Tag Archives: vitamins

Food of the Week: Tomato

22 Apr

Tomato

Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A, B, C, K, folic acid, chromium, potassium, antioxidants and fiber.

They improve the immune system, they have anticancer properties, prevent macular degeneration and aid in heart disease. Men who consume ten servings or more, per week, have lower prostate cancer rates.

It has been found that lycopene, a carotenoid in tomatoes, is fat soluble, so the anticancer properties are specially beneficial when consumed with fat-rich foods like avocado, olive oil and nuts.

Food of The Week: Chickpeas

10 Dec

Garbanzo

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!

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!

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: Kale

28 Feb

Although kale is one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet, not a lot of people know what it is.

Kale contains twice the antioxidants present in other leafy greens, it is high in vitamin K, C and A and in minerals like folate, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and copper.

It is also high in fiber and protein.

Kale has proven to prevents cardiovascular disease, cancer, eye diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. It is protective against high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis. Maintains healthy skin, stimulates the immune system and activates the body’s detoxification enzymes.

Kale is rich in sulphoraphane, a phytochemical known to inhibit the growth of H. pylori, the bacteria linked to stomach and duodenal ulcers.

I love kale in juices and salads!

Kale Salad with Cashews and Mustard Dressing

This is my favorite salad!

1 bunch kale, stems removed

1 avocado, cubed

1 handful cashew nuts

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon, juiced

Salt and pepper

In a small bowl add garlic, mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix. Add to kale, avocado and cashews and enjoy!

Remember… Eat healthy, be happy!

Food of the Week: Avocado

21 Feb

Avocados (from the Aztec “ahuacatl”) are native to Central and South America. They are highly nutritious rich in vitamins B, C, E, K, folate, potassium, iron, biotin, zinc and also contain powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients.

They are smooth and delicious, high in healthy monounsaturated fat. These healthy fats help lower cholesterol and triglycerides and increase HDL.

Avocados help maintain a healthy vision, boost the immune system, help lower high blood pressure, maintain healthy skin, hair, nerves and bone marrow, inhibit the growth of cancer cells, have anti-inflammatory properties and help people lose weight.

You can add avocado to almost any dish. I love them in salads!

Mexican Guacamole

(Serves 4)

3 avocados, peeled, mashed

1 tomato, diced

3 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 lemon juice (it prevents avocados turning brown)

1 green chili pepper, chopped

2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

Salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients and enjoy!

Remember… Eat healthy, be happy!