Healthy Foods

Healthy Foods: Almonds

“Nuts are the meat substitute” is what my mother said to all of us kids, worried that we didn’t eat well in the afternoons when she wasn’t around. I’ve never forgotten that. In recent years almonds have become my favorite nut so I was very happy to learn that almonds are the healthiest of all the nuts and offer much more than she promised. Being a good source of protein, her big concern for... Read More ››

Healthy Foods: Avocado

This wonderful fruit has certainly gotten a bad rap in the past as being full of fat and therefore bad for you. But, as doctors and nutritionists have now learned that there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, they have also learned that there is good fat and bad fat. Yes, the avocado is high in fat but the majority of the fat is monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats and it contains oleic acid and... Read More ››

Healthy Foods: Brussels Sprouts

Tasty little nuggets of nutrition, these brussels sprouts! Loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals they help keep the body healthy in many ways. They have an extraordinary amount of Vitamins C and K and contain high amounts of Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, folate, manganese, potassium, copper, calcium, iron, phosphorus, protein, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. As with most all vegetables, they are low in fat and calories but high in fiber. Brussels... Read More ››

Healthy Foods: Cherries

There are some things we eat because we love them without really having any idea just how good they are for us. Cherries, along with many other berries, fall into this category. Both the sweet and tart varieties are high in antioxidants which help our bodies to fight diseases. They also contain anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties to reduce swelling and pain. 20 cherries are more potent than aspirin or ibuprofen. They are high... Read More ››

Healthy Foods: Cinnamon

While in the West we appreciate cinnamon for it’s flavor and scent, adding it to deserts and whatnot with perhaps a twinge of guilt, in the East cinnamon has long been used for its healing benefits. Cinnamon is a very good source of fiber, iron and calcium and an excellent source of manganese. But its the components in the essential oils of the cinnamon bark that provide the most surprising benefits. Cinnamon: Lowers LDL... Read More ››

Healthy Foods: Coconut Oil

Before I list all the amazing benefits of coconut oil, we’ll first need to clear up misconceptions about saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. We’ve been told for decades that saturated fats are bad for you but it’s not necessarily the level of saturation that determines an oil’s or fat’s health benefits. It’s important to note that unsaturated fats (oils) are vulnerable to oxidation and free radical formation causing the oil to become toxic, whereas... Read More ››

Healthy Foods: Coconut Water

The products of the coconut palm are vast and, in some parts of the tropics, one tree provides almost all that is necessary for a family to feed and support itself. We’ll be focusing on just the nutritional benefits of the water from a young coconut. The water taken directly from a young coconut has a perfectly balanced pH level and is loaded with nutrients. The water serves as a natural rehydrant as it... Read More ››

Healthy Foods: Cranberries

Is there anything more perfect to mark the festive holiday season than cranberries? Yet they are so potent and full of goodness that it’s a shame that we’re limited to getting fresh ones only during the fall and winter months. Cranberries are a good source of Vitamin C, Fiber, Manganese and Vitamin K but more importantly they are an excellent source for antioxidants, phytonutrients and other compounds that serve as antibacterial agents, antivirals and... Read More ››

Healthy Foods: Dates

This sweet, dessert like fruit has so many good things about it that we felt we it was worth bringing it to your attention. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals–too many to list them all here, but the highlights are: Vitamin A, B6, B-complex, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium (more than in a banana!), and even some Iron. They have a high carbohydrate count, protein, fiber, and over 20 different amino acids making them... Read More ››

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