Hey don’t look now but, yes, we have jetted into the new year of 2017. Most people always choose this time of year to start looking for a way to not only eat healthier but to also shed the pounds by cutting down of their carbs. Now we have the perfect new solution with a new trend that you may have not heard of yet. Banana flour.
But wait. Attention Diabetics, Banana Flour is great for us too because of its low glycemic index which releases glucose into the blood and a much slower rate causing blood sugar to rise at a much slower rate.
Yes, you can substitute Banana Flour in almost any flour recipe and even add it to shakes and smoothies as a nutrient since it too is high in potassium. Banana flour is known to also be good for folks with IBS or those of us who just need added fiber to our diets.
What does Banana flour taste like? Well it has a slightly nutty, clean flavor, but it is almost flavorless and is denser too which means you can get by with 25% less than normal wheat flour.
I found this rather interesting; Banana flour is made from bananas that aren’t suitable for commercial sale, because they have slight blemishes or an odd shape, for example, but are otherwise fine. They usually end up as rejects as consumers won’t buy them, so the bananas are simply tossed out, going to waste. Not no more because now they are being used to make Banana Flour.
At just 100 calories per ¼ cup, banana flour is lower in calories than all-purpose flour. It also contains 330 milligrams of potassium per ¼ cup serving – and, as it’s all natural, it retains many other vitamins and minerals from bananas like calcium too. It also contains RS2, which is an important form of resistant starch that’s found in few foods, along with a good dose of healthy dietary fiber. RS2 are resistant to digestion, and not completely broken down and absorbed while traveling through the digestive tract, they go untouched through the stomach and small intestines. Once in the large intestines, they’re able to help feed healthy gut bacteria, and ultimately produce short-chain fatty acids that aid in increasing the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
As a great source of RS2, this also helps to provide health benefits that include decreasing the risk of diabetes, obesity and colon cancer. It’s even been found scientifically to be an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease.
So what are you waiting for? Oder some Banana flour and start baking today.
Here’s to healthier eating in 2017.
So we’ve talked about the fruit of the GODS before, remember? The food of the GODS is the Avocado. Reason being is that the avocado is high in heart healthy saturated fats.
How ever, did you know that is exactly what the avocado and Coconut Oil have in common.
Just like the coconut the avocado is also a fruit. They both come from a tree and, they are both high in saturated fats. “Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterol. By Increasing the HDL’s in the body, it helps promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease.”
Awesome news if you don’t want to eat avocado every day. Coconut oil is the answer for getting a great amount of saturated fats on a daily basis. You can cook with it or ad it to all sorts of food directly from the jar. You can even take a spoonful followed by a sip of soy milk or any of your other favorite drinks. You can add it to recipes and use it for baking as well.
I like to make this great oatmeal concoction that you might like as well.
Take a mason jar. Pour in a serving of plain oatmeal. Add about an ounce of Chia Seeds, place the lid on the jar and mix well. Remove the lid and Add a Tablespoon of Coconut Oil plus Cinnamon to taste and a Tablespoon of Natural Honey. Top it all off with soy milk to about ½ an inch above the mixture. Put the lid back on the jar, give it a shake or two and leave in the fridge until morning. The next morning , open and munch away.
Every single thing in that mixture is great for your body and your health and tasty as well.
A little added info about coconut oil. It contains two qualities that help it fight cancer. One, because of the ketones produced in it’s digestion. Tumor cells are not able to access the energy in ketones and are glucose
dependent. It is believed that a ketogenic diet could be a possible component of helping cancer patients recover. Two, as the MCFA’s (medium-chain fatty acids) digest the lipid walls of bacteria, they also can kill the helicobacter pylori bacteria that has been known as increasing the risk of stomach cancer. Even in studies where cancer is chemically induced, the introduction of coconut oil prevents cancer from developing!
In a study in India, the high levels of antioxidants present in virgin coconut oil reduced inflammation and healing arthritis more effectively than leading medications. In another recent study, coconut oil that was harvested with only medium heat was found to suppress inflammatory cells. It worked as both an analgesic and anti-inflammatory.
Happy, Healthy Eating.
It’s that warm and fuzzy time of year and the time when your going to need something a little extra special for the setting the mood. Got just the trick, how about a delicious and somewhat healthy Pumpkin Smoothie?
