Category Archives for "Superfood Vegetables"

The Many Health Benefits of Superfood Vegetables and Greens like Bok Choy, Parsley and Pumpkin.

The Top 10 Arugula Health Benefits

Healthy RocketArugula is an extremely healthy and nutritious cruciferous vegetable that many people have never heard of. Also called salad rocket or garden rocket, it has a distinctive and delicious peppery flavor to its soft green leaves and goes particularly well in fresh salads like this.

Arugula also has some surprising health benefits for more energy, disease prevention and a healthier appearance. Here’s just what makes rocket so good for you.

10 Great Reasons Why Arugula Is Healthy

1. Cancer Protection

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Bok Choy Juice for Healthier Skin

Juiced bok choyHere’s a recipe for juicing bok choy that is loaded with vegetables and fruits that are particularly good for improving your skin tone and supporting internal cleansing and liver health.

Bok choy is rich in skin nutrients like antioxidant carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K , folic acid, potassium and selenium. Combined with the other skin superfoods listed ahead, this juice mixture is a powerful way to improve your appearance.

It tastes great too so why not give it a try and start giving your skin more of the nutrition it needs to look its best.

A Quick Note on Organic

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How to Use Bok Choy in Your Meals

Cooking with bok choyHere are two simple and healthy ways to use bok choy in your meals. If you’ve never cooked with it before you’ll find it a great base for many recipes. Best of all, bok choy is extremely good for you and when made up like this, very tasty as well.

Lightly Stir Fried Bok Choy with Garlic, Chili and Sesame

I’m a big believer in cooking nutrient rich vegetables like bok choy lightly and on a low heat to retain as many beneficial compounds as possible. Vitamin C in particular is lost when veggies are boiled or cooked at high temperatures.

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The Top 3 Bok Choy Health Benefits

Nutritional Properties of Bok ChoyBok choy is one of, if not the most popular vegetable to cook with in China, yet still not widely used in America. Very low in calories but high in nutrients with many health benefits, bok choy is a green superfood well worth using more of in your daily cooking.

What Is Bok Choy?

Originally from China where it has been cultivated for centuries, bok choy is now grown for the US market, predominantly in California and Alberta in Canada.

While it is a member of the cabbage family, it doesn’t really look like one. The shape is closer to a celery, with thick white stalks and dark green rounded leaves.

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A Pumpkin Skin Facial Scrub for Glowing Skin

Pumpkin skin treatmentPumpkin face masks are popular but here’s a simpler way to use pumpkin skin as a facial treatment that is quicker and I think more effective than regular masks.

You’ll need three ingredients for this facial treatment:

1. Pumpkin peel from a steamed pumpkin (butternut or a similar squash can also be used for this).

I keep the pumpkin rinds, with most of the pulp removed, from the process described in how to cook pumpkin in a sealed container in the fridge.

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Top 5 Skin Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin skin benefitsPumpkin and other winter squash have many benefits for your skin. Here’s five reasons why healthy pumpkin is such a great superfood for improving your skin’s tone and appearance.

1. Antioxidant Carotenoids

Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other carotenoids found in the bright orange pulp of pumpkins can help defend your skin cells against oxidative damage.

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Warm Pumpkin Salad with Salmon and Pumpkin Seeds

Salad with PumpkinThis is a great tasting warm salad for getting more nutritious pumpkin and pumpkin seeds into your diet. It’s full of superfoods, very healthy and quite filling as well.

If pumpkin is not in season, butternut squash should be and makes a good alternative with a delicious taste and a similar nutritional profile.

You can make this warm salad recipe with either pumpkin or butternut squash with the same directions ahead.

Recipe Ingredients for 2

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Cooking Pumpkin for Maximum Nutrition

How to Cook pumpkinThere is a way to cook your pumpkin that will maintain the most nutritional value when you eat it. It’s also fairly quick and simple and makes for a better tasting pumpkin, whatever recipe you’re using it for.

Choosing a Pumpkin

Smaller pumpkins tend to be better eating than the larger jack-o’-lantern style. Pumpkin breeds such as Blue Hokkaido, Sugar Pie and the Cheese and Cinderella varieties are often recommended for their texture and flavor.

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Healthy Pumpkin vs Potatoes

pumpkin healthyMany people only eat pumpkin at Thanksgiving in sugary pumpkin pies. What a waste.

Pumpkins and winter squash are some of the healthiest of all vegetables (or fruits for the picky) and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Not only do they taste great, pumpkins are low in calories yet surprisingly filling.

Here’s why it’s worth replacing fattening potatoes with healthy pumpkin on your dinner plate. Your body will thank you for it.

Pumpkins – the Antioxidant Vegetable

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Garlic and Parsley Oil Health Benefits

Parsley Oil BenefitsParsley and garlic oil are a particularly potent combination for better health. They both contain substances that may help prevent cancer, improve cardiovascular health and strengthen our immune systems against viral infections like the common cold.

Parsley oil has many benefits for your health and is also an exceptional natural deodorizer and will actually make the usually pungent garlic oil odorless. Very good news if you want to enjoy garlic while still being able to talk to people without having them backing away.

Garlic, Parsley Oil and Cancer

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How to Use Parsley for Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Dark Circles under the eyes ParsleyMost people have some discoloration of the delicate skin under their eyes to varying degrees, particularly after a long day or big night out. But for many of us this is a more persistent problem.

There are many potential causes of dark circles under the eyes. While some people may have a genetic disposition, more commonly they are caused by lack of sleep, stress, eating unhealthy junk food, excess alcohol, menstruation for women, smoking, sinusitis and poor circulation to this area of the face.

Dark circles under the eyes and not a great thing to wake up to in the mirror in the morning but there is a natural treatment can help.

Crushed parsley, applied topically, is a simple remedy for skin discoloration and puffiness, that you can easily make and use at home.

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A Parsley Face Mask for Acne, Dark Spots and Discolored Skin

Parsley face mask for acneParsley is well known for its skin lightening properties that can help reduce the appearance of dark spots and discolored skin on your face. It is also a beneficial acne treatment, particularly when used fresh.

Some commercial products trumpet the addition of parsley extract in their formulas. But why pay exorbitant prices for minuscule amounts, when you can easily make a parsley face mask at home for a fraction of the cost and at much greater strength and effectiveness?

Homemade Dark Spots and Acne Face Mask with Parsley, Honey and Lemon

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