Cantaloupe Health Benefits

by admin on May 22, 2015

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Cantaloupe Health Benefits

If you are a health nut, trying to lose weight or simply a lover of fruits, then one of the fruits that should top your list is the cantaloupe. Cantaloupes, or melons, are round, seeded fruits with orange-yellow flesh and a very sweet and tangy taste. They exude a very sweet and musky smell when they are ripe, and this smell will simply make your mouth water. However, it is not just saying that the cantaloupe simply tastes and smells good, it is also very good for your health!

There are so many cantaloupe nutrition factors where eating a slice or two daily will give you a much needed vitamin and mineral boost. To name a few vitamins and minerals that it has, cantaloupes contain thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin C and iron. They are also a good source of carbohydrates and proteins, and a whole cantaloupe only contains around 20 calories, despite its sweetness.

If you eat a portion of cantaloupe regularly with your meals, you will be able to benefit from the whole host of cantaloupe health benefits! Since they contain a high level of vitamins A, B and C, cantaloupes will help prevent coughs, colds and fevers as they stimulate the immune system. They also contain folic acids, which is beneficial to mothers who are expecting. Even for more severe diseases such as cancers and diabetes, the high levels of beta-carotenes in cantaloupes can help with reducing cancer risks by repairing cell damage, and lowering blood sugar content. So, when you eat a cantaloupe, not only are you getting a delicious snack or a tasty dessert, you are giving your body a great health boost as well!

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Glowy Skin From 3 Fruits

by cheskarr on May 21, 2015

Glowy Skin from 3 FruitsGlowy Skin From 3 Fruits

Before, if you want to look good, people would label you vain. Nowadays, looking good translates to feeling good or vice-versa. To have a glowy skin is one of the indications of having good health and this is definitely not a bad thing to desire. To help you achieve this, here are 3 fruits you should include in your daily skin regimen.

  1. Bananas – They are high in Vitamin A and potassium which can help refine lines on your face and to be used as an effective cleanser of your skin. Mash some bananas until they become a creamy paste. Apply it on your face and leave it for 15 mins. then rinse it off.
  2. Coconut – Coconut oil comes from matured coconut meat. This has lauric acid that can moisturize and soften your skin. It is best applied after taking a bath, when your pores are open so it can absorb the coconut oil’s nutrients.
  3. Melons – They make wonderful cooling masks and can nourish your skin due to its high Vitamin A and Vitamin B content. Slice a couple of melons and put them in a blender with egg white to create a sticky yet creamy mask. You can also add cucumber in the mix.

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Bisquick Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

by Amanda W on May 20, 2015

Bisquick Blackberry Cobbler RecipeBisquick Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

 

Bisquick is Bisquick Original All Purpose Baking Mix 80 Ounce Pancake Mixa lifesaver for quick and easy meals. Who hasn’t had chicken pot pie with a Bisquick crust or breakfast Bisquick biscuits? Making delicious breakfasts would be a much more arduous task without this helpful stuff. The product is also useful for desserts. Cobbler batter doesn’t need to be made from scratch every time when you have Bisquick in the pantry. Not much else is needed for easy blackberry cobbler other than Bisquick, a wet ingredient (like water or juice), and the perfect tasty and nutritious fruit, depending on your preferences.

Here’s a great recipe for cobbler to get you started:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 tsp. oil or melted shortening
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 c. Bisquick
  • 2 c. blackberries
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1 c. water

Directions

Mix the milk, shortening, sugar, and Bisquick,then pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish. After combining these ingredients, pour the berries, sugar, and water over the batter. Bake at 375 degrees F for forty-five minutes. This dessert can also be used with canned or frozen fruit, substituting juice instead of water if you’d prefer to use them over fresh fruit.

Blackberry cobbler recipes can be altered to accommodate mixed fruits as well. Blueberries and blackberries, for example, would be a tasty mix that would yield exquisite results. Try aronia berries combined with blackberries if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary. Plus, aronia berries have a whole host of health benefits, and so do blackberries so the result would be a superfruit cobbler! Alternatively, try replacing aronia berries in this muffin recipe with blackberries to switch things up a bit.

From Scratch
For the cook who prefers a challenge, skip the Bisquick, and start from scratch with this classic blackberry cobbler recipe that is sure to impress guests:

Filling

  • 4 cups fresh blackberries or 2 (16 ounce) packages frozen blackberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Crust

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk or sour cream

Filling
Place berries in a greased 2-quart baking dish. Mix sugar and flour, then add water and lemon juice. Pour this mixture over the berries. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes while you work on preparing the crust.

