This cruciferous vegetable is certainly one of the healthiest and nutritious plant foods that Mother Nature has offered. It is widely adored by the masses due to its powerhouse nutritional content and the continuous demands for this food have expanded its form of consumption from salads, to power juices, to dried chips.
Let’s munch and crunch the factors one by one on what makes this vegetable extra special!
Fortified with Antioxidants
Kale is equipped with antioxidants that are potent in relieving inflammation and countering oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Antioxidants also help protect your DNA from damage and can slow down cancer growth and spread.
Kale is rich in Vitamin K which plays a significant part in bone formation, therefore, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.
Kale contains bile acid sequestrants which can lower cholesterol levels, therefore, reducing the risk of heart disease.
Healthy Skin & Hair
Kale is rich in Vitamin C which is necessary for collagen production and Vitamin A, a compound retinoid that increases collagen production reducing fine lines and improves the color of the skin.
As always the best way to consume this food is by eating it in your diet. However, if you want a way to consistently add it to your daily protocol via supplement my favorite recommendation is Cruciferous Complete by Standard Process.
3 to 4 big leaves of curly green kale (the Tuscan/lacinato variety also works well)
4 medium ripe avocados, halved and pitted
3 to 4 tablespoons lime juice (about 1 ½ medium limes), divided, to taste
¾ teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
⅓ cup roughly chopped red onion
¼ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro, lightly packed
1 small jalapeño, seeds and membranes removed, roughly chopped
To prepare the kale, first remove the tough ribs with a chef’s knife and discard them. Chop the kale into small, bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle it lightly with salt, followed by a squeeze of lime juice (about 1 teaspoon). Massage the kale by scrunching it up in your hands, repeating until the kale is darker green and fragrant (this step softens the kale and makes it less bitter). You’ll need 1 cup (packed) kale for the guacamole, so measure it out and set it aside.
Next, use a spoon to scoop the flesh of the avocados into the bowl of a food processor, discarding any bruised, browned areas. Add 3 tablespoons of lime juice and salt. Blend until the mixture is fairly smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides as necessary.
Add the massaged kale, onion, cilantro, and jalapeño. Blend until the mixture is mostly smooth, with only tiny bits of kale and onion remaining (or completely smooth if you prefer). Taste, and add additional salt and/or lime juice, if necessary, and blend again (I usually add up to ½ teaspoon more salt and another tablespoon of lime juice). Serve immediately.
This fruit was once deemed exotic, but now, you can experience the heavenly sweetness and buttery texture of papaya in both markets and restaurants! Moreover, this tropical fruit is filled with nutrients that can help improve your body’s daily performance.
Let us unveil the health secrets of papaya along with a delicious recipe that you can prepare as a side dish or as a snack.
This fruit is a fortress of nutrients but one stands out among them and that is the antioxidant beta-carotene which can reduce the risk of cancer and plays a vital role in shielding men against prostate cancer.
Papaya contains 2 key ingredients that normalize the flow of digestion which are fiber and papain.
Fun Fact: Papain is also used as a meat tenderizer and it works by tearing down proteins through a process called hydrolysis
Supports Skin and Healing
Aside from consuming this fruit fresh, mashed papaya applied to a wound or burned skin can help improve the condition of the affected area through the power of proteolytic enzymes, chymopapain, and papain. Ointments containing papain enzyme are also now manufactured to treat bedsores.
People who are suffering or may want to protect themselves from arthritis might want to start incorporating papaya into their diet as it is a good source of Calcium which helps strengthen your bones and Vitamin C which keeps any inflammation at bay.
Spicy Ripe Papaya Salad (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
1 large ripe papaya, diced to 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup chopped mint
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 red pepper, diced 1/2 inch
1/2 red onion, slivered
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp minced hot pepper, optional
1 tsp brown sugar, maple syrup or sweetener of your choice.
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger root.
Place all the ingredients in a big bowl and give a good tossing. Allow the spicy ripe papaya salad to sit for ten minutes for flavors to meld.
The first things that usually pop up in our minds when we think of chocolate are sugar, dessert, and carbs. Despite its negative reputation, a lot of research has shown that chocolate, specifically the dark version, is rich in antioxidants and other nutrients that can help amplify your health.
Dark chocolate is rich in flavanols which improves the blood flow in the brain, therefore, amplifying cognitive functions. A study has also shown that a high content of flavanol enhances the activity in the dentate gyrus part of the brain which plays a critical role in memory preservation.
Dark chocolate may have been the most delicious medicine that you will ever snack on because it is high in antioxidants that helps amplify your body’s protection against diseases as well as stimulating the lining of the arteries to manufacture nitric oxide, to help regulate blood pressure.
