Superfood Saturday – Pomegranate

These tiny but vibrant beauties are a powerhouse! Did you know Pomegranates have up to three times the antioxidants of red wine and green tea? I did not.

Pomegranate consumption may also play a significant role in the regeneration of cells, particularly in your skin, which may help in healing wounds and even in protecting the skin from sunburn (but this is NOT a substitute for sunblock!)

Pomegranate has also been associated with improving skin texture and helping to cleanse the skin overall. You can create this simple, nourishing facemask for some extra skin TLC! Enjoy your soft, glowing skin!

Tip Tuesday – Benefits of Meditation

Any fellow meditaters here? I had never really done it (I struggle with sitting still, nevermind not even THINKING anything) but it was an exercise we did at a recent Team Retreat, and I actually loved it. I did notice some thoughts creeping in, but redirected them back towards focusing on my breathing, and it was a nice release, it felt good and I definitely intend to make it part of my every day life!

I have been trying to do it several times a week to get in the habit… it is ripe with benefits, these are just a few!

If you meditate, what is another benefit you notice?

Whole Foods Wednesday – Zucchini

Who likes zucchini? I love it, and its pretty versatile too! We have used it as a base for taco boats, sautéed them, grilled them, and even grown them! Love Zucchini!

Do you know why Zucchini is so widely revered?

Here is a sampling of why!

  • Zucchini is 95% water, low in calories, and high in fiber
  • It’s a good source of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which plays a huge role in keeping your immune system healthy, and aids in fighting respiratory problems. The anti-inflammatory properties help keep your lungs open and clear.
  • The high fiber content also helps lower your cholesterol.
  • It’s good for your heart! Zucchini contains good amounts of potassium that helps reduce blood pressure, and the magnesium content helps keep blood pressure at a steady rhythm.

Oh, and good news for my fellow Diabetics! The abundance of Vitamin B in zucchini benefits us by breaking down the sugar in our bodies, and the fiber and pectin are vital in regulating our blood sugar levels!

In other words, eat more zucchini! 🙂

 

Whole Foods Wednesday – Winter Squash

There’s a reason your mama was always trying to get you to eat squash – it’sSO good for you! Winter squash has long been recognized as an important food source of carotenoids, but also has antioxidant support, anti inflammatory benefits, and potential blood sugar regulation benefits.

Winter squash is labeled low on the Glycemic index. Many of the carbs in winter starch come from polysaccharides found in the cell walls. Research has shown other nutrients found in winter squash are beneficial for blood sugar control. These nutrients include the B-vitamin like compound d-chiro-inositol, a nutrient we expect to hear more about with regards to blood sugar regulation.

It’s hearty, versatile, and there are tons of varieties – go get your squash on!

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Superfood Saturday – Pumpkin

We pick them. We carve them. We illuminate them. But do we eat them? Some people do, and those people know what they are doing – pumpkin is a fantastic superfood for plenty of reasons, but one of my personal favorite benefits is the extra potassium helps restore the body’s balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best!

But there are plenty of others, too, and you can also used canned pumpkin year round!

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Whole Foods Wednesday – Apples

It’s apple season! I couldn’t be happier about it, either. I love apples, and I love that they are so good for me, and so Diabetic-friendly.

I am sure you are seeing your friends and family posting tons of apple pictures on social media, right? Apple picking is my favorite 🙂

Do you have a favorite kind of apple? Do you have any awesome recipes you would like to share?

Oh, and have you gone apple picking yet?!apples

 

Tip Tuesday – Fall Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Fall brings beauty, cooler temps, an abundance of seasonal foods… and yep, things like colds, allergies, and all that other jazz.

Now, if you are like me, your allergies get worse every year, starting earlier in the season and extending further each year, so I try to get all the boosts I can in addition to a fairly sensible lifestyle (but like anyone else, I am not perfect and am always a work in progress!)

Seasonal foods rich in antioxidants give a nice boost! Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which prevents them from damaging healthy cells and causing inflammation that leads to chronic illnesses.

Do you have any favorite recipes using some of these?

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