Walnuts not only taste great but are a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of those hard to find omega-3 fatty acids. Like most nuts, they can easily be added to your Healthiest Way of Eating. Just chop and add to your favorite salad, vegetable dish, fruit, or dessert.
Dates are the fruit of the date palm. They are dark reddish brown, oval, and about 1.5 inches long. Date skin is wrinkled and coated with a sticky, waxy film.
1 Wonderfully delicious, dates are one of the most popular fruits with an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, required for normal growth, development and overall well-being.
2 Fresh date is made of soft, easily digestible flesh with simple sugars like fructose and dextrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly; thus, for these qualities, dates are being used to breakfast during Ramadan months.
3 The fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which prevents dietary LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. It is also a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.
We had a post about beets( Beets : from A to Z ). Now we use beet juice in making our cake .
Beet juice, or beetroot juice, is juice made from beets. It is a good source of vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, calcium and beta-carotene. Beetroot juice may help lower blood pressure, cure anemia, help menstrual problems and improve circulation. You can drink beetroot juice alone or add it to other juices. Beetroot juice can be added to savory and sweet dishes such as red velvet cake to add extra vitamins and nutrients, plus a rich red color.
Durum wheat is a type of wheat that has a high protein content and the flour has a yellow color. Kernels of durum wheat are usually large and amber colored. It is typically used for semolina and pastas.The endosperm is separated from the bran through sifting during the milling process. It is then ground into flour. Semolina contains protein, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc and fat, but not saturated fat or cholesterol.
Durum flour should not be considered a whole grain flour because the germ and bran have been removed . However, whole durum flour should be considered a whole grain flour because the flour contains all the parts of the grain.
1 It is crucial for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous, which have various functions, especially the maintenance of healthy bones. 2 It is an immune system regulator. 3 It may be an important way to arm the immune system against disorders like the common cold.
Pumpkinis a gourd-like squash of the genus Cucurbita and the family Cucurbitaceae which is incredibly rich in vital anti-oxidants and vitamins. This humble backyard vegetable is very low in calories yet good source of vitamin A .
Although pumpkins, in general, feature orange or yellow color, some fruits are dark to pale green, orange-yellow, white, red and gray. Rind is smooth and usually lightly ribbed. Color of pumpkins is due to yellow-orange pigments in their skin and pulp.
We had a post about medlar (Did you hear anything about medlar (Mespilus germanica) )?
but now this is another post about medlars.
Medlars are a hardy fruit that look like a cross between a small apple and a rosehip. When ripe, they’re hard and green. They’re picked at this stage, but aren’t edible until they’ve become half rotten or ‘bletted’, when they turn brown and soft. Harvested medlars are stored in sawdust or bran in a cool, dark place until they’re suitably bletted and have developed an aromatic flavour. Buyer's guide
Look out for medlars in farmers’ markets or gardens at the end of November. Choose undamaged fruit. Storage
Medlars can be stored in the fridge for a few days. Preparation
Once the medlar has been bletted it can be eaten raw, but it is an acquired taste. Mix its pulp with sugar and cream or eat plain, accompanied by port. Medlar fruit makes good fruit or jelly. Chop whole, bletted fruit and stew before straining and making in the usual way. Traditionally, medlars are also turned into a ‘curd’ style of fruit cheese, where the strained pulp is cooked like lemon curd with eggs, butter and sugar.
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that belongs to the cabbage family. Broccoli contains certain chemicals that may reduce the risk of colorectal or other cancers, although it is not clear which individual compounds may be responsible for the protective effects. While research in this area continues, the best advice at this time to reduce cancer risk is to eat a wide variety of vegetables. It is reasonable to include broccoli as part of a balanced diet.
Eat a banana, get happy. depression could be blamed on lack of serotonin, the "happy hormone," and that you can boost your body's serotonin levels by eating foods rich in the amino acid tryptophan like cottage cheese, turkey and bananas! I recommends eating at least four bananas a week. About Bananas
The individual wrapping of a banana makes it an ideal mid-afternoon snack with just 105 calories per banana. Choose the banana as your go-to snack rather than relying on sugary snacks to keep you energized.
With just 3 calories coming from fat, banana nutrition facts should let you snack without guilt. Other reasons you should enjoy the health benefits of bananas without worrying about the bad stuff includes no cholesterol and almost no sodium! With about 14 grams of sugar, you should be sure not to eat too many bananas each day.
Numerous studies covering 140 years have shown that married persons tend to live longer than their unmarried counterparts. Attempts to explain this advantage have typically focused on the following questions: Does marriage have a direct protective effect, reducing the risk of mortality by providing benefits such as improved health? Or does increased longevity reflect the possibility that healthy people are more likely to get married--and therefore that married people are simply healthier from the start of their married lives?
The focus of these questions suggests that the connection between longevity and the married state can be explained only by "protection" provided through marriage or by "positive selection" into marriage because of good health. However, a third consideration may also offer insights into the relationship between marriage and health. If being married is a way of gaining increased protection against illness and death, then persons in poor health may have a greater incentive to seek these benefits by marrying and staying married. This mechanism may be termed "adverse selection" into marriage and, theoretically, could be as significant a factor as positive selection. Yet, while it is often suggested that selection may account for at least part of the marriage advantage, previous empirical work has concerned itself with positive selection and has not considered the possibility that adverse selection may also play a role.