Sunday, October 21, 2018

Celery; The Unsung Hero

Celery is the unsung hero(One who does great deeds but receives little or no recognition for them)of vegetable kingdom.
Did you know celery leaves were found in King Tut's tomb who died in 1323 B.C.?  Ancient Greeks used the celery leaves for garlands for the crowns of winners of battles and even for the first Olympians.  Today celery is known in the wellness field as a natural detox tonic.  Full of antioxidants and fiber, its hydrating properties help to rid our bodies of environmental toxins.  Celery is one of the most chemical-sprayed vegetables, so make sure you purchase only organic varieties.  Every part of the plant is edible, leaves can be used salads, stalks in stir-fries and of course with nut butter spread on them as snack.  The seeds are used in many recipes as spices.  Celery is one of the few vegetables that does not lose much nutritional value when steamed or cooked, actually it increases its value, making it a great addition to vegetable stews and soups.  Celery is high in sodium, but is a good kind: organic, natural and essential for our health.  
Here are some benefits of celery:
*Aids in weight loss: one stalk is only 10 calories and loaded with fiber.
*Reduces inflammation: high in flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants helps in reducing inflammation which often contributes to chronic disease.
*Calms you down: Celery for stress relief? YES, the minerals in celery, especially magnesium and its essential oil soothe the nervous system.
*It regulates the body's alkaline balance: protecting us from problems caused by an overly acidic diet.
*Aids in digestion: "Crunchy water", the high water content and insoluble fiber makes it great for the digestive system.
*Reduces bad cholesterol: a component called Butylphthalide reduces LDL cholesterol, only 4 stalks can reduce it by 7%
*Lowers blood pressure: an active compound called phthalides has been proven to boost circulatory health which lowers blood pressure.  Raw celery is even better. 
Combats cancer: studies show that a powerful flavonoid called luteolin inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
*Protects liver health: by reducing the amount fat buildup in the liver and improves enzyme function and blood lipid levels.

"Ants on a Log"


Have a great week.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Fall Super Foods

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When we think of pumpkins we think of  carving a spooky face into one.  The hassle of scooping out the slimy flesh and seeds and getting our hands sticky comes to mind.  Usually that all goes into the trash and we are left with hollowed out shell that shrinks and collapses before Halloween even arrives.  Good times.  Unless we enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving or Christmas, its the only time most of us have ever eaten it.  
Pumpkins are more than just a "pretty face".  They are a nutritional powerhouse and moderately priced superfood.   They are full of vitamins and minerals like: 
Vitamin A and C, which promotes healthy vision and sustaining wellness.
Cancer fighting beta-carotene.
Potassium, which helps balances electrolytes (more than bananas).
Fiber, (3 grams per cup) which fills you up, slows digestion keeping blood sugar level and keeps you feeling fuller.
For a great bonus, SEEDS packed with nutrients and  phytosterols which help protect your heart and immune system.

Here's a easy way to prep a pumpkin. for roasting or mashing etc.  Don't forget to roast the seeds.  There are many ways to enjoy pumpkin, check out: How to cook with Orange Beauties.

You can even get a workout with your pumpkin before cooking it.

You can even grow one at home


Have a great week.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Recommended Reading 10/07/18

Lizzie says, Its "Recommended Reading" time.
Let's get started with an article from Outside Magazine with Dan Buettner on "Life Tips from a Happiness Expert"
Spartan Race founder Joe DeSena has a new formula for success: "Happiness=Success.
Also from Spartan Race, How to Workout in 10 Minutes, you have to be gritty and determined to accomplish it. NO EXCUSES.
Forests are home to a wealth of biodiversity, here are 3 Things You Didn't Know About Trees.
There are over 660 million in the world who do not have access to clean water!  This solar powered postage sized device could change all that.
The Keto Diet is becoming more popular as a way to lose weight. Consuming low carb, high fat, moderate protein, you burn more stored fat for energy.  Mostly related to animal products, there is a vegan alternative: Vegan Keto Diet Guide.
If you haven't heard yet, Turmeric has become a popular remedy for about everything that ails you.  Its benefits are amazing and has been used in Ayurveda medicine, for over 3000 years.  One of the easiest and most beneficial ways to consume turmeric is "Golden Milk"
Everyone loves pizza!  Make your own at home with this easy recipe for whole grain, oil free and vegan pizza dough from Forks Over Knives.
On the post workout or race recovery soreness here is a great article from Athlinks on the benefits of  CBD Oil.  Remember you can get all your CBD oil needs from us at:

That's all for this week. Hope you enjoy my recommendations.

There was no post last week, as Kris and I were enjoying are 27th wedding anniversary in Asheville, NC.  


Have a great week.