Category Archives for "Vegetable & Green Superfoods"

The Many Nutritional Benefits of Superfood Vegetables and Greens like Arugula, Bok Choy, Parsley and Pumpkin


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

Squash Nutrients Many people only eat pumpkins at Thanksgiving in sugary pumpkin pies. What a waste.

They are some of the healthiest of all vegetables and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

Not only do they taste great, they are also low in calories, yet very filling.

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

Nutritional Comparison Between Potatoes and Pumpkin

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DIY Parsley Remedy for Dark Circles Under the Eyes and Eye Bags

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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Parsley Face Mask for Dark Spots, Acne 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 expensive prices when you can easily make a parsley face mask at home, for a fraction of the cost and at much greater strength and effectiveness?

DIY 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 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 benefits of this green herb include kidney cleansing and liver detoxification.

Ahead are two special recipes for using parsley as a natural kidney treatment and liver healer.

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

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

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Top 10 Nutritional Benefits of Arugula: Why Salad Rocket Is So Good For You

Healthy RocketArugula is a highly nutritious cruciferous vegetable that’s well worth eating as often as possible.

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

This nutrient-rich green has many beneficial properties for energy production, cellular protection, natural weight loss and a healthier appearance. Here’s just what makes salad rocket so good for you.

10 Reasons Why Arugula is So Good for You

1. High in Vitamin K for Your Heart, Bones and Skin

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How to Make Healthier Salads in 4 Simple Steps

Mixed greensSalads can make for a healthy lunch or light, yet nutritious dinner. The key to making them better is to move beyond the old iceberg lettuce, tomato and olive oil combination. Get more adventurous with stronger tasting greens like arugula and more interesting ingredients.

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

How to Make Healthy and Delicious Salads

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Bok Choy Juice Recipe 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 nutrients like antioxidant carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium and selenium. Combined with the other superfoods listed ahead, this juice mixture is a potent way to support your skin.

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

A Quick Note on Organic

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Bok Choy for Weight Loss and 3 Key Nutritional Benefits

Nutritional Properties of Bak ChoiBok choy is one of the most popular vegetables to cook with throughout Asia, yet still not widely used in America.

Very low in calories, yet high in many beneficial nutrients, bok choy is excellent for weight loss and 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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