Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fresh Corn Are There Any Health Benefits?

THE BEST CORN IS FRESH! It's healthy and a great source of Fiber!

Growing your own corn as we did this year can be easier than you think. One tip I have is to hang tins on sticks. If the birds or animals decide to eat the corn they don't like the noise of reflections.
Somewhat of a scarecrow!

The best way to serve fresh corn? Shuck it, place on foil with olive oil, cajun spices and squirt of fresh lime. Wrap it up and grill it or bake it.  Truly the tastiest and most tender... plain ole boiled with nothing on it would be fine for me too! Nothing like fresh corn!

Health benefits you ask?

Yellow corn has what is called zeaxanthin and is a cancer fighting lutein. The corn downside would be to carb haters, yes it is full of carbohydrates but still a great source of fiber!

The plant substance in corn called phtonutrients in the carotenoids family can promote heart and vision health which long term can help vision degeneration.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tomatoes, Roasted Garlic these are great health benefits

Amazing how this vegetable/fruit can help us with our health. Garlic is a natural antibiotic.
Tomatoes through researchers have been known to lower the risk of certain cancers along with cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Tomatoes are the number one most important non- starchy vegetable in the American diet. It's no wonder researchers have embarked upon such a great find. Lycopene has been found to be a very powerful antioxidant. Also Vitamin A in tomatoes will keep your eyes healthy and your hair!  Keep eating tomatoes your body will thank you for it!

Garlic is a natural antibiotic.  Studies show it can help with lowering blood pressure, protect against prostrate cancer, breast cancers and aids in the blood flow to help protect your heart. Researchers have not yet studied the pills long enough to know if they are beneficial, however eating up to 12 cloves of garlic a day is said to help prevent many ailments. Some of the concern is how your digestive system reacts not everyone can digest that much easily. Moderation in every thing we do is always recommended as a best practice. So eat more garlic when you can. Chop it up into salads, sauces, fresh salsa and anything else you like. You may remember this article I wrote and
recipe for roasted garlic click here.

Keep eating healthy foods and enjoy a healthy life style... make a great tomato salsa with garlic.

Tomato Salsa Recipe

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hydration can be Scrumptious in Summer Heat

Summer Salads can be scrumptious and healthy!
Eating lighter in the summer is a good thing to do. Water is a necessary ingredient to a healthy diet. Hydration in hot weather is essential to your well being.  Eating more green leafy vegetables and fruits will keep your metabolism on the right track. Sure you should splurge a little on those awesome picnics fun outings with a burger or two, but limit your meat content and heavy over eating. Fill up with a healthy alternative to the artery clogging foods. Your body will thank you.
Watermelon is a wonderful fruit in summer for hydration, it's 95% water! Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring. Freezing watermelon making a puree adding some pineapple juice can make an fabulous healthy slushy sorbet!

Water is a major part of our make up.

Other healthy foods to stay hydrated in hot weather include:
  • Coconut water
  • Cucumbers
  • Watermelon
  • Fresh lemonade
  • Cabbage
  • Fresh Iced Teas made with herbs
  • Green Salads
  • Apples
  • Peppers
  • Pineapples
  • Grapefruit
  • Celery
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
Try a great fresh salad with fresh balsamic vinegar and olive oil. A great combination.

1 avocado cut in wedges
fresh mozzarella cheese
1 tomato sliced
1 cucumber seeded
1 fresh pepper seeded and sliced
olive oil
fresh balsamic aged vinegar
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh crushed garlic
dried oregano around 1/4 teaspoon

Mix 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 2 tablespoon olive oil together adding a pinch of cayenne pepper, garlic and oregano to taste. Set aside

Place all vegetables in a dish. Slice cheese around 3 or 4 pieces add to the top. Drizzle dressing over the top.  Serve with fresh bread.

Plastic Filled Christmas Ornaments

The skies the limit with imagination with these plastic filled Christmas ornaments! Using things I find around the house and outside t...