10 Healthy Foods That Don’t Taste Healthy or Terrible

10 Healthy Foods That Don’t Taste Healthy or Terrible

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Healthy food generally comes with a misconception that it is tasteless, bland and overall unpleasant.10 Healthy Foods That Don't Taste Healthy  Whilst that may be the case for some foods, there are plenty of healthy options that are bursting with flavour, full of goodness and bound to satisfy you.

Here are 10 healthy foods that don’t taste healthy, let alone terrible!

  1. Dark Chocolate: Any health-food junkie knows that if you’re looking for a sweet treat, dark chocolate is the way to go. The secret to its reputation as a superfood: cacao beans. They’ve got the highest concentration of antioxidants of any known food. Just keep in mind that the darker it is, the more bitter it will taste.
  2. Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds won’t overwhelm your taste buds, but they do have a subtle nutty flavor. They are an essential omega-3 fatty acid that may protect against heart disease and stroke. Tip: Eat flaxseeds ground to make their health-boosting benefits more available to your body.
  3. Ginger: Ginger has an acquired taste and is known for its powerful health benefits such as improving cardiovascular function, aiding digestion, boosting immunity, relieving pain, and reducing inflammation. A small amount goes a long way in terms of both flavor and health.
  4. Pistachios: It’s time to get cracking. Pistachios have a delicious buttery flavor, and a long list of health benefits. They’re an excellent source of protein, antioxidants, and potassium. Due to pistachios’ ability to reduce the body’s response to stress, they make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Tip: To avoid excess sodium, opt for unsalted nuts.
  5. Goji Berries: These tiny super berries pack a mean health punch. Native to Asia and Europe, Goji berries have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. Believe it or not, they are a good source of protein, in addition to containing high levels of antioxidants and trace minerals, like copper, iron, zinc, calcium, germanium, phosphorus, and selenium. Dried goji berries are a bit tangy, a little sweet, and have the same texture as raisins. Eat them by the handful or mix them into a nutribullet juice!
  6. Acai Berries: Acai berries have a deep purple hue and a sweet, tart flavor similar to that of a blackberry. They’re one of the most popular superfoods out there, and are packed with an outstanding amount of antioxidants and plant chemicals. It’s challenging to find the berries in the produce section of your grocery store, so the best way to get these guys into your diet is with a superfood smoothie.
  7. Chia seeds: Not only are chia seeds versatile and extremely healthy but they don’t taste bad because they don’t taste at all.  That’s why adding them to a juice, smoothie, salad or anything really is a brilliant idea.
  8. Sweet potato:  Sweet potatoes are like a gift from Mother Nature. When cooked, an enzyme in the potato breaks down the starch and turns it into something called maltose, which is responsible for the food’s sweet flavor. Sweet potatoes are full of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for healthy vision, immunity, and for preventing some types of cancer. Sweet potatoes are also low in calories and high in fiber, making them an ideal food for weight loss or maintenance.
  9. Garlic: Garlic breath aside, this food is amazing. Raw or roasted, its flavor rating is through the roof, and it’s also incredibly healthful. Garlic has been used for decades to help prevent colds to heart disease, and eating raw garlic twice a week could cut your risk of developing lung cancer in half.
  10. Kale: Yes kale may not have a pleasant taste when eaten raw or on its own, but add it to a nutri bullet juice or make a batch of kale chips and you’d never know what you were enjoying!
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What Is Chia Seed Oil?

What Is Chia Seed Oil?

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You’ve no doubt heard of chia seeds, but have you heard of chia seed oil?

Chia oil what is chia seed oilis made from the edible chia seed itself.

It’s a great alternative oil to use in cooking when you are looking for ways to avoid unhealthy oils. The seeds themselves contain high amounts of oil, so you don’t necessarily need to use the oil by itself to reap the benefits.

Chia seeds are fiber-rich with a neutral flavor, making them versatile. You can add them to your favorite beverage, sprinkle them on a salad or top your yogurt with them.

Here are 50 ways that you can use chia seeds in your daily routine – the options are almost endless!

Chia Oil Benefits

Approximately 40 percent of the chia seed is composed of oil and of that, 60 percent of the oil is made of omega-3 fatty acids.

The human body is unable to manufacture omega-3 fats, making it essential for you to get them from your diet.

