Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nutrition Facts of Celery

There is a proverb "eat more celery then run more cheerfully". And it is right! Celery is the inexhaustible source of good spirit and health all the year round.

This plant is rich in vitamin PP, K, C, groups B and E. Also there are salts of potassium, sodium, iron, magnesium, zinc and manganese. There are many essential oils in celery.

Celery should be thankful to combination of sedanic acid for its bright taste and smell.

Celery is a low-calorie plant, so it is the great dietary product ideal for people who want to lose weight but not to limit the food. It is very important that celery has selenium, which is needed for synthesis of thyroid gland’s hormones, containing iodine.

When you buy celery, choose middle thick roots. Too big ones are often too fibrous and tough.

Prepare various soups, salads and garnish from celery.

Here you can find great recipes of tasty dishes from celery. They are a salad, a soup and a garnish. If you want to keep the healthy lifestyle or to lose weight, you are welcome to use these recipes.

Salad from celery with walnut.
You will need: 1 glass of grated celery root, 3 apples, ¼ glass of ground walnuts, a handful of raisins, canned fruits (for example 2 peaches or 5 plums), bio-yoghurt. 

Slice apples with cubes and mix with grated celery root. Add walnut, raisin and canned fruits. Mix everything carefully together with yoghurt.

Soup-puree with celery.
You will need: celery root, 2 potatoes, 3 carrots, 1 liter of water, 1 onion, a bay leaf, salt and pepper, sour cream.

Clean celery root, potatoes, and carrots. Cut them with slices. Boil vegetables in the water till preparation. Then grind vegetables in the blender. Put vegetable puree in the bouillon, add bay leaf, onion cut with rings, salt and pepper by taste. Boil everything for 7-10 minutes. Serve soup-puree with sour cream.

Stewed celery with carrot.
You will need: celery root, 2 carrots, salt and spices by taste, vegetable oil and greens.

Slice carrot and celery root with rings and fry with spices and salt. Then stew under the cover till preparation. Serve with greens, cut finely.

Monday, January 16, 2017

What to Eat in Winter?

It is clear that exactly in winter our body needs support. There is a large selection of food products that help us survive in the cold, strengthen the immune system and maintain a good mood. Below is the rating of healthy winter food products:

Leaf lettuce. It is rich in vitamins A and C, and, besides, contains calcium, which is very much needed to strengthen our bones, to maintain a balance of minerals, and to stimulate metabolism. Lettuce also contains beta-carotene, which helps to strengthen eyesight.

Beets. It is considered a dietary product, so do not be afraid to gain weight of it. It contains substances that help for prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It is also believed that beet increases endurance of the body while training.

Cabbage. Various types of cabbage. Each variety possesses some or other healthy properties. The main advantage of cabbage is that it is credited with the ability to kill and block the development of cancer cells. It is also believed that cabbage can stimulate the work of liver, making it capable of destroying pesticides and carcinogens.

Cranberries. This is another winter visitor. It is good both in sugar and by itself. We can make wonderful fruit drinks and cakes with it. It contains many minerals, and beneficial for the body lutein.

Pumpkin. For a long time pumpkin has been known and famous for its healthy properties. This product is dietary enough, and can be used in a variety of dishes, beginning with salads and ending with desserts.

Mango. Mango is rich in iron, so it is good to use for people suffering from anemia, and for pregnant women. It is considered that eating it regularly we can help the body to suppress appearance and growth of cancer cells. Among the healthy features of mango there also are: improving digestion, low carbohydrate content, high content of vitamins A and E.

Carrot. It is necessary to eat raw carrots, seasoned with butter or sour cream, regularly, because the nutrients contained in it, have a positive effect on skin, hair, and nails, improves eyesight and digestion, reduce the level of cholesterol and blood sugar, and regulate blood pressure.

Citrus fruits. Lemons, tangerines, oranges, pomelo, and grapefruit are rich in vitamins, fiber, and flavonoids. They increase the body's resistance to colds, increase vitality, and help the prevention of cancer.

Kiwi. It has been proven long ago that this fruit contains several times more vitamin C than citrus fruits. It can be eaten as a separate dish and also added to salads.

Garlic and onion. This couple does not need to be introduced.

Pomegranate. One pomegranate contains approximately 40% of the daily norm of vitamin C. Vitamins A and E, folic acid and much fiber also can be found in it.

Note that all winter fruits are very bright. And it is not by accident, as in autumn and in winter there are so few colors around us, it gets dark early and it dawns late, from here the blues come. Surrounding yourself with colors, you increase your vitality.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tea Cleansing Diet Options

Cleansing a body or individual organs of toxins is becoming a good habit for many connoisseurs of a healthy lifestyle. According to them, the simple and very affordable prescription suggested to everyone will help cleanse the body almost at a cellular level.

