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“Eating Clean” are not dirty words, neither is “Diet“, but during this time of year you may not want to hear any of these words. However, eating clean will improve your health and boost your immune system which we all need to hear about especially during the holidays.
I had an opportunity to review the eBook Clean Food Diet by Jonathan Vine, and not only was it a quick read, but it also contained 50 recipes for many of the foods that I already have in my kitchen. Delicious recipes for appetizers such as Wrapped Mango and Spinach Bites, and Mini Spinach Pizzas, soups, Thai Tomato Soup and White Bean and Kale Soup, as well as entrees, Asian Tofu Lettuce Wraps, and Meatless Chili.
Clean eating is not actually a diet, it’s a lifestyle change and in each of the 4 chapters, “What is clean eating”, “What to eat”, “How to Cook Clean” and “How to Cook Clean”, there are easy and realistic ways in which to make the change. We all know that preservatives and processed foods are not healthy so eating whole foods is recommended, and most whole foods are simply fresh fruits and vegetables.
When buying foods, make sure you can read and recognize all the listed ingredients if not, it’s not a clean or healthy choice. Cooking healthy keeps the nutrients in the foods, therefore, steaming foods versus frying is clean cooking.
The Clean Food Diet eBook contains a lot more good and sensible information, so it is definitely worth reading. You can download a FREE Kindle copy today at Amazon.com
Do you Eat Clean?
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Hello friends and welcome to Superfoods Friday
I’ve read other bloggers tout the greatness of the Spaghetti Squash and I knew it was a great Superfood, however, it was only recently that I discovered it’s actual goodness, and I loved it!
- Spaghetti squash is low in calories, with only about 42 calories per serving (about a cup), this vegetable is a great swap for higher calorie ingredients.
- Spaghetti squash is gluten free and because of its texture, it makes a great swap for actual spaghetti.
- Spaghetti squash is a good source of fiber.
- Spaghetti squash has a variety of other vitamins and minerals like potassium, vitamin C, beta carotene, and a number of others to support your overall health.
- This winter squash also promotes blood sugar control, and has a cholesterol lowering effect that protects us from various forms of cancer.
I picked up a yellow Spaghetti Squash at Food Lion along with a can of Roasted Garlic and Onion Pasta Sauce. Since I had never prepared Spaghetti Squash I had to read several online recipes.
After cutting the squash in half, I removed the seeds but kept them on the baking sheet. Sprinkled each side with a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil and basil then placed each half upside down on the baking sheet. Put into the preheated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Note: it is very hard to cut, so poke a few holes in it first then microwave for 15 minutes to soften it up.
The roasted seeds are also awesome!
While the Spaghetti Squash baked in the oven, I heated up the pasta sauce adding a little more sprinkles of basil and garlic salt. After I removed the squash from the oven, allowing it to cool for 20 minutes then used a fork to scrape out the strands and placed into a bowl.
Poured the warmed sauce over top and stirred lightly for a delicious and healthy meal.
When I posted a pic on Instagram and Facebook, a few people gave me some other suggestions which I will try the next time. What about you, do you have any ideas for add-ins or maybe other ways in which to cook this Superfood Spaghetti Squash?
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Hello friends and welcome to the first post of
I have decided to combine the Friday Foodie Feature with SuperFoods for Seniors and I do hope that you like the change. Each week in addition to listing several Superfoods with information on how they help us stay healthy, one will also be featured in a recipe.
This week’s Superfood Friday Feature is
Before Kale became a popular Superfood, Collards were the better known green vital for bone health. My grandmother was born and raised in the south, Canton, North Carolina to be exact, so you know that we always had a big pot of greens on the stove every Sunday and holiday.
A tradition that I still have in my home to this day, thankfully they are pretty clean before being sold, so preparing them is uber easy. We don’t eat pork and most people no longer cook them in pieces of unhealthy Salt Pork, so instead I’ve used Smoked Turkey necks or wings.
I have since stopped adding any kind of meat so now I just cook them in a pot of water, with a little olive oil, vinegar, onions, garlic and a some seasoning sprinkled in.
Glory Foods also sells greens in a bag and they are just as healthy but I wanted fresh even though these looked like the bugs got to them, they were still good!
Start a large pot of water, more than enough to cover the collards, I don’t measure, so I just pour in some olive oil and Apple Cider vinegar. Chop up an onion and a few bulbs of garlic, which can either be fresh or garlic in a jar sold at Dollar Tree. You can also sprinkle in a little white sugar to cut down on the bitterness of the greens.
These greens were not gritty with dirt, but I still washed them before cooking as you should with any produce. You can also add baking soda to the water if you wish.
After washing, remove the stems then layer a few of the leaves together.
Roll the leaves like a Cuban Cigar and cut into pieces, the size is your preference.
The water should be boiling now, so put in the collards, onions and garlic, cover and boil for several hours or until tender.
Kitchen Tip: Don’t throw away the water after the greens have cooked, this “pot liquor” is very healthy so bottle and refrigerate to use as a broth or tea.
The Green leafy Superfoods
- Having a diet high in green leafy vegetables you will have a far lower risk of heart disease and cancer
- Fresh raw green leafy vegetables contain high doses of chlorophyll, which is an easily digestible proteins, enzymes and they contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals
- Leafy greens act as mini-transfusions for the blood, a health tonic for the brain and immune system and a cleanser of the kidneys. Boil some parsley in water, refrigerate, then drink an 8 oz glass of it daily and you will notice a change in your urine.
Which of these green leafy Superfoods are your favorite and how would you prepare them?
Spinach, Dandelion Greens, Kale, Watercress, Parsley, Lettuce, Endive, Chicory, Broccoli Sprouts and Mustard Sprouts
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