I have long been a follower of Dr Greger of Nutritionfacts.org I love his quirky personality and style of presentation and the topical videos he creates that are short and to the point... easy to fit in between moments of my day.
In case you have no clue what or who I am talking about, here's a video extract from his website about page...
"Whenever there is a new drug or surgical procedure, you can be assured that you or your doctor will probably hear about it because there’s a corporate budget driving its promotion. But what about advances in the field of nutrition? The reason we don’t see ads on TV for broccoli is the same reason groundbreaking research on the power of foods and eating patterns to affect our health and longevity gets lost and buried in the medical literature–there’s no profit motive. It may not make anyone money, but what if our lives would profit?
NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Michael Greger, M.D., launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Now a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org provides free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are now hundreds of videos on more than a thousand topics, with new videos and articles uploaded every day."
So you can see he really does offer a great contribution to the nutritional world and so I was very excited a few weeks back when I saw a post in a Facebook group I am part of notifying that they were looking for recipe submissions that fell within their (very strict) whole food ingredient criteria...
...this meant not only plant based, but absolutely nothing processed or without the 'whole' food. This included nut milks, soy, any sweeteners other than fruit or date products an also no salt or proceed flavourings (other than natural herbs)
Wow.. what a challenge... but I was onto it!
I sifted through my archives and found some recipes I hoped would meet the mark. Those that were approved now have official status... with a stamp! I feel quite proud!
Whist I myself do not feel the need to be this strict with every aspect of my daily diet I do really appreciate Dr Greger's approach and his desire for recipes to live up to that. In the email correspondence I received back they state: "There is a whole spectrum of healthy eating, but Dr. Greger wants to make sure we only approve the most stringent whole-foods, plant-based guidelines" once they have enough recipes submitted there will be a place for them available in the website as well as Pinterest..so keep a look out!