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Why You Should Eat These Foods

About 8 years ago my cousin sent me a paper about healthy foods we have and ways to use them to stay healthy. Because I am passionate about promoting good health, I collect ideas about healthy living whenever I find them. There is a lot of good information everywhere and people are so willing to share what they know.

We are here on this beautiful earth with abundance. By study and seeking wisdom we learn to use what we have. Sharing is part of the gifts we enjoy.

In the Bible we read: GOD first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish… all before making a human. HE made and provided what we would need before we were born. These are best, and more powerful when eaten raw. GOD left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body!

Fight Disease, Eat Healthy Foods

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food. Grapes resemble the alveoli of the lungs. The lungs are made of branches of ever-smaller airways that end with tiny branches of tissue called alveoli. Alveoli allow oxygen to pass from the lungs to the blood stream. Research has shown that a diet high in fresh grapes can reduce the risk of lung cancer and emphysema.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut look just like the neo-cortex. Researchers say walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function. Because walnuts are loaded with omega-3s, we can consider them the ultimate”brain food”. The human brain is about 60% “structural fat”. So it needs high-quality fats like omega-3s to function properly and keep the brain fluid and flexible.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function. Yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys. Kidney beans, like most other beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. In addition to lowering cholesterol, kidney beans’ high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal. Thus these beans are an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. Kidney beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum. This is an integral component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, detoxifies sulfites. Sulfites are a type of preservative commonly added to prepared foods. Side effects of sulfites include rapid heartbeat, headache or disorientation. Reaction to sulfites, may be caused by molybdenum stores too insufficient to detoxify them.

Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, as well as a good source of vitamin A, folic acid, and iron. Because parsley is a low calorie nutrient-dense herb, it is useful for many things. It helps boost metabolism, remove excess water from the body, and cleanse the kidneys and livers. This, in turn, keeps the body’s functioning at its optimal level and helps in weight loss.

Celery, Bok-Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23 % sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you do not have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Avocados, Eggplant and Pears are healthy foods that target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. The Aztecs called this the fertility fruit because of the high amounts of Vitamin E in it. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Because figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well they help overcome male sterility. Note: bananas and cucumbers are also good for the male genitals. Like Kidney beans, figs are a good source of fiber and manganese, as well as magnesium, calcium, copper and potassium and vitamins K and B6. They are helpful in lowering blood pressure. Besides keeping much longer, the nutritional value of figs increases when they’re dried. A half-cup of fresh figs provides as much calcium as one-half cup of milk. But a single dried fig contains almost as much calcium as an egg. Because figs contain powerful antioxidants they neutralize free radicals in your body and fight disease. This they do whether fresh or dried. These healthy foods grow on trees that seem to grow wild in some warmer climates. I almost envy the people in those climates.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas. Because they are low on the glycemic index they actually balance the blood sugar of diabetics. Sweet potatoes are a great source of B6 vitamins, which are amazing at breaking down homocysteine. Because this substance contributes to the hardening of blood vessels and arteries causing heart attacks we need low homocysteine levels. Sweet potatoes’ potassium content helps your heart, as it lowers blood pressure by maintaining fluid balance. Potassium is also an important electrolyte that helps regulate your heartbeat. Hi amounts of manganese is also in sweet potatoes like kidney beans and figs.

Proven Health Benefits of Cinnamon include high antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and protects heart health. Because cinnamon normalizes blood sugar it fights diabetes. Other helps are cognitive brain function, and cancer prevention. We use cinnamon to fight infections and viruses. Did you know sweeter breath and mouth health are great uses for cinnamon? Also candida prevention and cure, healthy skin, and allergy help are uses for cinnamon. Use Cinnamon to Sweeten Recipes without Added Sugar. It is also a natural food preservative to help with other healthy foods.

Because olives are very high in vitamin E they assist the health and function of the ovaries. Also these healthy foods are high in other powerful antioxidants. Studies show that they are good for the heart, and may protect against osteoporosis and cancer. The healthy fats in olives are extracted to produce extra virgin olive oil, one of the key components of the incredibly healthy Mediterranean diet.

Pomegranates are good for the ovaries also. Packed with antioxidants and loaded with vitamin C and potassium, pomegranates are a super food. They can help with risk of heart disease, risk of cancer, diarrhea, cholesterol, weight and cell damage. Pomegranates are one of the few fruits where the juice is just as beneficial as the fruit or seeds. The peel, which you can’t eat, contains the most antioxidants, and they are released in abundance when the fruit is squeezed for juicing. They can be juiced with a citrus juicer. I am sure there are healthy foods where you live.

Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female, and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts. These healthy foods are popular and it should be easy to include them in our diet. However, they do not grow where it is cold so we are dependent on the system to bring them to us.

Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

Pineapple is also good for the cells and the skin of the pineapple looks like cells look under a microscope. It is loaded with Vitamin C and Manganese. It also improves digestion because it is a great source of bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme that will help with digestion if eaten with food. If you eat it on an empty stomach it helps with pain and inflammation. Either way it is a win win situation.

Wood Ear Mushroom or Black Fungus. This is a very important food for us that should be incorporated into everyone’s diet. I have never heard of this healthy food. After learning the benefits of it I will be wanting to find some. It is beneficial for blood, as it can nourish, activate, and clean the blood all at once. Wood ear counteracts high cholesterol, increases body fluids, and adds moisture to the lung. It is effective in blood coagulation and decreasing blood cholesterol levels.Other amazing benefits include high protein, low-calorie vegetable, high fiber, rich in iron vitamin B-2.

The juice of a potato is good for lung and bronchial problems. Because we usually eat them fried or baked we think of them as unhealthy. Watch this video to learn amazing health benefits of Potato Juice. According to many people the best way to get the benefits of potato is to drink the juice. Healthy foods include Potatoes which are high in vitamin C and helped early sailors fight scurvy. Potatoes are also a rich source of Vitamin B, folate and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. Contrary to popular thought, they are low on the glycemic index and can help you lose weight. Proper preparation is the key.

Lemons are good healthy foods to help the liver and clean out toxins. Other health benefits of lemon include treatment of indigestion, and constipation dental problems, throat infections, fever, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera, and high blood pressure, while also benefiting your hair and skin. Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemon helps strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and is considered a blood purifier. Lemon juice, especially, has several health benefits associated with it. It is well known as a useful treatment for kidney stones, reducing strokes, and lowering body temperature. As a refreshing drink, lemonade helps you stay calm and cool.

The foods included in this article are only a part of available healthy foods. I was told once that there are foods in every part of the world that will help with our needs. Once I asked about what we have where I live that is a digest aid like pineapple. Well, rhubarb is also a good digest aid. Don’t give up learning. You will find foods that work for you available where you live.

Chinese Food, American Style

It is often a standing joke that what Americans consider to be Chinese food is totally of our own making, and cooks and diners in China would find them completely foreign (like chop suey–what on earth is that?). But somewhere along the line, Chinese food was adapted from our Asian immigrants, Americanized and became wildly popular, not only as a take-out but served buffet-style and sit-down as well. Many dishes are accompanied by plain white, brown or fried rice. Let’s review our most popular:

Dim Sum: bite-sized dumplings stuffed with veggies or meat,essentially a Cantonese preparation not always offered at many restaurants; can be also presented as small sampling dishes, depending on the menu and the cook’s whim;

Hot and Sour Soup: a delightfully “sour” soup with a spicy broth, it contains red peppers or white pepper and vinegar; another favorite soup is a light broth with won ton (meat-filled dumplings);

Quick Noodles: a staple in every Chinese home and found on most Chinese restaurant menus, it comes in several versions, often called lo mein and may be plain or have veggies;

Szechwan Chilli Chicken: a fiery Sichuan delight loaded with pungent spices like ginger, green and red chillies and brown pepper; be careful if you are not a fan of hot chilli peppers;

Spring Rolls: frequently a lighter version of traditional egg rolls, which are shredded meat and veggies encased in a papery thin dough, rolled and deep fried; a favorite to be sure;

Egg Foo Young: an egg pancake with veggies, often too bland for Chinese foodies, served with a brown sauce;

Shitake Fried Rice with water Chestnuts: mushrooms and water chestnuts are used frequently in Chinese cooking, and this is just another version of traditional fried rice; some things never go out of style;

Moo Shu: stir-fried veggies and meat, chicken, shrimp or tofu, rolled up in thin pancakes spread with plum sauce (this author’s favorite dish);

Kung Pao Chicken: savory pieces of chicken cooked in a wok with veggies and flavored with peanuts and spices; from the time of the Qing Dynasty (circa 1876);

General Tso Chicken: deep-fried chicken dish in a tangy sauce, an all-time favorite; it may have been named in honor of a Qing dynasty military leader, but it’s really anyone’s guess;

