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Here’s another installment of the ABCs of Fruits and Veggies. This week I’m focusing on apples and asparagus, two of my favorites!
Apples are high in antioxidants and Vitamin C and are a good source of fiber. After reading below how this delightful fruit helps the body, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” might be pretty darn true!
Asparagus is packed full of good stuff, such as Vitamins A, C, E, K and B6; chromium; copper; fiber; folic acid; glutathione; iron; manganese; magnesium; niacin; phosphorus; potassium; protein; riboflavin; rutin; selenium; thiamin; and zinc. It’s also very high in folate, which is important for pregnant women. Additionally, some autopsies have shown very low folate levels in those who have died from Alzheimer’s.
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I subscribe to a lot of health related blogs, and I also do a lot of surfing around the ‘net. I thought I’d share with you some yummy looking recipes that are actually healthy for you – or at least healthier than what the average person eats nowadays. (Some are gluten free and/or paleo recipes).
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Anyhooooooo, I’m not here to be dogmatic and Ms. Perfect about eating. I’m more of the 80/20 rule, which is akin to doing 80% healthy and the other 20% – just wing it! Quite frankly, though, as I eat healthier, I do find myself not caring for the junk food like I used to, but it’s nice to know that I’m not going to beat myself up if I snarf down some potato chips or pretzel M & Ms.
So without further delay, I’m going through the alphabet of fruits and veggies to learn more about them, as well as linking to various recipes. I’ll probably bounce back and forth throughout the alphabet as I remember certain produce, but that’s okay. Like I said, I’m not going to be dogmatic and all perfect schmerfect. This post is all about artichokes and apricots – the health benefits and some recipes.
Quite frankly, the thought of eating an artichoke makes me choke, but after reading up on how healthy they can be, I just might wince, close my eyes, shudder, and eat a bite of one. I just can’t stomach the way they look – like something from a sci-fi movie, and it’s a diabolical plant that kills – lol! But hey, I actually got down some avocados and really like them (if they’re overpowered by other flavors like my Mocha Avocado Smoothie, so I just may get up the gumption to buy an artiCHOKE and actually consume it.
- aid digestion (possibly helping with irritable bowel syndrome)
- helps the gall bladder and liver. This is because it promotes bile flow, which helps these organs digest the fats, as well as removing toxins.
- reduces cholesterol levels
- has high antioxidant capacity (flower heads)
- has low glycemic food, which helps with diabetes
- contain Vitamins C and K, B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and folate) biotin, magnesium, potassium, manganese, chromium
Eating the whole artichoke gives you a lot of vitamins, minerals, and fiber (7 to 10 grams). Where possible, it’s better to purchase raw, rather than out of a can, since when food is processed, salt and who knows what else is added, which certainly diminishes the healthfulness of the artichokes. Steaming or braising is the better way to prepare them.
A quote I found interesting about artichokes: “The high concentration of cynarin in artichokes not only affects cholesterol, but also can contribute to aiding in digestive health. Cynarin is known to stimulate the production of bile, which enables us to digest fats and absorb vitamins from our food, making artichokes an excellent way to start any meal.” ~ Lef.org
Ah, now apricots…oh, how I love thee…not like those weird looking things I mentioned above.
Apricots get their pretty color from carotenoids, which are antioxidants that not only help against preventing cancer, but also aid in preventing heart disease and reducing cholesterol. Studies have shown that apricots contain some of the highest amounts of these carotenoids – and a wide variety of them to boot. Laetrile, an alternative treatment for cancer, comes from apricot seeds, which have been used against tumors for over 1,000 years.
- helps detoxify the body
- aids constipation
- may help with macular degeneration, mental fatigue, anemia, and asthma
- good for eyes, lungs, immune system and colon
- contains beta-carotene, fiber, iron, Vitamins A, C, B 5, B3 and B 2, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and potassium
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Recently, I’ve been coming across several recipes where avocados are used. The first recipe I saw was Avocado Ice Cream, and I almost yelled at the computer screen about how INSANE that was! Who was this person who was so obviously a nutter – lol! Then I saw more and more recipes, and I started to read them. People swore that you wouldn’t taste the avocado, and I’m thinking…”Yeah, right. Like all those granola hippie types who say their special gf, vegan, sugar free, good for you cookie reallllly tastes good.” (And you gag on it cuz it tastes like cardboard. No, wait – WORSE than cardboard).
since I’ve been wanting to eat healthier, I decided to give it a try. Chocolate and coffee are two of my favorite flavors, so I love anything (so far that I’ve tasted) with a mocha to it. Hm, thought I, maybe I’ll try the avocado in a mocha smoothie. If it’s too bad, I can always add more chocolate and coffee, right? So I took the plunge…and oh my!
Oh me oh my! I’m seriously addicted to these, and I get cranky when I can’t have one everyday. Which brings me to avocados. Oh why oh why do they take so long to ripen? Even waiting a day makes me antsy cuz I WANT MY MOCHA AVOCADO SMOOTHIE!
The recipe is simple, and you can definitely tweak it to your tastes. If you haven’t tried avocado in a sweet recipe before, you will be AMAZED at how thick and creamy it makes your treat!
Mocha Avocado Smoothie / Shake Recipe
1 medium avocado, or 2 small
1 cup milk of your choice (raw milk, milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc)
1 cup coffee
honey or other natural sweetener (yes, you can cheat and use sugar, but honey works just as well, and it’s so much healthier for you!)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
Blend them all together in a blender and put in a glass jar (or other container) and let sit for at least a couple hours. Yes, it’s tempting to want to drink it right away, and if you like avocados, you’ll probably enjoy it. If I do that, I get a little icky squicky cuz I still taste the avocado. After the strong flavors of coffee and chocolate meld together for a couple hours in the frig, they overpower the avocado, and I’m loving it! In fact, I think it tastes even better the next day when the mocha flavor is even stronger. Aaaannnndddd….the shake gets thicker and creamier the next day, too! Plus, when I get a craving for something sweet and chocolatey, I just open my frig and take a gulp (okay, several) from my jar. Yummmmmmmmmmmm!
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