How to Steam Butternut Squash for Extra Nutrition and Taste


How to Steam Butternut Squash for Extra Nutrition and Taste 0There is a method for cooking butternut squash that retains the most vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrition when you eat them.

This way of preparing butternut squash is also quicker and simpler than any other I’ve tried. Personally, I think it tastes the best too. Here’s how to do it.

Selecting Butternut Squash

Choose butternut squash that are relatively heavy for their size and have a bright and consistent color to the skin.

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Why is Butternut Squash So Good for You?


Why is Butternut Squash So Good for You 2Butternut squash is one of the most nutritious and healthiest vegetables you can eat, with a rich array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as significant amounts of digestive fiber.

It not only tastes great, it is also low in calories, yet surprisingly filling. Many people would do well to replace fattening potato products with the far healthier and nutritionally superior butternut squash. Here’s why.

Antioxidants in Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is loaded with antioxidant carotenoids to protect your body’s cells from free-radical damage that can lead to cancer and skin aging.

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An Avocado, Kiwi and Spinach Smoothie Recipe


Green smoothie avocadoHealthy green smoothies made with fruits like avocado, banana and kiwi are a great way to get a lot of nutrition into your diet. They are also a simple way to use greens like spinach or kale when you don’t feel like eating a salad.

In fact, the way greens are blended up in smoothies makes their nutrients  much more accessible, while at the same time masking their taste and making them easy to drink for children.

Using avocado in this smoothie recipe adds a wonderful creamy flavor as well as all of it’s valuable health benefits. Mixed with the many minerals, vitamins and antioxidants in spinach, along with the vitamin C of kiwi and all the nutrition in banana, this makes for a powerful yet great tasting green smoothie.

Try some of the optional ingredients like ground flaxseed, papaya, pineapple or pumpkin seeds for an even more nutritious avocado smoothie. Here’s how to make it. Continue Reading…

10 Amazing Avocado Health Benefits


10 Amazing Avocado Health Benefits 2There are some amazing avocado benefits for your health and appearance.

If you would like to lose weight, improve your skin and lower your risk of many life-threatening diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, here’s why it’s well worth including more of this extremely healthy fruit in your diet.

Also ahead is how avocado helps high blood pressure and constipation, why it’s beneficial as a arthritis treatment, important for pregnant women and has even been shown in studies to help you live a longer and healthier life.

Here’s a list of the top 10 benefits of eating avocados and just why they are considered so good for you.

1. Cardiovascular Health

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A Chocolate Almond Milk Smoothie Recipe with No Added Sugar


A Chocolate Almond Milk Smoothie Recipe with No Added SugarThis no added sugar chocolate almond milk recipe is a great tasting way to replace dairy milk and add high levels of nutrition into your diet at the same time.

Unlike regular chocolate milk loaded with sugar and artificial additives, this easy to make treat it actually good for you.

With its high protein, low carbohydrates, healthy fats and theobromine from raw cacao, this chocolate almond milk could even help you lose weight if you drink it regularly.

How to Soak Almonds for Almond Milk

The best almond milk is one that you make yourself and for that you’ll need good almonds, like these organic almonds with many positive reviews.

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How to Use Almonds for Weight Loss


How to Use Almonds for Weight LossMany people are still under the impression that nuts like almonds are fattening. They may think that due to their high fat content and calories that almonds can’t possibly be good for weight loss.

In fact, used as a replacement for what the vast majority of people snack on, nuts like almonds are actually an exceptional weight loss food. Here’s why.

The Wrong Type of Snacks

Losing weight is very difficult with the type of foods most people snack on. This is because packaged products made of processed grains like wheat and corn are very high in simple carbohydrates that stimulate the production of insulin.

The hormone insulin is responsible for fat storage within your body. When blood sugar levels get too high (which can be often with manufactured supermarket foods) your body releases it to remove the dangerously elevated levels of glucose in your blood. Continue Reading…

Almond Benefits for Weight Loss, Extra Energy, Better Skin and More


Almond Benefits for Weight Loss, Extra Energy, Better Skin and More 2Almonds are one of the most nutritious nuts you can eat with many benefits for your health, particularly your skin and heart. They fill you up, provide vitamins and minerals for energy and eating almonds can even help with weight loss.

