Tuesday, April 22, 2014

1 fish, 2 fish

Salmon is a superfood because it's high in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that seems to decrease the risk of heart disease. This fish is also a prime source of protein and contains vitamin A and B vitamins.  The omega-3 fats in this fish have also been shown to promote joint health, contribute to the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system, and may possibly help prevent certain types of cancer.  

Research suggets one of the omega-3s in salmon may help protect against UV-induced skin damage.

Personally I can't do the texture of fishies (bleck) but I've been told that salmon is delicious.  Its a pretty colour :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for Radish

The radish is a member of the mustard family, they have a peppery flavour and a crisp, crunchy texture. 
Radishes are the center of the Fraggle Rock ecosystem.  Gorgs farm giant radishes to make Gorg Youth and Beauty Cream (without which the Gorgs would be invisible.)
Radishes are rich is folic acid and potassium and are a good source of vitamin B6, magnesium, riboflavin, and calcium. One cup of sliced red radishes provides approximately 20 cal.

About seven million tons of radish are produced yearly, representing roughly two percent of the global vegetable production.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from my family to yours.

Hope you are enjoying my Superfood A to Z.  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Quinoa (doesn't really rymthe with anything does it)

Pronounced "keen-wah",  this easy to prepare little seed is related to spinach and swiss chard.  It contains more vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants than any other grain. In fact, you’ll get an impressive list of vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, potassium, and riboflavin, plus minerals like copper, zinc, magnesium, and folate, as well as the antioxidants phytonutrients quercetin and kaempferol, which lend anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting prowess to each bowl consumed.

One cup of quinoa has about as much protein as two deli slices of chicken breast, or about 15 percent protein by weigh.

I love the mild nutty taste of white quinoa tossed with tomato, avocado, and black beans best.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pump up the Pumpkin

Its fall's signature squash, and almost all of it is edible- fruit, leaves, flowers and seeds. The flesh is rich in antioxidants and vitamins including beta-carotene (essential for eye health), fiber, and vitamin K (which may reduce risk for some types of cancer)

The seeds; known as pepitas are also good for you.  One ounce (about 140 seeds) is packed with protein, magnesium, potassium, and zinc, and studies are now saying they can help prevent the enlargement of the prostate glad.

Pumpkin seeds were a celebrated food among many Native American tribes, who treasured them both for their dietary and medicinal properties. In South America, the popularity of pumpkin seeds has been traced at least as far back as the Aztec cultures of 1300-1500 AD.  

Today, China produces more pumpkins and pumpkin seeds than any other country.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Oh Oh Oh Oats

Some people look at a bowl of oatmeal and go "blah", but those humble unassuming little flakes have some big benefits!

One cup of oats provides 6 g of protein and 4 g of fibre.  Eat just one cup of oats and you can rack up nearly 70% of your daily needs for manganese, a mineral that helps enzymes in bone formation. (You'll also get good helpings of vitamin B1 and magnesium.)

They fill you up.  They help reduce cholesterol.  They are diabetes friendly.  They support healthy digestion.    They are great for cooking.  They are quick and easy to prepare.

I love my oats with a little bit of maple syrup, cocount flakes and plump juicy raisins... ummmm oats

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nuts about Nuts


Not only are they packed with protein, fibre and essential fats, they are very tasty.  In alphabetical order here are my top 4:

ALMONDS - calcium-rich almonds are a good choice to ensure you're getting enough of this bone-building mineral and are high in vitamin E, a nutrient which helps to improve the condition and appearance of your skin.

BRAZIL NUTS - are great for people with low thyroid function, they are a good source of the mineral selenium, which we need to produce the active thyroid hormone. Selenium also supports immunity and helps wounds to heal.

CASHEWS - are a great choice for vegetarians because of their protein, iron and zinc.  They're also rich in the mineral magnesium, which is thought to improve recall and delay, age-related memory loss.

PISTACHIOS - are rich in vitamin B6, which is important for keeping hormones balanced, (pistachios are a good women with problem periods) and their shells can be used for crafts :)