Orange Chicken: another popular deep-fried chicken dish, coated with an orange sauce after cooking (not for a low-fat diet, to be sure);

Peking Duck: don’t expect this specialty to be readily available at many Chinese restaurants, Peking duck harkens back to the Imperial Era (221 B.C.) and characterized by its thin, crisp skin; often must be ordered ahead of time but fit for an emperor;

Like many other cuisines, Chinese cooking uses sauces and seasonings native to their regions, which might include:

soy sauce
oyster sauce
sesame oil
rice vinegar
rice wine
soybean paste
star anise
five spice powder
chili sauce (or paste)
chili powder
sichuan peppercorns
black bean sauce

Many of these are available in the Asian aisle of your local grocery store or a multitude of Asian grocers in larger cities and can be great fun to try in your own kitchen. So look up the closest Chinese buffet or restaurant, bring your appetite and get ready to sample some of American’s favorite foods. As the old saying goes, you may be hungry an hour later, but it’s well worth it.

Food and Food Health

We all have passed through a phase, or are still in one where the mind still walks the streets of dilemma as to whether the salad in the afternoon can make up for the double cheese hamburger of last night. Whether the calories gained through the chocolate pudding can be balanced through the oatmeal in breakfast.

A few years back, there was a stigma about having the perfect thin or muscular (as one prefers), flat-stomached body. There was this misconception that slim and trim is the way to look beautiful. But fortunately, this stigma and misapprehension is slowly and somehow being eliminated from the society. Today, every type of body is beautiful, whether it is a flat-stomach or a fat belly. But that does not give any of us the right to overlook the fact about eating healthy.

Eating healthy does not mean gulping down only chunks of vegetables and salads. Eating healthy does not mean being on a “diet”. Eating healthy means providing the body every kind of nutrients to function properly. And it includes the Broccoli Soup one cringes to as well as the delicious classic double crust cheese-filled pepperoni pizza, everyone craves for.

REQUIREMENTS OF THE BODY

We all love eating, mainly the junk type, but sometimes realization hits us and we tend to understand that salads and vegetables and fruits are really important part of a diet. Every type of nutrient is needed to keep the body functions in its right place. Vitamins, proteins, minerals, carbohydrate, fats, roughage and water, these are the nutrients we need almost on a daily basis. I won’t waste time by telling what these are and how each of them are important because this is something we all have learnt in six-grade science subject. But I do would like to mention some of the dishes that are delicious, healthy and contain all of the above nutrients in the right amount.

THE FINGER-LICKING CLASSIC CHICKEN SALTIMBOCCA

It is a delicious chicken preparation, which is rolled up with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese and drenched in a tasty white wine pan sauce. It is a mouth-watering dish with the goodness of protein (found in chicken), fats (cheese) and the palatable white wine sauce. It can easily be garnished with vegetables, providing the wholesome richness of vitamins and minerals.

THE DELICIOUS UN-CHEESY POTATO BROCOLLI SOUP

The name may seem to have no part of it seem delicious- ‘un-cheesy’, the dreaded ‘broccoli’ and ‘potato’, but the taste seems to be contradicting it’s not-so appealing name. It is a preparation which will fill the tastebuds with an explosion of flavor and its richness makes it almost hard to resist. The dish is a mixture of health and taste.

THE OH-SO YUMMY APPLE CINNAMON BREAKFAST BARS

This the perfect preparation for all those fuzzy kids who refuse to eat any fruits. This flavorful dish is full of protein and fiber and a favorite among the children and adults alike.

THE IMPORTANCE OF FOOD HEALTH IN OUR LIFE

There is absolutely no need to state what importance food holds in the existence of an individual. As stated above, it does not matter if one is slim or fat, what matters is whether the individual is eating healthy. Excess of nothing is good, especially not food. But we need to understand the right amount and the right kind of nutrients our body needs, to stay healthy and to keep our loved ones healthy as well.

Summer Fruits and Their Benefits

Summer has arrived. It is the season of shorts, sunscreen, hit the beach, filling the coolers and many other things. But summer also brings with itself excessive heat and chances of dehydration. In this season you need to eat food that helps prevents above mentioned conditions from occurring. Here are a few summer fruits and their benefits.

