Strawberries Nutrients and Health Benefits

StrawberriesSince I pretty much have all or most of the popular fruits, vegetables, nuts, and meats in my blog collection, I decided to update some of the very first ones. My earlier article posts weren’t as detailed, full, and interesting as newer ones. The reason for that is because I’m noticing that I got some more and some better experience in writing about the Nutrients and Health Benefits of different kinds of foods. So, this article is going to be an update of my older article post about Strawberries Nutrients and Benefits. Only I’ll give this article a little bit different title, let’s call it Strawberries Nutrients and Health Benefits.

Did you know that Strawberries are not really considered as berries? It’s because the red yummy part of the strawberry is called a Receptacle. Botanically speaking, Receptacle is the thick part of a stem from which flower’s organs grow, but in the strawberries the Receptacle gives the rise to the red edible part. The seeds of the Strawberry are called Achenes. Achenes are a type of a simple dry fruit. In other words, Strawberries are considered as an Aggregate Accessory Fruit. Continue reading

Watermelon Nutrients and Health Benefits

Red Watermelon with Seeds.Here is some good-to-know information that I found out about the Watermelons. Watermelons are from the Cucurbitaceae family and there are more than 1200 of varieties of them. Watermelons can weigh anywhere from less than a pound and up to more than two hundred pounds. They are also can be in red, yellow, orange, and white colors when in ripened stage. Some of the Watermelon’s varieties are Carolina Cross, Yellow Crimson Watermelon, Orangeglo, Moon and Stars, Cream of Saskatchewan, Melitopolski, Densuke Watermelon, and so on.

Green WatermelonWhen you pick a Watermelon in the store, at the farm, or at some kind of a market, make sure that you choose a fully ripened Watermelon. A good amount of research has been done and it was conducted that fully ripened fruits that are close to being spoiled are much higher in antioxidants then the early picked fruits. When choosing which one to take home with you, try choosing the one with a deeper color and if you choose the whole and uncut Watermelons, then there has to be a yellow spot on one of the sides, that is the side it was laying on, if there is no yellow spot then the watermelon was picked to early. Also, the less of white lines on top of the green deep color the better. Not only do the Watermelons taste good but they also are pretty healthy. The Nutrients in about One Raw Watermelon Wedge (about 1/16 of whole melon = 286 grams) are: Continue reading

Red Yellow Green Peppers Nutrients and Health Benefits

Sweet Bell PeppersHave you seen the Red, Yellow, and Green Bell Peppers in your local grocery stores? Have you ever bought them or used them for your meals? Well, I used them and sometimes still do for my soups, salads, or whatever I can use them in. I really like the taste of the red sweet bell pepper, then I’d say the yellow one is next in line of taste for me, and then the green one. What is kind of annoying to me is that the red ones are the most expensive ones in stores. For salads I would recommend fresh peppers, but for the soups or cooked meals I usually use the frozen ones that are already chopped into strips and the package I buy at Wal-Mart has all three colors in it.

These Bell Peppers are from species called Capsicum Annuum and are called sometimes as Sweet Peppers. Usually these peppers are Red, Yellow, or Green, but from time to time people can get or find an orange pepper or even a purple one. Bell Peppers taste kind of sweet and kind of bitter, the red ones seem to me a little sweeter than others. People from around the world cook these peppers in many different ways, some eat them fresh and alone without anything else, some enjoy them in fresh salads, some put them in stir fry dishes or soups, and some stuff them with ground meat and cook them that way to enjoy it later. Continue reading

Just a Yummy Pizza Recipe

Pizza is something like a baked open-faced pie that consists of a thin layer of dough topped with your favorite sauce, vegetables, and cheese. Hmmm, that makes me hungry and it makes my mouth water. Store bought pizzas are not too bad, but home baked pizza is awesome, or home baked healthy and organic pizza is even better. There are lots and lots of Pizza recipes on the internet, because people have different tastes, ovens, and ingredients. Well I found a Pizza recipe that I like, and mix matched with some other ingredients, and then test cooked some, and now I was able to come up with this unique and delicious Pizza recipe (with God’s help and blessings). You can try following my Recipe with my Ingredients, or you can change the kind of flour that you want to use, like you could use two cups of whole wheat flour and one and a half cups of all-purpose flour, but whatever flour you will mix in, make sure that you equal to three and a half cups total of flour. You can also replace the honey with other honey or sugars. The salt can be changed to sea salt or iodized sea salt or some other salt. Also, you can replace the olive oil with any of your favorite oils. Also, this recipe is for hand work and not some bread machine work. Ok, lets get started.
Pizza Dough Ingredients: Continue reading

Red Meat Chili Recipe

bean chilliRed Meat Chili
– This one is from NOURISHING TRADITION cookbook page 433 (we changed, added, and reworded some stuff)

Serves 8-12

– 3 pounds coarsely ground beef or lamb (we used ground turkey)
– 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or lard
– 1/4 cup red wine (didn’t have any, didn’t use any)
– 2 cups beef stock (we used chicken stock)
– 2 onions, finely chopped
– 2-4 small green chilies, hot or mild, seeded and chopped (Didn’t know what these were, so we bought 2 Jalapeno pepper, only used 1)
– 2 cans tomatoes, briefly chopped in food processor
– 3 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed
– 1 tablespoon ground cumin
– 2 tablespoons dried oregano
– 2 tablespoons dried basil
– 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red Chile flakes (store didn’t carry, so we used Chile powder)
– 4 cups basic black or kidney beans, cooked

Optional for garnish:
Tortilla chips
Chopped green onions
Avocado slices
Chopped cilantro

Here’s a little hint: We are new to beans, so we were wondering if they would double in size like rice or not. We had to find out the hard way and yes, they did double their size!