We need to take 5 tablespoons of pine needles, 1 tablespoon of rose hips, and 1 tablespoon of onion peels. Pour 1 liter of water into the mixture, and boil for 5 minutes. Then wrap the broth into something warm and leave overnight. In the morning strain the mixture out and add some water to eventually get 1 liter of a drink. Drink a glass of it 3 times a day, slowly, by small sips.

The second way to cleanse the body of toxins is to use the so-called herbal tea diet. If you feel that you have developed more tired and lost the ability to relax, try to take such a diet for at least a few days. It will also be good for those who want to lose weight.

Morning tea: in 10g of sage, calendula, lavender, horsetail, blackberry and St. John's wort, in 25g of yarrow and thyme.

Afternoon tea: 10g of calendula, in 15g of horsetail, yarrow, and St. John's wort, 25g of thyme, 45g of linden blossom.

To brew the tea put in a cup of boiling water 1 tablespoon of the mixture and press for 10 minutes. Drink per a cup with no sugar. Besides the fact that such extracts wash away toxins very well, the morning tea is an excellent toner, and the evening tea, on the contrary, promotes relaxation and recreation.

If you feel that it would not hurt to clean the vessels, you need to prepare the infusion of 2 tablespoons of minced valerian root, 1 cup of fennel seeds, and 2 cups of natural honey. To do this, place the mixture in a two-liter flask, pour boiling water to the neck, and infuse it for 24 hours. Take per 1 tablespoon of the infusion 30 minutes before a meal 3 times a day.

To clean your joints and spine of salts, ordinary bay leaves will be helpful. Water 5g of bay leaves with 300 ml of water, boil for 5 minutes, and then push in a thermos for 3-4 hours. After that, filter the liquid, and drink in small sips within 12 hours. The infusion should be taken for 3 days in a row. A week later, you can repeat the detox. During these days it is recommended to stick to a vegetarian diet. In the first year this course is to be taken once a quarter, and thereafter once a year.

Tea + minimum of food = full nutrition even under extreme loads. This is possible through a unique combination of a large number of proteins, vitamins and minerals in tea. A cup of green tea contains 0 calories, but even in case of a forced long-term (up to 5-8 days) tea diet the feeling of hunger does not appear, working capacity remains normal, and weight loss slows down.

Speaking of a tea diet, for prevention of any disease doctors recommend fasting "tea days" (1-2 times a month). During 24 hours it is necessary to drink a cup of warm loosely green tea (nice and white teas and oolong) without anything every 3-4 hours. In such 'tea fasting days' it is recommended to move more (in order to sweat), but do not overwork. Toxins get out greatly!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

10 Principles of Ayurveda Nutrition. Part 3.

8. Trust your intuition.
Though ayurvedic texts contain the detailed lists of products corresponding to any properties and tastes, remember, this knowledge is present in you initially. If you are in balance, if you live in harmony with nature, you will want just the kind of food, your body needs most of all at the moment. If you are attracted to food, because of which you feel physical or emotional discomfort, it means that the balance is disturbed. The easiest way to get it back is to begin using all six tastes again. And once you will notice that you like useful food no less, and thus the balance is restored. When there is a doubt in the choice, just remember what food you prefer when you are fine.

9. Have a meal in a good spirit.
Calm and steady meal guarantees its normal absorption and good spirit for the whole day. Consumed food absorbs the energy of our thoughts, that’s why think only about good at the table. If you can not stop the flow of negative thoughts and emotions, then do not eat for some time, because food will not go for the good now.

10. Do not hurry.
This is very simple but important rule of eating. To eat slowly even more important than to pay attention to what you eat. Favorable food, not chewed properly, is not useful. But if you have to eat not very nutritious food because of any external circumstances and you eat it slowly and your digestive system is in good condition, then your body will still benefit from the food. Thus, according to Ayurveda, the self-adjusting system of your organism works.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

10 Principles of Ayurveda Nutrition. Part 2.

4. Follow principles of compatibility products.
According to Ayurveda, you need to eat fruits, starch, proteins and fats separately at different times of the day.

Here are some examples:
• drink milk or yogurt separately from acidic fruits, or citrus;

• eat fruits separately from potato and other starchy foods (fructose is digested quickly);

• eat melon separately from grain and milk (generally it is desirable not to combine melons with any food).

5. Rest from food.
According to Ayurveda, once a week you should "rest" from the heavy food. As people, who practice fasting for one day, say, it is not easy to get used to the food limitations, but eventually you feel a sense of lightness and "hover" and you begin to understand all the charm of this principle.

6. Include all 6 tastes in the diet.
A balanced diet should include all six tastes (sweet, salt, sour, spicy, astringent and bitter) at each meal. However, there is no need to overload one dish. Some herbs or hot spices will add the missing shade of taste. Also it is not recommended to follow the same set of flavors every day. Let your body to enjoy the whole palette of tastes, and your body will be grateful to you.

7. Do not ignore the spices.
There are a lot of spices in Indian cuisine. And they are very useful not only for the tasty qualities of any dish, but also for the body. It’s because natural seasonings have a lot of valuable substances. However, you should not overdo. You can spoil the dish easily.