It’s February and that means lots of love and sweets! Don’t ditch your diet for processed candies and sugary treats. Instead, try out one of these super sweet super foods. Also be sure to give the smoothie recipe a try. It’s loaded with amazing nutrients to help you feel your best. Learn more by visiting the Nature and Health Magazine’s website at http://www.natureandhealth.com.au.
In need of a boost of calcium? Love sweet and tasty pudding? Then you must give this recipe a try! In this episode of The Green Nutritionals Kitchen with Margaux, you will discover how easy it is to make a delicious Berry Chia Pudding using the Green Calcium from Green Nutritionals. To learn more, be sure to visit their website at http://www.greennutritionals.com.au.
It’s February! That means it’s time to focus on having a healthy heart so you can spread love to the world. In this nutrition webisode, Margaux J Rathbun, B.S., N.T.P., shares with you a simple smoothie recipe that features the whole husk psyllium from Organic India. To learn more, be sure to visit their website at http://www.organicindiausa.com.
Are you loving leeks? Leeks originated in the warmer climates of Asia and the Mediterranean but they are now grown in more temperate climates. They are celebrated as a delicious (and nutritious) ingredient to include in many different dishes. Leeks are a good source of bone-strengthening calcium, iron, and folate. They are also full of vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin B6. Like onions, leeks contain compounds that help to lower cholesterol. Kaempferol is the anticancer substance found in leeks. It has been shown to help block the development of cancer-causing compounds in the body. This substance also helps promote good cardiovascular health.
DID YOU KNOW:
- A half cup of chopped, boiled leeks contains only 15 calories!
- Brush your teeth after eating leeks! While they taste great in many different recipes, they do cause bad breath.
I am a berry-addict! I snack on fresh organic berries all of the time and I always add multiple handfuls to my morning smoothies. When they are in season, I love to pick fresh berries or purchase them at my local farmers market. Blackberries are one of my favorite berries because I love their juicy flavor in addition to their amazing health benefits. Blackberries are full of fiber, which helps keep us regular and our digestive system healthy. They are also a good source of magnesium, zinc, iron, and calcium. The deep purple color of these berries is an indicator of compounds (anthocyanins and ellagic acid) that help prevent heart disease, cancers, and signs of aging. These berries have a high content of vitamin E which helps protect our heart and keeps our skin looking and feeling healthy.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Blackberries contain folate which helps promote healthy blood.
- Looking for a boost of vitamin C? Blackberries fit the bill while keeping our immune system strong.
Bored with lemons? Give limes a shot! I love citrus fruits and nothing beats a fresh splash of lime in a cold glass of water! The amazing zesty flavor is perfect for that mid-morning pick-me-up. Limes are popular all around the world and are found primarily in the tropical regions. Famous for helping with scurvy, limes can help speed up the body’s natural healing process. High in vitamin C, limes are great for boosting the immune system and protecting the eyes. They are also good sources of folate, calcium and potassium. Limes have strong anti-viral properties and help in fighting off “bad” bacteria. The folate found in limes has been shown to keep cholesterol levels low and prevent heart disease. The high amount of potassium found in limes makes the juice beneficial for removing wastes. Try drinking lime juice and water when involved in a detoxification program.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Limes are a good source of fiber which is important for keeping our digestive system healthy.
- Rejuvenate your skin with a splash of lime juice. This has been known to help with dandruff, bruises, and rashes.
Did you know that parsley is a powerful little plant full of amazing health benefits? It’s dark green color comes from the chlorophyll content which makes it good for cleansing the body. Parsley is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, C, folate, and iron. It also contains some bone-building calcium and heart-healthy potassium. If you suffer from bad breath, try chewing on a sprig of parsley! It has a long history of being used as a natural breath freshener. Parsley also contains some tryptophan, it can help promote sleepiness at night. Parsley is also a good source of free-radical fighting manganese.