Your going to be amazed as to how simple it’s going to be to make. You’ll need half a cup of Pumpkin Puree per smoothie along with a quarter cup of Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain), combine them both with a Quarter Cup of Milk (soy or real whole), half of a brown spotted Banana, 1 teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice found at any grocery store, 1 teaspoon of maple syrup. Throw in a handful of ice cubes or crushed ice and then blend it all for about a minute.
If it comes out to thick, just throw it back in the blender, add a little more milk and give in another 15 second blend. Viola, your are ready to drink.
Still not hearty enough for you? Got just the solution for that to, put it all back in the blender. Take have a Red Apple, chop it up into cubes and throw it in along with a quarter cup of rolled oats. Blend it all up again for another 30 seconds and now you have a hearty and healthy Pumpkin Apple Spice Smoothie.
You want to make your own Pumpkin Puree for use in pies and other recipes?
1st Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Cut the pumpkin in half, stem to base. Remove seeds and pulp. Cover each half with foil.
2nd Bake in the preheated oven, foil side up until tender.
Last, Scrape pumpkin meat from shell halves and puree in a blender. Strain to remove any remaining stringy pieces and your done. Pumpkin Puree ready to use.
This the season to be jolly. Lots of great thinks to Cook, Bake, Eat and Enjoy with family and friends so don’t miss out any any part of it.
Happy Healthy, Eating.
So your feeling a little sluggish but your not all about taking any of those energy drinks that are full of strange sounding herbs and high levels of caffeine. Here is something you may consider.
For the longest time I’d been hearing about how healthy it was to drink lemon juice on any empty stomach first thing in the morning when you got up.
The more I looked into it the more I realized that there are many recipes for this type of energizing drink. The latest that I’ve seen is involves lemon, olive oil and a few other spices that have long been known to help certain conditions.
Here is that recipe: One Whole Lemon (washed thoroughly) cut the lemon in 4ths and throw in a blender or juicer
Two tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
throw into blender with lemon pieces
Add a cup of clean water
Blend or Juice into a liquid.
If you blender leaves pulp, strain before drinking.
So what does this concoction help with?
1st, it has a Cardio Protective Effect
2. Anti-Inflammatory and provides many Vitamins
3. Fights Constipation by lubricating Digestive Mucousa
4. Activates function of the Bladder and Gallbladder
5. Contains Anti-Oxidants
6. Helps with Articular and Rheumatic Pains
7. Maintains Balanced Liver and Gallbladder
If you don’t think you can take the whole cup of the mix I have a little secret, you can take half a lemon, Squeeze it into a cup, add a tablespoon of the olive oil and mix ip up vigorously and gulp it down quickly. Follow it with a teaspoon of raw honey if you must just to change the taste in your mouth.
Happy, Healthy, Eating.
**There are many home remedies for all sorts of things out there all over the world but as always, if you have and condition at all, ALWAYS, consult with you doctor before considering any single one.
Did you know that a drink with a household ingredient can rev up your metabolism and more.
Apple Cider Vinegar, most people recommend the Braggs brand, is the key secret ingredient.
So, whatever you do, DO NOT DRINK THE APLLE CIDER VIGEAR BY ITSELF. It is extremely strong and burns all the way down. Health benefits vary and are remarkable. Anything from Boosting Metabolism to Flushing Out Toxins to lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol and the list goes on and on. Including being good for your hair , nails and skin.
Yes your skin too. If you seem to be having a little bra out area, take a Qtip or a cotton swab and soak it with Apple Cider Vinegar then place it over the affected area making sure it gets slightly drenched. You'll be amazed at the results.
Ok, so here is the recipe for your morning drink;
4oz of Water
4oz Natural Apple Juice
2 Table Spoons Apple Cyder Vinegar
1 Tea Spoon Cyan Pepper
1 Tea Spoon Cinnamon
1 Table Spoon
Mix Vigorously and drink rapidly. I would also brush my teeth or at least rinse out my mouth with a good mouthwash since the Vinegar can damage teeth enamel if it sits on them long enough.
