Quality is everything!

Simply Well with Holly Niles


simply well with Holly Niles


This week we are launching into a few weeks of looking at the quality of what we eat and put into our body.  A question I am often asked is, “Should I really pay more for organic fruits and vegetables?” The answer is yes-sometimes it’s very important to buy organic. The Environmental Working Group offers us guidance for this: https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/. There is a list of fruits and veggies called “the dirty dozen” that are considered the most pesticide ridden produce and best to avoid.  At the same time, there is another list named “the clean fifteen” that are found with the least pesticides. This is a good foundation for making best choices.  Another great option is to buy local, look for farms in your area that have produce and you can learn firsthand about the methods they use to grow their foods.

Simply Easy Tip:

Thin-skinned fruits and veggies are more likely to absorb pesticides (strawberries, apples, peaches, grapes, tomatoes). Thick-skinned fruits and veggies are less likely to absorb them (avocados, cantaloupe, mangoes, pineapple). In general, it’s great to give all fruits and veggies a good scrub before eating!

Simply Supportive: PHYTOGANIX

For many of us, there are times when we don’t eat as many fruits and veggies as we would like.  We need those colorful pigments to support detox and optimal nutrition. Phytoganix is a great supplement to add to our day to help balance out the ones we miss!

Phytoganix is a convenient, delicious way to get a diverse daily supply of phytonutrients from certified organic sources. This highly nutritious, berry red formula features:

• Fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries
• Herbs including green tea (naturally containing polyphenols) and ginger
• Vitamin C-rich acerola extract
• Vegetables such as beets, carrots, and spinach
• Flaxseed powder, inulin, and spirulina

Phytoganix is USDA organic, assuring it is produced, processed, and certified to be consistent with national organic standards. All plant ingredients in Phytoganix are from certified organic farming systems that exclude synthetic chemicals in crop production.



Simply Delicious: Rainbow Veggie Salad


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon liquid honey
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1/2 cup bite-size broccoli floret
2 tablespoons unsalted roasted sunflower seeds


1. In bowl, stir together oil, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper until blended.
2. Add cabbage, carrot, zucchini, broccoli and sunflower seeds; toss to coat. Let stand for 20 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)



Simply Well Newsletter #49: Quality is Everything!