Fruit Drink

Fruits also contain essential vitamins and minerals that may not be found in other food groups or from other sources. For instance, fruits contain Vitamin C (that prevents scurvy), Vitamin A (that is good for eyesight and prevents macular degeneration), potassium, folate and other minerals.

So, a healthy fruit drink is an excellent way of ensuring that you get the daily recommended amount of nutrients and minerals. This is particularly so for children who may not take time for eating the fruit itself. Having them drink a fruit drink is an easy way of getting them the nutrition that they need for their bodies to grow strong.

A major advantage of a healthy fruit drink is that they do not contain near as many calories as fruit drinks typically contain. They also will have no fat, though they have a little sugar that provides energy. Fruit also contain enzymes that aid in digestion so that the pancreas is not overworked.

There are numerous healthy fruit drinks that are easy to make and very delicious. The best fruit drinks can be categorized into fruit smoothies and fruit juices. Fruit smoothies are made of blended fruit that

Healthy Summer Foods

Summer is an amazing time that fresh produce and other healthy foods are plentiful. The fresher and closer that it was grown to where you buy it will increase the nutrition and make for tastier healthy summer recipes. Many of the summer fruits or vegetables are teaming with nutritionís that you need more of, and aside from the added sunlight the summer diets can be joy inducing. Here are a few of the best healthy foods that you can use to make your favorite healthy summer recipes.

  • Corn
    Fresh sweet corn is a great addition as a side dish or incorporated into a dip recipe. Corn also contains two antioxidants (lutein and zeaxanthin) that help to eliminate the damaging free radicals in your body. These specific antioxidants also have been shown to aid in the protection your eyes from the harmful UV rays. Corn is a great tasting summer food that can be used in a multitude of healthy summer recipes.
  • Tomatoes
    Fresh off the vine there is nothing more versatile in healthy summer recipes than tomatoes. Tomatoes also provide an extra layer of protection from sunburn. Specifically the lycopene that is present in tomatoes, has

Tart Cherries

The most popular of the sweet cherries is the bing cherry, and the most popular of the tart cherries is the Montmorency. For many centuries both sweet and tart cherries and their juice have been thought to possess a number of amazing health benefits. Although in many cases, the health benefits are interchangeable, this article is going to be focusing more on tart variety of cherries. First let’s talk a little about the tart cherry in general.

Since tart cherries, although sweet, are not as sweet to the taste as say, bing cherries, they are not usually found on the grocery store shelves. They are more likely to be harvested and canned, dried or frozen for use throughout the year. They are sometimes given the name pie cherries because they are the ingredient used in the ever popular cherry cobbler. Although they are most popular for their desert use, tart cherries are also used to make jams, jellies, and other great tasting concoctions.

As far as the tree itself, tart or sour cherries are usually a little smaller than the sweet varieties. Most are grown in the state of Michigan, followed by Utah. When in full

Recipe for Protein Pancakes

When I was stripping off the fat for a bodybuilding show I tested out all sorts of things with the limited food I was allowed to eat. My breakfast consisted of Oatmeal, egg whites and low carbohydrate protein powder.

With a bit of water and cinnamon, you’ve got ingredients for pancakes!

Now as these are low fat, no sugar and high protein pancakes they are not the best tasting, but they are awesome if you are on a fat loss or muscle building diet, they fill you up and because of the sweetener from the protein shake and cinnamon, they satisfy your sweet cravings. So here is what you will need to make these protein packed alternatives to your traditional pancakes –

Ingredients for protein pancakes

  • 6 egg whites or 200 ml (I have these a lot so I use egg whites in a carton, this saves time messing with separating the yolks and wasting them. These are hard to find in the UK probably easier to find in the US? The best place to look in a store is near the pastry/ bakery items… This was a nightmare for me to find but

Red Rice Yeast

Red yeast rice (Monascuspurpureus), or RYR for short. is a dietary supplement made from a red yeast grown on rice, which is widely used in Chinese cooking to make such as Peking duck and Char Siu. That’s where they get their red color characteristic. RYR contains many natural compounds, including a group of fourteen monacolins. One of them, monacolin K, is that the statin drug lovastatin is made from.

These monacolins function similarly to statins and cholesterol levels. But maybe they are not as concentrated, or perhaps because other compounds offer a protective effect, RYR does not seem to cause the same level of side effects that statins.

RYR does not cause the same side effects, but is still effective in reducing the harmful LDL. Side effects where clinical trials have shown RYR, for example, similar levels of muscle weakness to pravastatin, RYR dose was surprisingly high (2400 mg x 2 times a day, or a total of 4800 mg).

