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Superfoods Friday – Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

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Hello friends and welcome to Superfoods Friday!

Tonight is Halloween and if you will be out “tricking and treating” be extra careful, but in case you aren’t, stay home and enjoy a big bowl of soup while watching a Halloween marathon on TV. happy halloween candy

Last week the Superfood was squash, and this week it’s been paired with one of the the world’s best SUPERFOODS – Sweet Potatoes

First of all, did you know that a sweet potato is not a potato but a vegetable often called a yam?  Packed with both nutrients and a sweet flavor, sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile and healthful vegetables available. They are full of disease-preventing, cancer-fighting, and immune-boosting benefits.

These tubers are also good sources of the anti-inflammatory nutrients, vitamins A and C, making them an excellent food choice for people suffering from arthritis or asthma. People with diabetes may also benefit from eating this root vegetable because it ranks low on the glycemic index and has less of an effect on blood glucose levels.

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 Butternut Squash and Sweet  Potato Soup

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The ingredients for this healthy slow cooked soup were:

2 Medium Sweet Potatoes or Yams – diced

1 Medium Butternut Squash – diced

1 package frozen mixed peppers and onions

1 can coconut milk

1 carton flavored broth, I chose Thai Ginger 

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Put all the ingredients into the Crock Pot

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It slow cooked on high for about 4 hours but since I didn’t have an Immersion Hand Blender I used a potato masher to give it a smoother consistency.  However, it still didn’t blend well enough for me so I poured some of it into the NutriBullet blender.  Be careful because it’s hot!

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This definitely worked better and hubby thought this was the best slow cooked soup that I had ever made – yay me!

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Pair it with a little Pumpkin Spice muffins and you’ll have a powerful Superfood meal.

How do you cook your sweet potatoes?  I can’t wait for Turkey Day because warm Sweet Potato Pie is definitely on our dessert menu.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods for Seniors | Fitness Fare

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

Yesterday afternoon as I sat writing this post we were anxiously awaiting another major snowstorm, hopefully the last one of the season.  People were out in the grocery stores stocking up on food as if they needed enough to last for the entire week.  

In 17 days it’ll officially be the first day of Spring, we won’t be eating as much and most likely will be looking for ways to shed a few of those snowstorm pounds. We will be outdoors more and adding exercise to the mix so here’s a list of Super Foods that will help us shape up safely.

Super Foods Fitness Fare

Your body thrives when you stay in shape, you feel healthier, live longer and resist diseases better.  Exercise and eating right combined is the best way to take off and keep off unwanted pounds.  Exercise burns calories, protein and carbohydrates, so these foods will provide the proper amount of replacement fuel for your body.

 

  • Whole Grain Bagels – breakfast bread filled with complex carbohydrates

  • Pork and Beans – full day’s supply of iron and zinc

  • Honey – add a spoonful to water before exercising for a boost of energy and after a workout to help muscles regenerate

  • Peanuts – but hold the salt, exercise burns proteins, peanuts puts it back and provides fiber and satisfies hunger

  • Energy Bar/Nutrition Bar/Diet Bar – replaces the energy after a workout

  • Whole Wheat Bagel
  • Lean meat – after you exercise, it replaces protein and helps sore muscles heal and rebuild

  • Banana – Complex carbs and potassium

  • Sunflower Seeds – Full of Vitamin E and good treatment for muscle cramps

  • Milk – Calcium not only build bones, it keep your muscle moving to prevent cramps

  • Water – prevent dehydration which is the most common cause for muscle cramps

  • Almonds – Replaces minerals lose due to dehydration

  • milk and water Pumpkin Seeds – Magnesium helps with cramps and fatigue

  • Pink Grapefruit – Protection against breathing problems – especially for asthma

  • Broccoli – Good source for almost all nutrients you’ll ever need

  • Caffeine – a cup of coffee or a can of cola can prevent asthma attacks if you are prone to them while exercising pumpkin seeds

  • Oranges – Vitamin C eases aches, pains and swelling you get from workouts

  • Mustard – mix a little mustard with water and drink to stop muscle cramps

  • Grape Juice – relieves legs cramps, makes blood vessels more elastic and blood flow better

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It doesn’t matter what exercise you chose to do, remember to check with your physician before starting a new regiment – better to be safe than sorry.

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Be Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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