Moist Banana Bread Recipe

by admin on October 24, 2014

Welcome Home Brands Paper BakewareThe following Moist Banana Bread Recipe was sent to us by one of our readers. This is a perfect basic banana bread recipe that she claims is the best banana bread. Her mom has made it for years. She also mentioned that this a great recipe for those bananas that turn brown. Not ready to make this banana bread recipe? No problem. Just freeze your brown bananas (don’t worry about a bag, they usually don’t have a freezer burn problem) in the freezer and then thaw out the night before you want to make the bread. Of course, using older bananas like this (the mushy kind) will make the moist banana bread.

BANANA NUT BREAD

1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs
1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana (to make it more moist–add another mashed banana or use two “brown” bananas)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Oven 350 degrees

Cream together shortening and sugar; add eggs and beat well. Sift together the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternating with banana, blending well after each addition. Stir in nuts.

Pour into well-greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake in moderate oven (350) 45 to 50 minutes or till done. Remove from pan; cool on rack. Wrap and store overnight.

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Nutrition Facts Ever wondered why bananas are one of the most popular fruits out there? It’s rare to go into a supermarket’s fruit section and not see a display dedicated specifically to them. This is because not only are they delicious, but they’re also extremely healthy while being one of the many fiber rich fruits out there.

Some health benefits are:

  • B Vitamins
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium

They can help with:

Physical Health Benefits of Bananas

Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, vitamins B6 and C, and magnesium. What’s not to love about them? A diet high in bananas keeps you from bruising as easily thanks to the potassium content. This combination of vitamins and minerals is hard to ignore. The nutrition facts of bananas are simply outstanding and can help with a multitude of physical problems. Here’s a list of the issues that can be fixed by increasing your daily intake of these antioxidant fruits:

Anemia: Thanks to bananas’ iron content; they are able to stimulate the production of hemoglobin in your blood, which is incredibly helpful to those with iron-deficiency anemia. This is preferable to taking large doses of iron supplements regularly.

Blood Pressure: The fact that bananas are high in potassium while low in salt make them great for dealing with blood pressure issues. Because they are so efficient at this, the FDA has approved these claims so that producers of bananas can officially market their product using this information!

Constipation: Why take laxatives when you can eat a fruit that has a high fiber content? Bowel problems don’t stand a chance when you involve bananas in your diet.

Hangovers: In combination with honey, bananas can be made into a milkshake that soothes the stomach, builds up blood sugar levels (which are often depleted as a result of drinking), and re-hydrates you after a rough night.

Heartburn: Bananas are natural antacids so you can eat some when heartburn becomes a real problem.

Morning Sickness: Keeping blood sugar levels up reduces morning sickness while supplying nutrients to you and your baby.

Mosquito Bites: You can rub the inside of a banana peel against your mosquito bites to reduce swelling and irritation. Banana peels are usually thrown away, so this is a good way to get some use out of them so you don’t have to buy special lotions for your insect bites.

Ulcers: Bananas are able to neutralize the acids in your stomach, which is particularly helpful when dealing with ulcers. Other fruits are so acidic that they tend to make the problem worse. Eating bananas can actually reduce irritation because they coat the lining of your stomach while neutralizing it.

Temperature Control: Cultures around the world have relied on bananas to reduce body temperature in expectant mothers.

Smoking: Bananas, due to their vitamins B6 and B12 and minerals potassium and magnesium, help the body when dealing with nicotine withdrawal, which can have rather unpleasant effects on smokers who are trying to quit.

Strokes: The New England Journal of Medicine has published studies saying that eating bananas regularly reduces your chance of stroke by a whopping 40%.

Warts: The inside of a banana peel, when placed on a wart and taped there for a while, can help to get rid of pesky warts. This beats using the freezing or drying out methods of most medications.

Mental Health Benefits of Bananas

Bananas also do a lot of good for your mental health. The tryptophan in bananas can make sufferers of depression feel better, as well as those with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Daily intake of bananas increases brain power, while the high vitamin B content of them reduces anxiety. People who are stressed tend to deal with a drop in potassium. This can be remedied by eating more bananas because they are high in the mineral. When you look at bananas’ nutrition data, it’s hard not to consider them a superfruit!

Thinking about cooking with one? You can always check out www.antioxidant-fruits.com’s Fruit Recipe Page to find unique recipes of specific fruits found on this site.

