Posted by: Cooking Thyme | January 3, 2011

Embrace Healthy Living

This year, why not resolve to include more super foods to your everyday diet?

Cherries coffee_berries   Black Rice Button_Mushroom barley chestnutsraw chocoapr

Coconut Water
The super drink of the year, coconut water is the purest liquid after water. People assume it is fatty but it’s sourced from the young green coconuts and contains no fat at all, and one glass is 60 calories.

Cherries
Cherries contain melatonin, the same chemical the brain makes to get us to feel sleepy at night.
We usually make enough of this naturally, but cherries can help those suffering from jet lag or irregular sleeping patterns.

Coffee Berries
Comprised of the entire coffee fruit as opposed to just the bean, (coffee beans have a stellar antioxidant content)

 Black Rice

Black “forbidden rice” is so named because originally it was considered the Emperor’s rice and was literally forbidden for anyone else to eat it.

It can help protect against cancer and heart disease and is rich in anthocyanin antioxidants. One spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries.

White Mushrooms
White button mushrooms contain high levels of potassium that helps lower elevated blood pressure as well as selenium, which works with vitamin E to protect the body’s cells. They are super low in calories and are very hydrating, as they are nearly all water (80 to 90 per cent).
They also deliver ergosterol, a form of vitamin D.

Barley
It has huge benefits such as keeping blood sugar levels balanced, promoting satiety and benefiting digestive and heart health. Barley is high in beta glucan, which helps eliminate cholesterol from our bodies, and niacin (vitamin B3) which helps reduce it.  

Chestnuts
Far lower in calories than other nuts and a vitamin powerhouse (B6 and C); chestnuts make the perfect winter snack. They are full of fibre and a great source of magnesium and iron.

Apricots
Apricots are rich in antioxidant beta-carotene that promotes healthy eyes and skin, boosts the immune system and the elimination of free radicals.

Raw Chocolate
Raw chocolate is a minimally processed and antioxidant enhanced form of chocolate. Remarkably rich in magnesium, it is important for cardiovascular health.

 

Eat Well, Live Well

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