Crust
Mix the first 4 aforementioned crust ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cream and buttermilk or substitute sour cream. Knead dough 4 to 5 times. Roll to 1/4 inch thickness on floured board and cut to fit dish. After the berries have baked, place crust over hot berries, and brush with butter. Bake at 425 degrees F for 20-30 minutes to achieve optimum results!

Be sure to read more of our blackberry cobbler recipes if you’re in the mood to combine nutrition and flavor in a new dish. We also have some wonderful peach cobbler recipes available. If you have any suggestions or recipes you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment below. We are always looking for more user input, especially if it means we get to post more delicious recipes!

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Wolfberry Nutritional

by admin on May 20, 2015

Wolfberry Nutritional

Wolfberry

Wolfberry

Many people wonder what the true wolfberry nutritional value really is. They hear of the health benefits of wolfberry. They hear about the cardiovascular health wolfberry improves. What proof can science offer to back up these claims that wolfberry is truly a super fruits?

Commercially, the wolfberry is known as goji berry. The Chinese have used wolfberries for years as a food laden with many health benefits. This fruit has recently hit Europe and America with many websites touting the benefits of goji berry and selling the health drinks marketed as goji juice. It is important to note that many of these juices are not made strictly from wolfberries but a blend of many different fruit juices. The juice is still very healthy but might not be the miracle juice that some of the marketing suggests.

The wolfberry itself contains many of the human bodies daily macronutrient needs. The seeds are high in both omega 3 and omega 6 which is important for heart health. Wolfberry also contains at least 11 essential minerals, 22 trace minerals, 7 vitamins and 18 amino acids.

A 100 gram serving of Wolfberry contains 8-10% of our daily calcium requirements that help with bone and teeth development. It also contains 24% of daily potassium, crucial in lowering high blood pressure and managing electrolytes and enzymes. Also, its amazing iron content is thought to be almost twice that of soybeans which is often regarded and one of the highest iron rich foods. Wolfberries will give 20% of daily Zinc requirements that helps with cell growth and repair. It takes care of almost all of a daily dose of Selenium that helps element free radicals. It also takes care of our whole daily requirement of Riboflavin that synthesizes other vitamins and enzymes. Lastly, Wolfberry compares to fresh oranges, blueberries and soybeans with its vitamin C content.

If that is not enough to convince you that Wolfberry is very healthy it is also know to have dozens of phytochemicals, such as Beta-Carotene, Zeaxanthin and Polysaccharides. These are important in helping your body function and cell development and repair.

If one can get beyond many of the marketing ploys and pyramid schemes that surround this fruit you will find a healthy alternative too many of the fruits on the market. It may not make you live to be 252 like one such marketing ploy suggests but you will certainly feel better and might just be healthier

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Apples and Alzheimer’s Disease

by cheskarr on May 18, 2015

Apples and Alzheimer's DiseaseApples and Alzheimer’s Disease

With Halloween just around the corner, bobbing for apples is a tradition you should look forward to. Aside from the fun of it, eating apples is healthy for you. This was the reason for the saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.”

Apples came from Western Asia. The apple tree is one of the most popular farm trees around the world. It is probably the first tree ever to be cultivated. The fruit it yields pack a lot of nutrients like Vitamin C,  fiber, boron, phloridzin, pectin and flavonoids.

Filled with antioxidants and anti-viral qualities, it comes with no surprise that it can help treat Alzheimer’s disease. A test on mice concluded that drinking apple juice daily keeps brain aging at bay. It prevents Alzheimer’s disease and protects your brain cells from it.

There are many ways to take apples and incorporate it to your daily routine. One of the most common method would be to eat an apple during breakfast. Do you have any apple recipes to share? Leave us a comment below or join our discussion on Facebook.

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Health Benefits of Prunes

by cheskarr on May 17, 2015

Health Benefits of Prunes

Health Benefits of PrunesPrunes are fun to eat. It is chewy, a bitter sweet and sour taste but most importantly it is healthy and nutritious. Prunes are dried plums. It has been very popularly known to regulate the digestive system of the body and relieve constipation problems.

Prunes are high in Vitamin A and dietary fiber. It also contains Vitamin C. It is low on fat and provides energy to all active people, especially for children and athletes. The dried plum or Prune has a distinct antioxidant phytonutrients called the neochlorgenic and clorgenic acids are found to function as antioxidants classified as phenols. It gives prunes the capability to hinder oxygen related damage to the cells of the body due to its beta-carotene content.

