Color Your Plate May 2016
In This Issue
Greetings from Rachel!
Trojan Gardens
USC Hospitality is developing the USC Teaching Garden, a self-sustaining garden to harvest fruit, herbs, vegetables and edible flowers for its dining venues.

The garden's farming techniques support USC's commitment to the environment and the health of the university's dining guests by growing food locally without the use of harmful chemicals.

"I am proud to work for an organization that focuses so much on culinary excellence and the guest experience," said executive chef Eric Ernest, referring to the farm-to-table methods.  Read on
TG helping kids learn and feed the needy
tower garden
The students at  Parkwood Elementary School, NC will  tend to their Tower Garden throughout the school year. When the plants are harvested, they will donate some of them to the United Way's CHEW program. The CHEW program provides meals on the weekends to students in need. Read on...

Spring is in full bloom this month!   With all of the spring colors bursting around us, why not use that inspiration and make your plate more colorful by adding more fruits and veggies?  A really colorful, but often overlooked fruit is a pomegranate.  Try one today - they are full of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins C & K. See recipes in this newsletter for a delicious way to eat them!

Hunger vs. Appetite:  What's the Difference?
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between hunger and appetite?  

Dr. Libby Weaver explains: hunger and appetite are two very different things. Hunger is the physical need for food whereas appetite is the desire for food. Hunger occurs with low levels of glucose in your blood, several hours after eating - it is a protective mechanism that ensures your body is adequately fueled. Appetite is the conditioned response to food - it is a sensory reaction to the look or smell of food. It is appetite that can lead "your eyes to be bigger than your stomach." Read on...
Helpful Shopping Tool
With farmers market season upon us, you may want to  check out the Environmental Working Group's " Dirty Dozen," the organization's annual roundup of conventionally grown produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticides. That's pesticides, plural. Despite growing consumer demand for healthier, more sustainably grown food, many samples of the most contaminated produce tested positive for residues from not one but two or more chemical pesticides. 

*Note: when you take Juice Plus+, you are assured that pesticides and other contaminants are NOT in the product. JP+ is tested multiple times before encapsulation.  You are consuming a product that is free of pesticides and herbicides. In addition to stringent controls, the JP+ product has  earned the product quality "seal of approval" from  NSF International , the Public Health and Safety Company. NSF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to product and ingredient safety.
Farm Fresh Nutrition
Preserving Fruits & Veggies after Harvest

Colorful, Healthy Puddingrecipe
chia pudding
Can pudding really be healthy for you?  
The answer is a resounding YES if you make it with chia seeds!  Chia seeds are no longer just the stuff of novelty chia pets, they've grown up to become an excellent addition to your diet. Color your plate this month and try some!

Packed with fiber, omegas, potassium, and magnesium, the superfood seeds are great for boosting energy, improving endurance, and even helping regulate digestion.  Click here for 36 different chia seed recipes.  By the way, if you're making the pudding with pomegranates and need help cutting one open, click here.
EVENT:  Cocktails & Conversation, May 19th
Thursday, May 19th
Cross Town Grill, Peachtree City - flyer here
Thank you for reading my newsletter. Please contact me if you want more information about Healthy Living, Healthy Growing or starting a Healthy Business! 
Celebrating Healthy Living, 
Rachel Smartt, Naturopathic Doctor
Nat'l Marketing Director & JuicePlus+
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Headed to a reunion this summer?
Something to ponder as you re-connect with former classmates!  Would you rather be the twinkie or the fruit?