Monthly Archives: September 2015

Best Fruits And Vegetables To Eat This Fall – Part One

Autumn harvest brings us many tasteful and healthy fruits and vegetables that we should include in our everyday menu. Here we bring you the list of favorite all-star fall produce, along with each selection’s nutritional benefits.

Apples

There’s almost no person in this world that doesn’t fancy apples. This fruit is packed with antioxidants that can prevent chronic illness and slow aging. There are more than 7500 different types of apples, and all of them are packed with numerous vitamins!

Beets

Although it’s probably not your favorite food to eat, beats are known for their health benefits. Beets’ contain nutrients including betain, a compound that can help prevent hearth and liver disease and nitrate, which can increase blood flow to the brain and potentially reduce risk of dementia. When selecting, look for firm, smooth bulbs and bright, crips greens if they’re attached.

Cranberries

Cranberries are best between October through November. You’d be surprised to hear that only 5% of cranberries make it to the produce section – the other 95% are dried, canned or turned into juice. Cranberry concentrate can help prevent urinary tract infections and fresh cranberries can prevent oral diseases and slow the growth of breasts, colon, prostate or lung cancer.

Reasons Why Salt Is Good For You

Salt, flour, sugar and fat (or lard, or grease… whatever). If you’re serious about working out and staying in shape, you know these four as the Four White Deaths. They’re poisonous, right? Wrong!!! When it comes to salt, at least. The American Health Association has been called out by the health blogs of the world for its apparently pretty blatant lies. Now, salt is considered healthy, and here’s why:

  1. Research shows that a reduced-sodium diet leads to health issues. In one such study, participants consuming less than 2,300 mg (the recommended amount) had a higher mortality rate than participants consuming 2300 mg or more.
  1. Salt improves the quality of sleep. It has anti-stress attributes due to its suppression of stress hormones. It can also increase the metabolic rate of the body. This is supported by many people reporting that a low-sodium diet interferes with sleep and an appropriate amount helps improve sleep quality.
  1. Appropriate sodium consumption supports a fast metabolism and a good weight. Key word – appropriate. Irregular or too much cortisol means a metabolism which is stagnant and weight gain.
  1. A pinch of salt received on the tongue can help relive an asthma attack or an allergic reaction. It’s a natural antihistamine.
  1. Salt reduces circulating stress hormones, thereby supporting thyroid function.
  1. Salt improves insulin sensitivity, helping to control blood sugar. A diet which is low on salt will result in insulin resistance.

How To Make The Perfect Milkshake

If you like milkshake but don’t have time or money to go out every time you’d like to have one, stay tuned and you’ll learn how to make the perfect milkshake at your home.

Find an ice cream you like, put it into a glass and then put it in the freezer for some period of time. Make sure your ice cream is tempered, soft but not runny. If your ice cream is too hard, you’ll add to much milk and thin it out, diluting the concentration of the ice cream (this step is crucial). You can also use frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream if you like.

In the next step, take your favorite ice cream and add two ounces of milk and any flavorings you want. You can add chocolate syrup, candy or even cookie pieces. Don’t add ice because it will just water it down. If you like your milkshake thinner, add more milk in this step. If you add cookies, make sure to crush them nicely before adding.

In the end, top your milkshake off with whipped cream and additional cookies/candy if you desire.