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

How to Make Healthier Salads in 4 Simple Steps


Better SaladsSalads can make for a healthy lunch or light, yet nutritious dinner. The key to making a great salad is to move beyond the old iceberg lettuce, tomato and olive oil combination and get more adventurous with stronger tasting greens like arugula and more interesting ingredients.

Here’s a simple formula to create delicious tasting and healthier salads that are also extremely good for you.

How to Make Healthy and Delicious Salads

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Top 10 Nutritional Benefits of Arugula


Healthy RocketArugula is an extremely healthy and nutritious cruciferous vegetable that many people have never heard of.

Also called salad rocket or roquette, it has a distinctive and delicious peppery flavor to its soft green leaves and goes particularly well in fresh salads.

Arugula has some impressive 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 with Sulforaphane and Indole-3-Carbinol

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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, folate, 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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Bok Choy Health Benefits and Best Nutrients


Nutritional Properties of Bak ChoiBok 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 many health-promoting nutrients, 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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Cooking Pumpkin for Maximum Nutrition


How to Cook pumpkinThere is a better way to cook your pumpkins than boiling that will retain the most nutritional value when you eat them.

It’s also fairly quick and simple and makes for a much better tasting pumpkin, whatever recipe you’re using it for.

Choosing a Pumpkin

Smaller pumpkins tend to be far superior for eating than the larger jack-o’-lantern styles that rarely taste good.

Pumpkin breeds such as Sugar Pie, Baby Pam, Jarrahdale Blue, New England Pie and the Cheese and Cinderella varieties are often recommended for their texture and flavors.

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Pumpkin Vs Potatoes — Calories, Fiber, Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants


Squash Nutrients Many 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 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 healthier pumpkin on your dinner plate. Your body will thank you for it.

High in Antioxidants

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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 facial treatmentParsley 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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Parsley Juice for Kidney Cleansing and Liver Detoxification


Green juiceParsley juice is a potent and concentrated version of all the nutrition in the herb, including a rich array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, chlorophyll and volatile oils.

Some of the best known parsley juice benefits include kidney cleansing and liver detoxification. Ahead are 2 special recipes for using parsley as a natural kidney treatment and liver healer.

The first is a powerful parsley juice with a combination of natural ingredients for effective detox and cleansing.

The second is a great tasting parsley, cucumber and watermelon smoothie that is especially good for flushing your kidneys of toxins.

First, a couple of precautions before using the amounts of parsley recommended in these recipes.

Parsley Side Effects

Importantly, despite it’s many health benefits, parsley juice should not be used in large amounts by pregnant women or those taking blood thinning medication.

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11 Parsley Benefits for Better Health, Less Disease and Improving Your Appearance


Parsley Benefits

The health benefits of parsley are quite amazing and it’s a superfood well worth eating a lot more of, particularly if you’d like to live longer and lower your risk of serious diseases like cancer, arthritis and heart disease.

If you’re young and care more about your appearance, parsley can help here too, with powerful nutrients for better skin, preventing acne and encouraging healthy hair growth.

Parsley is also a very beneficial digestive aid, detoxifier and internal cleanser, immune booster and can even make you smell better. Both curly and Italian parsley have very similar nutritional properties and there’s definitely a lot more to this herb than just garnish.

Here are 11 important health benefits that show just how good parsley is for you and why you should have it in your meals more often.

1. Aids Digestion and Improves Your Breath

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