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Do you have an old favorite that you’d like to submit to Antioxidant-fruits.com? They contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. This great fruit gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy

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Pomagranite

by admin on October 22, 2014

This page contains additional information about pomegranates, sometimes misspelled: pomagranite, pomegranite, pomigranate. If you would like to learn the basics of this fruit, please visit our main page about pomegranates (pomagranite, pomegranite, pomigranate). If you are interested in reading further, be our guest, or there is a link on the main pomegranate page that will take you to this one as well. Thank you.

The following questions were sent to Antioxidant-Fruits.com by a website reader. Joe Real was kind enough to provide answers and further insight. If you have more questions about pomegranates, please do not hesitate to contact antioxidant-fruits.com.

Where can I purchase bulk of pomegranate – pomagranite?
and what is the price/pomegranate – pomagranite?

Is this is commercial scale question. So the pricing would be per ton, but the question is per fruit, so I am confused as to what will be asked. Likewise the freight charges would be on per big shipping containers that are refrigerated to delay over-ripening or controlled so that when the shipment arrives, they would have the targeted ripeness on the fruit stand. Or it could be shipped via postal air and the shipping charges would be sky high on per gram basis.

How many bearing pomegranate – pomagranite trees are there in Dubai?

Dubai has negligible land area grown for agricultural exports. My
latest query to the UN FAO database on horticultural and agricultural land area of various countries, Dubai is below the radar to be included in the listing. Whatever Dubai produces may all be destined for local consumption only. The pomegranates from Dubai might have been obtained from elsewhere like Afghanistan or Iran. So the middlemen tax may have been added to the pricing. That much I know about Dubai. I have tabulated world agricultural areas and am sure that Dubai’s agricultural output is not significantly marketed to the world. They could be agricultural brokers though. Speaking of which, if the orders are commercial scale per ton, you would negotiate with these brokers for the pricing and freight.

How many fruits (average) are being harvested per pomegranate – pomagranite tree?

Why get pomegranate fruits from Dubai? Afghanistan and Iran are the popularly known places to produce the “best” (relative definition)pomegranate in the world. Most probably Dubai’s pomegranates for sale would have come from these places.

What is the projected growth in terms of harvest and plantation? How much was the average historical prices for pomegranate fruit?

California and Australia have been continuously expanding their
plantings of pomegranates. And California’s pomegranates are getting better too. The world’s demand for pomegranates are hard to satiate at the moment.

What is the projected price of pomegranate – pomagranite? How much is the freight in fom dubai to Philippines?

The price of pomegranate on a per fruit basis here in California could range from $0.50/fruit to $2.89/fruit depending on size, quality and cultivar. But that is California’s price. About 98% of California’s fresh pomegranate for sale are from Wonderful variety, heavily planted by Paramount farms. Upcoming in the horizon, from various recent plantings would be Angel Red and Saveh.

We can grow excellent tasting pomegranates – pomagranites too in the Philippines if somebody would care enough to spend time to test and select from what we have gathered. I have given some pomegranate seeds and cuttings to our fellow rarefruiters for evaluation. We can also find areas in the Philippines that are excellent for pomegranate growing. Most of our existing cultivars are tart or bland and hard seeded. At the USDA
Germplasm alone, there are more than 1,500 pomegranate cultivar
accessions, and surely a few of them would be suited to our local
conditions. We can also evaluate what we have at hand.

One thing that I have observed, pomegranates are no longer becoming a fad, it is going mainstream here. From the latest World Ag Expo 2009 that I attended, that was the assessment of the growers world wide. We don’t want to miss the boat by dismissing this as a fad, there is still plenty of time to get on board, the market is still young.

Pomegranates will grow in the Philippines!

Afterall, it originated in Southern Asia, and was only adopted by people in the Mediterranean areas. Although vast majority of the publications have claimed that pomegranates are native or endemic to the middle east, such as Iran and North India. One of these days, a genetic map of pomegranate would help pinpoint the most likely origin. But regardless, what is important to point out is that there are evidences that pomegranates have been grown in South Asia for as long as that in the Middle East. So the climate is not really an excuse for Filipinos not to try one. Just find the suitable cultivars. Certainly, those best tasting in the Mideast may not be suited to our humid climates, but we haven’t tested many cultivars. We need real work to test these, and not internet searches to find the answer as to what cultivars would grow and taste the best. That is where most RFSP members can join-in and report their own personal findings if the Philippine government has no time nor money to spend on such endeavor.

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Native Vitality Organic Maca Root Powder Review 4Native Vitality contacted us about reviewing their Organic Maca Root Powder.  Since theirs is gelantized, I was interested in giving it a go.

The gelantized-ness of the Native Vitality Organic Maca Root Powder just means that it has been slightly cooked through pressure and heat to make it easier for digestion and more absorbed by the body.  The pressure and heat from the cooking process takes out all the starch, making it more nutrient-dense. You’ll see in the videos that “gelantized” does not mean that it has a gelatin consistency.

In Peru, they NEVER eat it Raw, only “cooked”. It ends up being slightly more expensive, but you get 90% more absorbtion, therefore, you see more dramatic results. Also, many people who take raw maca complain about intestanal cramping, with gelatinized, this will not happen.

Native Vitality Organic Maca Root Powder Review

I followed the 3 teaspoons of maca powder a day for about 30 days and got through about 1/2 the bag.  I found that it helped to settle my stomach.  I can’t say much for my energy, as I have a pretty high energy level that comes standard, so it’s not a good base.

Many people take Maca Powder because it increases energy, helps with loss of libido, increases stamina, athletic performance, helps with mental clarity and balances hormones.  For women, in particular, it has been known to help with PMS and also with menopause symptoms.

Native Vitality Organic Maca Root Powder is 100% natural, USDA organic, gluten free, Non-GMO and vegan.  There are no preservatives or artificial colors.

It has an earthy taste with a nutty flavor.  Tastes like maca!

You can buy Native Vitality Organic Maca Root Powder on Amazon – they’ll also send you a PDF of a really great recipe book.  They sent me a copy and there are some great recipes for meals, desserts, smoothies and more.

Here is our arrival video:

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Here is our final review video:

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I asked to interview Native Vitality for the review – as I wanted to learn more too – below is a short bio with the questions I asked and the answers provided.  Please do let me know in the comments if you have additional questions for them.

We are a small family owned company that started out with Maca because most people were not educated on the Raw vs. Gelatinized. People should NEVER consume raw maca…ever. So, when we started searching for the best maca, we realized that some of the most popular brands had a very sub-par product or added “additives” to their maca (I am guessing for price reasons).

We searched and only work with a single family farm that is committed to producing the absolute highest quality maca root anywhere. They have been farming their family lands for over 100 years and that is all they do. Since we are their only customer, we actually help them pay for their organic certifications and such.

So, we can say, without a doubt that we have the highest quality maca available. Period.

Is Organic Maca Powder the only product that NativeVitality currently makes?

Yes, we are a small family-owned company that is dedicated to producing the highest quality and most pure maca available. As Native Vitality Maca continues to reach more people we will be expanding our product offerings.

How did you come about wanting to package and sell organic Maca Powder?

We have done quite a bit of research on some of the best superfoods on the market today. We found that Maca can help a wide variety of people and ages, so we went with Maca Powder as our very first product so we could help the most people.

Do you ingest Maca powder every day?  How do you like to take it?

Yes, I take it everyday, but about once a month, I take a few days off. I mix about a tablespoon and a half in my morning coffee and have about two cups every morning. My wife mixes it in her peanut butter (she loves peanut butter) and eats it regularly out of the jar or on sandwiches or with carrots or apples. We also cook and bake with it constantly.

Have you seen a difference in your own body by taking Maca powder daily?

Absolutely. My entire life, I have struggled with being able to focus and having zero to no energy by mid-day. After taking maca, I can focus like crazy (it has replaced my ADD meds, I no longer take them). For one of my wife’s closest friends, her PMS symptoms included intense cramping, and she has delt with this her entire adult life. She now hardly has any cramping and has never been more happy.

Who is the ideal candidate to take maca powder?

Almost everyone. The foods we eat today are generally lacking the proper nutrition and our lifestyles are pretty high stress with family, kids and work. Native Vitality Maca Powder is a natural adaptogen, which means it even’s out your hormones naturally. So, no matter what hormones are out of whack (we are all different), it will work for you. However, if someone is on thyroid or menopause medications, I would consult your doctor first.

Why does it matter if it is gelatinized?

In Peru, where most maca is grown and consumed regularly, it is only eaten in gelatinized form, never raw. Raw maca can give intestinal cramping, gas/bloating and is generally not nearly as absorbable.

Here is a great website where you can learn about the benefits of maca.

We received the Native Vitality Organic Maca Root Powder for review from the manufacturer.  Receiving the free product did not influence this post.

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Blueberry Tart

by admin on October 20, 2014

Blueberry TartBlueberry Tart

From the Cleveland Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook, copyright 2007, published by Broadway Books.

Frozen puff pastry comes to the rescue for a quickly assembled dessert that can be adapted as various seasonal fruits arrive at the market.

Makes 12 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • Refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 1 quart fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup sugar substitute
  • Unbleached all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (1/2 of a 17.3 oz. package), thawed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Frozen light whipped topping, thawed (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the over to 400°F. Coat a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Place the berries in a bowl. Stir in cornstarch, lemon zest and sugar substitute, making sure that all berries are well coated.

3. On a lightly floured board, roll the puff pastry to a 12 x 14-inch rectangle. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

4. Mound the berries on the pastry, leaving a 1-1/2 inch border. Fold in the four corners. Using wet fingers bring up the border of the dough over the edge of the berries, pleating as you go to form a rustic free-form oval or rectangle. Sprinkle the berries with lemon juice.

5. Generously coat the top of the tart with cooking spray and bake 40 to 45 minutes, until the berries are cooked and the pastry is golden.

6. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of light whipped topping, if desired.

Calories: 140
Protein: 2g
Carbs: 20g
Fiber: 3g
Fat: 6g
Sodium: 70mg

VARIATION: Apple Currant Tart

Substitute 3 large peeled, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples for the berries. Add ¼ cup dried currants that have been softened in 2 tablespoons dry sherry. Reduce the sugar substitute to 2 tablespoons. Add ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Bake according to master recipe.

Looking for more delicious ways to eat healthy? You’ll find 150 taste-tempting recipes in the Cleveland Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook.

If you have any suggestions on recipes to add to this website, please contact us

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Raspberry

by admin on October 19, 2014

RaspberryThe raspberry is pretty well-known across the world.  They are grown for local grocery stores and fresh food markets as well as for processing for frozen fruit, dried, pureed fruit and juice.

Because raspberries need an ample amount of sun and water to develop, they are usually a mid-summer crop, depending on where you are located in the world.

In addition to their great taste and fun texture, raspberries as with all antioxidant fruits, have numerous health benefits.

Because of their deeper color, raspberries are near the top when compared to other fruits based on their antioxidants when it comes to their dense amounts of ellagic acid, quercetin, gallic acid, anthocyanins, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicyclic.

Raspberries have an ORAC Value of about 4900 per 100 grams, which falls under blueberries (they’re 9000 ORAC units) and above apples at 2800.

The health benefits that some have experienced with raspberries are listed below.  Please be aware that this isn’t proof that they work, but that they are known to help.

  • Reduces Inflamation
  • Helps to Eliminate Age-Related Cognitvie Decline
  • Prevents Cardiovascular Disease
  • Reduces Allergies
  • Helps to Prevent Degeneration of Eye Sight with Aging
  • Reduces Pain
  • Prevents Cancer

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry

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What Is Your Favorite Fruit?

by admin on October 17, 2014

We know you’re out there and reading antioxidant-fruits.com, so there must be a reason for it!  We want to know if you have a favorite fruit!

I certainly do, but it took me awhile to know that it was my favorite fruit.  I am 30 years old and never seemed to be much a fan of fruit.

I think watermelon was my favorite fruit.  How lame is that?

But in my mid-20s I discovered raspberries.  Although raspberries are pretty common place, I really was sort of grossed out by them.  However, now I love their texture.

Picking raspberries outside of Middlebury, VT

Picking raspberries outside of Middlebury, VT

I got my Masters in Spanish from Middleburry College, so in the summers, when we weren’t in class, we would go and pick raspberries.  There are small raspberry growers all over Vermont.  Usually, they will have a plywood sign that they have painted.  Something along the lines of, “Pick Raspberries Here.”

They hand you a little basket and everything you can fit into the basket is yours for $3-$4.  The best thing is when they tell you that you can go ahead and taste test while you are picking out your raspberries.

