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Spring Fruits & Veggies

I like trying new things and I love lists! I found this helpful site that gives a list of fruits and veggies that are in season. There were a few items I have never heard of so of course I hit the web and found some recipes. Hope you enjoy as much as I do!If […]

Im always on the hunt for a list of seasonal Fruits and Veggies, this isnt a full list but a good start, lots to chose from and a great way to try new things.

What’s In Season?

Winter

December, January, February

Belgian Endive
Brussels Sprouts
Buttercup Squash
Cactus Pear
Cardoon
Cherimoya
Chestnuts
Clementines
Collard Greens

Dates
Delicata Squash
Grapefruit

Kale
Kiwifruit
Leeks
Mandarin Oranges
Oranges

Passion Fruit
Pear
Persimmons
Pummelo
Red Banana
Red Currants
Sharon Fruit
Sweet Dumpling Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Tangerines
Turnips

taken from http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

Chia Seeds

 

Nope they arent new, but these little warriors are no longer for growing on funny looking heads and kept in a window ledge, now they are making their way into kitchens everwhere!  Here is some info I have found on them – Happy reading!

 

 

High in Omega 3 even more then Blueberries!

What is Omega 3?

An Essential Fatty Acid, our body does not produce them naturally however they play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development.. They can be found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other seafood including algae and krill, some plants, and nut oils.

Studies have shown that Omega 3s help reduce inflammation and may lower risks of heart disease, cancer and arthritis
Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.

Omega 3s may also be helpful for high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, ADHD, IBD, Asthma, and menstrual pain.

Not only are Chia Seeds loaded with Omega 3 but they are loaded with antioxidants, calcium, protein, fiber, and many other vitamins & minerals. Because chia seeds absorb so much water and have high soluble fiber levels, they help release natural, unrefined carbohydrate energy slowly into the blood stream. Chia Seeds are easy to digest, unlike flax seeds that have to be ground up to attain their health benefits.

These lil seeds are what is called Hydrophyllic, which means they can hold up to 10 times their weight in water. If you have ever seen one of these lil guys you will wonder how they do that! So tiny, yet imagine a spoonful of them in a glass of water, each holding 10 times their weight  then you consume them. How quickly would you become hydrated? You wouldn’t have to drink as much during a workout and avoid side cramps from over drinking.

If you want to have some fun or are looking for a new way to mix up a drink – put them in ice tea or juice, it will become jello- like within a 30 minutes. It adds a little fun to your drink choices.

You can also grind them up into a powder and use them as a thickener for puddings, in bread or in ice cream, I will be experimenting with them soon and share the results with you.

There are so many uses for them, here is a site that has 40 way to use them http://www.chiaseedrecipes.com/40-ways-to-use-chia-seeds.php

 

If you plan on sprouting them I would take a look on the web for how to do it – I found this site  http://www.sproutpeople.com/seed/print/chia.html

 

Have fun with these little warriors!

Carrots

Carrots may have high sugar content but it is also a very good blood sugar regulator (it’s a paradox I know). If you’re generally healthy without blood sugar problem, two or three medium-sized carrots daily would not cause any adverse effect (but diabetics should keep to just half a carrot a day).

Immune systems:  It does wonders for boosting the immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells;  building resistant to various kinds of infections.

Nursing mothers:  Carrot juice helps enhance the quality and quantity of a mother’s breast milk.

Pregnancy:  Drinking carrot juice regularly during pregnancy, especially during the last few months, will reduce the chances of jaundice in baby.  No, you won’t get an orange baby!

Skin problems:  The high quality vitamin C and other rich nutrients in carrot juice efficiently nourish the skin, preventing dry skin, psoriasis and other skin blemishes.

Fertility:  One of the reasons for infertility is lack of nutrients and enzymes in your dietary.  Carrot juice taken regularly, is able to nourish your body back to fertility.

Congestion:  Carrot juice is very effective in dispelling mucus from the ear, nose and throat area, easing nasal congestion, sinusitis, phlegm and mucus in the throat and other similar disorders.

Constipation:  Take five parts of carrot juice with one part of spinach juice regularly to regulate chronic constipation problems.

Parsley

Immunity booster:  The high vitamin C content (higher than oranges) and the multi immune-enhancing compounds in parsley make it an extraordinary immunity booster.

Menstruation disorders:  The presence of apiole oil in parsley, which is a constituent of female sex hormones estrogen, makes it effective in regulating monthly periods.

Bladder/kidney/urinary tract problems:  Two healing compounds in parsley, myristicin and apiole, help increase urine flow that removes infection-causing bacteria from the urinary tract.  At the same time, it also detoxify the toxins from the body through urination. The diuretic effect helps prevent kidney stones and various urinary tract problems.

Bloatedness, water retention:  Nibbling/chewing on parsley in the days before menstruation can help increase urination and eliminating excess fluid that cause bloatedness or water retention.

Caution:  More is not better!  Frequency is preferred over quantity.

Spinach and Apples…

Oh my.. went to the library and checked out a few books, one being Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Juices. WOW Finally a book that tell you what the fruits and veggies actually do! LOVE IT!

As I was reading I came along a recipe for Spinach and Apple juice. It acts like Scrubbing bubbles for your intestinal tract. That is what is on the menu for this week. Who cant use a little scrubbing of their intestinal tract???