Think Wellness Week: The Water Diet
For this challenge we began by discussing our food preferences. We found that-
2/3 of the class preferred chicken over beef.
¾ preferred potatoes over rice.
2/3 preferred tea over coffee.
Our teacher explained about the secret water in food i.e. there is almost 4 times more secret water in beef than chicken, there is almost 4 times more secret water in rice than potatoes and there is almost 4 times more secret water in coffee than tea.
We also did an exercise where we had to guess how much secret water was in different everyday foods. To our surprise nearly every time we guessed the secret water that was actually used turned out to be much more!
The whole school was involved in a Think Wellness week. This week involved being healthy both physically and mentally. As part of our physical wellbeing every student in the school received some healthy recipes with a low water footprint that were provided by both teachers and students. We were told of the connection between healthy food and being healthy and also of the connection of eating food with a low water footprint and the environment.
The water diet is a diet that consists of foods that have a low water footprint. The different foods and drinks that I tried were a ‘Cleanse and Heal Juice’, ‘Berry N-Ice Cream’ and ‘Powerhouse Nibbles’.
The Cleanse and Heal Juice immune booster was very easy to make and also very quick. All I needed for this was 1 cucumber 2 celery stalks and half a lemon with the skin, so when you had all the ingredients all I had to do was put them in the blender for about 20 seconds. This juice is very good for you especially for your skin. I thought this juice was very nice and I have made it a few times in the last few days.
The Berry -Ice Cream is a great health enhancer and didn’t require a lot of work. It is an alternative to ice cream. All you needed was 2 bananas, 300g of mixed berries and 3 drops of vanilla essence. First you had to peel the bananas and freeze overnight, the next day the bananas will have turned to ice cream. Get the mixed berries, vanilla essence and bananas and process together in the blender. I didn’t blend it for a long time because I wanted it to be thick. It was very cooling and the berries gave a really nice taste to it.
The Powerhouse Nibbles (Kale Crisps) are a great immune booster and they only take a small bit of time to make. You only need 3 ingredients for this recipe. You need 1 bunch of kale, 1 tbsp. of vegetable bouillon and 125 ml of olive oil. First preheat the oven to 100°C. Remove the kale from its stalks. Mix the oil and the vegetable bouillon together. Lightly coat the kale in the mixture and place on a large baking tray. Don’t be afraid to get your dirty, stir with your hands, rubbing the mix into the kale as you go. Place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Dry until crisp (3 minutes approximately). I thought that these crisps were easy to make and a much healthier alternative to going down to the local shop and buying a packet of crisps. They were very crunchy and tasted very nice.
One student also prepared a vegan dish called Nut Wellington, an alternative to beef wellington. They found this dish to be quite filling and just as satisfying as a meal that contains meat.
The water diet involves using foods that require less water to produce them. It encourages us to eat more vegetables than meat and to eat much healthier food. It is great for boosting energy but it really helps your skin and other parts of your body. From trying all these different recipes I am really starting to like the water diet. I noticed that I had a lot more energy and wasn’t as tired as usual. These recipes were so easy to make and tasted so good and I will continue to make them in the future.
The whole class found this exercise to be extremely enjoyable. As a result of completing the activity we are now more aware of how much secret water goes into our food and also that vegetarian meals can be just as good as meals containing meat.