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What’s coming to your mind? Let me guess, Edamame, celery, all that healthy jazz, … Not even, I am talking about Popcorn. Yes Popcorn.
Why? One big reason is because of the high Polyphenol content within it.
Polyphenols are a type of chemical found in plant foods that help neutralise free radicals that damage your cells and contribute to rapid aging. Popcorn has one of the highest levels of polyphenols of any plant food or fruit.
Per serving, plain popcorn contains nearly twice as many polyphenols as the average fruit, according to the preliminary results of a laboratory analysis presented today at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society.
A single serving of popcorn – about two tablespoons of unpopped kernels – contained up to 300 milligrams of polyphenols, the researchers found. By contrast, the average polyphenol content of fruit is about 160 milligrams per serving, while a single serving of sweet corn contains 114 milligrams.
Popcorn is one of the healthiest, low calorie munchies. It is a whole-grain food and a great source of fiber.
We also cannot forget, Popcorn is also PACKED with Antioxidants.
Some types of polyphenols are pigments, and in fruit the biggest concentrations tend to be found in the skin and seeds. Similarly, the hull or outer skin of the corn kernel – the stuff that gets stuck in your teeth when you’re munching away – was the richest polyphenol source.
And this is where your antioxidants and your fiber lies, so don’t go throwing them out.
Now, don’t run too fast, Popcorn is Healthy, but be careful what you call Popcorn.
Movie popcorn, drenched with butter, full of sweet crap… that’s NOT healthy popcorn. That one is simply synthetic factory fats and processed salt used to flavor popcorn and overrides any health benefits.
Microwave popcorn and pre-popped varieties, also NOT healthy popcorn, as it is loaded with chemicals such as partially hydrogenated oils and synthetics for flavouring and colouring.
The best, Healthiest Popcorn to have is the one YOU MAKE, by getting organic kernels and popping them yourself with coconut oil for taste and health. You want to add some flavour? Try Cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, Parmesan cheese, oregano or even basil.
Now, remember that popcorn is 100% whole grain; and eating more whole grains has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
However, as with anything, just because it is healthy and beneficial, over-eating it will have it’s consequences.
Corn that is not soaked or sprouted prior to cooking contains anti-nutrients that can inflame digestion if consumed to excess.
Allergic to corn? No problem, try Popped Sorghum, which is India’s popcorn alternative.
You want to make your own popcorn and don’t know how, check out how:
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Celery is not the most Tasteful… but Damn is it Beneficial!
Celery is an under-Rated vegetable as many of us think its just Water and Crunch, but it is much more; as it is a good source of calcium, vitamins, potassium and magnesium.
What Other Benefits?
- Celery has Anti-Canceous properties, with its rich component called Luteolin which helps to lower the growth of Cancer cells in the pancreas.
- It contains Phthalide and pottassium which helps to lower blood pressure by reducing the production of stress hormones.
- Celery also helps maintain a normal cholesterol and regulating Vitamin D. Also includes 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh), a component with the function of lowering cholesterol and maintaining a healthy heart. The Chicago University study showed that two stalks of celery a day can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 7 points.
- Celery is healthy for the eyes too, as it contains Vitamin E and antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenol phytonutrients, which keeps the eye moisturised.
- Hippocrates, the father of medicine, wrote that Celery is a vegetable that can be used to calm our nerves and provide a great relief to joint pains, asthma, acne or lung infections. Celery’s special benefit is its components to help reduce inflammation.
- Celery helps boost a man’s fertility, as Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Director of the Smeel and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, says :
Two pheromones in celery–androstenone and androstenol–can boost your arousal levels. Another good news is celery oil has been found effective in boosting the number and motility of sperm, when it is used together with vitamin E.
- These stalks improve digestion which allows your body to absorb better nutrients, with its high water content, and the NBP (a healthful compound) in the vegetable as it improved circulation in the intestines and helping the body to detox.
- Finally, it helps you lose weight as it is low in calorie (10 calories per large stalk) and rich in nutrients like magnesium and potassium, as previously mentioned. Celery helps you regulate lipids and fats in the body which controls metabolism and restricts obesity. Not to mention, in reality, you are losing more weight chewing on that stalk more than anything else. So moral of the story, eating celery makes you lose weight, and don’t take that lightly because it’s true.
