Once a month Panorama residents gather in our own Chambers House Restaurant to learn about nutrition and to taste it in action. Our Fitness Coordinator, Melissa, teaches while our Catering Manager, Meggin, cooks a meal with the featured food items. Yesterday we learned more about the topic of food synergy, which describes the increased benefits of nutritious foods when they are combined with certain other nutrients. This time our focus was on the super duo of spinach and beets. When eaten alone each of these vegetables are low in calories and high in nutrients. So why bother putting them together? Well, the benefits they provide the body are facilitated by the presence of one another. In other words, nutrients work in teams. The vitamin C found in beets helps with the absorption of iron found in spinach.
After learning about the benefits of spinach and beets on their own, as well as together, we all got to dig into the lunch that Meggin had prepared, which was a Roast Beef, Beet, and Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette.