Chick peas, champion of champions

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a legume that provide a delicious and nutritious food. Consumed extensively in the middle East and Asian countries for centuries, they are slowly becoming more widely accepted into the western diet.

Chickpeas are available all year around, as a dried or canned product. Interestingly, there is little difference in the nutritional value between the canned beans and soaking your own. Read More


Healthy Eating Tips

It isn’t always easy to maintain a healthy and balanced eating program. We lead busy lives and often meal times get pushed to the back of our minds. Here are a few tips that may help you.

Protein

It is important to include protein in each main meal. Meat, chicken, fish, seafood, legumes, eggs and dairy products. Remember if you combine Chick peas and brown rice you get a complete protein comparable to meat or dairy foods.

Vegetables

3 to 4 cups of fresh vegetables each day is recommended for good health, and vibrant energy. Try to keep the heavier starchy vegetable to one or two serves a day. Read More


Popular potatoes

This week we are going to look at potatoes. The humble, and very common potato. It is a staple food for most households.

We steam them, we mash them, we bake and we roast them. A very popular, nutritious and delicious comfort food. In fact a very healthy food. It is what we put on them, or how we cook them that changes the health of our potato and so our perception of the potato as being a healthy and valuable food diminishes. People often think of it as a fattening food, however we can’t blame the poor old potato for the lashings of sour cream or butter that we pile onto it. Or for the delicious hot chips that we buy.

The over zealous popularity of the low-carb diets have also given potatoes a hard time. Potatoes are high in carbs and low in protein. They are a vegetable and are meant to be high in carbs and low in protein, as are carrots, pumpkin etc. Read More


Awesome Almonds

The Health Benefits of Almonds:

Almonds are one of our earliest cultivated foods, and are thought to have originated in central Asia. Almonds are delicious and the health benefits are numerous.

A real powerhouse snack, in a 1/4 cup of almonds there is around 15% of the RDA for protein, around 7grams. This is a food to be taken with you on any outdoor activity, especially if going on a long walk or hiking.

Almonds can play an important part in many processes in the human body,

Being one of our most alkaline nuts, almonds can help to stabilise the acid alkaline balance in our body. Read More


Our Humble Cabbage

Our ever humble cabbage! There they are in the vegetable shop, always available and cheap to buy. Did you know there are amazing health benefits to be gained by eating the humble cabbage? In fact that little round cabbage can work miracles in the human body!

Cabbage has long been known for it’s health benefits. In fact, it is probably only the last 50 years or so that we seem to have forgotten about how miraculous some of our foods are in their ability to heal our bodies. Too many medications flaunted at us by the media, too many distractions from the truth of the human body and how our foods can heal us. Let’s get back to basics and take control of our health, learn how to use foods, herbs and spices to heal our body.

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Lemons – the magic fruit

The ever humble lemon. They are cheap to buy, and always available. We use them extensively with food or as a garnishing for our food. We use lemons for cooking in cakes, in chicken dishes and with fish of course. We can make lemonade or have it in hot water, or with tea or herbal teas. Probably something we don’t think very often about is how good a lemon is for us.  The juice, the peel, the aromatic oils from the skin. All having amazing health properties. There are a great many health benefits of lemon, and this knowledge has been known for centuries. Information has been passed down through generations, of the wonderful  antibacterial and antiviral properties that lemons possess. Lemons contain citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin c, vitamin A, bioflavonoids, pectin and limonene, constituents that help to promote good health. Always dilute lemon juice, as full strength, it can damage the enamel of the teeth.

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