Day 4: Blood Oranges!

Hello!

It is day 4! Only 36 to go, not that anyone is counting right? Honestly, it has been tough these last few days, but I’ve already noticed changes in my body. I’ve lost about 4 pounds, which is probably mostly water weight. I also feel cleaner, and not so weighed down by fatty, processed food. I bet a lot of you can relate to always counting calories and being worries about what you’re eating, right? This was the story of my life up until 4 days ago. I haven’t worried about calories or even looked at the back of a box. That’s probably because I haven’t eaten anything out of a box lately! It just makes me feel so good.

Lunch: (It’s Saturday= Sleeping in!)

– Spinach salad with tomatoes, chickpeas, black beans, green peas, and sunflower seeds with olive oil

– Rice

– 2 hard-boiled eggs

– Steamed spinach

Dinner: We went to a restaurant called Merzi. It is basically like a Chipotle only Indian food! Extremely yummy

– Rice bowl with chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, lettuce, and a date chutney

– A blood orange and 2 hard-boiled eggs

 

The lowdown on blood oranges (from Livestrong):

Anthocyanin: 

-This is the red pigment the makes them “blood” oranges. This pigment is an antioxidant.¬†Antioxidants can provide the body with protection against cancer and heart disease. Anthocyanin helps lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels and keep blood vessels flexible and strong.

Vitamin C

Like all citrus fruits, blood oranges are high in vitamin C. One blood orange will provide you almost all of your daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is a key nutrient for helping to heal and repair damaged tissues in the body.

Fiber

Whole blood oranges are a good source of fiber, with 3 g of fiber per medium orange. Fiber helps prevent constipation and maintain the health of your gastrointestinal system. It is also key in preventing colon cancer.

Calories

One blood orange has only about 80 calories! Now that’s what I’m talking about.

 

Now, why don’t you go grab some tangy, juicy, vibrant blood oranges? Not only are they are good (and good for you), you can make so many things with them!

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