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Seasonal Power-foods you need to know about

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    Have you noticed how Gardening has gained a big resurgence? Known for it’s anti-stress benefits and meditational qualities, growing your own power-foods have become the latest re-discovered natural therapy. Cleverly coined Green Therapy we are witnessing Healing parks, therapeutic gardens and community patches springing up everywhere, as fast as they can grow. From Ivanka Trump (yes!) to Oprah, the world is moving back towards homegrown. source There’s no doubt that eating locally grown fruit and vegetables – garden-to-table style is much healthier from a nutritious point of view as well as for the environment. Produce such as broccoli, green beans, kale, red peppers, tomatoes, apricots and peaches are susceptible to nutrient loss when harvested and transported from longer distances, while fresh foods tend to have a higher nutrient value, if grown and harvested locally and given more time to ripen. As we head into the cooler months, here are some tasty, seasonal vegetables that belong to the ‘power-food’ category; they don’t require a horticultural degree to nurture and the added Green Therapy will provide extra health benefits.

Eggplant

purple anti-oxidant power-food

Cram-packed with vitamins and minerals, eggplants are rich sources of phenolic compounds that function as antioxidants. Generally, plants use these compounds to protect themselves against oxidative stress from the elements, as well as from infection by bacteria and fungi. The eggplant contains a particular phenolic compound, which is one of the most potent free radical scavengers providing anti-mutagenic benefits (anti-cancer), anti-microbial, anti-LDL (bad cholesterol) and anti-viral activities.

Tip:   Add roasted eggplant slices to pizza, pasta and salads

Parsnip

the perfect power-food snack

One of the greatest attributes of the humble parsnip is its ability to suppress the release of ghrelin, which is a “hunger” hormone. This makes it the perfect snack if you’re looking to lose weight. Parsnips also contain substantial amounts of soluble fibre – which has been associated with assisting with digestive disorders, reducing cholesterol and lowering the chance for developing diabetes. If heart health is of concern, the high levels of potassium and folate make the parsnip one of the most effective vegetables in promoting a healthy cardiovascular system, helping to reduce blood pressure and stress on the heart.

Tip:   Roast sliced parsnips and toss with a little sea salt, for snacking 

Leek

power-food for your arteries

Leeks belong to the Allium family along with garlic and onions all possessing disease-fighting properties known long before it was possible to identify their exact antibacterial properties. Today leeks are recognised as a source of Allicin - a antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal compound which helps in the prevention of clotting in the blood vessels, thus, decreasing the overall risk of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular diseases, and stroke. In addition, leeks are known to ward off antibiotic-resistant superbugs, with this compound that may also neutralise dangerous free radicals faster than any other known compound. It’s a good idea to eat plenty of leeks if you’re pregnant or trying to fall pregnant, since the perfect concentration of Folic acid in leeks is essential for DNA synthesis and cell division and can help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.

Tip:   Add lightly sautéed sliced baby leeks to mashed potato for added taste and a nutritious punch.

6 Top Trending Wellness Foods

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A new  food trends report  has been released, showing a growing interest in specific “functional foods” foods (often called superfoods),  which target wellness and health issues ranging from skin conditions to energy, depression, insomnia and pain. We took a look at the most popular functional foods trending right now, according to Google which led us to some interesting finds. If you aren’t already, we suggest you incorporate some of these into your diet.

  1. Turmeric

    turmericWith 3.9 million views on YouTube this spice with active ingredient curcumin fights a number of diseases including acne, depression, high blood pressure and cholesterol, to liver disease and weight loss. A super versatile spice, add turmeric to a smoothie, salad dressing or casserole for extra taste and health benefits.

  2. Apple cider vinegar

    Despite being acidic, Apple Cider Vinegar creates a perfect alkaline environment in the body that is the exact opposite of what most diseases like  to thrive upon. Apple Cider Vinegar also provides a veritable smorgasbord of vitamins and powerful antioxidants including vitamin A, B6, C, E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, beta-carotene and lycopene – making it a powerhouse against bacteria.

  3. Kefir

    kefirA powerful food for balancing the gut, this fermented dairy product is super-powerful, beating both yogurt and probiotic tablets when it comes to digestive health. It has been found to help promote weight loss, boost the immune system and fight allergies.  

  4. Jackfruit

    The next big meat substitute, Jackfruit is enticing vegetarians around the globe. It has been a common ingredient in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine for centuries. The meaty-textured fruit (similar to pulled chicken) is now gaining recognition in the West, delivering high protein and antioxidants, while it is low in calories.

  1. Manuka honey

    manukahoneyUnlike others, this honey contains glucose oxidase, an enzyme the bees introduce to their honey, giving it anticeptic properties. Well-known for it’s healing properties, a teaspoon is enough to coat the stomach and eliminate bacteria upsetting the digestive tract. A balanced gut is often the key to good  health.
  1. Avocado oil

    avocadooilThis superfood contains  20  different vitamins and minerals with benefits for the digestive tract, the skin, hair, joint relief and weight loss. It is also excellent for cooking because of its high smoke point, meaning, unlike many other oils, the molecular structure remains intact – perfect for stir fries.
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