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Every Friday, I post a photo sent in by a reader and offer feedback and comments on the meal. This is YOUR CHANCE to have your meals critiqued by a real live nutritionist. If you’d like to participate, email your photo to feedbackfriday@maryvancenc.com with a description of your meal. I’ll choose a new one each week, so make sure to check back every Friday to see if your meal was selected! Follow me on facebook for more details and reminders.

Now, onto the fun stuff. This week. reader Renee M. shares her breakfast with us:


Great job with a good looking meal, Renee. We have (hopefully soy-free and cage free) eggs for choline (brain power!) and B vitamins; lox, which is rich in anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids; antioxidant and mineral-rich spinach; lycopene-rich tomatoes; and antioxidant-rich blueberries. This is a protein-rich, good fat and antioxidant-rich breakfast. You guys are sending me some really nice meals. Give me something to pick on, LOL.

If I did want to pick on something, I would have to say that fruit with or after a meal can aggravate digestion for some folks who have GI issues, such as underproduction of stomach acid and digestive enzymes. This causes the fruit to ferment and may cause heartburn or gas, as it’s not properly digested. Fruit, in my opinion, is best eaten as a snack between meals (with a handful of nuts or coconut butter, or alone if you can handle it), or as a main component of the meal (smoothies, for example). If you don’t have GI issues, it’s probably fine.

Also, add some mineral-rich sea salt to the spinach and eggs. I would drizzle butter (if you can handle dairy) or olive oil over the spinach to increase absorption of fat soluble nutrients– vitamins A, D, E and K.

Tropical Traditions is a great source for soy free eggs if you can’t find them in your area.

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