Here are 5 valuable health benefits of almonds for better skin, more energy, losing weight, protecting your heart and better nutrition for a healthier life.

1. Almond Skin Benefits

Good skin comes, not from expensive cosmetics, but from proper nutrition on the inside. A handful of almonds is a particularly high food source of natural vitamin E, monounsaturated fatty acids, biotin and copper, all very important for healthy skin. Here’s why.

Vitamin E in Almonds

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How to Make a Healthier Homemade Muesli with Walnuts


How to Make a Healthier Homemade Muesli with WalnutsThis homemade muesli is one of the healthiest alternatives to breakfast cereal you could ever make.

It combines high omega-3 walnuts and flaxseed meal with blood sugar stabilizing cinnamon, tropical coconut and several other very healthy ingredients.

Make up this homemade muesli recipe once and you won’t ever want to go back to bland and fattening breakfast cereals out of a cardboard box.

Breakfast Cereals Versus Homemade Muesli

Despite their popularity, most breakfast cereals aren’t a great way to start your day. Usually made with highly processed grains and often loaded with sugar, or even worse high fructose corn syrup, they provide a brief burst of sugar-based energy, but then often lead to the classic mid-morning slump.

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8 Nutritional Benefits of Walnuts For Your Body and Brain


8 Nutritional Benefits of Walnuts For Your Body and BrainWalnuts are one of nature’s best foods, full of beneficial nutrition that is decidedly lacking in the standard American diet.

Here’s what walnuts are good for nutritionally and why your body, and especially your brain, need more of what they have to offer.

Also covered are walnut fat content and calories and why they don’t matter, plus where to get the best tasting walnuts.

8 Reasons Why Are Walnuts Good For You

1. Omega-3 in Walnuts

The most important element of walnut nutrition is their high level of omega-3 fats. An ounce of fresh walnuts has around 2.3 grams of omega-3 alpha linolenic acid. This is nearly 100% of the RDA for omega-3 fatty acids.

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6 Walnut Health Benefits for Your Heart, Waistline, Brain and More


6 Walnut Health Benefits for Your Heart, Waistline, Brain and MoreWalnuts are a true nutritional powerhouse and one of nature’s healthiest foods.

Here’s how eating walnuts regularly can protect your heart, help you lose weight, provide protection against cancer and diabetes and even improve your brain and enhance the quality of your sleep.

Ahead are the top 6 walnut benefits and even more important reasons to eat nuts more often if you value your health and appearance.

1. Heart Health Benefits of Walnuts

The unique nutritional profile of walnuts provides some important benefits for a healthy heart. They are full of nutrients that are particularly beneficial in terms of improving the way your cardiovascular system functions and potentially reducing the risk of heart disease.

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3 Healthy and Delicious Pineapple Juice Recipes


pineapple-juice-recipesFresh pineapple juice is not only delicious, it’s also very good for you. So beneficial in fact that it can even be used therapeutically for health problems like arthritis, digestion problems and to provide a potent nutritional boost for better skin.

The many health benefits of pineapple juice are covered in more detail in what makes pineapple healthy. In fact, minus the fiber, the juice of pineapples is an even more concentrated form of all of the bromelain enzymes, vitamin C and other antioxidants, manganese, copper, B vitamins and other nutrition found in pineapple.

Ahead are 3 different pineapple juice recipes using pineapples blended with other healthy fruits and vegetables. You can use these recipes for treating digestive issues, arthritis and other joint problems and as a great tasting way to improve your skin and enhance your body’s antioxidant protection.

3 Pineapple Juice Recipes for Beautiful Skin, Better Digestion and Arthritis

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How to Pick, Ripen and Prepare Pineapples


Pick the perfect pineappleHere’s how to choose a good pineapple at the market, an unusual tip for pineapple ripening and how to prepare pineapples for juicing and other healthy recipes.

How to Select a Pineapple

When you’re looking to pick a good pineapple start with the size a color.

The best pineapples to choose should look quite wide and deeply colored rather than pale. The spiky leaves on top should not be wilted and instead be fresh, firm and green.

Make sure the pineapple feels firm to the touch and have a look at the base to check that there’s some orange color there. This is very important when selecting your pineapple. Continue Reading…