and a fresh juice recipe to the summer issue of the House of Fifty Magazine.  If you aren’t familiar with it yet, House of Fifty is all about inspired living.  A blend of home, crafts, food and more, it’s a beautiful publication and a must-read. 

Cucumber, Mint Watermelon Juice , Sylvie Shirazi Photography, Gourmande in the Kitchen, food photography

Come see why I love: avocados, spinach, cucumbers, mint, blueberries, strawberries, papaya and watermelon on pages 23-27 and then get refreshed with a glass of my Watermelon, Cucumber, Mint Juice on pages 28-29.

What are your favorite ways to eat your fruits and vegetables?


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  1. says

    Your photos are lovely! Truly gorgeous!
    I only wish I was producing work that lovely!

    The magazine reader itself was hard for me to operate: I imagine it would just take a few minutes for me to figure it out, if I really tried. But I prefer to have what I came here to read available HERE, and not to have to click to something else. But that’s probably just me, being old fashioned, and non-adaptive to change.

    Beautiful, beautiful work!

  2. says

    I eat loads of vegetables and fruits. I love making stir-fries, salads, casseroles and mueslis, etc…

    A lovely post!



  3. Cristina says

    Your images are so vibrant and striking! Congratulations on your feature for “House Of Fifty”.

    I’ve looked into joining a CSA, just can’t afford it right now {sigh}. One of my healthful goals. Have a lovely weekend, Sylvie!

  4. says

    Beautiful! My favorite way to get lots of fruits and veggies are smoothies but if I grow it in my garden, a lot of the time I enjoy them best just straight out of the garden and washed with the hose 😀

  5. says

    Love the ingredients you chose! And the explanation of variety was so easy to understand. Who wouldn’t want to eat with lots of colors? 🙂 Such a good way to think about it.

  6. says

    The smoothie looks great!!
    I know so many people who tell me that they don’t drink milk because they can just take calcium vitamin chews. They keep telling me about how milk is really bad for you, but I can’t imagine that just taking vitamins is any better..

  7. says

    Love those photos! Vegetables and fruits are a VERY important part of our diet. I simply have a to have a big serving of veggies or greens stir-fried the indian way + raw salad with rice/millets for lunch. Fruits are my daughter’d favorite snack 🙂

  8. says

    Gorgeous fresh ingredients make you feel so good about yourself. I can’t get enough of avocado with chilli and kale on toast at the moment – the perfect lunch with a few toasted seeds and a fresh fruit smoothie.

  9. says

    Just came back from vacation and my relatives juiced every morning. I loved it. I was so surprised how much I loved it. Father’s Day…can you guess…he’s getting a juicer!

  10. says

    What gorgeous shots! We’ve been chasing healthy foods here for a while and I finally bought myself a Vitamix. We have smoothies full of antioxidant berries everyday. Also love having kale chips. I feel very conflicted between trying to be healthy and run a dessert blog. 🙂

  11. says

    You know I was just telling my husband that I will go 75-85% raw for my daily diet. Cooking, clicking and blogging has started showing on my thighs… Even though I just post 1 or 2 recipes per week by testing each 2-3 times does count..LOL
    This looks so so refreshing… B/W congrats on ur magazine feature….

  12. says

    Beautiful! Congratulations on the magazine feature! All these fresh ingredients made my mouth water and wish it wasn’t my bed time. I’m inspired to make fresh juice (I only have a blender and wish to have a juicer next) tomorrow morning! Wonderful post, Sylvie!

  13. says

    Hi Slyvie,
    Your photographs are stunning! I love fresh fruits and vegetables and seem to be always juicing too. Congratulations on the magazine feature!

  14. says

    Oh I love that first photo – the bubbles on the surface – and the watermelon pic! Gorgeous. Congrats on the feature – and my favourite way to eat fruit is raw – there is nothing that beats biting into a fresh peach and having the juice dripping down your chin – fanastic.

  15. says

    Lovely post, Sylvie. And that’s a great looking smoothie. Will pass the recipe on to my daughter, who loves healthy drinks like this.
    I eat an orange twice a day and fresh veggies with lunch in a salad and at dinner, usually roasted, which I think gives them so much flavor.

  16. says

    Oh I’m happy to eat fruit in all ways possible- baked, raw and even fried! My mom fries bananas in a coconut and flour batter…..YUmmmy! I love how you’ve photographed the fruits on different surface. It all looks rather fresh. What is the surface for the first photo?

  17. says

    beautiful post and mag!

    I have updated my new lifestyle recently, eating much healthier and it works out so nicely. My energies are up, and weights are down 🙂

  18. says

    Ohhh…I completely agree with you! Eating local and seasonally is the best way to get the most delicious fruits and vegetables.We eat loads of vegetables and fruits at home and I love making tortilla española with vegetables, salads,fruit juices, etc. So I’m loving your watermelon-cucumbe-mint Juice :)and your gorgeous pics.

    Hugs <3

  19. Po says

    Turn them into liquid and drink it all! I am very lazy to chew ; ) Congee, smoothies, juices and etc are definitely my best buddies ever!