Monday, April 16, 2012

Healthy Skin and Foods to Eat Like Strawberry Bruschetta

Vitamin A is essential for healthy skin.

This diet includes plenty of dark orange (carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash) and dark green (broccoli, spinach, kale) vegetables.

Vitamin E helps promote great skin, which is why this diet includes nuts such as hazelnuts and almonds  which are high in vitamin E as snacks.

Fish contains oils that will help nourish your skin. This diet includes fish options at lunch and dinner to add luster and softness to your complexion.
Eating more vitamin C-rich foods, such as strawberries, may help to ward off wrinkles and age-related dryness.  Collagen is fibrous protein that keeps skin firm and vitamin C is essential for collagen production. Anyway you eat strawberries it's a win for your skin!

Strawberry Bruschetta:

4 thick slices whole-wheat bread
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 cups sliced or diced hulled strawberries
4 tablespoons mascarpone

Toast bread in a toaster.
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over high heat. Add sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice and cook, stirring, until the sugar melts and the mixture begins to bubble, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add strawberries and stir until juices begin to exude and the berries are heated through, 30 seconds to 1 minute more.
Spread 1 tablespoon mascarpone on each piece of toast. Top with the warm berries

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Wonders of Fresh Garlic Roasted and Health Benefits

Garlic reputation continues to grow as it's powerful medicinal properties are gaining in understanding and increased respect by medical professionals.

Antioxidant and antibacterial
Prevents the formation of blood clots
Reduces blood pressure
Reduces cholesterol and triglycerides
Increases high density lipoproteins
Protects against cancer, including colon, breast, and prostate
Reduces the risk of colds and flu and speeds recovery
It's a Natural Antibotic

Enjoy a garlic-rich diet of five or more cloves each day.

 Garlic makes a wonderful health supplement  but the garlic cure is no substitute for the basics: sensible eating and getting cardio exercise. Garlic should be seen as part of an addition for a healthy lifestyle - not as an alternative to it. Always consult your doctor first regarding any medical condition, this is not a medical site.

Roasted Garlic Recipe
4 heads garlic, stem end trimmed by 1/2-inch
1 tablespoon  extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chicken broth
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Rub the garlic with the olive oil and place the heads, cut-side up, in a small saute pan  that's just large enough to hold the garlic in. Season the garlic with the salt and pepper and add the broth to the saute pan. Place the saute pan in the oven and roast for about 30 minutes, or until the garlic is golden brown on the top and the cloves can be pierced easily with the tip of a sharp paring knife. Remove baking dish  from the oven and allow the garlic to cool. When the garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze the roasted garlic out from the skins. You can eat this on Italian crusty bread or use in recipes like Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

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