Watermelon – Ripped only in summer, this big red ball of health is filled with water and taste. The amount of water present in this fruit helps you in being hydrated and keeps your body cool. Watermelon also acts as in defense and protects your skin from sunburn. You won’t get food cravings after its consumption, it keeps your tummy feels filled. It is also good for people with high blood pressure, but in a limit. This one ought to be consumed almost every day in summer.

Oranges – Oranges are sweetest, juiciest summer fruit full of nutrients. Orange is low in calories and keeps your blood pressure in check. Orange is also a source of Vitamin C which is the most required vitamin in your body after an age. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that is also useful in skin damage caused by sun rays. Not only oranges, but their peel also performs wonders on your skin. It lightens your skin tone and erases all the scars and shades.

Mango – Mango is called the king of fruits. There are many reasons for calling it so and one of them is the long list of its benefits. It is proven by research that mango prevents cancer. Mango, when mixed with milk, becomes a source of strength. Mango shake increases immunity and gives you the strength to perform better. Vitamin A present in mango helps with good eyesight and stops night blindness. Mangoes have enzymes that break down protein and improves digestion. Like oranges, mango is also beneficial for skin. Those skin pores you can’t get rid of, mango removes them.

Litchi – Litchi though arrives a little late in summer but is worth the wait. The taste and sweetness of litchi are exquisite, plus it is also a source of nutrients. Apart from the taste, litchi also excels in health factor. It is filled with Vitamin B & Vitamin C and minerals like magnesium and potassium. It is also proven to be helpful in asthma. The antioxidants present in Litchi have cancer-fighting abilities. The minerals help in proper blood circulation throughout the entire body. It prevents signs of aging and promotes hair growth as well.

Peaches – Peaches are also high in Vitamin C. The fiber present in peaches fills you up without increasing weight. Peaches also cure metabolic syndrome. It also lowers the risk of cancer. It is a mixture of all the nutrients – protein, carbohydrate, calcium, fiber, iron, magnesium, sugar and rich in various vitamins – A, C, E, and K. Though you should try to consume peaches that are canned in water and not the one canned in syrup. Peaches with syrup are not so healthy and can increase your sugar level.

Nutty for Peanuts

Whether you are a chunky or creamy fan, peanut butter and its many forms comprise one of America’s favorite foods. Are you a brand loyalist, be it Skippy, Jif, Peter Pan, Smucker’s, or an organic-only consumer? On average, Americans eat more than six pounds of peanut products each year, worth more than $2 billion at the retail level. Peanut butter accounts for about half of the U.S. edible use of peanuts-accounting for $850 million in retail sales each year.

The peanut plant can be traced back to Peru and Brazil in South America around 3,500 years ago. European explorers first discovered peanuts in Brazil and saw its value, taking them back to their respective countries, where it was a bit slow to catch on but became popular in Western Africa. (And the French just never quite got it.)

History tells us that it wasn’t until the early 1800s that peanuts were grown commercially in the United States, and undoubtedly showed up at the dinner table of foodie president Thomas Jefferson, probably in the form of peanut soup, a delicacy in Southern regions. After all, Jefferson was an enthusiastic gardener who lived in Virginia. Civil War Confederate soldiers welcomed boiled peanuts as a change from hardtack and beef jerky. First cultivated primarily for its oil, they were originally regarded as fodder for livestock and the poor, like so many other now-popular foods. Technically not nuts, peanuts are part of the legume family and grown underground in pods, along with peas and beans.

Peanuts started to catch on in the late 1800s when Barnum and Bailey circus wagons traveled cross country hawking “hot roasted peanuts” to the crowds. Street vendors soon followed, selling roasted peanuts from carts, and they became a staple in taverns and at baseball games. (Throwing the bags to anxious consumers became an art form.)

As with many other popular foods, peanut butter was first introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 but basically still had to be made by hand. Catching on as a favorite source of protein, commercial peanut butter made its appearance on grocers’ shelves in the late 1920s and early 30s, beginning with Peter Pan and Skippy.

Dr. George Washington Carver is unquestionably the father of the peanut industry, starting in 1903 with his landmark research. He recommended that farmers rotate their cotton crops with peanuts which replenished the nitrogen content in the soil that cotton depleted. In his tireless research, he discovered hundreds of uses for the humble peanut.

While it is believed that the Inca Indians in South America ground peanuts centuries ago (we know for certain they weren’t spreading it on white bread with grape jelly), credit is usually given to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (of corn flakes fame) for creating the first peanut butter in 1895 for his elderly patients who had difficulty chewing other proteins.