If you need an alternative morning boost from coffee, you might want to try a hot cup or a bar of dark chocolate. This food’s ability to improve blood flow allows the oxygen to be carried-out faster through the muscles.
Aside from its truly delectable taste, dark chocolate contains a chemical component called phenylethylamine which makes it irresistible and it stimulates the same feeling as falling in love! Eating dark chocolate can amplify your mood along with the naturally produced in our body dopamine, theobromine, and tryptophan content.
Healthy Dark Chocolate Mousse
2 avocados (220 g) only the flesh
50 g pure cocoa powder
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup (75g) cup almond milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
Turmeric is an esteemed herbal food in Asia that specifically flourished in the traditional valley of India. It is a family relative of ginger and can be consumed dried or fresh. Its flavor is characterized as musky, earthy, and a tad bitter. Through its health benefits, this golden spice goes beyond just being a food and flavor enhancer.
Exercising regularly and healthy eating are the best ways to trim your waist to achieve the healthy weight that you desire. But consuming turmeric in its raw or liquid form can help boost your body’s ability to change your body composition by regulating lipid metabolism and targeting fat by repressing various processes in charge of the growth of adipose tissue.
Skin is the largest organ of our body and it acts as a defense against physical injury and harmful microbes that attempt to attack our internal system. Through this, we must take care of our skin and turmeric can improve skin tone and texture as well as the healing capability due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Alleviates Joint Pain
Turmeric helps relieve inflamed joints with its anti-inflammatory power. You can also apply and massage it directly in the affected area by mixing it with other spices in a steamed pot to create a paste-like texture. This will help revitalize the blood flow.
Add it to your Daily Regimen
Turmeric is best utilized by the body if taken daily and we are so excited that our favorite herbal company Medi-Herb has created a fantastic product in the form of Turmeric Forte. This particular product contains a bioavailable form of Turmeric rhizome and Fenugreek seed to support a healthy inflammatory response. My suggested dose for this product is 2 tablets per day.
Turmeric Forte contains a bioavailable form of Turmeric rhizome and Fenugreek seed to support a healthy inflammatory response. These herbs and their constituents:
Support a healthy inflammatory response
Maintain and support healthy joints
Support healthy liver function and healthy digestion
1 whole lemon (juiced // ~3 Tbsp or 45 ml juice as original recipe is written // plus leftover rind)
1-2 tsp maple syrup (optional // can sub stevia or raw honey if not vegan)
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional // or cracked black pepper which many readers have commented helps with the bioavailability of the turmeric!)
3 cups of filtered water
To a small saucepan, add turmeric, ginger, lemon juice and leftover lemon rind, maple syrup (optional), cayenne (optional), and filtered water. I personally didn’t think it needed any sweetener, but sweeten to taste.
Bring to a simmer (not a boil) over medium to medium-high heat (~3 minutes). Then turn off the heat.
Set a small strainer over serving glasses and divide between two mugs. Enjoy. If the tonic is too potent for you, dilute with more hot/warm water.
Store (strained) leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop until just warm.
Sweet Potato is a root vegetable that is sweet in flavor and has a starchy texture. It is most favored consumed as part of breakfast meal or in-between snack due to its abundance in healthy Carbohydrates, Fiber, and Vitamin A. Despite its name, it is unrelated to white potato because botanically speaking, white potato stands with the nightshade family while the sweet potato is affiliated with the bindweed or morning glory family.
Let us explore what makes this root vegetable special in the health-conscious community.
Whenever our body detects a viral or bacterial infection, the immune system comes to the rescue! Sweet Potato is your friend when it comes to protection and repair as it garners 52% of your daily value for vitamin C. It also contains Vitamin A, a potent nutrient against infections and tumors.
You need to take care of the good bacteria in your stomach too and the ”resistant starch” in sweet potato helps keep the good bacteria strong by feeding on them. Your digestive system’s amiable nutrient is present in sweet potato — the fiber which helps prevent stomach diseases such as colon cancer.
Accompanied by choline and manganese, your brain can function at its greatest! Manganese binds neurotransmitters and supports in mobilizing electrical impulses to your body faster while Choline is a vital nutrient for brain growth and development.
The magnesium in Sweet Potato can help relieve stress and anxiety by calming your brain.
Regulates Blood Sugar
Sweet potato is enriched with Potassium that substantially drives away extra sodium and fluid out of the body, therefore, reducing the strain on the heart and lowering blood pressure.
Sweet Potato and Sage Pancakes Recipe
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/3 cup hot water
1 cup firmly packed shredded unpeeled sweet potato
3/4 cup Homemade Applesauce
2 tablespoons unrefined extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons dried sage
1 cup brown rice flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
In a small bowl, whisk the flaxseed with water and set aside for 5 minutes.
