Dragon Fruit

dragon 2Dragon fruit is native to Central America but is also grown and exported from several Southeast Asian countries, like Thailand. Taken from several cactus species, its luscious stem provides a uniquely delicious fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet, like a blend of kiwi and apple with crunchy texture. If you’ve never seen it before, it of course may seem a little strange.

I first came across this exotic fruit while watching the television show Chopped on the Food Network. While walking through Whole Foods Market, I saw it and of course had to try it. The one thing I like to do before eating anything lately, is checking out the benefits. Why should I be putting this in my body? How will it benefit me? I find doing that makes me turn to fewer junkie, unbeneficial foods. If I can’t find any benefits than I have no business consuming it.

Based on my research, the benefits of Dragon Fruit also known, as pitaya are endless. A bite of this wildly nutritious tropical superfood can deliver a wealth of benefits for the human body. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids, and several B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism, as well as carotene and protein. Calcium is present for strong bones and teeth, iron and phosphorus for healthy blood and tissue formation. Dragon fruits have zero complex carbohydrates, so foods can be more easily broken down in the body, helped by vitamin B1. The seeds of dragon fruits are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders. Eating dragon fruit can help the body maintain such normal function as getting rid of  toxic heavy metals. Be sure to scoop out the flesh, or quarter it and peel back the leathery skin eating only the white part with seeds and removing any and all residual pink parts, which are bitter. Also, you must only eat dragon fruit in moderation because it is high in fructose, which may be harmful to your health in excessive amounts. Too much of anything good, is bad!

Reasons you should add this exotic fruit into your life
  • Treats Acne
  • Improves Vision
  • Promotes Skin Health
  • Provides Essential Moisture To Dry Skin
  • Promotes Healthy Hair
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Helps With Stomach Ailments
  • Lowers Blood Sugar
  • Improves Cardiovascular Health
  • Cuts Low Hemoglobin Risk
  • Helps In Weight Management
  • Prevents Cancer
  • Prevents Congenital Glaucoma
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Helps Suppress Arthritis Pain
  • Is Good During Pregnancy
  • Prevents Renal Bone Disease
  • Stronger Teeth And Bones
  • Repairs Body Cells
  • Improves Appetite
  • Boosts Brain Function
  • Cures Respiratory Disorder
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Beets and Squash Avocado Alfredo

Based on the many horrible foods that we probably shouldn’t be consuming, I have madeFullSizeRender_8 an effort to introduce healthier substitutes for the foods that I do love. One being PASTA! So walking through Wholefoods, I came across beet noodles and squash noodles. I couldn’t make up my mind on which I wanted, so I purchased both. I decided that pasta made from beets and squash would prevent me from eating a bowl full of carbs and would have a positive impact on my health and whoever else would be consuming it. Not to mention, the taste is actually pleasant. Healthy food doesn’t have to be tasteless and boring! Some benefits that I discovered during my exploration for dinner purposes was:

Beets  are high in vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects which benefit the women who plan on becoming mothers one day.

Squash helps improve the quality of your sight, skin , strengthens  the immune system, prevents cancer, manages symptoms of diabetes, builds strong bones, protects heart health, prevents inflammatory conditions, treats arthritis, eliminate ulcers, eliminates parasites and infections, increase prostate health, also protects against birth defects, boosts respiratory health, and reduces blood pressure. With all those benefits, why wouldn’t anyone want to consume a bowl of this stuff.

Ingredients

2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 green onion shoots, diced small

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 packaged of beet noodles

1 package of squash noodles

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

1 avocado

1/2 cup of cream or milk

Directions

Step 1: Start off my cutting up your avocado and placing it into the blender with a pinch ofFullSizeRender_9  salt and pepper. You then would add your cream or milk and blend them together. Depending on if you like a thicker consistency or not, add less or more milk or cream. In 30 seconds, your Avocado Alfredo sauce is ready to use for later.

Step 2: In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and cook until softened. This will take approximately 5-7 minutes. Add squash noodles and beet noodles to your skillet. Toss to combine everything together. Cook until warmed through. You don’t want to let the noodles cook too long so they don’t get soggy.

Step 3: Stir in the parsley and the Avocado Alfredo sauce you made in step 1. After about 2 minutes, turn the heat off and start plating. Once you are done plating your portion that you will eat and serve, sprinkle some Parmesan on top with any additional extra garnished you would like and give it a taste.

I accompanied my colorful plate of noodles with some baked chicken. This dish would be great with any meat of your choice. I would even suggest salmon filletAND feel free to add any other spices of your preference to satisfy your palette. 

Enjoy!