In the U.S. peanuts are the 12th most valuable cash crop and have an annual farm value of over one billion dollars. They are an easy, low-maintenance crop, nutritious, economical, transportable and just plain delicious. Some of our more popular uses include:

Butter
PB&J sandwiches
Brittle + other candies
Crackerjack
Soup
Baking and cookies
Garnishes
Snacks, both boiled or roasted, in-shell or no-shell

Not to be forgotten is peanut oil, which is a highly regarded form of cooking oil, due to its ability to withstand higher temperatures and the added benefit that food doesn’t hold any peanut flavor after cooking.

Sadly, due to a rise in allergies, peanuts are disappearing from sporting events and other venues, and some airlines replaced them years ago with more economical pretzels. But no matter how you enjoy them, in their simplest form, covered in chocolate or mixed into your favorite dishes, this popular snack and sandwich filling crosses all economic and age barriers. We’ve gone nutty, all right. And for those of you who are allergic, you have our heartfelt sympathy.

10 Amazing Facts About Avocados

Avocado is an interesting food item. There is a big confusion that revolves around avocado; is it a fruit or a vegetable? This green colored, pear-shaped, little food item is actually classified as a fruit. It is indeed delicious and is loaded with n number of health benefits. This article is purely dedicated to this fruit. Here, we present you 10 amazing facts about Avocado. Keep reading.

1. Avocado is more than ten thousand years old.
Avocado has been on the eating list of people for more than 10,000 years. It is a native of America but was first spotted in Puebla in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. The gardens of America and Mexico always have avocado trees. One interesting fact about avocado is that it holds a spiritual significance for Aztec and Mayan societies. They believe that avocado gives them strength.

2. Avocados are very rich in fiber
Avocado is fiber rich. A medium- sized avocado has about 10 grams of fiber. It is loaded with soluble as well as insoluble fiber. Of total fiber, about 75% is insoluble (it accelerates the passage of food inside the body) and 25% is soluble fiber (it makes one feel full).

3. Avocados are super food
Avocados are power packed. They are rich in essential nutrients. Avocados are true super food. A single 100 gram serving of avocado contains:
• Vitamin K – 26% of the RDA
• Vitamin C- 17% of the RDA.
• Vitamin E- 10% of the RDA
• Vitamin B5- 14% of the RDA
• Vitamin B6- 13% of the RDA
• Potassium- 14% of the RDA
• Folate- 20% of the RDA

Apart from them, avocados are also packed with little amounts of manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, copper, zinc, vitamin A, B1, B2 as well as B3.

4. Avocados are potassium rich, even more than bananas
We have always heard that bananas are the best and richest source of potassium, but avocados contain more potassium than bananas. 100 gram serving of banana contains 10% of the RDA, whereas avocados contain 14% of the RDA. Potassium helps in monitoring blood pressure. Thus, they are really very important for health.

5. Avocados help in lowering the levels of bad cholesterol
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that are very healthy for heart. Monounsaturated fats help in boosting the levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and cutting down the levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).

6. Avocados protect eyes
Avocados contain powerful antioxidants that help in protecting the eyes. They contain nutrients like Zeaxanthin and Lutein. These two nutrients are great for eyes. If studies are to be believed, the risk of macular degeneration as well as cataracts drops down drastically if one take generous amount of these nutrients.

7. Avocados have anti- aging properties and other dermatological benefits
We often spend big bucks on anti- aging creams, therapies and treatments; instead we should include avocados in our diet. Avocados have magical anti- aging properties. As they are rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and other healthy nutrients, they arrest the aging process and keeps skin youthful. Avocados also help in combating many dermatological benefits. They help to cut down the skin damage. They induce DNA repair. They also help to reverse the damage caused to skin by the harmful UV rays. Thus, you need not to spend a lot on expensive creams, lotions or treatments. Eat a lot of avocados and get a smooth, shiny, flawless and youthful skin.

8. Avocados reduce the susceptibility of several kinds of cancers
Among many benefits of avocados, one is that it cuts down the risk of many different kinds of cancers. According to recent studies, carotenoids which are rich in anti- oxidants have anti- cancerous actions. They help in preventing gastric, oral, prostate as well as breast cancer. When these carotenoids are paired with avocados that are rich in healthy fats, they prove magical to cut down cancer.