Here is our outcome: 2cups dried = 4 cups soaked. We didn’t notice them get too much bigger in size after cooking. It looks like they really get big while you soak them.

To prepare beans:

Take 2 cups dried beans and cover them with 6-8 cups water. Let stand 12-24 hours in room temperature. (mine stood 12 hours)

When the time is up, drain the beans, rinse them, and drain again.

Put into a big pot. Cover with plenty of water. Bring to a boil, skim off all the foam on top. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 4-8 hours. (We simmered for 4 hours).

To actually make Chile:

Brown meat until crumbly in a little olive oil or lard in heavy pot. Add remaining ingredients except garnishes and simmer about 1 hour. Serve with garnishes.

This turned out absolutely delicious! We all loved it, including the kids. Organic blue tortilla chips added quite the crunch to the dish. Enjoy!

Red Beans Nutrients and Benefits

red beansRed Beans are also healthy and are kind of different from black beans. There are usually two kind of red beans, small and big. Red Beans are pretty healthy Legumes because of these nutrients:
– Vitamin C
– Vitamin K
– Vitamin B1, thiamin
– Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
– Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
– Lots of folate
– Pantothenic Acid
– Calcium
– Iron
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Zinc
– Copper
– Lots of Manganese
– Selenium
– Water
– Omega 3 Fatty Acids
– Omega 6 Fatty Acids
– Lots of Dietary Fiber
– Carbohydrates
– Protein

The Red Bean Legumes have very important benefits too that are great for our bodies:
– strengthens teeth
– strengthens bones
– provides healthy energy
– promotes bone health
– promotes bone development
– prevents tiredness
– promotes heart health
– promotes weight loss
– prevents cancers
– provides good antioxidant protection
– prevents stroke

Peaches Nutrients and Benefits

peachesPeaches are very awesome, hairy looking, sweet and juicy fruits. Sometimes peaches can be yellow, white and red. As far as I know the dark red or deep red peaches are the sweetest and juiciest. Here is a good healthy list of ingredients for a single peach:
– Vitamin A
– Vitamin C
– Vitamin B1, thiamin
– Vitamin B2, riboflavin
– Vitamin B3, Niacin
– Calcium
– Iron
– Vitamin E
– Vitamin K
– Folate, folic acid
– Magnesium
– Panthothenic acid
– Protein
– natural sugar
– Phosphorus
– Potassium

Also, here is the benefits of peaches:
– Supports detoxifying
– Supports weight loss
– Supports healthy digestion
– Helps with liver infections
– Helps with Lung debility
– Helps with cancer ulcers
– Helps with rheumatic pain
– Helps with arterial hypertension
– Helps with anaemia
– lowers high blood pressure
– Helps with dry cough
– Helps with Nephritis
– Helps with Gastritis
– Prevents from Constipation
– Helps with Bronchitis
– Helps with Bladder stones
– Helps with Kidney stones
– Helps with Asthma
– Helps with Acidosis

Bell Peppers Nutrients and Benefits

bell peppersIn this writing we’ll introduce you to red, yellow, orange, green, purple, brown and even black bell peppers. I don’t know if you can taste the difference between their colors, but many people do, my favorite bell pepper is the red one. You can use bell peppers for very nice flavorful salads, soups and pretty much almost any dish could use them, the problem usually comes to, the money to get them. Anyway, here is the important list of nutrients in raw one cup of bell peppers:
– Lots of Vitamin A
– Vitamin B1, thiamin
– Vitamin E
– Lots of Vitamin C
– Vitamin K
– Vitamin B6, pyridoxine
– Dietary Fiber
– Molybdenum
– Manganese
– Folate
– Potassium
– Tryptophan
– Copper
– Carbohydrates
– Water
– Calcium
– Chloride
– Phosphorus

These beautiful and colorful bell peppers are beautiful and colorful in benefits too:
– Protects Against Free Radicals
– Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
– Lowers Cholesterol Levels
– Lowers Risk of Heart Attack
– Lowers Risk of stroke
– Promotes good heart health
– Lowers Risk of Prostate Cancer
– Lowers Risk of Cervix Cancer
– Lowers Risk of Bladder Cancer
– Lowers Risk of Pancreas Cancer
– Promotes Optimal Health
– Promotes Lung Health
– Lowers Risk of Lung Cancer
– Promotes Eyesight
– Protects against Rheumatoid Arthritis

Beets Nutrients and Benefits

beetsDid you know that Beets are not as expensive as you thought, just look at their prices next time you’re in the store and by them to see if it’s worth it for you. Before you’ll start saying anything negative about beets here are the vitamins and nutrients that you’ll find in the red beautiful and juicy beets:

  • Phosphorus
  • Sodium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Fiber
  • A Vitamin
  • C Vitamin
  • Niacin
  • Biotin
  • Folic acid

Also, here is what the beets are good for:

  • Beets help protect against heart disease
  • Beets help protect from birth defects
  • Beets help prevent certain cancers, especially colon cancer
  • Beets help the liver to detoxify and heal it too
  • Beets lower homocysteine
  • Beets improve the production of stomach acids
  • Beets help your body get rid of toxins, heavy metals and excess hormones

Beets are also low in calories and fat, and they are naturally delicious, just search the internet or your own cooking book for the great recipes that include beets.