Beta-carotene in prunes promotes cardiovascular health. Prunes are able to neutralize and put free radicals in-check, preventing diseases such as; diabetic heart disease, atherosclerosis and colon cancer. It has also been proven to reduce inflammatory conditions like asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Eating prunes daily after meals is a good habit to cultivate. Do you have any prune recipes to share? Leave us a comment or join us on Facebook.

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Health Benefits of the Dragon Fruit

by cheskarr on May 16, 2015

Health Benefits of the Dragon FruitHealth Benefits of the Dragon Fruit

The Pitaya fruit cactus or the Dragon fruit is a flowering vine cactus with large exotic blooms accompanied by big colorful fruit. The fruit is entirely fleshy and dotted with hundreds of small black seeds. The fruit comes in varying colors from pale pink to red and purple.

One of the most common benefits of the Dragon Fruit is its capacity to control blood glucose which is very essential to diabetes prone individuals and people suffering from the disease. The dragon fruit contains high antioxidant properties such as Vitamin C, A and E. It has dietary fiber content of 1 gram per 100 grams and has 50% of the Vitamin C requirement of the human body which is enough to boost the immune system.

The Dragon fruit has been found also to have the inflammatory properties to combat gout, arthritis and osteoarthritis. This is activated by its beta-carotene contents. It is low in fat and cholesterol as well.

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The Lanzones Fruit

by cheskarr on May 16, 2015

The Lanzones FruitThe Lanzones Fruit

The Lanzones is a popular fruit in Southeast Asia and is currently being introduced to the West, or the Americas. The lanzones comes from a fruit bearing tree and it is scientifically known as lansium domesticum. The fruit is round like orbs about 5 centimeters in diameter and underneath the yellowish skin are five to six slices of sweet or sometimes sour juicy flesh. The flesh are translucent and sweet but rather acidic in taste.

The fruit contains sucrose, fructose and glucose. The lanzones originally hails from the Malaysian Peninsula and better known as langsat. It is cultivated in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam as well as in Malaysia. The fruit has even reached the islands of Hawaii.

The lanzones fruit contain Carbohydrate, Protein, Calcium, Phosphorous, iron, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin and Vitamin C. Aside from being consumed as food and drink, it has antioxidant properties. Among its medicinal properties: the powdered seed are used to reduce fever, the bark is applied to cure malaria and rid of scorpion sting. Its fruit peel is used as a mosquito repellent and a remedy to treat intestinal disorder and diarrhea.

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Dried Fruit

by admin on May 14, 2015

Dried Fruit

Dried FruitDried fruit is exactly what it sounds like, fruit that has been dried! The drying process might have taken place naturally or through a food dehydrator. Prunes, raisins and dates are well-known, respectively from plums, grapes and dates. Other fruits that may be dried include apricots, bananas, cranberries, kiwi, and pears.

Unlike fresh fruit, the dried version has a long shelf life so it lasts longer than fresh fruit and therefore ends up being a good alternative to its fresh version. This is especially true when fruits are not in season. Also, drying fruit is a good why to preserve a lot of the fruit’s nutrients when there is lack of refrigeration. This version of fruit is usually great for baking, as in oatmeal raisin cookies or in cereals, like Special K’s.

The dried versions have the following vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, pantothenic acid and dietary minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, copper, manganese.

Because the water is taken from the fruit during the dehydration process, the dried version tends to have a more intense flavor. Also, the drying process gets rid of a lot of the vitamin C that was in the fruit, so if you are looking for a good source of vitamin C be sure to go with the fresh version of that fruit, not the dried one.

There is also a process where companies freeze dry fruit.

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Durian for Anti-Anxiety

by cheskarr on May 13, 2015

Durian for Anti-AnxietyDurian Fruit for Anti-Anxiety

The Durian possesses a strong unpleasant smell and unique different taste. It is believed to perk up one’s energy and has aphrodisiac properties. It is best eaten within 24 hours when broken in halves. The most famous variety comes from Thailand and is called Thai Mon Thong durian, currently being exported in many parts of the globe.

The Durian contains a considerable amount of Vitamins C, A and B6. It produces Thiamin, Niacin, Riboflavin and Pantothenic acid, including minerals such as Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron Fe, Phosphorous, Manganese, Copper and Zinc. It also has carbohydrate, protein, lipid, water and fiber. All these healthy nutrients can be found in just one fruit as per studies conducted by the US Department of Agriculture.

More than those nutrients, the durian is also high in antioxidants found in organosulfur compounds and tryptophan. With these present, the durian is the fruit to eat when you want to beat migraines, PMS, depression and other anxiety disorders.

The Durian has always been known for its foul and reeking odor especially when the fruit is ripe for the picking. However, the durian when ripen just falls to the ground and you need just follow its strong aroma filling the air to harvest them.

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