In a medium bowl, mix sweet potato, applesauce, olive oil, lemon juice, sage, and the flaxseed slurry
In another medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease it with ghee or olive oil.
Scoop out slightly less than 1/2 cup batter and roll it in your palms to form a ball.
Place it on the baking sheet and press down to form a 1/4-inch-thick pancake. Repeat the process.
Bake for 20 minutes or until brown. Serve topped with a dollop of coconut yogurt or whipped coconut cream, a drizzle of Grade B maple syrup, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet with a dash of ghee.
Nowadays, this berry is widely popular and mostly consumed in its liquid form due to its ability to provide reinforcements to our body and a solid remedy for UTI. But in ancient times, this fruit has been used as an alternative medicine for a variety of ailments such as poor appetite, stomach complaints, blood disorders, and scurvy for English folks; and bladder and kidney diseases for Native Americans.
Continue reading and together, let us explore the wonders of this ruby red fruit!
A Fortress of Immunity
Snack on cranberries for stronger immunity, vibrant skin, and sturdy joints as it is abundant in Vitamin C which is known for its immune-boosting ability and an essential element in producing collagen. The Vitamin C in cranberries interferes with the bacteria that cling onto the walls of the urinary tract, therefore, helping to eliminate an infection. The same protection occurs in the stomach and mouth.
Filled with Antioxidants
This sweet-tart flavored berry is a powerhouse of antioxidants surpassing high-level foods such as broccoli, strawberry, cherry, and spinach. A cup of cranberries is charged with a total of 8,983 antioxidants.
Cranberries are rich in polyphenols, a micronutrient that fortifies cells from damage and diseases. Two glasses of cranberry juice a day could decrease the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes by improving blood pressure and glucose levels. If you opt for the juice variety – you’ll want to choose the REAL juice with no sugar added for these benefits – it will be very tart :).
Mighty Brain Booster
Your brain will surely stay brilliant and sharp with cranberries’ anti-inflammatory properties which enhance coordination and memory.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray an 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
Pour almond flour, sweetener, melted butter, and almond extract for crust in a medium bowl and mix well. Set aside 1/3 of the mixture to be used later for the streusel topping. Press remaining 2/3 of the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
Bake in the preheated oven until partially golden, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Combine cranberries, sweetener, orange juice, orange zest, and arrowroot powder in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer until all of the cranberries have popped, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes. Spread cranberry filling over the crust.
Stir pecans and cinnamon into the remaining crust mixture, mixing until incorporated. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over the cranberry mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven until set, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into bars, 30 minutes to 1 hour.
The fruit that shines among others because of its jewel-like brilliance and rich ruby color. Pomegranate is more than just what you see. Pomegranate is filled with delicious seeds that can be eaten raw or juiced plus it is also packed with vitamins and minerals to re-energize your health!
Pomegranate contains two powerful antioxidants: Punicalagins (juice and peel) and Punicic Acid (seed oil). Both of these antioxidants help protect your body against free radicals and are responsible for the overall health benefits of Pomegranate.
The high-level content of punicalagin makes pomegranate a powerful fruit that drives inflammation down and other diseases such as arthritis, cancer, and diabetes.
Prevents Blood clot
There are two types of a blood clot, the good one which helps your injury recover fast and the other one is fatal because it can clog your arteries, heart, and any parts of your body.
By fighting off free radicals, bad cholesterol, and blood clots, the antioxidant in pomegranate regulates the flow of your blood thus enhancing the level of oxygen in your body.
The name is commonly associated with the musical group due to their catchy and electronic beats, but one thing for sure is that a serving of this legume can make your body bust a move! Black eyed peas served with a side of veggies are the perfect substitute if you are looking for some meatless Monday options and it is delicious which will surely fill both your hunger and your body’s nutritional needs.
Anemia No More
Black eyed Peas are enriched with Iron which prevents the cause of anemia. It also contains folate, one of the B Vitamins that is essential to form normal red blood cells.
Good for Digestion
The abundance of fiber in black eyed peas absorbs the water in the digestive tract and delivers the waste product out of the body for a smooth bowel movement. A high fiber diet is also a form of detox since it helps excrete waste and toxins in our bodies.
Healthy Skin and Eyes
A cup of these peas can fill-in a quarter of your daily Vitamin A needs. The Vitamin A content of black eyes peas is as rich as carrots which not only support healthy skin but also produce the pigments in the retina of the eye.
