Carrots, more than meets the eye

Carrots are one of our staple vegetables, just like our potato, and would probably be used in cooking in every household at least a few times a week. Carrots can be grown all year round in temperate climates, so this is a food that is quite synergistic with our body at any time of the year. They belong to the umbelliferae family and are related to parsnips, fennel, caraway, parsley, anise, dill and cumin.

Carrots are a very nutritious food, and contain many vitamins and minerals, and of course are a great source of fibre. The carrot is most well known for the high levels of beta-carotene that it has, and as the old wives tale goes, they help you to see in the dark! And there is some truth to that old tale. There are many wonderful health benefits in our common carrot, and really need to be in your diet on a daily basis. Read More

The Seeds Have It!

Often not your first thought for a snack, but a handful of seeds can give you a mighty boost of energy as they are packed full of nutrients and as a bonus they are really delicious.

Take sunflower seeds for example. Sunflower seeds contain high levels of copper, vitamin B1, B3, B6, manganese, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, and folate, and are an excellent source of vitamin E. In just a quarter cup of sunflower seeds you get between 80%- 90% of your daily requirement of vitamin E, which is the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant.

Sunflower seeds contain phytosterols which are naturally occurring compounds that have an ability to help lower blood cholesterol levels.

Sunflower seeds have anti-inflammatory properties, help to calm your nerves, aid in the detox process of your body, and have a degree of protection against cancer because of the high levels of selenium. A quarter cup of these seeds give you around 34% of your daily requirements of selenium.

All in all, this is a seed to have on hand at all times. As usual, buy organic.

Appetising avocados

Avocado is a very nutritious and thankfully common food in most households today. Growing up in country Australia, I hadn’t even seen an avocado up until about thirty years ago. Avocado was not a common food for us. That’s not to say it wasn’t around, just that it wasn’t a typical food in our diet, which was typical of the average ‘Aussie’ at that time. It has certainly become a more popular addition on the grocery list over the last twenty years.

There are over 80 varieties of avocado these days, and the Hass is probably the best known variety. It was discovered in 1935 by Rudolph Hass. A single fully matured tree can produce as many as 500 avocados. That’s impressive! It is thought that the avocado first came from Mexico around 5,000 BC. There have been seeds of the avocado found buried with Incan mummies that date back to 750BC. Read More

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

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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