9. Avocados are beneficial in osteoarthritis
Avocados help in soothing the pain as well as damage caused by arthritis. It is an effective treatment against osteoarthritis as it helps to resolve the symptoms. If you take avocados religiously, you may not need anti- inflammatory drugs.

10. Avocados help in treating psoriasis
If you are tired of taking medications and lotions for psoriasis, but haven’t found relief, you must try avocado. Eating avocados help at large. For topical application, a cream that contains vit B12 as well as avocado oil helps in treating psoriasis. The best thing about it is that this cream is sans any adverse effect. Thus, avocado is a very-pocket way to treat psoriasis.

The Delicious Smoothie

So, what is a smoothie? In Wikipedia: A smoothie (occasionally spelled smoothie or smooth) is a thick, cold beverage made from puree raw fruit (and sometimes vegetable) blended with ice-cream or frozen yogurt along with other ingredients such as water, crushed ice, fruit juice, sweeteners, (e.g. honey, sugar, Styria, syrup) dairy products ( e,g. milk, yogurt or cottage cheese, whey powder) plant milk, nuts, nut butter, seeds, tea, chocolate, herbal supplements or nutritional supplements.

A smoothie containing dairy products is similar to a vegetable milkshake, though the latter typically has less fruit and often has ice-cream or frozen yogurt.

As you can tell by the definition you sure are able to do a lot about the ingredients you choose to put in your smoothie. But not all ingredients blend well together. Acid fruits like grapefruit and other citrus pineapples, pomegranates, sour apples, plums, strawberries, and tomatoes don’t blend well with sweet fruits such as grapes, prunes and dates. Ingredients can very as much as the purpose of the smoothie you’ve chosen to make. For a protein energy boost, weight loss, health, breakfast drink or just refreshment.

Here are some delicious quick and easy recipes that you and your family can enjoy.

Razzy Blue Smoothie

Ingredients

1 Banana

16 whole almonds

1/4 cup rolled oats

1 tbsp. flaxseed meal

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup raspberry yogurt

1/4 cup Concord grape juice

1 cup 1% butter milk

Directions

Peel banana and cut into 1/2-inch chucks. Chill in the freezer until solid, about two hours. Place the almonds, oats and flaxseed meal into a blender; pulse until finely ground. Add frozen banana, frozen blueberries, yogurt, grape juice, and buttermilk; blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Strawberry banana Smoothie

Ingredients

3/4 cups fat-free milk

1/2 cup of frozen strawberry fat-free yogurt

1/3 cup of Post bran flakes

1/4 strawberries

1/4 cup bananas

Directions

Place milk, yogurt, bran flakes strawberries and bananas in the blender on high-speed until smooth.

Lemon berry Crush Smoothie

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups milk or fat-free milk

1 1/2 tsp. Crystal light lemonade flavor drink mix

8 oz Breyer’s Smooth & Creamy Vanilla Cream yogurt

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 cup ice cubes

Directions

Blend ice and then the rest of ingredients in the blender on high-speed until smooth. Yum!

Mix the rest of the Crystal light soft drink mix with 4 cups of water to create a simple and delicious pitcher drink.

The Hidden Benefits of Tomatoes

Question:
Why do you eat tomatoes?

Answer:
Because it makes my soup look mild and taste great.

That is the reply most women we ask the above question gave until we let them see more valid reasons why they should eat tomatoes. They have been eating tomatoes simply because they were brought up to do so.

Are you among them?
If you answer either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ continue reading and you will see valid reasons why we should eat tomatoes.

Here are 7 good reasons that make tomatoes worth eating

1. Tomatoes help prevent cancer
Although not all types of cancer but cancer such as breast, colorectal, prostate and stomach cancer. This is because of lutein, zeaxanthin and the high level of lycopene which is a natural antioxidant that have the ability to fight cancer causing cells.

2. Tomatoes are good for your heart
Tomatoes lowers blood pressure and also reduces cholesterol level because of its Vitamin B and potassium. It also prevent life threatening heart problems such as high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

3. Improve your vision
Macular degeneration can be prevented using lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin. The only carotenoids found in the rectina and lens of the eyes are lutein and zeaxanthin, these two carotenoids apart from filtering light also remove rays that can damage eye tissue and eye related diseases. No cause for alarm, lutein, lycopene and zeaxanthin are found in tomatoes

4. Fight inflammation
Quercetin and kaempferol are two major flavonoids in tomato skin, that have the ability to counter inflammation.

