The nutritional wonders of Amaranth

Amaranth is a weed that is consumed as food.

It is eaten in numerous countries and is praised for its numerous nutritional qualities.

The nutrients in Amaranth are carbohydrates, starch, and protein, sugars, fat and dietary fiber.

It also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C and E.

It is also rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium       and zinc.

It is advised that you cook amaranth leaves before consumption to remove the phytochemicals that reduce the nutritional content of the vegetables.

Amaranth grains are gluten free, easy to cook and rich in protein and so this super food is both nutritionally rich and delicious.

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Health benefits of eating broccoli

Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family that also includes the cauliflower.

Its large, flowering head is typically eaten and it may be eaten raw, boiled or steamed.

It is a rich source of numerous nutrients.

The nutrients in broccoli include the following carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber, fat and protein

It also includes Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, E and K.

Trace minerals include calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and Zinc.

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Almonds, a nutritious and delicious seed

Almonds are one of nature’s nutritional powerhouses.

Almonds are an edible seed.

Wild almonds are bitter due to the production of cyanide and if consumed can be fatal.

Domesticated almonds are considered the “sweet variety” that is safe for consumption.

Almonds can be consumed raw or roasted.

Almonds are used in the preparation of various dishes including salads, ice creams, breakfast cereals and various desserts.

Almonds are one of the main ingredients used in the preparation of marzipan.

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Oatmeal, a delicious and nutritious super grain.

Oatmeal has been my breakfast of choice for sometime now.

As a child I didn’t particularly like eating the dish and only ate it because my mother told me to.

As I got older and I started looking into healthier breakfast choices, oatmeal always came up in the top searches.

Little did I know just how wonderful this humble food could be?

Oatmeal also known as porridge or white oats is made up of ground oat grains. There are different varieties of oatmeal based on the method of preparation and these are steel-cut, crushed, rolled or old fashioned oats.

Oatmeal is prepared from oat groats that are heated and milled based on the finished products desired.

Rolled oats are steamed to soften them and then flattened.

Steel-cut oats are produced when the oat groats are broken into smaller pieces, then they are steamed with water and flattened.

Rolled oats are first steamed with water then flattened and dried. Rolled oats are also commonly known as old-fashioned oats.

Steaming oat groats and pressing the oats flatter than rolled oats produce quick oats.

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Acai Berries, a super food ?

Acai berries are an inch-long, reddish-purple fruit similar to grapes that comes from the Acai palm tree, a tree native to Central and South America.

The fruit is rich in carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins A and C, amino acids, iron and polyunsaturated fats.

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Why do Eggs get such a bad rep ?

When I was growing up there were always Eggs in my Mother’s kitchen.

My mother loved to bake, every Sunday the kitchen would be filled with the wonderful smell of some pastry she was baking for  breakfast.

So a  much younger version of me assumed eating eggs were great for your health, but as I got older the reputation of eggs changed.

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Lemon

The fruit of the small evergreen tree originally from Asia is one of nature super foods. It contains vitamins A, B and C and is also rich in minerals Calcium, Iron and Magnesium.

It is a rich source of Potassium and Dietary Fibre, but also contains Sugar, carbohydrates, Fat and Sodium so moderation is key with this fruit.

Lemons have numerous uses including:

  1. Cleaning agents: It can be mixed with baking soda and used to polish copper-pots and pans.

  2. Culinary ingredients: It can be used in baking and making Lemonade.

  3. Medicinal: The oil of Lemons can be used in aromatheraphy.

 

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Grapefruit

Grapefruit has many nutrients including vitamin C, phytochemicals and the fiber pectin.

The pink and red varieties contain the beneficial antioxidant lycopene.

Grapefruits has the potential to lower cholesterol.

Grapefruit forms the main part of the, “Grapefruit diet“, which claims to help improve the body’s metabolism due to the fruits low glycemic index.

 

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Pistachio Nuts

 

Pistachio nuts are rich in nutrients including carbohydrates, fats, protein and vitamins A, B1,B2,B3, B5, B6, B9 and C.

It also contains various minerals including Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, Phosphorus, potassium and Zinc and is a rich source of dietary fibre.

 

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