Broccoli 3 Ways: Salad, Soup and Roast
Broccoli is often the source of children's nightmares and who can blame them? How many of us grew up with poor old broccoli, boiled to greying, slopped as a watery mass on a plate?
It's considered a superfood and touted to help with ailments ranging from high blood pressure and diabetes to heart disease and even cancer. It contains nutrients such as folate, soluble and insoluble fibre, vitamins C and A, and calcium, which are needed for numerous functions in the body.
Spinach for Breakfast?
Three unusual but tasty ways to integrate spinach into your morning meal. Why would you want to up your spinach intake? Dark leafy greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals. Spinach has also been linked to improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering the risk of cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, lowering the risk of developing asthma and more.
Spinach is great if you have an iron deficiency and, as Popeye showed us, makes us big and strong sailors ;)
The Cholesterol Myth
Decades ago, no one was stressing about their cholesterol count, comparing their numbers at the water cooler, taking constant prescription meds to ward off it off and yet, the levels of heart disease and stroke were significantly lower.
Why? Perhaps cholesterol isn't the prolific serial killer its been made out to be. Most people that claim "cholesterol" issues don't fully understand really what cholesterol does in our systems.
Let's be clear, cholesterol is VITAL to your body. It helps to produce cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help digestion (to name a few). You really don't want to be stripping and lowering levels of this substance so critical to your good health.
Almond milk is super expensive but you can make it yourself really easily and use the leftover pulp to make almond flour, almond "cheese" or almond hummus. In the recipes where they mention straining the mixture - muslin or cheesecloth is ideal.
Fats don't make you fat - Carbs do
Yes, we may be harping on a little here but after 30 years of misinformation, we need to keep beating this drum - fat is not the enemy. (Saturated fat, that is. Trans fats really, really are an enemy!)
We owe fat's poor reputation to a single scientist, a fellow called Ancel Keys, who put forward the lipid hypothesis i.e saturated fat causes higher cholesterol which causes clogged arteries and heart disease. We've all heard this theory, right? And most of us have lived our lives very strictly to avoid that chain of events. Yet nations are getting fatter and obesity and related diseases are far more prevalent. How?