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7 Super Reasons Parsnips Help You Get Healthier

I have always had a love for root vegetables – potatoes, carrots, fennel, and more – but over the past few years I have truly come to love parsnips. Not quite as common as their closely related cousin the carrot, parsnips are an easy vegetable to add to many recipes and are a perfect dish to enjoy during colder months.

7 Health Benefits of Parsnips

1.) High in dietary fiber. Parsnips are packed with soluble fiber which helps reduce cholesterol levels and helps maintain healthy digestive function.

2.) Is a great resource of folate which is needed for the formation of red and white blood cells in bone marrow, is important for the development stages, and aids in energy metabolism.

3.) Contains high level of potassium which is needed for skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle function. This nutrient is important for healthy heart function.

4.) Are high in Vitamin C which helps improve eye health, helps repair and regenerate connective tissues, protect against heart disease, and aids in the absorption of iron.

5.) Good resource of manganese and Vitamin K which helps with digestive health and wound healing.

6.) Due to high dietary fiber content, parsnips are great at helping you stay fuller longer.

7.) They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and organic compounds which helps fight against disease.

Some Delicious Recipes to Try

Oven Roasted Parsnips with Thyme from FoodnessGracious

Paleo Risotto with ‘Parsnip “Rice” from Empowered Sustenance

Baked Parsnip Fries from Sweet as Honey

Roasted Parsnip Salad from Girl Gone Gourmet

Roasted Parsnip & Garlic Soup from Sharing Our Food Adventures

 

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research.
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10 Health Benefits of Chestnuts

I remember collecting all the spiky seed pods from the trees at my Grandparents’ house, sitting on the porch watching my Grandfather peel the shells off with his pocket knife. Eating chestnuts is a past time for me, a family tradition, a rite of passage that I was able to pass onto my son. I look forward to these robust nuts every year when the months turn colder. Chestnuts are a great mineral, nutrient and vitamin rich low calorie snack. 

10 Health Benefits of Chestnuts

 1.) High in fiber which is helpful for digestive health and helps you stay fuller.

2.) Higher in carbohydrates compared to other nuts which helps maintain energy levels and blood sugars.

3.) Rich in folates which is essential for the formation of red blood cells.

4.) Chestnuts contain 22% of the recommended daily value of copper. This helps improve bone strength, nerve functions, red blood cell formation and boosts the immune system.

5.) Contain potassium which increases blood flow to the brain improving concentration, retention and memory.

6.) Contain high levels of essential fatty acids which are important for heart health.

7.) Contain antioxidants.

8.) Higher in B vitamins which helps produce red blood cells, enhance brain function and promotes healthy skin.

9.) High in Vitamin C which boosts the immune system.

10.) Because of the high dietary fiber that chestnuts contain, they aid in the prevention and management of diabetes by helping prevent spikes and drops in blood sugar levels.

 

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research.
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13 Healthy Reasons To Eat Peaches

Why not celebrate this fuzzy, sweet fruit this month?

August is National Peach Month and for good reason with all the farmers markets bringing them to the table. This sweet fruit is more than just yummy to eat, it is packed with vitamins and nutrients to help you get going each day!

1.) High in fiber which aids in digestion and helps you stay full longer.

2.) Filled with antioxidants.

3.) High in phenolic and carotenoid compounds which help prevent cancer.

4.) High in vitamin C which helps maintain healthy skin.

5.) Also high in beta-carotene which helps improve eye health.

6.) Useful in pregnancy because they are packed with many essential vitamins and minerals.

7.) Contain magnesium which can help in managing stress and anxiety.

8.) Studies have shown that peaches have some anti-inflammatory properties.

9.) Peaches boost your immune system.

10.) Are a great source of zinc, which has anti-aging properties.

11.) Contain phosphorous which aids in strengthening bones and teeth.

12.) Peaches are great at detoxifying the body.