Buying Chia Seed Oil

The best way to get your hands on Chia Seed oil is to buy it.  Making it requires you to have access to quite high-tech machinery. You can purchase chia seed oil online or get some from your local health shop!

Give it a go. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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5 Everyday Items Yоu Should Implement intо Yоur Beauty Routine

5 Everyday Items Yоu Should Implement intо Yоur Beauty Routine

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Your skin іѕ аn incredibly unique organ. Often wе forget hоw muсh оur skin асtuаllу dоеѕ fоr uѕ оn а 5 Everyday Items Yоu Should Implement intо Yоur Beauty Routineday-tо-day basis. Aѕіdе frоm thе obvious sense оf touch, іt аlѕо protects uѕ frоm harsh environments, regulates оur body temperature, аnd helps to excrete unwanted substances.

Okay enough with the science-y stuff. In short, our skin is important so we should take really good care of it. Yоu саn nеvеr bе tоо ѕurе аbоut thе beauty products you purchase at the shops. Go to your collection of beauty products and check out the ingredients list. Unless you’re a chemist, you probably don’t understand what the ingredients are. While there certainly are some great organic and natural products out there, why not go that one step further and ensure you know what you’re using.

Adding everyday grocery items іntо уоur beauty routine is a fantastic way to provide your skin with а holistic treatment. There are many items that are gentle аnd natural fоr уоur skin аѕ opposed tо thе harsh chemical based products thаt аrе manufactured іn labs.

Bеlоw аrе 5 everyday items thаt саn bе оf great hеlр tо уоur skin and your budget too.

Avocado
Avocadoes аrе an amazing source of so much goodness including Vitamins A, D аnd E. Bесаuѕе оf thеіr ability tо easily penetrate thе skin thеу are amazing when it comes to hеlр soothe that nasty sunburn, increase thе production оf collagen іn thе body аnd аlѕо hеlр tо treat agespots.

Eggs
This one often comes as a surprise to people but apart from having a great protein profile that is nourishing for уоur body, thе nutrients іn eggs аrе аlѕо a fantastic way to look after your skin.

Tо reap thе benefits, separate thе whites frоm thе yolks оf twо eggs аnd thеn whisk thе whites untіl thеу аrе frothy аnd apply to уоur face. It sounds gross but trust me on this one.

Lemon
Lemons аrе rich іn Vitamin C аnd citric acid, ѕо thеу саn hеlр brighten аnd lighten уоur skin whеn uѕеd оvеr time. Vitamin C іѕ а great antioxidant fоr neutralising free radicals аnd boosting collagen production. Thеу саn hеlр lighten age spots, dark spots, оr а fix that fake tan of yours that has gоnе wrong.

Cucumber
Cucumber can help to reduce swelling аrоund thе eyes and eliminate dark circles. Simply do what they do in the movies. Cut two slices, put them over your eyes and relax. Cucumbers are also proven tо bе vеrу uѕеful іn thе treatment оf mаnу skin problems.

Aloe vera
Despite looking prickly and nasty aloe vera have wonderful healing properties. The leaves of the plant produces twо substances; gel аnd sap which are used to treat sunburn, cuts, stings and even acne. You’ll also find those smoothie connoisseurs mixing aloe vera into their morning brew!

As always, each item outlined above will have different effects for everyone. I encourage you to give them ago and see just how wonderful they can help you look and feel. Who knows, you may end up with the best, healthiest looking skin you’ve ever had.

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Are Buddha Finger Lemons Edible?

Are Buddha Finger Lemons Edible?

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When you think of a citrus fruit, typically you think of a lemon, a lime and of course a juicy orange.Are Buddha Finger Lemons Edible

Without a doubt they are the most common citrus fruits used in the home, and within recipes and restaurants around the world.

However there are some other incredible fruits that are members of the citrus family that need their own shining light.

Without further-ado, let’s turn on the spotlight and introduce the Kumquat, the Pomelo, the Limequat and Buddah Fingers.

Have you heard of any or all of these fruits?

Each of these incredible fruits needs its own stage to shine. They have special flavors, textures, nutritional benefits, uses and need to be enjoyed when ever and where ever possible.

Kumquat

Nutritional Benefits of a Kumquat

  • Kumquats are very low in calories and fat and are full of Vitamin A, B and C, Calcium, and Potassium

The kumquat is a round fruit with orange skin. Originating in China, the Kumquat is now grown all around the world and is available from Israel to Spain.

