The ever-charming Audrey Hepburn rightly said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Gardening is like meditating. You find deep relaxation as you nurture the seeds you sow and see them grow into healthy, strong plants. If you have your own kitchen garden, you can often eat farm-fresh[.....]
Arugula is a nutrient-rich powerhouse that gives you a variety of health benefits. It can help prevent cancer, maintain good eye and bone health, and boost immunity. Arugula leaves can also protect liver function and aid in weight management. Use arugula in salads or add raw to cooked foods like pasta, vegetables, and soups.
Looking for a nutrient dense vegetable to add to your menu? Go for broccoli, which has a healthy dose of vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and fiber. This super veggie can regulate your blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and manage your diabetes. It can even fight depression. More importantly, it has a place in your anticancer diet because of the presence of sulforaphane, which is a phytochemical.
Healthy snacks can serve the dual purpose of keeping you going between meals and giving you the feeling you’ve indulged a little without ruining your diet plan. Whether it is a protein-rich split-pea spread on whole grain toast, a tangy soup, a fiber-rich homemade trail mix, a nutrient and antioxidant packed sweet treat of grilled fruit with cinnamon, or a hearty faux Thai noodle salad made from zucchini - snacking on a weight loss plan doesn’t have to be boring!
The high vit C content of cabbage reduces free radicals in the body lowering your risk of cancer, degenerative neural diseases, heart disease or stroke. Its potent antioxidant properties may help restore kidney function, cure peptic ulcers, regulate blood glucose levels. Cabbage juice can also serve as a viable probiotic drink for those who are lactose intolerant!
Cabbage can be as much a friend as a foe! It contains significant quantities of raffinose (an indigestible sugar) that may end up blocking your intestines causing flatulence or bringing on a bout of diarrhea. Nursing mothers should avoid consuming it as it might make their baby colicky. Excessive consumption coupled with iodine deficiency might result in hypothyroidism.
Juices and smoothies are different in the way they are made and their nutritional benefits. While juices ensure easy assimilation, smoothies ensure healthy digestion. A balanced mix of fruits, vegetables, natural sweeteners, dairy and ice, form a healthy and wholesome smoothie, which could be a meal in itself. Ensure using right ingredients and combinations to harness the complete benefits.
Lentils are often added in many dishes because they are relatively quick and easy to prepare. Also, lentils are high in nutritional value and are available throughout the year. What are Lentils? Lentil or Lens Culiaris is a brushy annual plant of the legume family, grown for its lens-shaped seeds.[.....]
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