Summary

1. Organic as a Non-Negotiable

To us, organic is a non-negotiable. We do everything in our power to protect the earth. Organic produce preserves soil integrity, an investment in fruitful future crops. The lack of pesticides and GMOs means safer fruits and veggies and no chemical runoff into our local waterways.

Bonus: studies show organic produce has higher antioxidant levels which means more flavorful, healthful foods.

A large meta-analysis published in 2014 in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic crops — ranging from carrots and broccoli to apples and blueberries — have substantially higher concentrations of a range of antioxidants and other potentially beneficial compounds. These organic crops had about 50 percent more anthocyanins and flavonols compared with conventional crops. Consumption of these compounds is linked to a variety of benefits, including anti-inflammatory effects. Flavonol compounds — found widely in fruits and vegetables — have also been shown to protect cells from damage, which can help fend off disease.

A study of tomatoes conducted at the University of California, Davis back in 2008 found that “organic tomatoes have almost double the concentration of a beneficial flavonoid known as quercetin, compared with conventional tomatoes grown on an adjacent field.”

3. Gluten Free + Protein Packed Carbs

We prefer complex, low glycemic index carbs which contain fiber and micronutrients, and take longer to digest — as opposed to glutenous carbs. We use protein-packed grains and legumes like lentils, quinoa, forbidden rice, and chickpeas. Your energy will be steady and you’ll feel satiated.

Not all carbs are the same! Healthy carbohydrates produce energy and help regulate protein and fat metabolism. When obtained from whole foods sources, like the ones we use in our meals, carbohydrates include fiber and cellulose, sugars, and starches; also accompanied by many vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Unrefined, whole foods carbohydrates contain valuable phytonutrients not found in other macronutrient foods.

Note that we also do not use any refined carbohydrates in our meals like white rice or white flour. Refining carbohydrates removed 75% of the the fiber, 70% of the minerals (like magnesium and zinc) 64% of the B Vitamins, and 25% of the protein.

5. 60g of Plant Protein

A day of Thistle’s plant-based plan contains an average of 60 g of plant protein — this is crucial to our menu planning. According to numerous studies, we only need to eat .36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Plants and legumes can provide all 9 essential amino acids that we need to be healthy and happy human beings, so we pack lots of protein in through veggies, nuts and seeds. For those with animal protein add ons, we keep the serving size to the dietician recommended 3 ounces and only use premium pasture-raised chicken, wild-caught fish and grass-fed pork products.

7. Healthy Fats for Vitality

Healthy fats are used to store energy, make hormones, and transport vitamins, among other important functions. For a moderately active person, approximately one third of one’s daily calories can come from healthful fats. Some people thrive on even more! Natural fatty acids are extremely beneficial and you can find them in our foods! Particularly Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in sources like flax seeds and walnuts.

Studies show, a diet high in monounsaturated fats alters the basic chemistry of the brain in such a way that learning and memory is enhanced. Omega-3s soothe the nervous system, boosting your mood and serotonin production. Plus, Omega-3s reduce inflammation, speed up metabolism, and lower cholesterol and triglycerides, keeping your blood thinner and healthier.

Healthy fats are necessary for brain development and function (our brain is made up of 60% fat and it’s needed in our diet). Long chain fatty acids balance hormones, which can sooth adrenals and thus boost your metabolism. We see healthy fats as an absolutely vital piece of our macronutrient puzzle. Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio in the US is about 20:1 because of processed oils. We aim for 3:1. We also incorporate Omega-9s from olives, avocados, and nuts, which lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (good cholesterol), thus also controlling blood sugar levels.

9. Low Sugar

We do not use any added sugars in our meals! Natural sugars come from fruit, dates, or maple syrup.

Maple Syrup offers potassium and calcium and provides quick energy but doesn’t raise blood sugar levels like refined white sugar does. Dates are rich in minerals like calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium, making them great for muscle development. Both dates and maple syrup are half as sweet as white sugar too.

Interested to try Thistle out? Get 20% off your first order with the code NUTRITION.

