Friday, December 17, 2010

Fresh Spinach with Garlic Sandwich and The Health Benefits

Served raw, spinach is a good source of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant.

Like other dark greens, spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting  antioxident  that's been shown, among other things, to reduce the risk of developing cataracts. It fights heart disease and cancer as well.
As a dark, leafy green, spinach possesses several important phytochemicals, including lutein, which helps prevent age-related macular degeneration. Spinach also contains lipoic acid, which helps antioxidant  vitamin C
and E
 regenerate. Because of its role in energy production, lipoic acid is being investigated for regulating blood sugar levels.
Spinach is a good source of Vitamin K, which aids in the formation of the blood substance required for clotting of blood.

Spinach is also helpful in the following cases:  Anemia, Tumors, Constipation, Insomnia, Obesity, Neuritis (inflammation of nerves), Nerve exhaustion, High blood pressure, Bronchitis, Colon cancer, Prostrate Cancer, Breast cancer, Osteoporosis, Dyspepsia (chronic indigestion), Also helps ailment of the kidneys, bladder and liver.

Served raw, spinach is a good source of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant.

Fresh Spinach with Garlic Sandwich
1 bag fresh spinach
red pepper flakes to taste
3 cloves of minced garlic
extra virgin olive oil
Sliced fresh Italian Bread

Rinse spinach. In a large pan, heat 3 tablespoons of oil, then add garlic and spinach. Saute till limp but still colorful. Spoon on to sliced crusty Italian bread.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ambrosia Fruit Cup Recipe

 1/2 cup slivered toasted almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened toasted flaked coconut
1 small can or you can cut up fresh pineapple diced
5 fresh  tangerine oranges hollowed out with a spoon
2 red apples, cored and finely diced
1 banana, halved lengthwise, peeled and sliced and chopped into small pieces
tangerine pieces from scooped out shells
2 tablespoons cream sherry
Fresh mint leaves for garnish
With a sharp knife make tangerine cups by cutting open ended triangles back and forth around just the top  ( about an inch down from the top of the core) of the tangerine to make like a jig jag hat. In a bowl using a teaspoon, scrape all the tangerine out of each fruit. Pick through the piece without skin and save for filling. This is you bowl.
In another large bowl, combine the pineapple, orange pieces, apples, banana and sherry. Toss gently to mix well. Divide the fruit mixture evenly among individual tangerine bowls. Sprinkle evenly with the toasted almonds and coconut and garnish with the mint and you then can top it with the cut out top of the orange.  Note for toasting coconut and almonds: Toast coconut and almonds in the microwave on a paper plate, starting out with a minute and checking every 20 seconds for further cooking.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Apples Can They Help Your Heart? Try Them Baked

Baked Apple Recipe
2 apples,cored
4 teaspoons dried fruit, chopped, such as cranberries, raisins or dates
4 teaspoons toasted nuts, chopped, walnuts or almonds
1 teaspoon honey
Pinch of cinnamon
1/2 cup apple cider
1/4 cup plain yogurt

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine fruit, nuts, honey and cinnamon; spoon into the apples. Place the apples in a small baking dish and pour apple cider around them. Cover with foil. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Serve topped with yogurt.

Plastic Filled Christmas Ornaments

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