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forgotten ingredients: pumpkin

November 16, 2011


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the pumpkin. we often decorate with them, pick them out at the local punkin’ patch or grab a can of it at the store for making pies. but how often do we grab a whole pumpkin and use it in our recipes? turns out, we should probably be doing it more than we actually do (especially since pumpkins are only in season during the fall!).

the nutritionally robust pumpkin boasts loads of fiber, potassium and iron. the pumpkins bright orange color is also a giveaway that it’s loaded with beta-carotene, a very important antioxidant. studies show that a diet rich in beta-carotene reduces the risk of developing certain types of cancer and protects against heart disease.

pumpkins are also very low in calories, so let’s get to cookin’! here are a few of my favorite pumpkin recipes. do you have any? please share!

pumpkin recipes

 

leaf learn how to roast a pumpkin and toast their seeds

leaf pumpkin pizza wreath

leaf cashew, coconut and pumpkin curry

leaf pumpkin pasta sauce

leaf pumpkin spiced latte

leaf roasted pumpkin with sage

leaf homemade knekkebrød (crackers)

and make sure to keep you pumpkin seeds, they are full of health benefits as well!

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known to many as a miracle superfood, green tea contains one super ingredient after another, specifically catechin. this antioxidant helps to fight cancer in a number of ways, but most importantly has the ability to shrink tumors and slow tumor cell growth. elevated levies of a special chemical called egcg stymies tumor growth as well as aids cells in avoiding damage and premature aging. with plenty of varieties and blends of green tea to choose from, there are no excuses to not make a cup a part of your daily routine! if you’re a coffee drinker (like me), try subbing a cup a day with green tea. supposing the flavor isn’t exactly your ‘cup of tea’ you can always doctor it up with ginger, lemon or honey.

you can also make your own green tea right at home! follow these easy instructions and have your own homemade supertea right at home (and let me tell you, this was the best tea i’ve ever had!). here’s to being happy and healthy!

resources: the whole person

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the top 30 super foods

February 2, 2011

Posted by in simple living

something i’ve been particularly interested in lately are super foods. what are the healthiest ingredients on our planet? what foods will give me the most nutritional value possible? i’ve read up on the subject and done a fair amount of research, and though there are no clear cut lists, the ones you’ll find below are what i found to be the most agreed upon ingredients.

the top 30 super foods

eaten regularly, the following foods will help prevent cancer, ward off heart disease, boost your immunity and slow aging.

1. acai

2. almonds

3. avocados

4. blueberries

5. bok choy

6. broccoli

7. cantaloupe

8. cocoa

9. cranberries

10. flaxseed

11. garlic

12. ginger

13. honey

14. kale

15. lentils

16. oats

17. olive oil

18. onions

19. oranges

20. pomegranate

21. pumpkins (and acorn or butternut squash)

22. soy (tofu, tempeh, soy beans)

23. spices: cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper and rosemary.

24. spinach

25. sweet potatoes

26. tea (green or black)

27. tomatoes

28. walnuts

29. wheat germ

30. quinoa

want more? honorable mentions were: artichokes, asparagus, beets, bell peppers, chicory, cherries & watercress.

my new goal is to put all these ingredients on my weekly shopping list. i can down these ingredients, no problem! what do you think? if any of them are new to you or you have questions about how to prepare them, feel free to ask in the comments section or explore the resources below. happy living!

resources: belly bytes, 30 power foods, dr. oz


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