A great VT article on Chia Seeds:
What they do and how to use them to improve your overall health
The word is spreading fast of chia seeds’ rich supply of heart-healthful omega-3s
Popular as a novelty product to the tune of Ch-ch-ch-chia!, the seeds of the Salvia hispanica plant are also becoming known as a functional food. Chia seeds are full of inflammation-fighting antioxidants and heart-healthful omega-3 fats and fiber. Factor in the bone-building trio of calcium (about six times the amount in milk), magnesium, and phosphorus, and you’ve got an amazing seed worth singing about.
Choose It & Use It
Refrigerate chia seeds to keep them fresh, and eat 1 to 2 tablespoons daily: mix into yogurt, salads, smoothies, or veggie burger patties; or substitute chia powder for one-quarter of the flour called for in a muffin recipe or baked goods.
A wonderful tropical fruit with amazing health and healing properties. Enhancing digestion,
calming inflammation, and aids in prevention of heart disease and arthritis.
Papaya is the only food source rich in the healing papain enzyme. Papain is an an anti-inflammatory enzyme that breaks down proteins.
Papain is wonderful for aiding digestion, easing burns and stings. Papain is very helpful in treating wounds, slowing down clotting and
improving circulation. It has an amazing way of delivery healing nutrients to the inflamed areas. Papain is also rich in vitamin A, folate,
vitamin E. Papaya is a wonderful source of vitamin C providing 33 percent more vitamin C than oranges. Papaya is loaded with healthy
Carotenoids, antioxidants that give papaya its orange color. Combine the rich antioxidant carotenoids with vitamin C to prevent heart
disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Papaya is also loaded with hypertension fighting potassium and magnesium.
Papaya is a low calorie fiber-rich fruit that is great to aid in weight loss.
Papaya contains 59 calories each providing a wonderfully filling snack rich in nutrients without the fat, carbs or high calories.
Choose It & Use It
Another great attribute of this amazing healing fruit is that you can get it year round. The perfect picked papaya should be reddish yellow and ripe to the touch. They store well and will last fresh in the refrigerator up to one week.
When picking up your perfect papaya steer away from the shriveled, bruised and fruit with dark spots. If there are no reddish yellow papaya available a green one will ripen left out at room temperature.
Great Papaya Uses:
Papaya goes great in salads, dressing, salsa, in baked goods, as a marinade or topping for rice, veggies or protein.
It also goes nicely on top of desserts, yogurt, cereals and more.
Be sure to get this healing food into your diet.
When it’s hot outside we tend to want something light to eat. This delicious and healthy salad makes a wonderful light dish filled with nutrition that won’t weigh you down. It’s super quick to make which makes it a great pick anytime. The nuts and fruit give the salad a nice rounded body.
I love this salad when I am in a rush it never disappoints but always fills me up.
Walnut & Cranberry Field Greens w/ Agave Vinaigrette
Time: 5 Minutes
Yield: 4 Salads
(7 Item Recipe)
Naturally Vegan & Vegetarian
3 Cups Organic Field Greens
1/2 Organic Tomato, chopped
1/4 Cup Dried Organic Cranberries, un-sulphured, un-sweetened
1/4 Cup Raw Organic Walnuts, chopped
Agave Vinaigrette Ingredients:
1/4 Cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar “with The Mother” (I use Bragg’s Brand)
1/8 Cup Organic Agave
1/4 Cup Purified Water
In a large bowl take the field greens top with tomatoes, cranberries and walnuts. In a separate bowl add the agave, vinegar and water, mix well then add the dressing to the salad, toss and serve.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACK CURRANTS
These amazing little black berries are power packed with high levels of vitamins, essential nutrients, as well as other healthy phytochemicals (polyphenols/anthocyanins). The high level of phytochemicals have been linked to lowering inflammation, aiding the prevention of heart disease, cancer, microbial infections, as well as neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Blackcurrant seed oil is also rich in vitamin E, as well as unsaturated fatty acids including alpha-linolenic acid and gamma-linolenic acid. Black currants have a high concentration of antioxidants, and are rich in vitamins with higher concentrations of Vitamin C, Potassium, and Iron then most other fruits. The Vitamin C level is known to be 3 times the amount of Vitamin C then an orange, and make a perfect choice when it comes to a healthy and delicious fruit. Black Currants also have many healthy organic acids and phenolic Compounds as well as Anthocyanins setting them apart from most other fruits.
Black Currants have an outstanding nutritional benefit as well as many positive health benefits. Try your best to utilize black currants in your meals as part of healthy lifestyle. We will feature many recipes using black currants and you can use them anywhere you would use blueberries or cranberries.
Cereals both hot and cold
Whole Grains & Rice dishes
As a snack raw or dried
Pancakes or Waffles
Jams, Jelly or Preserves