I love pistachios, so why not make pistachio pesto?! Pistachios are naturally high in many vitamins and minerals including copper, phosphorous and the B vitamins. Additionally, pistachios are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that help protect your eyes. They contain mono and poly-unsaturated fatty acids, which are beneficial for your heart.
Chances are you are already a banana eater, unless you have shied away from them because of negative ads you may have seen on the Internet making them seem unhealthy. On the flip side, you probably “don’t like” beets, so you are nowhere near close to eating enough of them for optimal health. Let’s vow to change our attitudes toward bananas and beets, and start consuming them more often! Here’s why:
Pumpkin seeds are a great addition to this winter squash soup not only as a thickener, but for their health benefits. They are loaded with all of the B vitamins and also contain other essential nutrients including calcium, potassium, and iron. Additionally, they are a well documented source of zinc. Zinc is necessary for growth and development, and also benefits the immune system, and speeds up wound healing.
Bhutanese red rice is native to the Kingdom of Bhutan in the eastern Himalayas. It is a staple rice in that area, and is currently the only product from Bhutan imported to the United States. It is sold by Lotus Foods and Ron Teegaurden. It is minimally processed and has a nice, mild flavor. It contains all of the health benefits of brown rice, such as fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants, and has more bran. It also cooks somewhat quicker than traditional brown rice. This red rice pilaf makes a great side dish!
1. Take your supplements – Use a B complex for energy, beautiful skin, and healthy metabolism. B’s get depleted easily when you are busy multitasking. Additionally, adrenal support supplements can help you feel calm and refreshed, inhibiting fatigue and tension as to-do lists grow!
2. Exercise – Exercising will help you get toned up for the big day, plus it’s a great stress reliever. Find something that you enjoy that will keep you motivated – cross train and explore new activities. When all else fails, something you can easily do everyday, no matter what – power walk!
3. Drink a lot of water -This is the beauty secret you always hear about because it works! Being properly hydrated makes you look & feel so much better and can help calm hunger sensations. Try water with fruit and citrus for a nice variety and antioxidant boost!
I love black beans, and I love rice and bean combos. They are such simple ingredients providing such an awesome “net gain” of nutrition, especially for the price. Black beans are high in quality protein, and vitamins and minerals like folate, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. Plus, a very good source of dietary fiber.
This recipe was taken from P. Allen Smith Garden Home. There are a lot of variations including preparing the dish vegan with an alternative butter. Mushrooms are one of the healthiest foods on earth. Shittake mushrooms are specifically good for immune and cardiovascular health. They are rich in B vitamins and minerals.
There’s nothing worse than hair that just lays flat. No matter what you do, or how much product you put into it, you just can’t get that bouncy volume that everyone looks for. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few things that you can try to increase your hair volume naturally.
Spirulina is a multi-celled blue-green algae that grows in semi-salty (brackish) waters. It is considered the single most nutrient-dense and nutritionally balanced of all the plants on earth. It is easy to digest, due to its thin cell wall. Chlorella is a single cell green algae with a hard cell wall. In fresh water, chlorella replicates faster than any other organism. It is the most ancient aerobic life form still found on Earth today, and is nature’s richest whole food source of chlorophyll.
I love Tabouli salad! Especially the traditional Lebanese preparation. It has so much delicious parsley, and so many wonderful health benefits! If you are looking for more ways to get greens into your diet, this is a very delicious way to do it. Parsley is green and high in chlorophyll, so we know it is good, but check out how good!
The more we learn about aloe, the more we love it. Let’s look at the nutritional value of Whole Leaf Aloe Vera. Keep in mind these nutrients are found in trace amounts, but WOW this is a long list of goodness! Most consumers know aloe as a topical skin soother, many know it as a juice, or a whole-leaf juice concentrate for the savvy consumer. No matter what, think of aloe as a super food that we should ingest regularly!
How do you choose between flax oil, seed, and capsules? Flax is a food, a super food actually, so let’s rule out taking flax in capsule or more accurately, softgel form, as being the best choice. We always want to try and get our nutritional requirements met from food first.