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.


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


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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