Imagine sinking your teeth into the sweet flesh of a pink watermelon as the juices run down your chin. What if I told you you could also eat the skin and enjoy it just as much, if not more? Watermelon taco anyone?! It may sound bizarre, but this may be the future of food and nutrition as the Skins + Seeds diet takes over the wellness world one zingy citrus peel at a time!
We all know that dietary fiber is good for us and that fruits and vegetables contain powerful phytochemicals that our body loves. But why is it that we when we eat an apple we usually discard the core? Why do we eat the citrus flesh but toss the peel? Not only is it a wasteful practice but we miss out on multiple nutrients that could potentially prevent disease and increase our longevity. That magical sweet spot between the flesh and skins of fruits and veggies holds a treasure trove of nutrients. With this in mind, Parisian chef Pierre Pacon, created the PRP(Produce Residual Processing)method that is at the the core (pun intended) of his Skins and Seeds diet. He found a way to extract immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory nutrients from the skins, peels and seeds of produce that is both nourishing and tasty. All you need to do is replace one meal a day with skins and seeds treated with the PRP method, and you are on your way to reaping countless health benefits. Pierre’s innovative approach to both the culinary and wellness world placed Pierre in the spotlight. His curiosity and passion for flavors and disease prevention inspired him to create delicious meals that not only please the palate but also heal the body.
In addition to enjoying all the health benefits of skins, peels and seeds I love how this approach to nourishment reduces waste. It’s alarming to know that the US throws out about 40% of its food, most of it being produce. Grocery stores often choose fruits and vegetables that are aesthetically pleasing and toss the rest. If it tastes just as delicious and is equally good for you, why should looks matter? It is the imperfections after all, that make life so beautiful. Ok back to food! The fact that it takes so many resources such as our precious land and water to grow food, is quite alarming. It is therefore comforting to know that the Skins and Seeds approach can help contribute to greater sustainable living.
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The first Skins and Seeds bar is scheduled to open in NYC so you can get a taste of this cutting edge culinary genius. Time to give that protein bar a rest and take a bite of a mouthwatering citrus skin roll. Bon Appetit! 🙂