Eggs

Eggstra Good!

Eggs, which received bad press in the past for their cholesterol content, are now gaining favor because of their nutritional value. Inexpensive and low in calories (about 70), one egg is packed with protein and contains iron, numerous vitamins such as A, many B vitamins like folic acid, choline and biotin. And they have one of the highest protein to calorie ratios! And they are good for you!

Like most foods, cooking eggs does destroy some of the nutrients. The way to get the best nutrients is to cook lightly. Never eat them raw!

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Mung Ho!

Mung beans belong to the legume family. Legumes are seeds of a plant, contained more than one in a pod, such as green beans, peas, soybeans – and peanuts! Mung beans are native to India, but are also cultivated in many southeast Asian countries as well as warmer-climate regions of the US and Europe. Mung beans are about 8mm, or 5/16 of an inch.

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Nuts!

Eating nuts every day as part of a healthy diet is a good thing. Studies have shown people who eat nuts are less likely to die of heart disease and cancer.

Which nut you eat isn’t that important. Almost every nut is packed with nutrition, although some nuts have more heart-healthy nutrients and fats than do others.

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While You Are Sleeping

The human body is a complex machine that needs oxygen, water, food and sleep to stay alive. There is no magic number for how many hours an adult should sleep, however it is generally thought to be around 8 hours. We think of sleep as a time to rest, but sleep is actually a time when our bodies are busy at work repairing and recharging.

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Parsley for Health

Parsley is the world’s most popular herb and is native to the Mediterranean. It has been around for thousands of years and was used medicinally before being used for consumption. Today it is grown world-wide for its aromatic edible leaves which may be used fresh or dried in soups, salads and a wide variety of other food dishes such as potatoes, fish, stews, and vegetables. It’s popularly used as a garnish for many dishes.

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Bone Broth

Bone Broth

In our contemporary western culture, we are more and more consuming only the lean portions of the animal meat, and increasingly less inclined to eat organ meats like heart, liver, etc. When I was a teenager, I worked for a neighborhood butcher and I witnessed just about every part of the animal sold. Once the boss made goat’s head soup in the back of the store. My mother would regularly make us liver – not my favorite. Sadly, eating the parts of the animal with the best nutritional goodness has passed.

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Terrific Turmeric

The spice turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a tuber grown mostly in India. Turmeric has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes, especially in China and India. Curcumin, the major ingredient of turmeric, is what gives the spice its yellow color, and it has very strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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Surprising Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices. It comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree, and is grown in many tropical areas, including Java, Burma, China, Southern Asia and throughout South America.

There are two main types of cinnamon:

  • Ceylon (Sri Lanka) known as “true” cinnamon, from Sri Lanka
  • Cassia (Chinese), from southern China

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