An overview of multiple studies, showed that doses greater than 2000 mg per day in total are useless. They have also shown that plant sterols and stanols work best when combined with a diet low in unsaturated

Make A Cake Healthy

That’s right, I said “healthy cake.” There truly is such a thing, a cake that can be healthier for you than the premade concoction that you pick up from the bakery department of your local grocery store. When you bake the cake yourself, you control what ingredients you use, so you can make it lower in calories, lower in fat, and even lower in refined sugar.

“Wait a minute,” you’re saying, “if I want to eat healthy, I’ve got to cut out cake anyways.” That isn’t always the case, though. If you play your cards right, you can always include sweets in some moderation into any diet, even the famous Weight Watchers diet. After all, you can check the Weight Watchers section of your local grocery store and see their own options for desserts (but these have the same preservatives that are bad for you and we want to avoid!)

There are recipes galore for healthy cake, including an absolutely scrumptious gingerbread cake made with real molasses, with cream cheese oozing down the sides. Believe it or not, a single serving of this delicious cake will have less than 200 calories and no preservatives, something hard

Making Homemade Chia Seed Drinks

To learn about chia drinks and making your own, first, you have to know about the chia seed. The chia seed is a very tiny, flavorless seed. It’s this ability to taste like whatever flavored food/beverage you add it to, that both you and companies can love. Next, is the nutrition of these tiny seeds. They are 23% complete protein by weight. (This is one of the highest numbers in the plant world!) They have more calcium by weight than milk, plus the minerals boron & magnesium, to help you absorb it. There are also b vitamins AND healthy omega-3 oils along with antioxidants to keep them fresh. With all of these fantastic benefits, it’s no wonder everyone is scrambling to add chia to beverages.

The third property of chia is its high fiber content. It’s this fiber that gives chia drinks their distinctive texture & their ability to keep people feeling full. Most bottled drinks are thick, closer to a smoothie than to a fruit juice. The seeds have 2 kinds of fiber, soluble & insoluble. Neither type can be digested, so it does not add to the calorie count. Insoluble fiber keeps food moving through

Yogurt Wars

On of the ingredients, potassium sorbate, was confirmed by the CEO to kill bacteria and yeasts. They purposefully add it to destroy bacteria.

Wait, hold on… You eat the yogurt for the probiotic bacteria, right? So, why would you eat a yogurt that has a chemical designed to kill bacteria? It doesn’t make sense, until you realize that the company is more interested in money than providing a quality product.

The other has a chemical sweetener that was downgraded to ‘use with caution’ recently. Enough science made it through the bureaucracy to force the government to recognize it as something potentially unsafe. Why would you eat something that is needs to be eaten with caution? It’s directly saying that this poison is OK as long as you don’t eat too much of it.

You need to make healthy choices. One of those healthy choices is to avoid any food product with chemicals, colors, sugars, and things you just don’t know what they are.

Let’s face it, these things may make life easier now, but they will make life harder later on.

There are better alternatives. One is to make your own yogurt. It’s

Ways to Use Honey in Your Diet

  • In your beverages: Kickstart your day with a tall glass of warm water, two tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. This honey-water-lemon concoction is known to help aid faster burning of fats, when coupled with an active lifestyle. You can replace sugar and other calorie-heavy sweeteners. Opt for honey in milk, instead of sugar. You can also whip up your very own, healthy power drink to immediately feel refreshed and energized. Mix two cups of water, one-fourth cup of fresh lemon juice, one-eighth teaspoon of salt and two and a half teaspoons of raw honey in a water bottle. Consume as and when needed to rehydrate yourself, instead of consuming unhealthy sports drinks and mixes.
  • As a bread spread: Using honey as a breakfast or bread spread is a smart and healthier alternative to the sugar-packed conventional bread spreads available in the market. Generously spread honey onto your morning toast for a delicious breakfast; remember to have some fruit portions as well. Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder and apply it on bread as a spread, instead of jams and jellies. You can also make a honey-mustard spread for sandwiches

Nature’s Best Fruits

Papaya (Carica papaya)

A previously rare and exotic fruit that grows in tropical countries is now readily available to fruit enthusiasts at most times of the year. Usually sweet, this vibrant, usually round, yellow or orange-colored fruit, when used topically in its mashed form as a lotion, is said to be beneficial to promoting wound healing, and prevents further infection from burns. Also known to relieve constipation, its high content of digestive enzymes known as papain promotes regular movement and improves digestive health as well. To ward off heart diseases, papaya’s high potassium and fiber levels helps to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease.

Longan (Dimocarpus longan)

Also widely known as Dragon’s eye, or Mamoncillo chino, the longan, often referred to as the “little brother of lychee” in terms of its taste and appearance, is a very rich source of numerous vitamins, minerals, and other different nutrients. Long been used as a natural remedy for stomach aches with its fiber content, the longan also helps to boost the immunity and helps to ward off various diseases. With its high content of B vitamins, it is said to improve the condition of a person’s nerves, as well as