It is often referred to as a ‘Chinese Orange’, and it is known to be the smallest and the weirdest of all the common fruits in the citrus family.

What does a Kumquat taste like

The kumquat is a uniquely tasting fruit. It is bitter; inside and out.

The skin of the kumquat is thin and is edible however has a bitter taste. The inner fruit is also bitter and has a tartness to it.

Given this, you’d be probably thinking why do people grow kumquats and why would people want to eat them? Surprisingly they are very nutritional and versatile.

How to store a Kumquat

A kumquat is best enjoyed when the skin is orange. An unripe fruit, which is still green, can be stored in room temperature to ripen naturally.

How to best enjoy a Kumquat

As the skin of the kumquat is edible, you can basically pick one up, give it a wash and bite into it like you would an apple. It won’t taste as delightful but nevertheless it is fruit. And fruit is good for us.

If you are not keen on eating a kumquat fresh from the tree, it is also enjoyed in salads and as a fruit with desserts. Its bitterness/tartness is balanced out by a sugary dessert. A rich dark chocolate mousse dessert would welcome a contrasting flavour, for example.

If you are still not convinced, why not just buy a kumquat tree as an ornament. Their lovely scent, leaves and flower make a lovely garden plant.

If cooking is your preference, kumquat jam is very popular.

Pomelo

Nutritional Benefits of a Pomelo

  • Fibre, Potassium and Vitamin C

pomelo looks like a pear and a grapefruit mixed together and is often referred to as a ‘cinese grapefruit’. Its size is a standout. Generally around 15-25cm in diameter, the pomelo is the largest fruit in the citrus family.

Native to Thailand and Malaysia, the thick skin of a pomelo can range in color from a yellow to green. The inner flesh of the pomelo resembles a grapefruit with its large segments and pale color.

What does a Pomelo taste like

The pomelo is known for being very juicy. The flesh is pale in color, generally white, but can often have a slight tinge of pink to it, similar to variations in a grapefruit.

Its taste mirrors that of a grapefruit also. Often sour, with a bitter twist. The more pink the flesh the more sweetness to the fruit.

How to store a Pomelo

A pomelo is yellow when at its ripest point. Until that time they can be stored in the refrigerator for at least a week.

How best to enjoy a Pomelo

The best way to work with a pomelo is to consider it like a grapefruit. Cutting it in half will reveal its segments which you can then cut out for use. The skin is very thick and not to be eaten ‘raw’ however as with other citrus fruits such as the orange, lemon and lime the skin can be candied and enjoyed separately.

Due to its bitter flavor, a pomelo is generally juiced and used in preparation of jams or added as a citrus flavor when making a freshly squeezed juice.

Limequat

Nutritional Benefits of a Limequat

  • Fiber and Vitamin C.

When we say limequat, what does it sound like? If you said a cross between a lime and a kumquat you would be correct. This amazing citrus fruit is native to China yet is available all the year round from Peru to Israel.

The limequat takes on the shape of a kumquat, a round, almost oval shape fruit, yet is has a thick green skin which resembles the lime.

What does a Limequat taste like

Despite its association to the lime and kumquat, a limequat has a yellow flesh that actually tastes bitter-sweet. The thick green skin is sweet itself and the flesh has a more bitter taste and contains seeds which are edible.

How to store a Limequat

Always keep a limequat in the refrigerator

How to best enjoy a Limequat

With the skin of a limequat having a sweet flavor, you can actually eat it whole. Be sure to wash it first and make sure you only select those with a firm skin. If you are not fond of eating thick rind-like skin, simply scoop out the sweet flesh, juice it or add it to a salad, a sauce or make a marmalade.

Its slight bitter taste means that it can be substituted for a lemon or a lime also. Slice it as a garnish and add it to a dessert to add a unique tang.

Did you know?

Limequats are said to work as an aphrodisiac. Imagine how potent it would be if you match them with oysters!

Buddha Fingers
Buddha Fingers

Nutritional Benefits of Buddha Fingers

  • Calcium, Fibre and Vitamin C.

Believe it or not, the buddha finger is a proud member of the citrus family. It does however have the stigma of being the fruit with the most unusual features.

Native to India, this fruit is also available in the middle east.