White Teeth


pre-white-teethMany of you might have seen the new trendy way to whiten your teeth. I was a fan of this method simply because it was “natural”. Who doesn’t like natural? I’m of course talking about that messy paste that is pitch black that you see everyone brushing their teeth with… It’s called activated charcoal! It may sound crazy, but adding the use of activated charcoal as part of your dental hygiene regiment is extremely effective if you are looking for a brighter smile and a cleaner less toxic mouth in general. You can find this gem in capsule or powder form. No worries, it’s tasteless and odorless.

toothbrush

When I first used activated charcoal back in June 2016, it kind of freaked me out. Especially since it looked poisonous to me. No worries, activated charcoal does not just whiten your teeth but it also removes the toxins in your body. When you brush with charcoal, it absorbs toxins that are on your teeth’s surface. Your body will not soak up charcoal if ever you ingest some of it because it will actually go to the GI system. Phew! Glad to know that you and I won’t die over this.

I would definitely recommend this product. You don’t have to order the specific brand, you can pick up activated charcoal capsules from your local pharmacy (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) and break them open to release the powder that you will need to brush your teeth.

  1. dip toothbrush into the activated carbon powder
  2. Brush teeth for 6-10 minutes
  3. Rinse out mouth until black tint is gone
  4. Brush teeth with regular mint toothpaste 
  5. Top it off with some mouth wash!

There is no wrong or right way on how you choose to use this. After using it for almost a year, I just developed the routine on how it works best for me. Would you try this product?

My Before & After

before-and-after

 

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Tea

I have never been the one to eat or drink something solely based on its health benefits. Half the time, I assume it’s just bad for me since nowadays, everything we ingest as humans, seems to have cancer as a side effect. So I have decided to make a conscientious effort to find out the beneficial components to what I put inside my body. For the last week or so, I have consumed a lot of tea. Not because I love tea, but because I was under the weather with the common cold, sinus infection, and ear ache. You’re right! I was a train wreck.

I drowned my body in black tea, ginger tea and lemon tea. So what are the benefits of all these teas? Should I be drinking more of one kind than another? Well here is what I found out!

BLACK TEA

Cholesterol Reduction – moderate consumption of black tea has research that concludes it reduces LDL cholesterol by significant amounts and may, therefore, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. LDL is bad cholesterol and HDL is good cholesterol.

bigstock_pouring_fresh_tea__1745053Blood Sugar Control – A British study found that a 1.0g of black tea reduced the late phase plasma glucose response in healthy humans with a corresponding increase in insulin

Ovarian Cancer Reduction – A study revealed individuals consuming two or more cups of black tea daily, experienced a 30% decline in Ovarian cancer risk.

Parkinson Disease and Black Tea – In the Singapore Chinese Health Study, they found that drinking black tea reduced the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. 

Kidney Disease – The US library of medicines database says that Women who drink black tea seem to have an 8% lower risk of developing kidney stones.

GINGER TEA

Cancer Fighter– According to researchers, ginger’s anti-cancer properties are a result of the compound 6-gingerol, which is found in large amounts in raw ginger. 6-gingerol has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activities.

Boosts Nutrient Absorption- People only absorb 10-90 percent of the vitamins and minerals in their food. Ginger has been known to boost nutrient absorption to improve your health and help increase weight loss.

Reduces Arthritic Inflammation- Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. For that reason, it can help relieve inflammation-based conditions like arthritis; reducing the pain factor. 

Improves Circulation- Ginger can help thin blood, improving overall circulation. Not to mention, that it can help warm you up on a cold day.

Opens Up Inflamed Airways- If you have asthma like me, ginger has been shown to open up airways by reducing inflammation. It can also relieve pain associated with asthma. Ginger may not solve mine or your asthma condition on its own, but research shows it can definitely be used as part of a comprehensive approach.

LEMON TEA

Boosts Your Immune System- The easiest and cheapest way to boost your immune system is to drink fresh lemon tea in the morning. Providing your body with the proper nutrition in the morning will prepare it for the rest of the day and enhance its ability to fight infection.

Reduce Digestive Issues- Lemons will aid your digestion since they have a similar composition to the body’s natural digestive juices and also to the saliva. Lemons produce acids that make it easier for your body to flush out toxins enabling your body to do an overall cleanse. 

Promotes Healing- Being packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, lemon tea will help your body heal whenever disease tries to take over your body. At the same time will also boost your endorphin levels and reduce the stress and anxiety.tea-cup

Promotes Weight Loss- Losing weight will come easily after you balance the pH levels of your body and keep it hydrated. drinking lemon will boost your metabolism, flushing out all the toxins and making it easier for you to lose weight

Freshens Your Breath- Drinking a  cup of lemon tea daily will keep your breath fresh and remove any unpleasant odors. It’s really effective if you include in your morning. Warm lemon tea in the morning will inhibit the bacteria in your mouth and will keep it clean. 

So basically, I was drowning my body with nutrients that helped me fight my cold, while getting other great benefits at the same time. I will  be sure to interchangeably indulge in a cup of tea more often; not only when I am under the weather, but as a lifestyle routine. It can only enhance me. What about you? I’d like to know what are other tea’s that you like to indulge in? Do you know their benefits?