Posts tagged healthy
Posts tagged healthy
Friday Food Feature | Avocado
I think I was crazy for the first 19 years of my life because that’s how long it took me to like avocado. I just can’t believe it took me so long discover how tasty it is in salads or smashed up in guacamole, scraped on some grainy toasted bread or eaten out of its skin with a spoon. These days, my mouth waters at the thought of it!
So I’m taking a moment to appreciate this tropical fruit and put it up on the pedestal with all the others in my food hall of fame, otherwise known as Friday Food Feature. Following are a few of my favourite healthy attributes of Avocados.
- They contain 60% more potassium than bananas! This helps to lower blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke.
- Highest protein and oil content of any fruit. While they’re seen as high in fat, don’t be scared, they contain mostly monounsaturated fat. They are calorie dense, so do enjoy in moderation.
- Loads of nutrients including fibre, vitamin K, vitamin E, B-vitamins, vitamin C and folic acid. An overall nutritional boost that enables the body to absorb more fat soluble nutrients in foods that are eaten with Avocado.
- An avocado rich diet can lower blood cholesterol, decreasing the bad (LDL) and increasing the good (HDL).
- No sodium or cholesterol. Win!
My favourite way to enjoy avocado is on multigrain toast with sliced tomato, but the recipes are infinite. Add to any salad for a tasty nutritional boost or make your own guacamole. I make guac with avocado, a little sweet chilli sauce, fresh onion, fresh garlic, fresh chilli and a bit of pepper. Delish!
Proper nutrition is a critical component of living a healthy life. Many fruits and vegetables that used to be a staple of diets and home remedies have fallen to the wayside for fast food and medications. If we could start to make these foods more apart of our everyday lives again maybe we could avoid some of the health problems that are becoming very commonplace these days.
Lemons is one of these foods that have amazing health benefits. Start to make it more of a habit to cut up lemons and put them in your water at dinner or even squeeze over your lunch time salad. This article gives you many more uses and benefits of lemons.
So I have done a bit of research on these topics, and I would stick with the above ratios of protein, carbs and fats, however it is the types of protein, carbs and fats that you choose that can have the greatest impact.
For protein choose fish (salmon and tuna are great), seafood and legumes; for carbs choose your wholegrains, a couple of pieces of fruit, and loads of veges; and for fat choose your omega-3s as much as possible (so fish oil, and oily fish like salmon).
It has been suggested that zinc can increase your white blood cell count so eating foods that are high in zinc, such as oysters, pumpkin and shitake mushrooms may help. I would also suggest taking a multivitamin specifically for female teenagers or women, just to be sure you are receiving adequate amounts of different vitamins and minerals.
The main aim should be to to get as many different nutrients in as possible in order to build your immune system back up.
For the orthostatic intolerance I found that drinking plenty of fluids and increasing your salt intake are ways of managing the symptoms.
For amenorrhea (loss of period) make sure you eat the amount of fat that is set out above, this will help to stimulate your estrogen production and eventually your period should come back. Also make sure you are getting enough calcium - the recommended dietary intake is 1,300mg per day - and get out in the sun for 15min a day to get your vitamin D. This is just to make sure your bones stay healthy and strong as amenorrhea can affect bone density.
It will take time for your body to recover, be persistant with your healthy eating habits, however if you are still concerned about these issues then definitely go and see you doctor :)
love green tea soooo much!
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We all know that vegetables are healthy, but did you know that how you prepare them can make a big difference in how much nutrition you’re getting from them? In fact, according to a recent study, the vitamin C content in the popular summer soup gazpacho can considerably decrease during the cooking and blending process. For how to get the most nutrition from your veggies, read on!
3 Best Ways to Prepare Your Vegetables
1. Go raw. One of the best ways to eat fruits and vegetables is to eat them raw. While not every vegetable is most nutritious eaten this way (there are exceptions) in general, eating them raw keeps the enzymes, vitamins and phytochemicals intact.
2. Steam them. The more water you can keep in your vegetables, the better for nutrition. That’s why steaming is such a good option — you’re actually adding humidity! For the best nutrition, steam them until they’re crisp-tender.
3. Stir fry. Quick and easy to do, stir-frying is a healthy way to get your veggies. Just be sure that — similar to steaming — you don’t cook them until they’re mushy. Al dente is the name of the game for optimal nutrition!
And the best tip of all for eating healthy veggies? Eat them fast! The gazpacho and vitamin C recipe found that vitamin C decreased the longer the soup set out, so after you prepare your food, get to enjoying it!
Freaking love blueberries. I wish they were still in season. Frozen blueberries cost so much! :(
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Ahhh, this, this so much
The leftover vege lasagne and a pic of the avocado choc mousse with mango (here is the recipe). It was so yummy and best of all my family LOVED it :)
The vege lasagne had marinated tofu (using soy sauce, garlic and ginger), eggplant, courgette (aka zuchini), mushrooms, bok choy, low fat cottage cheese, tomato pasta sauce, a sprinkling of edam cheese and of course lasagne sheets. Served up with a large side salad made for a yummy filling meal.
The choc avocado mousse was AMAZING better than I could have ever imagined. No one could guess what it was made out of hahaha!
Sorry about the photo quality… taken at night on my cellphone