Distilled vinegar is usually made by fermenting grain or ethyl alcohol which results in high levels of acetic acid, apple cider vinegar is made by, you guessed it, fermenting apples. Apple cider vinegar contains citric acid, formic acid, malic acid, lactic acid and succinic acid, as well as acetic acid. And the kicker? Since apple cider vinegar is made from apples, it contains antioxidants called polyphenols that are good for your health!
So what exactly can you do with apple cider vinegar? This golden liquid does everything from disinfecting wounds, to ridding your scalp of dandruff, to boosting your energy levels. Check out the video below for the many different ways your life can be improved thanks to apple cider vinegar!
Apple Cider Vinegar is also been known to help end problems with fungus, foot odor, athlete’s foot and more. The acidic properties of vinegar can even help with softening your feet and soothing dry skin or cracked heels. It also might be perfect for what ails your feet. Check with your Doctor first on the foot soak.
If you are constantly trying to shed a few pounds like me then you've probably tried every diet there is to try. You, like me, have probably searched high and low for that secret ingredient hoping to find that magical pill that would help us loose weight. Now, we find out that there may be something that helps that's actually been around for almost ever. It's something that many of us eat in our Mexican food every single day. A little spice that researchers have found that allow us to loose weight when taken properly on a daily basis. Here is the story of the miracle weight loss food known as Cumin.
Adding Cumin to your diet and you’ll get an increase in metabolism, kick your immune system into gear, naturally detox yourself on a regular basis and help burn fat away faster.
Known as Jeera in India, Cumin is very common in African, Indian, Asian and Latin American dishes and offers a wide variety of health benefits both for physical and mental health.
A recent study of 78 men and women showed Cumin as effective as prescription drug Orlistat for weight loss, without the nasty side effects .
Over the 8 week trial, those receiving Cumin lost an average of 2-3 lbs – better than those taking Orlistat.
Another recent research study at Shahid University tested women on a controlled diet who were given cumin powder vs placebo.
The women given cumin powder lost 3 more pounds, and decreased their body fat % almost 15% vs less than 5% for the control group.
The dosage tested was 3 grams – or about 1 teaspoon of cumin powder daily, mixed with yogurt.
Both of these studies showed that not only is cumin great at overall helping your body not to build and store fat, but it’s specifically good at targeting your abdominal fat.
Besides the 2 studies mentioned above, there have been numerous studies
that demonstrate positives.
In the study at Shahid University, those taking cumin lowered their triglycerides 23 points and nearly 10 points off their LDL cholesterol levels.
Cumin is also beneficial to mental health, and can help you improve your memory and sharpen your concentration skills.
Cumin has been prescribed for thousands of years to help with sleep.
Recent studies suggest the anti-stress and relaxation properties probably account for the long recognized benefits as a sleep aid.
In Indian cuisine it’s commonly combined with a number or other spices, such as ginger, fenugreek, black pepper and turmeric powder.
This helps increase the effect that it has on your digestive system and helps your body absorb more nutrients, which in turn helps prevent your body from storing fat.
Cumin is an amazing source of iron, which is important for ensuring a healthy digestive system. It helps your body produce energy more effectively, carry a healthy supply of oxygen to the tissues in your body, and improves your immune system.
As always consult with you Doctor should you have any questions and Happy Healthy Eating.
The Pineapple DETOX Diet
Ready to loose some quick weight. Then try the pineapple diet.
This means you'll have to avoid processed meat products and old cheese, carbohydrates, energy and alcoholic drinks. It’s important to drink tea (at least 2 cups of tea a day) and at least 2 liters of water a day.
You should also take at least 2 tablespoons of coconut oil a day, limit the intake of salt, spices and vinegar. Keep moving as much as you can.
The pineapple diet is for people in good health. NOT RECOMENDED for people who suffer from diabetes and colitis, people who are intolerant to pineapple enzymes and to the ones who have liver or kidney dysfunction.
Pineapple Diet / Day One:
Breakfast: Pineapple juice,
1 fruit, 1 cup of tea
Lunch: 4 pineapple slices
and 1 slice of bread
Snack: Pineapple juice
and 1 apple
Dinner: 2 pineapple slices + 50 grams of boiled rice + 1 cup of tea against bloating
The 3 Day Pineapple Diet:
Day 1: Eat only fresh
pineapple and water.
Day 2: Pineapple, water and two cans of tuna (one for lunch and the other for dinner).