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Summary

1. Organic as a Non-Negotiable

To us, organic is a non-negotiable. We do everything in our power to protect the earth. Organic produce preserves soil integrity, an investment in fruitful future crops. The lack of pesticides and GMOs means safer fruits and veggies and no chemical runoff into our local waterways.

Bonus: studies show organic produce has higher antioxidant levels which means more flavorful, healthful foods.

A large meta-analysis published in 2014 in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic crops — ranging from carrots and broccoli to apples and blueberries — have substantially higher concentrations of a range of antioxidants and other potentially beneficial compounds. These organic crops had about 50 percent more anthocyanins and flavonols compared with conventional crops. Consumption of these compounds is linked to a variety of benefits, including anti-inflammatory effects. Flavonol compounds — found widely in fruits and vegetables — have also been shown to protect cells from damage, which can help fend off disease.

A study of tomatoes conducted at the University of California, Davis back in 2008 found that “organic tomatoes have almost double the concentration of a beneficial flavonoid known as quercetin, compared with conventional tomatoes grown on an adjacent field.”

3. Gluten Free + Protein Packed Carbs

We prefer complex, low glycemic index carbs which contain fiber and micronutrients, and take longer to digest — as opposed to glutenous carbs. We use protein-packed grains and legumes like lentils, quinoa, forbidden rice, and chickpeas. Your energy will be steady and you’ll feel satiated.

Not all carbs are the same! Healthy carbohydrates produce energy and help regulate protein and fat metabolism. When obtained from whole foods sources, like the ones we use in our meals, carbohydrates include fiber and cellulose, sugars, and starches; also accompanied by many vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Unrefined, whole foods carbohydrates contain valuable phytonutrients not found in other macronutrient foods.

Note that we also do not use any refined carbohydrates in our meals like white rice or white flour. Refining carbohydrates removed 75% of the the fiber, 70% of the minerals (like magnesium and zinc) 64% of the B Vitamins, and 25% of the protein.

5. 60g of Plant Protein

A day of Thistle’s plant-based plan contains an average of 60 g of plant protein — this is crucial to our menu planning. According to numerous studies, we only need to eat .36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Plants and legumes can provide all 9 essential amino acids that we need to be healthy and happy human beings, so we pack lots of protein in through veggies, nuts and seeds. For those with animal protein add ons, we keep the serving size to the dietician recommended 3 ounces and only use premium pasture-raised chicken, wild-caught fish and grass-fed pork products.

7. Healthy Fats for Vitality

Healthy fats are used to store energy, make hormones, and transport vitamins, among other important functions. For a moderately active person, approximately one third of one’s daily calories can come from healthful fats. Some people thrive on even more! Natural fatty acids are extremely beneficial and you can find them in our foods! Particularly Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in sources like flax seeds and walnuts.

Studies show, a diet high in monounsaturated fats alters the basic chemistry of the brain in such a way that learning and memory is enhanced. Omega-3s soothe the nervous system, boosting your mood and serotonin production. Plus, Omega-3s reduce inflammation, speed up metabolism, and lower cholesterol and triglycerides, keeping your blood thinner and healthier.

Healthy fats are necessary for brain development and function (our brain is made up of 60% fat and it’s needed in our diet). Long chain fatty acids balance hormones, which can sooth adrenals and thus boost your metabolism. We see healthy fats as an absolutely vital piece of our macronutrient puzzle. Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio in the US is about 20:1 because of processed oils. We aim for 3:1. We also incorporate Omega-9s from olives, avocados, and nuts, which lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (good cholesterol), thus also controlling blood sugar levels.

9. Low Sugar

We do not use any added sugars in our meals! Natural sugars come from fruit, dates, or maple syrup.

Maple Syrup offers potassium and calcium and provides quick energy but doesn’t raise blood sugar levels like refined white sugar does. Dates are rich in minerals like calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium, making them great for muscle development. Both dates and maple syrup are half as sweet as white sugar too.

Interested to try Thistle out? Get 20% off your first order with the code NUTRITION.

Get meals delivered to your door
We believe eating delicious is crucial to a healthy diet. Each week, our team of chefs design a new menu for what's in season, fresh and flavorful.
TRY THISTLE
Posted 
Sep 29, 2017
 in 
New to Thistle
 category.