13. Are a good source of iron.

 

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

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12 Benefits of the Sweet Summer Melon Cantaloupe

Who doesn’t love some delicious, sweet melons? Especially on a hot summer day! This has to be one of my favorite things about summertime! 

1.) They have a high water content which provides a refreshing treat.

2.) Cantaloupes contain Vitamin C which is important for a healthy immune system.

3.) Because of their great amounts of fiber, Vitamin C and choline they help support a healthy heart.

4.) Cantaloupes have nutrients that help prevent cancer.

5.) The beta-carotene found in cantaloupes helps aid in healthy skin.

6.) They are a good source of potassium.

7.) The nutrients found in cantaloupes have anti-inflammatory properties.

8.) The high fiber content aids in digestion.

9.) Cantaloupes contain carotenoids which help maintain healthy eyes.

10.) Studies have shown that nutrients found in cantaloupes can improve insulin metabolism.

11.) They help maintain kidney health.

12.) Cantaloupes provide a natural energy boost.

 * Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

14 Lovely Health Benefits of the Aphrodisiac Oysters

Oysters are notorious for being a natural aphrodisiac, so much that they lose some of their clout for being a powerful health food. Get your romance on and stay healthy with this wonderful treat. 

1. Boosts metabolic activity.

2. Helps lower cholesterol levels.

3. High in antioxidants.

4. High in protein.

5. Energy boosting.

6. Promotes healthy skin.

7. Mood boosting.

8. Improves brain function.

9. Good for the eyes.

10. Promotes blood circulation.

11. Beneficial for healing wounds.

12. Helps prevent osteoporosis.

13. Strengthens immune system.

 14. Improves heart health. 

Get Cooking with these Oyster Recipes from Food Network.

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

7 Awesome Reasons To Eat Butternut Squash

Last night’s dinner was one of my favorites, butternut squash with brown sugar and butter, just like my Grandmother used to make it. A great nutrient packed pick perfect for the season.

1. Low in calories, fat, and carbs.

2. High in potassium which helps decrease blood pressure.

3. High in fiber.

4. Packed with Vitamin C for healthy, glowing skin and improved immune system.

5. High in Vitamin A which is important for good eyesight.

6. Contains manganese which helps maintain healthy bones.

7. High in antioxidants which helps reduce inflammation. 

Give these healthy recipes a try:

Easy Garlic Herb Butternut Squash

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans & Cranberries

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

7 Wonderful Reasons to Add Almonds to Your Snack Routine

I am a healthy snack fanatic. With the exception of Cheetos, I would choose something fresh over chips any day. I think they taste better and I feel better eating them. This series is all about making that healthier choice. I’ve combined some benefits of some of my favorite power foods with some snacky ideas and recipes in this series to help you fight the temptation of running to the vending machine. This week’s choice – almonds! I will never forget my first time eating a raw almond from the organic stand at the Farmer’s Market – ripping off the green shell to find this beautiful nut inside packed with super powers!

Why eat Almonds?

  1. They help maintain blood sugar levels – which means more consistent energy in the day.
  2. They are considered a good source of fiber and are packed with protein and healthy fats.
  3. They’re considered a power food for the brain. Who doesn’t want a super-charged brain?! Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine which are nutrients that help with neurological activity and help prevent cognitive decline.
  4. They can help reduce hunger which aids in weight loss (or helps prevent weight gain).
  5. They have healthy antioxidants and healthy fats that support overall heart health helping to prevent heart disease and heart attacks.
  6. They are a wonderful resource of Vitamin E and antioxidants (again with those awesome antioxidants!) which promotes healthy skin.
  7. They are high in magnesium. Check this read out for 11 Miraculous Ways Magnesium Heals Your Mind & Body.

Here’s some yummy snack ideas to get you started:

Mix some almonds into a non-fat Greek Yogurt.

Add almonds & bananas to a bowl of (low sugar) cereal.

Have a handful of almonds with some berries.

Spread almond butter on whole wheat toast.

And my favorite – a bunch of raw almonds from market!

 

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research.