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Hopefully you’re having a beary good afternoon!

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Chia Seeds

Loaded with fiber, omega 3s, protein, calcium and more, these little seeds also have the ability to absorb up to 12 times their weight in water to help keep you hydrated! Read more.

Ways I like to use Chia seeds:

  • Protein Drink
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Ground Turkey
  • Yogurt
  • Sprinkle into lemon water
  • On top of toast with peanut butter and banana

You can really incorporate Chia seeds into most anything. Here’s 31 healthy ways to cook using Chia!

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Benefits of Collard Greens

Winter is a wonderful time to start adding this leafy, nutrient packed veggie to your diet. I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of collards, that is until I tried them at 4Rivers (a bbq restaurant in my area). They were phenomenal and I crave them regularly. Naturally I got curious about the health benefits of this green leafy plant. So here goes, the collard green.

  • The leaves and stems are good in minerals like iron, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc.
  • Rich in many vital B-complex groups of minerals such as niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and riboflavin.
  • Amazingly high levels of vitamin-K. Provides 426% of recommended daily levels per 100 leaves.
    • Vitamin K has a potential role in the increase of bone mass. It also limits neuronal brain damage in Alzheimer’s disease patients.
  • Excellent source of vitamin-A (222% of RDA per 100 g) and carotenoid anti-oxidants such as lutein, carotenes, zea-xanthin, crypto-xanthin.
    • Vitamin A also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for healthy vision. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Very low in calories (provide only 30 calories per 100 g).
  • Contains no cholesterol.
  • Leaves contain a very good amount of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber that helps control LDL cholesterol levels and offer protection against hemorrhoids, constipation as well as colon cancer diseases.
*Source: nutrition-and-you.com - Read more.

Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Food Pyramid

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*Image from Dr. Weil's website.

What in the World is Carrageenan?

Carrageenan is a polysaccharide (a carbohydrate molecule) that is derived from red seaweed. It is made by boiling the seaweed and extracting the carrageenan. It is often used in conjunction with agar, guar gum, or xanthan gum in foods. It is rampant in processed foods but is also found in many foods branded “organic.”

For over 50 years the food industry has been using carrageenan in foods and, thankfully, the studies go back just as far. Researchers have time and time again proven carrageenan causes allergies, induces inflammation, and leads to a host of health problems. Yet, this emulsifier is still allowed to be added to foods!

Carrageenan is a powerful allergen found to cause anaphylaxis in humans. Researchers actually use carrageenan to produce allergies and inflammation in animals to better study their reactions to pain medication or antihistamines. Because carrageenan is found in baby formulas and other milk products, many people mistake their reaction to carrageenan for a dairy allergy and go on drinking plant-based milk substitutes — which also often contain this allergen as well.

This text is not my own and was taken from the Ark of Wellness blog. 
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Food for Dogs

This is the love of my life, Muffy.

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Muffy loves food. Pasta, clementine oranges, blue/blackberries, yogurt, green beans, I could go on forever. One time, she even found a way to jump onto a table so she could scarf down a hamburger…. This girl is a beast. She is going to flip when she gets a spinach omelet this weekend. What’s your dog’s favorite human food?

Give your dog a lovely treat: 10 Surprising Human Foods Dogs Can Eat

 

Why Radishes?

In my opinion, radishes are one of the worst tasting vegetables out there. What made me want to further investigate the nutritional value of these little beauties? There’s the salad my dad makes: cucumbers, carrots, olives, chickpeas and radishes. I love everything in the salad… accept the radishes. Did I mention they’re raw? Getting to a point where I enjoy them, it’s just not happening. I know radishes are good for you, but how good? For me, knowing the health benefits of something makes me feel like I’m eating it with a purpose. It makes it whatever I’m eating a lot more tolerable-ish.

Get excited…Let’s talk about: The Radish

radishes

A member of the Brassicaceae – kale, broccoli, cabbage – family.

High water content + increased hydration + lots of vitamin c. Radishes nourish the tissues in your body and can help your skin look fresh and healthy all summer long!

The Good Stuff in Radishes

  • Fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • B vitamins

Radishes: Big Health Benefits in a Little Package

Skin

Radishes have disinfectant properties which helps clear up skin disorders like dry skin, rashes, and cracks. The water in radishes helps maintain healthy moisture levels in the skin.

Fight Cancer

Radishes contain phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins and minerals that are cancer protecting.

Researchers at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University found that radishes induce apoptosis – meaning they kill cancer cells from reproducing. Their fiber content makes radishes particularly effective at preventing and fighting colorectal cancer.

Respiration

If you have chronic bronchial flare-ups, sinus infections or asthma, radishes can act as a natural decongestant. Help prevent viral infections.

Healthy Heart

The fiber, vitamins and minerals in radishes make them a smart choice for cardiovascular health. They’ve been shown to lower cholesterol, manage diabetes and regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Digestion & Detoxification

Your liver and gallbladder depend on bile to keep them running smoothly, and radishes have been shown to stimulate bile production. The sulfuric properties of radishes also help regulate bilirubin production and flush the excess from your blood. Eliminates stagnant food and toxins built up over time. Helps to relieve bloating and indigestion and prevents constipation.

Weight Loss

Very low in calories.  The surprising number of nutrients found in these vegetables means you aren’t skimping on nutrition while cutting back on fats, sugars and carbs.

Kidney Cleanse

There are few foods that work as well as the radish at preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Drinking juice that includes radish eases the burning most experience during a UTI and shortens the length of time you’ll have to deal with the infection.

If you haven’t given these little root vegetables a chance, why not try adding them to your meal plan? The health benefits of radishes have been proven in countless studies and more research is being done all the time to find more medicinal uses.