TAG: Antioxidant

Healthier Cereal – Surprisingly Homemade

Healthier Cereal – Surprisingly Homemade

Store bought cereal can contain things you may not want in your diet. Lots of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other culprits may make you reach for a healthier option at the grocery store, but becoming sticker shocked at the price of a box of cereal can be reason to learn to make your own. It can save money, but also can increase the health benefits. Making your own cereal may sound daunting if you don’t like to be in the kitchen, but actually the following recipes are doable, and the ingredients can be adjusted to suit any cereal… read more

Try These Recipes For Hectic Weekday Breakfasts

Try These Recipes For Hectic Weekday Breakfasts

If busy weekday mornings have everyone rushing around and skimping on healthy breakfasts, the following recipes are easy to make and use on hand ingredients. Perfect for making ahead and storing, these will get you through hurried and active starts to the day. Muesli is a great alternative to cereal and can be made to include favorite ingredients. It can also be made gluten-free. This recipe is a rendition of a 20th century original from Switzerland. It incorporates hearty whole oats, wheat germ, wheat bran and flaxseeds for a nutritional boost. Additions like kiwis, orange juice, raisins, yogurt, pecans, almonds… read more

Grow And Eat Swiss Chard For Good Health

Grow And Eat Swiss Chard For Good Health

Swiss chard is a nutrient rich vegetable, containing high levels of essential minerals and vitamins like K, A and C and is a great source of phytonutrients. It has been specified as being one of the most healthful vegetables, coming in second to spinach. This leafy produce may get overlooked amidst other greens, but giving it a try will brighten up foods and give your diet a nutritional boost. The leaves, which have a sweeter flavor, are great for adding vibrant color to salads, pastas and other dishes. The stems can also be eaten and contain glutamine. This can aid… read more

Homemade Peppermint Stick Recipes

Homemade Peppermint Stick Recipes

Peppermint candy sticks have been around for centuries, though there is some uncertainty as to where they originated from. Many accounts point back to Germany, around the 16th and 17th century. The ones found on the shelves today are a bit different than the ones from 100’s of years ago, as the originals were likely to contain real peppermint oils and current varieties often have synthetic peppermint flavoring. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been used since ancient times as a medicinal herb for ailments like stomach upset, to aid digestion and calm sore throats. Making your own peppermint stick candy or dressing up store… read more

Natural Beauty With Beets

Natural Beauty With Beets

Beets are high in vitamins and minerals and are antioxidant rich, versatile root vegetables. In addition to their health benefits and culinary value, beets are also a natural colorant. The rich hues provided by beets can be used for other purposes outside of the kitchen, including for making organic makeup tints. Simple and effective, try some of these suggestions and you may be searching for a local steady supply of them to keep around. Try this  rose tinted cheek stain that you can make with only 2 ingredients. Combine simmered, strained beets with pure vegetable glycerine that is intended for… read more

Go Ahead, Get Your (Healthier) Popsicle On

Go Ahead, Get Your (Healthier) Popsicle On

Not a fan of high-fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients? Then you probably know it can sometimes be a challenge to find frozen treats that aren’t full of them. For homemade popsicles with ultimate ingredient control, indulge your need for gourmet frozen novelties with these unique and nutritious spins on an old favorite. Let antioxidant packed fresh summer fruits have some fun. Making homemade popsicles can be as simple as pureeing some fresh finds and freezing them, like this watermelon and whole fruit pop. Martha Stewart has several good for you versions of popsicle recipes. Simple yet delicious, the fruit salad ice… read more

3 Strange Dark Chocolate Combinations

3 Strange Dark Chocolate Combinations

Dark chocolate is renowned for its health factors, providing chocolate lovers with a sense of sweet contentment. Though favorite recipes may include desserts or dipped fruits, the following are some dark chocolate pairings that may not make the popular list, but they sure spark some culinary curiosity. Believe it or not, chocolate and avocado are a pair appearing in several recipes. One to check out is from two peas & their pod. Their vegan chocolate avocado cookies may sound odd but they look delicious. Avocados are rich in natural good fats and have many healthy properties. When paired with antioxidant rich dark chocolate it… read more

Natural Popcorn

Natural popcorn

Popcorn is loved around the world. Traces of corn, as old as 80,000 years, have been found in Mexico City from fossilized pollen. Popcorn ears have also been found in New Mexico that are around 5,600 years past their expiration date, and 1,000 year old popcorn kernels have been uncovered in Peru as well as Southwest Utah. No wonder it has stayed around, as it is a portable, healthy treat. Popcorn is high in fiber. The hulls are also loaded with antioxidant rich polyphenols, which aid in warding off coronary artery disease and keeps blood sugar at optimal levels. Popcorn… read more