Each ‘hand’ of the buddha finger can have any number of ‘fingers’. Sometimes only a couple, often more than 20.

In addition to its unique appearance, unlike other fruits in the citrus family, Buddha fingers do not have a bitter core or seeds.

What do Buddah Fingers taste like

Just by looking at this fruit you will quickly notice that there is not much to it so as expected, there is not much flesh inside each of the fingers. The skin is thick and is not edible however the inner flesh is despite it not being juicy at all. It has a flavor and aroma similar to a lemon.

How to store Buddha Fingers

Buddha fingers should only be consumed if their skin is firm and unblemished so care must be taken not only with their selection but their storage. They should be refrigerated at all times and consumed within a day or two.

How best to enjoy Buddha Fingers

The skin of buddha fingers is not to be consumed so after washing them, peel them as you would an apple and then you can use the small piece of remaining white flesh in a number of ways.

Some eat it raw in a dressing or sliced into a salad, and given its strong citrus aroma, can very easily be substituted for a lemon.

The mixture of its shape and scent often see it being ‘hung’ as an air freshener…believe it or not.

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Nutri Bullet – Healthy juice recipes for healthy diets

Nutri Bullet – Healthy juice recipes for healthy diets

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Healthy Juice Healthy YouNutri Bullet - Healthy juice recipes for healthy diets

Fruits and vegetables make incredibly healthy juices.

Some of the most creative mixes and matches make up juice recipes that provide nutrient rich ‘meals’ and deliver enormous quantities of vitamins to those who would not normally opt for an ‘apple a day‘ or a ‘shot of wheatgrass‘.

Not all juice recipes are the same however, and more importantly not all juicers are the same. The key is to be able to get the most nutrients out of all of your ingredients and not leave any fibre or the ‘good bits’ behind.

Let’s discover the best juicers and how to make the best juices.

Wonderfully refreshing on hot days, great snacks for the whole family and perfect for summer time alternative drinks. Give them a go!

What is the best juicer?

If your aim is to improve on the volume of nutrients you consume daily, and are inspired by various cancer protocols which recommend various juiced fruit and vegetable mixes, you need to find the best juicer for the job.

Your juicer needs to:

  • extract the most juice from your selected fruits and vegetables, whilst retaining their enzyme signatures
  • be able to juice a wide range of fruits and vegetables from apples, broccoli and carrots all the way down to wheatgrass, coriander, mint and even parsley

Hand held juicers are often too time consuming, and more importantly are not ‘carrot’, or hard vegetable friendly.

Regular electric juicers extract the juice but not the fibre which is a key to retaining nutritional benefits plus some actually heat the juice which can substantially reduce the enzyme content.

Then there are the more heavy duty varieties. A masticating single auger juicer, like the omega 8600 masticating juicer or a twin gear system. The twin gear systems extract the most juice and is therefore very appealing but their price can mean they are not in reach of everyone.

Let’s not forget the Nutribullet (nutri bullet). How about we take a look at this a little more closely.

Nutri Bullet 12 Piece Blender Mixer

Nutribullet Review – Perfect Healthy Juices Every time

The Nutri Bullet ticks all the boxes. Here’s why. Not only is it super compact but it does the job of a heavy duty juicer better. Much better.

  • 600 watt or 900 watt speed – this is far greater power than any other kitchen appliance of its size on the market
  • Pulverises all fruits and vegetables – no matter how hard or soft, this little magic machine will reduce its contents to a completely pure liquid.
  • No wastage – No lost nutrients. No healthy fruit and vegetables left in a lost compartment.
  • Super easy to clean – No tricky components to clean. This is a one stop machine.

This Nutri Bullet not only takes seconds to produce a high-nutrient juice but seconds to clean. It has changed my life. It is incredible.

Purple and Orange Carrots

Juice Recipes

Here are a variety of fruit and vegetables juices. A variety of flavours and a variety of uses.

An early morning pick-me-up:

  • 3 carrots – do not peel them
  • 1 handful of coriander
  • 1 handful of wheatgrass
  • 1 handful of mint
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 lime – remove skin

The After Dinner Juice – a sweet dessert alternative:

  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • apple
  • 1 handful of mint
  • 2-3 strawberries

Add all into your juicer and then manually mix through the pulp of a passionfruit

Juice Recipes

The Pre Work-out drink:

  • 2 carrots – skin on
  • 1/2 beetroot
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 1 celery stick
  • apple

The After Work-out thirst quencher.