For more details and some Celery recipes, see link below:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you must have heard this many times, just as the saying, An apple a day keeps the doctor away. It is True, Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is what makes you have a bad day or a good day. It is what makes you have an energetic workout or a bad/no workout. It is also what speeds up your metabolism or slows it down.
Life is all about the good and the bad, and skipping breakfast is one of those bads.
So, if you have no time, you feel rushed, you can’t even imagine how you can wake up so early to make breakfast. I have got the link for you.
You don’t need to wake up hours before to make your breakfast, you can prep in bulk or make some quick recipes.
Here are a few options of Healthy Breakfast ideas for the BUSY you:
My personal favourite is the Savory Oatmeal With an Egg.
But as far as an easy go. I usually keep some toast at work and avocado, I would prep some boiled eggs for few days and when at work, put a peace of toast in the toaster, mash my avocado and add boiled egg on top with a touch of black pepper.
There is overnight oatmeal which is always a go. making quiche for the week or breakfast muffins is always a good match for those literally unable to make breakfast in the morning.
YOUR OPTIONS ARE HUGE, Don’t skip breakfast, it is too important.
Hope you have enjoyed my list.
Have a great Saturday!
I have discovered these Tea Leafs, in fact, it is called ThinTea and usually I am very wary about these “diets” however, I found it to be a natural ‘Way of Life’, not a diet, but a lifestyle. This tea is all natural and simply shares a Eating Plan which I found I incorporate in my lifestyle and daily meals already. So I did make the purchase to get these teas, however it is just like going to a tea shop and buying natural organic tea, instead, I have found all the essential nutrients in one blend. I love it.
What I mostly wanted to share with all of you is the Eating Plan included. It really encompasses a great dietary lifestyle for the healthy average person and for the athlete.
Check out this Eating Plan, and savour it.
My personal favourites were the following:
Try beginning your day with a glass water and fresh lemon. Drinking water increases the rate at which people burn calories, and much of this occurs when your body tries to heat the water to process it. In addition, water also has the effect of making you feel fuller without adding any extra calories whatsoever. Drink water throughout your day.
Plan your meals for the week and buy everything you need at once.
When you’re craving something sweet, reach for fruit. If plain fruit bores you, try grilling it or pairing it with protein, such as apple slices with a dab of peanut butter or pears with a few small cubes of Parmesan cheese.
Yogurt is a great food for dieters as long as you avoid the overly sweetened and processed variety. Buy plain yogurt and sweeten it with a tiny bit of honey or some fresh fruit. Chop or puree fruits like berries or peaches,or mix in a little cocoa powder or cinnamon.
Chop some raw vegetables and store them in individual portions in baggies in the refrigerator so you can just“grab and go” when you feel like snacking.
Hard boil a dozen eggs and keep them in the fridge for a quick breakfast or snack, or keep them on hand to chop and add to salads for a protein boost.
Don’t turn up your nose at avocados because of their fat content. Avocados have a high amount of monounsaturated fat, which is a special fat that scientists have found can actually reduce the distribution of fat in the belly area.
Garlic is a nutritional powerhouse that has long been known to help reduce inflammation and blood pressure, lower the risk of heart disease, and boost immunity, but did you also know that in a lab test, rats who were fed a high-sugar diet actually put on less weight if they took a garlic compound?
You might think that skipping breakfast will save you a few calories, but it will actually end up costing you more in the long run and causing weight gain. In fact, your body needs small meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels even; if these levels drop, you’ll find yourself in a bad mood and with a serious lack of energy. Skipping a meal also makes you feel hungrier when the next meal comes around, and you could very well end up eating way more calories at the next meal than you would have if you had eaten normally in both meals combined.
The Mediterranean diet is great for weight loss and also helps reduce your likelihood of dying from heart disease, cancer, and other conditions. This way of eating focuses on vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and grains and is rich in good fats. Red meat is kept to a minimum, and there is a heavy emphasis on poultry and fish. Olive oil is used instead of butter, and herbs are used to add flavour to food instead of salt. Even an occasional glass of red wine can form part of the Mediterranean diet.