5. Makes hair healthier
The appearance and texture of your hair can be improved by drinking tomato juice. Tomato juice revitalize hair growth and strengthen tufts of hair.

6. Increases capacity to burn fat
Carnitine is an amino acid that has the ability to increase the capacity for the body to burn fat by about 30%. Tomatoes with all stimulate the production of carnitine.

7. Fights constipation
When you eat foods that are high in fibre and water content you will have regular bowel movement and you will be well hydrated this fighting constipation. Tomatoes are high in fibre and water content.

Nutritional composition of tomatoes
Calories 18
Water 95%
Protein 0.9 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Fat 0.2 g
Saturated 0.03 g
Carbs 3.9 g
Sugar 2.6 g
Monounsaturated 0.03 g
Polyunsaturated 0.08 g
Omega-3 0 g
Omega-6 0.08 g

The Whole Truth About Super Foods

The lettuce or the peaches are not the same as before. It is a topic of conversation on many tables and a reality that has driven a new generation of dietetics: that of the so-called super foods.

Given the decrease in the quality of the products we consume today and, sometimes, in the face of an unbalanced diet, the arrival of those new products with extra properties is more than welcome: they are high in antioxidants (such as vitamins A, C and E) ) and phytonutrients (chemical substances present in plants that provide color and flavor, as well as protection against ultraviolet radiation and infections), eliminate toxins, contribute to reduce the risk of heart disease or cancer and combat aging.

It is common to hear about the excellence of traditional products in the Mediterranean diet, such as olive oil.

Myth or Reality

Are we faced with medicines capable of curing and shielding against possible ailments or is this a temporary and baseless tendency, a product of the popular interest of the developed world for diet and health?

A simple search in Google on the term “super food” reveals that every 0.13 seconds someone tracks the term on the Internet.

In addition, it returns around 700,000 results.

However, despite its omnipresence, there is not even an official definition.

Is it a trend or fashion; It is not something new. Years ago the scientific community named functional ingredients to nutrients that, without adding calories, preserve health, such as olive oil, nuts or blue fish. Hence comes the name super food, but this does not enjoy the scientific evidence. It is true that they are very healthy products.

The nutritionist of the Biomedical Research Center of the Carlos III Institute, Manuel Monino, agrees with the statement: “There is no superfood as such. Instead, rather than specific products, talk about food super-patterns: there is insufficient evidence of their claimed properties, in fact, most studies have conducted in vitro tests on animals and use very high doses of substances, impossible to achieve with the habitual intake of the food that contains them.

Even so, it is true that some are rich in bioactive substances or in phytochemicals that are in the focus of research, such as flavonoids, carotenes, phenolic compounds… “.

“They are healthy products, but they do not cure, they only preserve health at best”. Warns Irene Breton.

For this expert, the best way to provide the body with everything you need is through a varied diet rich in legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains, but without exclusive consumption of a specific product or excluding others, such as eggs or dairy “What contributes to health or takes away the food patterns and not eating something isolated. Some cater to do great business, that ask it to those who marketed the oat bran, exotic juices or Goji berries, the latter considered by many a super food when they are not different from our raisins, “.

In Spain, we spend more than 2,000 million euros on miracle products, which sometimes includes extracts from supposedly prodigious foods. According to Nieves Palacios, specialist in Endocrinology and Sports Medicine, when making a menu we can not forget fruits, nuts and vegetables every day and vegetables and fish two or three times a week.

In 2013 The New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a study of the Carlos III Institute of Madrid in patients with cardiovascular risk that proved that a diet rich in such foods and low in soft drinks, fatty meats and sweets reduced up to 30% the probability of heart attacks. “The concept” super “has become popular in the media, not among scientists,” he adds.

Exotic and traditional

What does seem clear is that incorporating these foods into a balanced diet is beneficial both physically and emotionally. “It produces emotional well-being and increases self-esteem, by being aware that we are taking care of our body,” says Itxasne Tome, a psychologist at the Ravenna Clinic.

But what to buy?

The acclaimed of all the life or those of extravagant name exalted by journalists and bloggers? Paula Rosso, nutritionist at the Lajo Plaza medical center, do not bet on both options.

“Some traditions return when they discover their active ingredients scientifically: for example Omega-3 acids and chia fiber, protectors of the cardiovascular system, or Goji berries, excellent antioxidant, although it has been discovered that some commercial presentations incorporated high doses of heavy metals, hence they sell less.