Day 3: Identical to day 1
Keep in mind that this diet only has one goal – Detoxification.
From now on the pineapple should become a part of your regular, balanced diet for the purpose of weightloss. It stimulates the sense of fullness and satisfies your desire for something sweet.
Happy, Healthy Eating
So we're always passing along great home remedies for all kinds of stuff and this month is no different than others.
Today we're going to talk about our teeth. Yes out toothies and that nasty critter known as tarter. That dark dingy deposit that forms on all teeth unless you are really going to town on the brushing, flossing and gargling sever times a, come on, who has time to do that?
So must of us get that nasty thing called tarter build up on our teeth at the gum line.
Many of us go to the dentist to visit their oral hygienist often enough so they can scrape the heck out of teeth trying to remove all that nasty stuff. I used to hate that. My gums would bleed like I was a stuck pig and afterwards my gums would hurt while they recovered for several days.
Then I stumbled across a home remedy for tarter control. Don't get me wrong, it's not a cure all for your teeth and I still say see you dentist for any real issues with your teeth themselves cause only they know what's best.
Now, back to the scoop on this home remedy.
Walnuts not just taste extraordinary, they are likewise extraordinarily useful for your teeth. Notwithstanding when eaten they offer extraordinary advantages; as they are rich in folic acid, iron, thiamine, vitamin E, vitamin B6, potassium, zinc and magnesium. This treatment does not oblige you to eat them, yet to wash your teeth with them. This is the way how to do it.
-Approximately 30 grams of walnuts
Put the walnut husks into a pan. Add water, and then cook the blend for around 15 minutes. Let it to cool for a couple of minutes, then immerse your toothbrush in the blend and clean your teeth altogether for five minutes. The outcome? Your plaque will be extraordinarily reduced and your dentist will be happier with you.
Did you now that one of the most important things you can do when you get up in the morning is have a glass or two of water on an empty stomach.
Not only does it start all your juices flowing it also helps your body fight off a heart attack. Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates and helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, and may even make you eat less.
Now, Mince 2 to 3 garlic cloves, let them sit for 15 minutes then combine them with one tablespoon of honey. Consume this remedy every day and you’ll see how energized you will feel and how much healthier you’ll be.
Eating raw garlic can help with a lot of health conditions. It can help you decrease high blood pressure, cholesterol, prevent coronary heart disease and heart attack. It’s also very effective in minimizing the effects of atherosclerosis.
One garlic clove can help you with everyday health issues like hay fever,a cold, flu, bug bites and fungal infections. Garlic is also beneficial for symptoms such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, and an enlarged prostate. It’s an amazing immune system enhancer and can give you a full body detox. Furthermore, if you combine it with onion and ginger it can ease the side effects of chemo.
Garlic’s is optimal when it’s consumed raw because its active ingredient – allicin loses its properties when it’s processed thermally. Crush and slice the cloves and let them stay for 15 minutes before you consume them. When you crush the cloves, it activates a reaction that boosts the allicin’s bio-availability.
Don't forget it’s easier for your body to absorb the nutrients when your stomach is empty.
Happy, Healthy Eating my friends.
Whom would have ever thought that salt could be good for you.
Himalayan Sea Salt that is.
Surprise, if you’re looking for a better way to fall asleep easily and without any pills, look no more. Here is a simple trick which will help you stay asleep all night and wake up refreshed. Sleep deprivation is a serious issue whose side effects are well documented. The lack of sleep leads to irritability and crankiness, which increases the risk of accidents. Sleep deprivation affects your critical thinking and it leads to an elevated risk of developing hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. Daily activities require a good night`s rest and now it’s never been easier, thanks to the new natural 2-ingredient formula. A mixture of Himalayan Sea Salt with Organic Raw Honey. Take a tablespoon before bedtime and the combination will help you fall asleep easier and significantly improve the quality of your sleep.
Benefits of Himalayan Sea Salt
Amazingly, Himalayan sea salt contains 84 valuable minerals required by the body. Since this is a completely natural and unprocessed salt it allows you to absorb these minerals, unlike table salt. Himalayan Sea Salt has the ability to regulate melatonin and serotonin as well as to reduce blood pressure levels.
What you’ll need ; Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and Organic Raw Honey.
Be Healthy, Be Happy !