Tag Archives: antioxidants

Chocolate Makes You Healthier!

18 Jun

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A new study reveals that people who eat chocolate have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. It also proves that the more chocolate, the better. The group who consumed more chocolate, were the ones found to have a lower risk.

You can add cacao nibs to smoothies or eat dark chocolate. That way you stay away from sugar and other processed unhealthy ingredients.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of The Week: Chickpeas

10 Dec

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Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are high in Vitamins B, E and K, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber and protein. They are great at keeping cholesterol within normal levels and protect against heart disease.

Chickpeas also have antioxidants that protect against carcinogens.

The most delicious way to eat chickpeas is to add them in salads, soups or pureed into hummus.

Hummus Recipe

1 garlic clove, peeled

2 1/2 cups of cooked and peeled chickpeas

3 tablespoons organic olive oil (unfiltered, unpressed or first cold pressed)

2 tablespoons tahini

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Juice of 1 regular large lemon

Sea salt

Water

In a food processor, first mince the garlic, then add the rest of the ingredients and then, slowly add water to the desired consistency. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of The Week: Tangerine

23 Nov

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Tangerines, also known as mandarines or clementines, are delicious and very healthy fruits. They are a great source of vitamins B3, B5, B6, A, C, E, K, biotin and folate, zinc, magnesium, potassium and fiber. They are also very high in antioxidants.

They are great in controlling blood sugar, fighting against chronic disease and cancer and maintaining a healthy immune system and healthy skin.

Just peel the skin off and enjoy!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Eat More: Antioxidants

13 Apr

To understand what antioxidants are, first, we have to understand free radicals.

Free radicals are molecules, with unpaired electrons, which attack cell walls through a chemical reaction (oxidation). It makes cells unstable, which in turn, make other cells unstable, and so on.

Antioxidants are molecules which bind to the free radicals stabilizing them so they can cause no harm to cells.

This is important because free radicals have been found to be a part of:

  • Premature aging
  • Chronic disease
  • Cancer

Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables. We have to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts everyday. No need to take antioxidant supplements, just add a few of these to your diet everyday:

  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Artichokes
  • Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Pecans
  • Broccoli
  • Squash
  • Carrots
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Whole grains

Remember… Eat Healthy, be Happy!

Did You Know?… About Cruciferous Vegetables

12 Apr

Did you know that cruciferous vegetables have been found to be protective against cancer?

Several medical studies have published many times that a plant based diet is protective against several types of cancer. Cruciferous vegetables are particularly effective. They are rich in phytonutrients which control the risk of exposure to carcinogens, others which are protective against them and many more which have antioxidant protection.

Make sure you add lot’s of these to your diet:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Bok choy
  • Arugula

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Apple

10 Apr

The old saying “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away” is completely true!

Apples are rich in antioxidants, which are protective against several cancers. They are also rich in fiber, vitamins B3, C, E, K, biotin, folate, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and manganese.

Apples are diuretic and detoxifying. They help lower cholesterol levels, they lower the risk for developing asthma and some studies claim they can lower the risk for diabetes as well.

I love to add an apple to my vegetable juice and if you want to eat to whole fruit never peel it. The peel has been found to have lot’s of antioxidants.

Remember… Eat healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Blueberries

5 Mar

Blueberries are powerful antioxidants, they protect cells from free radical damage, help neutralize carcinogens in the body, they have antidiabetic properties, they lower cholesterol, help prevent eye diseases and promote urinary health.

Blueberries are rich in vitamins B, C, K, betacarotene, folate, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and fiber.

Dr. James Joseph found in several studies that blueberry supplementation improves memory and that they have antiaging properties.

Remember… eat healthy, be happy!