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Food of the Week: Carrots

12 Jul

Carrots are rich in carotenoids, vitamins B1, B3, B6, C, E, K biotin, folate, calcium, magnesium zinc, potassium and fiber. Beta-carotene, a carotenoid found in carrots, has been found to reduce some cancer rates, by 50%.

Carrots are important for eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids that protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.

Carrots have also been found to reduce high cholesterol levels as well. Eating two carrots a day can help reduce your cholesterol levels.

I love to have my carrots raw, I use them in salads and they are also great for juicing. If juicing, remember not to use a lot of them, specially if the juicing method you are using is removing the fiber, because this increases the glucose concentration.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Oats

2 Jul

Oats are a super beneficial food for lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, due to the soluble fiber they contain, which reduces the rate at which the food leaves the stomach and so the glucose absorption is delayed. 

In addition to this great benefit, oats also contain phytonutrients that protect against oxidative damage, cancer and heart disease. They are also excellent immune system enhancers.

Oats are rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E, K, biotin, folate, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, zinc and protein.

Oatmeal is a healthy nutritious breakfast and only takes a few minutes to prepare. Just boil oats with water and add apples, blueberries, dates, almonds, flaxseeds, walnuts, raisins, or whatever you can think of!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of The Week: Almonds

29 May

Almonds are rich in vitamins E, B2, B3, B5, folate, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and fiber. They also contain protein and omega 6 fatty acids. They are antioxidant and help lower cholesterol. They maintain healthy glucose and fat levels in the blood. They are great for the skin and help people trying to lose weight. They have more calcium than any other nut, which makes them helpful against osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Almond Milk

A lot of people ask me how almond milk is made. I tell them it the easiest thing to make and everyone should make their own.

1 cup raw organic almonds (unsalted)

3 cups water

1 tablespoon agave nectar or 3 dates (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

The first step is to remove the skin from the almonds. You can do this by soaking them for 24 hours (best) or if in a hurry, boiling 2 cups of water, then adding the almonds and letting them boil for 3 minutes.

Remove water and cool almonds (if boiled) for a few minutes, until they are cool enough to touch. You can either peel the skin off or use them as they are.

Add 3 cups of filtered water to a blender (I use my Vitamix, it’s the best!), then add almonds and if you want your almond milk a little sweeter add agave nectar or dates. Blend for a couple of minutes and strain using a fine mesh strainer. Enjoy…

Remember Eat Healthy… Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Banana

14 May

Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium, they are creamy, delicious and low in fat. A good source of B2, B6, C, folic acid, calcium, iodine, magnesium, copper and zinc.

Bananas are high in fiber and protective against high blood pressure, high in tryptophan, which encourages relaxation and protective against stomach ulcers.

My Parent’s Banana Oatmeal Muffins Recipe 

2 bananas mashed

1 1/4 cup oats

1/2 cup hot water

1/2 cup blueberries

8 walnuts chopped

cinnamon

Preheat oven to 395ºF (202ºC) and lightly grease muffin pan with olive or coconut oil.

With a wooden spoon mix oats, bananas, walnuts, cinnamon and water in a bowl, then add blueberries.

Fill the muffin cups with the mixture and bake for 30 minutes.

These are the healthiest muffins ever!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Amaranth

7 May

Amaranth, very abundant in Mexico and a mayor crop of the Aztecs, is a super nutritious grain. It is gluten free and very rich in protein. Also a good source of calcium, iron, vitamins B, C, E, folate potassium and zinc.

Studies show that amaranth reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s beneficial for the lungs, the immune system and for pregnant women.

It can be eaten with fruit as a breakfast cereal, with vegetables or it can be added to pancakes, muffins or cookies.

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Food of The Week: Brussels Sprouts

23 Apr

Brussels sprouts are one of the most healing vegetables. They are full of cancer fighting, immune-boosting pytonutrients. Rich in vitamins K, C, A, folate, potassium, iron and fiber.

Like most cruciferous vegetables, brussels sprouts contain sulforaphane which has been found to reduce cancer cell proliferation. Isothiocyanates and sinigrin are other cancer fighting phytonutrients present in them.

They also protect against heart disease and inflammatory polyarthritis.

I love to bake them in the oven with olive oil, garlic, sea salt and rosemary. Cut them vertically in half, cook them for about 40 minutes and enjoy!

Remember… Eat Healthy, be Happy!

Food of the Week: Cauliflower

17 Apr

Cauliflower is rich in vitamins K, C, B6, folate, magnesium, omega 3 and fiber. It also contains sulforaphane, a substance that has been found to reduce the risk for cancer and heart disease. Cauliflower aids in the production of antibodies and hemoglobin and it’s protective against allergies and asthma.

You can substitute mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower. Simply cook the cauliflower and add a little olive oil and sea salt. This is a delicious and healthier alternative.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!