So, to conclude this blog, I would like to say Life is short, enjoy it, don’t follow unreasonable diets that you cannot keep, but make life choices that you can maintain. It is okay to allow yourself that special treat from time to time, otherwise, depriving yourself will only defeat you.
Stay Active, and eat healthy!
Last but not least:Thank you for your patience with me throughout the summer as I was quite immersed; but I am back and very happy to bring you more of My Daily Wellness.
For all of you, Fall is here, make sure you don’t fall into its traps!
Making healthy food can be very timely and this causes us to eat unhealthy easy to make foods such as quick fixes or take out… even more unhealthy on average. The healthiest is to prepare and be aware of what you feed your body.
Here is a healthy and useful tip that you can easily incorporate into your life.
Roast your veggies and add them to all your meals. Because it’s that easy and that healthy!
read more: http://mybodiesjourneys.com/blog/index3.php
The Mediterranean diet has been proven to be the answer.
Recent studies now show that eating Mediterranean foods with a rich diet in fish and chicken, fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole grains, olive oil and legumes, Greek food that is, minimizes your risk of heart disease.
See more stats for more assurance…
I am off to have some Greek food now, hope you get inspired…
Have you ever wondered why our ancestors were healthier? Well there are many reasons but one particular one is their natural remedies.
Raw honey… One of these.
Raw honey has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties and promoted body and digestive health. It is also a powerful antioxidant eliminates allergies and strengthens the immune system. Some also use raw honey to treat skin wounds and infections.
Raw honey is also very good for blood pressure , collesterole, respiratory conditions, as well as has a calming and pain relief remedy.
Now be aware that raw honey is very healthy but when you intake regular honey, it is no longer an effective natural remedy because when the honey is heated and pasteurized, the essential healing nutrients are destroyed and this honey is then similar to eating refined sugar, therefore no longer healthy.
So remember… Raw honey has many benefits, but it must not be mistaken with regular honey which is not so unhealthy but just lacks the minerals, enzymes and other vitamins needed to heal.
Enjoy your rawness and stay healthy!
Corin Mullins and Brian Mullins present their healthy food ‘HOLY CRAP’ to Dragon’s Den and they get the offer they asked for: 120K for 20% of their company! They are AMAZING!
I tried this cereal and honestly, it tastes Great- it tastes HEALTHY and by adding some fruits, the taste is even greater! Remember it does taste healthy, and if you want a healthier life, make this a part of your daily lives. I have started it and it feels great to start my day with this delicious cereal. You may add whatever you like to it, I add oatmeal and/or fruits to it.
Go buy it and try it. It is a little more expensive than other cereals HOWEVER, you want quality, you will pay more than ‘cherios’.
This cereal contains the following nutritional values:
Per 2 Tablespoons (28g) Amount % Daily value
Fats 6 g 9%
Saturated 0.5 g 3%
Omega-6 1.5 g
Omega-3 2.5 g
Monounsaturated 0.7 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Carbohydrate 13 g 4%
Fibre 6 g 24%
Sugars 4 g
Protein 5 g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Watch the episode and check out how much they loved it!
How to become healthy?
What diet will work for me?
Could I keep up with this diet?
So many questions are asked when trying to lose weight and stay healthy; most important is STAY HEALTHY!
So I was doing some video searching on youtube, trying to view some options to stay healthy and I found this video on my “Recommended for You”. Sure, there are many great books out there to teach you how and what to eat, and the reason I found this to be the most captivating is Dr. Hyman’s concept of EATING AT HOME, MAKING YOUR OWN FOOD. That is essential because as you make your own food, you KNOW what you are putting in there and can CONTROL the ingredients in your food. You can focus on a QUALITY AND BALANCED DIET. So truthfully, make your own food, avoid eating out, and Focus on this great Solution book for your health!
Watch UltraWellness TV with Mark Hyman at:
And Remember: The Secret to Being Healthy is Staying Healthy.