Regulates Blood Pressure
Potassium is an essential mineral that lowers blood pressure, therefore, lowing your risk of coronary heart disease. Your 20 percent daily requirement of potassium can be acquired in a cup of black eyed peas.
Let’s do a black eyed peas concert at the kitchen, healthy style!
Potatoes were first cultivated in the South America Region around 7,000 to 10,000 years ago. They are the 4th largest food crop all over the world with one-third of the world’s potatoes being cultivated in China and India which helps explain the demand in both countries’ cuisines.
Potatoes are one of the vegetables that are loved by many because of their flavor and how easily they blend into different types of foods. Let us explore the hidden gems beyond the flavor of this tuber.
They are rich in carbohydrates and fiber which facilitates smooth digestion making them good food for people who have a hard time digesting solid foods but requires plenty of energy.
They are easy to digest and they hold a lot of Vitamin C for added protection again infection and diseases which is good for you and your children. Yams and sweet potatoes can also relieve inflammation in the digestive system and may ease the suffering in those with gout.
Rich in Carotenoids
Carotenoids help maintain your heart and other internal organs for healthy functioning. But always make sure to watch out in over-consuming potatoes as they can also raise your glucose levels. One way to combat this is by adding a good fat such as butter to those taters.
Potatoes are rich in Vitamin B and Vitamin C which supports healthy skin and a crushed potato pulp mixed with honey can be used as a skin mask. For people who are suffering from pimples or sunburn, apply a potato pulp on the affected area for faster healing.
We won’t end this article without a delicious and surely healthy potato recipe that you can serve for your friends or family!
RED POTATO, ASPARAGUS, & ARTICHOKE SALAD
18 small red potatoes
3 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
2 (14 ounce) cans artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup olive oil
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
5 tablespoons minced fresh chives
Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bite-size cubes. Transfer to a large bowl.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the asparagus spears, and cook until tender, about 3 minutes depending on size. Drain and immediately plunge into cold water to stop cooking. Cut the asparagus spears into 1-inch pieces. Place in the bowl with the potatoes. Stir in the artichokes, breaking them apart slightly as you put them in the bowl.
Combine the mustard and lemon juice in a bowl; whisk the oil gradually into the mustard and lemon juice until smooth. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Drizzle over the vegetables; toss to coat. Sprinkle with chives to serve..
The hunt begins for a wickedly delicious and hauntingly healthy Halloween dessert this spooky festive season. The cascade of leaves from the branches of the hollow trees may be the start of our demise, but surprise! We are not going on that route because we will enjoy this holiday with an array of festive and flamboyant treats that will feast not only our eyes but also our guts and health!
Chocolate Pumpkin Cups
Less carving and more baking for pumpkin! A luscious chocolate cups that are flavored with festive ingredients which are maple and cinnamon for a spark of brilliance and excitement.
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao powder
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/2 cup pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
3 tablespoons almond butter (or your favorite nut butter)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
Combine all ingredients for the chocolate layer in a small bowl. Mix until well combined. I found that measuring out about 1/2 tablespoon (or a little less) into each cupcake liner was just enough to fill both chocolate layers. These layers are very thin! I made 10 chocolate cups. You may have to spread out the chocolate so it fills the whole liner. Freeze for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the pumpkin layer. Combine all ingredients for the pumpkin layer in a small bowl. Mix until well combined. I measured out about 1 tablespoon for each cup. Layer over the chocolate and freeze for 20 minutes or until firm.
Finish by layering the leftover chocolate over the pumpkin layer and freeze for an hour or until firm.
Transfer cups to a sealed container and store in the freezer.
Let’s take the spooky level a little further by creating a field of creepy mini happy skulls. They are an amazing nibs of healthy treat that you can share with the children and will surely put a smile on their faces.
A blender / food processor
A candy mold or ice cube tray
For the “white chocolate” coating
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup cashew nuts
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp raw almond milk
For the berry filling
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup fresh blackberries (can be substituted with other berries)
1/4 cup cashew nuts
2 tbsp raw almond milk or milk of choice
1 tsp vanilla extract
To make the “white chocolate” coating, mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until completely smooth. Add a tiny bit more milk if it’s hard to blend.
Make the berry filling by separately mixing all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth and resembles a thick sauce.
Fill your mold up to about 1/3 way with the white chocolate and freeze for a few minutes. (Should only take about 10 minutes for it to firm up.)
Then spoon in about 1/2 tsp full of the berry filling, keeping it in the center of the mold. And freeze for a further 10 minutes.
Now fill up to the top with the white chocolate and freeze or refrigerate to set for at least 30 minutes.
Keep in the fridge or freezer so it will keep a nice solid texture. Will be fine at room temperature for about 15 minutes before it softens.