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27 Nov '15

5 Spectacular Edible Superfood Holiday Trees!

Posted by Kelly Weber
In the middle of writing this post, after celebrating a wonderfully quiet Thanksgiving at home, I had to laugh at what came on the television; Jimmy Kimmel on Shark Tank!
Shark Tank should be every inventor and small business lovers' favorite show! Tonight they performed a hilarious spin-off of the show, Shark Tank, to demonstrate how we should promote eating more fruits and vegetables. I was like, "Omg, why isn't Jimmy trying to sell holiday superfood trees instead?"
I fell in love with the idea of these festive superfood trees and I think the bloggers presented below have done a much better job than Jimmy at promoting the consumption of more fruits and veggies. 
We hope that these holiday trees leave you inspired to make your refrigerator more festive this season! 
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1. Rustic Southern Sophistication Tree
This veggie tree was made by a beautiful southern belle by the name of Carolyn Black Morton. If you click the image above, you will access the recipe! This tree is a great thing to snack on. The tree can last for days if it is stored properly in the refrigerator. Luckily, proper storage is made possible thanks to modern inventions like Stretch-Tite wrap and adjustable  shelves!
veggie tree
2. A Winter Wonderland Superfood Tree
This edible tree comes to us from a charming family blog,
Many kids fear broccoli and cauliflower. Do we understand why? No. Nutritionally speaking we should love broccoli and cauliflower. Both broccoli and cauliflower great are for you. Broccoli and cauliflower are known to be cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are high in vitamin C, a known anti-oxidant, vitamin K, a known anti-inflamatory, folate, great for fetal development, and many more amazing nutrients! Plants are seriously awesome.
Studies have shown that eating cruciferous vegetables will help prevent the onset of bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer. Cauliflower and broccoli also contain glucosinolates, which stimulate the production of isothiocyanates, enzymes that stimulate apoptosis in human tumor cells in vitro and in vivo; yay! Less tumor cells = Less Cancer
Read More About the Health Benefits of Cauliflower and Broccoli here.
fruit tree
3. The Fabulous & Fruity Christmas Tree
This tree comes to us from the an Indian domestic goddess, Prajakta Gudadhe, at Ginger and Garlic. I love the combination of colors in this tree and the assortment of more super foods! This tree contains kiwis, strawberries, red and green grapes, cantaloupe, dried cranberries, and cilantro. 
Kiwis are the best if you want beautiful skin. Kiwis are rich in magnesium which will help the nervous system function optimally. Kiwis are full of other wonderful nutrients, to learn more about kiwis click on the link above. But really, who doesn't love the fuzziness of a kiwi fruit!
Strawberries are great because they contain high levels of ellagitannins and quercetin. Both of these compounds are thought to have prevent decline of both the cardiovascular & neurological systems. Strawberries are also thought to slow the formation or prevent the onset of cancer. 
Grapes should be a part of your everyday diet. In ancient times grapes were thought to represent joy. Grapes also contain these amazing compounds called polyphenols. Polyphenols may slow or prevent many types of cancer, including esophageal, lung, mouth, pharynx, endometrial, pancreatic, prostate and colon. The consumption of grapes may also help eliminate constipation problems. 
Cantaloupe will give you a sought after glowing complexion! Rich in vitamin A, good for proper eyesight, vitamin C, powerful antioxidant, potassium, great for neurological health, folic acid, great for spinal cord development,  zinc, a promotor wound healing, copper, a strengther of the immune system cross linker of collagen and elastin, which are essential for the formation of strong and flexible connective tissue,  and finally iron, a key metabolism regulator which aids in oxygenating the body properly; cantaloupe has the right stuff to keep your organs functioning at their best!  Cantaloupe is a wonderful food for fostering a strong development of healthy babies, especially with regard to their immune systems. Read more about the health benefits of cantaloupe by selecting any of the highlighted word in the above paragraph. 
Dried Cranberries are a great snack to enjoy in the winter months. Cranberries contain a compound called proanthocyanidin. Proanthocyanidin helps prevent UTI infections and also can help prevent bacterial binding on the teeth. 
Cilantro acts as a natural preservative. It will help keep your tree looking fresh for longer. Cilantro is also high in vitamin c like all of the other fruits and has been shown to help reduce heavy metal toxicity in the body!
strawberry tree
4. The Rosy Red, Sweet Simplicity Tree
This beautiful tree is the perfect pairing to a warm pot of chocolate fondue or a delicious bowl of freshly made organic whipped cream. Fortunately, chocolate still passes as a superfood! This tree contains strawberries and mint; only two ingredients = super easy! 
Mint is both a great looking garnish and a superfood! Mint aids in digestion, may help soothe stubborn allergies, and has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any food!
For recipe information for this gorgeous tree click on the photo above.
 
5. The Fully Raw Tropical Tree
FullyRawKristina is a great account to follow on Instagram if you are into eating a plant based diet. She is one of the most creative fruit and veggies foodies around. Her spirit is so uplifting that watching her videos will immediately inspire you and your family to eat your fruits and veggies! This video helps to show you how easy it is to make these fun holiday creations that your whole family will love. 
We hope that you have enjoyed these five festive edible holiday trees! Tag us on social media using #LittleTeether to show us your holiday superfood creations.
All Our Best,
Little Teether
 

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These super food trees look delicious! Yum!

Posted by Nichole Hebert on November 29, 2015

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