There is nothing like a warm, ripe Vermont raspberry!  YUM!  However, you can eat too many and then pay the price in the bathroom later!  However, it is a price I am willing to pay to over endulge in raspberries.

So, we want to know what is your favorite fruit?  Why?  How did it become your favorite fruit?  Comment below and let us know.  If it’s an unusal fruit, let us know where it comes from, what the health benefits are (if you know of any) and where to find it.

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Health Benefits of Wolfberry

by admin on October 16, 2014

Wolfberry

Looking for the health benefits of wolfberry?  Learn about wolfberry nutritional value including cardiovascular health and the other benefits of goji berry.

The wolfberry or the goji berry is a reddish-orange berry that grows in the wild in China and has been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years.  The berry has been revered in China for years for its ability to alleviate problems.

This nutritionally dense fruit is now popular all over the world for its health benefits. The wolfberries, where grown naturally, are typically eaten raw or dried. As with all fruits, the wolfberry’s antioxidant powers are anti-aging and promote longevity.

Benefits of Goji Berry:

  • Protects the liver
  • Improves Vision
  • Strengthens weak legs
  • Promotes Longevity
  • Improves the Immune System
  • Helps prevent Cancer

The Chinese believe that it strengthens eyes, protects the liver and the kidney and nourishes the blood.

The goji berry contains the following nutrients:

  • Beta-carotene
  • Calcium
  • Polysaccharides
  • Selenium
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Vitamin C
  • 6 vitamins
  • B-complex Vitamins
  • Vitamin E
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Betaine

The wolfberry makes our website because it is packed full of antioxidants, including carotenoids, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. In fact, of all foods, the wolfberry contains the most carotenoids.
The polysaccharides in the wolfberry help to protect the human immune system and helps the body’s other defense systems.

The berry has 19 amino acids, which help to build protein and protect muscles. The berry also has essential nutrients.

The berry contains more vitamin C than an orange! Now, that’s a powerful little berry!

Because wolfberries aren’t commonly available in the Western world, many people obtain the benefits of the wolfberry from it’s juice.

More health benefits of wolfberry

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What is Acai?

by Kho Anna on October 15, 2014

Acai Berries

Acai Berries

The Acai berry is a dark purple colored fruit that grows on acai palm trees found in the Amazon rain forest. Acai berries are widely known in the world market for their many beneficial health benefits.

An acai berry can increase a person’s energy level and strengthen an immune system. By increasing our body’s energy levels, it also lowers the risk of many harmful diseases such as cancer (esp. colon cancer, blood cancer, lymphoma), cardiovascular ailments, lung and heart diseases, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Acai berries are known to have high concentration of dietary fiber, amino acids, and omega fatty acids (good fats). By containing such nutrients, acai can also reduce inflammatory diseases at the same time lowers aging process. Acai berry supplements are widely used by athletes to increase their energy and endurance levels.

Acai berries are not only taken as a fruit itself but can also be applied in many forms like:

  • energy drinks
  • dairy products
  • breakfast cereal
  • ice cream
  • juice / smoothies
  • sanitary products (such as soap, shampoo, lotion, creams, etc)
  • health supplements (the MOST common form nowadays)

Take acai now and get the maximum health benefits you’ve been looking for!

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Acai Helps in Weight Loss

by Kho Anna on October 15, 2014

Acai Berry

Acai Berry

Acai is one of the most nutritious, super foods in the world. They are small, round, purple berries that grow in the Amazon rain forests of Brazil.

The acaiberry is rich with anthocyanins that’s why it is considered one of the best antioxidant foods that helps in preventing the dynamic evolution of stress and harmful diseases such as cancer and heart ailments.

The acai fruit can be eaten fresh and is commonly used in pie and cookie fillings, dessert toppings, and energy bars. Another way to enjoy its great benefits is by trying the acai juice which is rich in phytonutrients and amino acids.

This power berry can also aid in weight loss, with health benefits that can improve digestion, cleansing and detoxifying of the body and boosts the immune system. Acai also supports cardiovascular problems at the same time improves mental ability.

Other health benefits include:

  • enhances visual activities
  • boosts energy levels
  • provides all vital vitamins
  • minimizes inflammation
  • regulates cholesterol levels and more

Proper exercise and acai diet can definitely enhance the general well being of a person thus supporting any targeted weight loss. Acai is also available in health supplements in forms of tablets, capsules and powder.

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