In any case, Mediterranean foods are also a source of vitamins and the basis of our diet, “adds the nutritionist. And as important as what to take is the way to do it.

“This type of food must be consumed raw or with the least possible cooking and take it very fresh so that it keeps its properties intact and makes it easier for the body to absorb it,” says Dr. Rosso. And nothing to gorge on one and marginalise all others.

“There is evidence that fruits and vegetables fight cancer, but in the form of supplements – that is, isolating their nutrients outside – they do not produce the same effects. Including large doses of a new food can sometimes mean displacing others of greater nutritional value and thus contribute to the imbalance, “says Manuel Monino.

Add Some Lemon Zest To Your Life

The origin of lemons is unknown but it’s pretty much agreed they were first grown in Assam (a region in northeast India), northern Burma or China. Somewhere along the line it became a hybrid between the bitter orange (sour orange) and citron, which is your basic granddaddy of the citrus family, with its thick bumpy rind and bitter taste.

The fruit has come a long way since then, making it one of the world’s favorite citrus. Arab traders brought lemons to the Middle East and Africa sometime later as it made its way to southern Italy around 200 B.C. and was cultivated in Egypt. Citron paved the way for all citrus as it arrived in the Mediterranean around the late first century BC. These days, the citron, which contains very little pulp or juice, is usually candied and baked into fruitcakes.

Slow to catch on, for more than a millennium citron and lemon were the only citrus fruits known in the Mediterranean basin. Lemons, though abundant and commonplace now, were actually rare in ancient Rome, prized by the elite, and represented high social status. (So if someone called you a lemon back then, it was probably a compliment.)

At first, lemons were not widely grown for food or seasoning but largely an ornamental plant, like tomatoes, until about the 10th century. The Arabs introduced the lemon into Spain in the 11th century, and by then they had become a common crop in the Mediterranean region. The lemon was introduced to Western Europe somewhere between the years 1000 and 1200 BC. and traveled with the Crusades throughout their journeys, making its way to England in the early 16th century. The name “lemon” first appeared around 1350-1400, from the old French word limon, and was Anglicized in England. The original Italian word limone dates back to the Arabic and Persian word limun. (More than you wanted to know.)

Thanks to Christopher Columbus, who brought them to Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic) in 1493, these new trees which produced strange yellow tart fruit, spread throughout the New World but were still used mainly as an ornamental and medicinal plant due to their very sour taste. (Apparently no one had figured out how to make lemon meringue pie yet).

While foodie president Thomas Jefferson boasted over one thousand fruit trees in his orchards, there is no record that he ever experimented with citrus, even though he must have encountered them in his travels to France, but the Virginia climate simply did not lend itself to citrus. However, lemons were being grown in California by the mid-1700s, and in tropical Florida by the 1800s, when they became a hit in cooking and flavoring.

Although lemon flavored puddings and custards have been enjoyed for centuries, our favorite lemon meringue pie as we know it today is a 19th-century product. The earliest recorded recipe was attributed to a Swiss baker named Alexander Frehse. There is also speculation that a British botanist may have concocted it around 1875, but whoever dreamed it up sure did us all a favor. One of America’s favorite pies, it still wows us to this day, with its tart custard base and light fluffy meringue topping.

Over 200 or so varieties of the lemon have evolved over the past three centuries. The Meyer lemon is named after Frank N. Meyer, who first introduced it to the USA in 1908, after he found it growing in Peking, China and brought back to the U.S. A favorite of pastry chefs for tarts and sorbets, it’s actually a cross between a lemon and an orange, with much of the U.S. crop grown in California’s Central Valley, and some in Florida and Texas. Unlike regular lemons, Meyer lemons are not picked green and cured after harvesting but are picked when fully ripe. They bear fruit year-round, are generally less sour and their pulp is orange-colored.

Many of us learned in grammar school that lemons and limes prevented a disease called scurvy, which Scottish surgeon James Lind discovered in 1747, urging the British Royal Navy to implement in order to save countless sailors. (Hence the nickname “limey” for a Brit, which sounded better than “lemony”). This opened the door to the value of Vitamin C and its importance in nutrition.

It’s hard to imagine life without the lemon. However you enjoy them, their bright yellow color, tangy taste and fragrant odor enhance our lives in many different ways, and if you are fortunate enough to live in an area where they grow, you can indulge for practically pennies. So, as the old saying goes, “When life hands you a lemon… “