Benefits and Plant Food Sources

Copper is an essential trace mineral necessary for survival. It plays a role in making red blood cells and maintaining nerve cells and the immune system. It also helps the body form collagen and absorb iron, and plays a role in energy production.

RECIPE ~ Eggplant Fries

Eggplant fries can also be baked without oil. Preheat oven to 400º and bake until they are golden brown. I like to dip these in my favorite salad dressing. They are a delicious side or a healthy snack.

NUTRIENT ~ Calcium

Your body needs calcium to build and maintain strong bones. Your heart, muscles and nerves also need calcium to function properly. Some studies suggest that calcium, along with vitamin D, may have benefits beyond bone health: perhaps protecting against cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. Food is the best source of any nutrient, and some plant foods are rich in calcium.

RECIPE ~ Cherry Chia Jam

preparation ingredients PREP 20 min 1 c PITTED CHERRIES COOK 15 min, MEDIUM HEAT 1 Tbsp HONEY NEED SAUCEPAN 1 Tbsp CHIA SEEDS INSTRUCTIONS 1. Combine CHERRIES and HONEY in saucepan over medium heat. 2. Cook 5 minutes, stirring gently; as they heat, mash the cherries gently with wooden spoon 3. Bring mixture to a…


Chia is a flowering plant in the mint family, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. It is rich in calcium, phosphorous, and other minerals.