  • 1 celery stick – keep the leaves, rinse well
  • 1 handful of mint
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 1/4 of a cucumber – keep seeds and skin on
  • 1 handful of spinach leaves – rinse well
  • 2-3 kale leaves
  • 1 apple

Add all into your juicer and then sprinkle some cinnamon on the top

The After Work-out energy boost:

  • 3 carrots – do not peel them
  • 1 apple
  • 1 handful of wheatgrass
  • 1/2 a lemon – remove skin

Cool Summer Healthy Drink Idea

Make the most of the summer fresh fruits and vegetables and make yourself a great nutritious juice.

Add kale, broccoli, spinach and cucumber together with a handful of berries like raspberries or strawberries. A touch of water and blend.

Not only will it taste sweet but you will be drinking a power drink.

Add a few ice cubes or some frozen mango for a super tropical touch!

These ideas are sure to keep you healthy over summer, and cool you down.

Nutribullet 14 piece Nutrition Extractor

Healthy Juice

When it comes to creating a juice there are a few things to consider but overall it is quite hard to make a mistake. Creating your own juice recipes can be fun and can also be a great way to get children to digest foods that they would normally turn their nose up at.

Just remember, try to limit the amount of fruit to about a handful or so per day as the liver only has enough fructose converting enzymes for about that amount. Any more than that and the sugar can turn to fat.

As a rule of thumb, a mixture of carrots, celery and apples work nicely . Don’t always stick to the same quantities. Try more of this and less of that.

Be adventurous and have fun. Always opt for a freshly juiced glass of nutrients over a pre-bottled variety and where possible, choose organic.

Fruits and Vegetables. The healthy way to make healthy juices for a healthier diet.

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How to Eat Chia Seeds Without Getting Constipated or Bloated

How to Eat Chia Seeds Without Getting Constipated or Bloated

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Whether chia seeds cause or cure constipation depends largely on how you prepare and use them. If How to Eat Chia Seeds Without Getting Constipated or Bloatedyou are considering introducing them into your diet, it’s worthwhile reading these quick tips on how to prepare and eat chia seeds in such a way as to minimize their potential negative effects on your gastrointestinal health.

Tip 1: Start slowly

The gel-like consistency of soaked chia seeds is quite different from most foods we eat on a daily basis, and it may take some time for your body to adjust to these mucilaginous seeds. To incorporate chia seeds into your daily diet, start with a small amount and increase your intake gradually as your body gets used to the new food. This can help minimize your risk of experiencing unwanted gastrointestinal side effects such as hard stools or constipation, abdominal bloating, or diarrhea.

Tip 2: Use a Smaller Dose

Most producers and resellers of chia recommend a daily dose of 2 tablespoons, although some recommendations have been as high as 6 tablespoons of chia seeds per day. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that these dosages (2 – 6 tablespoons) may be way too high for some people. If you experience constipation or any other form of intestinal distress after consuming the standard recommended dose of chia seeds, consider adjusting the amount to 1 to 2 teaspoons.

Tip 3: Up Your Water Intake

Drinking more water may be the single most important tip for eating chia seeds without gastrointestinal side effects such as constipation and hard stools. These tiny seeds suck up moisture in your body like a sponge, and in order to compensate for the moisture, you will need to drink more water. Fruit juices and (most) herbal teas will also help fulfill your body’s daily requirement for water, but be wary of coffee, tea and caffeine-containing energy drinks which have dehydrating properties.

Tip 4: Soak the Seeds

Yet another way to prevent chia seeks from causing constipation and hard stools is to pre-soak these fluid-absorbing seeds in water or other liquid before eating them. This way, the seeds will have soaked almost all the fluid they can absorb before entering your digestive system, so they won’t suck up too much fluid from your digestive tract. The minimum time for soaking chia seeds is 10-15 minutes, and the recommended seeds-to-liquid ratio is 1:9.

Tip 5: Listen to Your Body

If you’ve followed all the tips provided above but still feel that chia seeds are causing gastrointestinal problems, listen to your body and stop eating them. Your intestinal tract may simply not be suited for processing these mucilaginous seeds effectively. Also, should you experience any other side effects from eating chia seeds, stop eating them.

 

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