The last few days around our house have been spent carving pumpkins and roasting seeds. Although pumpkins aren’t only for Halloween, many people have at least one hanging around this time of year. Pumpkins are a winter squash and they are chock full of nutrients.
Pumpkins contain a rich supply of beta carotene and alpha carotene. Loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals, you’ll get a mouthful of potassium, magnesium, selenium, and lutein in every bite, plus a good dose of vitamins A, C, and E.
My favorite part is the seeds! By weight, they contain more iron than liver, are rich in omega-3s, and are a good source of protein, making them great for vegan and vegetarian diets.
There are many healthy benefits of pumpkins. Eating pumpkin has been linked to a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes, and its natural anti-inflammatory properties aid in fighting asthma and arthritis. Pumpkin also helps maintain fluid balance, regulate blood pressure, modulate the immune system, and prevent cataracts and arteriosclerosis. A digestive aid, pumpkin soothes the stomach and decreases bloating and flatulence. Continue reading “Fantastic Benefits of Pumpkins”
I had the most amazing meal this past weekend at my cottage and it was gone before I could think to take a picture. My husband caught a 4 pound walleye, which is a light tasting freshwater fish. It is high in protein and delicious when grilled. Along with a tomato salsa made from things from our garden, it was a delicious, heart healthy (and waist healthy) meal.
Here is the recipe:
· 2 tomatoes, diced
· 1 cup diced cucumber
· 1/4 cup basil
· 2 tsp lime juice
· 2 cloves garlic, minced
· fish of your choice
· olive oil
· salt and pepper
Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Grilled Fish with Tomato Salsa”
I don’t know about you, but I need my caffeine fix first thing in the morning. There is nothing I love more than sitting with a hot cup of coffee and enjoying the quiet before the storm (that is, before the kids and the hubby get up).
There have been many studies lately that have been touting the benefits of coffee. Here are just some reasons why coffee may be a good thing:
· Decreases depression
· Reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease
· Reduces the symptoms of asthma, protects against liver disease and prevents the formation of gallstones.
· Reduces prostate cancer in men
· Increases productiveness and wakefulness
Now, keep in mind that if you are adding cream and sugar to your coffee, then you are adding extra calories that you don’t need. So try and drink your coffee black for the most benefit. Also, if you are prone to insomnia do not consume more than 2 cups of coffee per day and do not consume it later in the day.
Prostate health is a common health concern for both middle-aged and elderly men. Hormonal changes can cause enlargement and inflammation of the prostate gland, resulting in uncomfortable urinary symptoms. Studies support the use of natural ingredients such as saw palmetto, pygeum, nettle root, zinc, and lycopene for supporting prostate health. Saw palmetto, pygeum, and pumpkin seeds contain beta-sitosterol, a healthy fat that has been shown in clinical studies to support urinary flow in men. Continue reading “Men’s Health – Pathway Saw Palmetto Pygeum Plus”