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Banana Tips for Keeping Them Fresh

Bananas are the world’s Number One favorite fruit!   They are loaded with potassium which gives you energy and they are also good to fuel your brain.  Bananas are green when picked from the tree,  they turn yellow as they ripen which is when they are very sweet. Finally, they turn brown and get mushy.  They turn brown due to the natural ethylene gas that comes out of the fruit.  This process can happen very quickly and is the reason why we end up throwing away so many overly ripe bananas.

There are some tricks of the trade to slow down this ripening process so you can enjoy them longer.  Learning to store them properly is easy!

  1.  Store bananas in a bunch, do not separate them as this will slow down the ripening process.
  2.  Invest in a banana hangar which allows better airflow around them.
  3.  Since they ripen and emit ethylene gas through their stems, wrap plastic around their stems to slow down the gas emission.
  4.  Keep unripe bananas at room temperature.  They like warm temperatures and keeping them too cold will prevent them from being as sweet!
  5.   Once they are ripe, place them in the fruit drawer in your refrigerator.  If you put ripe bananas next to other fruit that is unripe, it will also slow down the browning process.
  6.   Freeze bananas before they get too ripe by slicing them up and storing in a freezer bag for smoothies!  They can keep up to 3 months.
  7.   If you are too late and the bananas are looking too brown, you can turn them into banana bread, muffins or pancakes.

These are some great ways to store and prolong the life of your favorite fruit.  Their health benefits are many and they are the perfect to-go or office snack.  They are a great source of potassium which is good for your blood pressure and heart.  They also have a lot of Vitamin C and B6.  Manganese is good to keep your skin glowing.  They can also help digestion and keep you regular.  They also are low in fat and cholesterol and give you energy!

Ask your Company to have fresh fruit delivered to your breakroom. http://fruitfreshdelivery.com

 

 

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Type 2 Diabetes and the Benefits of Healthy Fruits

Diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar.  It is true that people who have type 2 diabetes normally have higher sugar levels in their blood than those who do not, but eating sugar does not cause the disease.  In fact, in a report published in the British Medical Journal, people who had higher fruit intake had a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

Fruit does contain sugar.  So the amount of fruit and the type of fruit and how it is prepared does affect blood sugar levels and diabetics need to understand the differences.  For example, eating fresh fruit or frozen fruit is much healthier than eating fruit that comes in a jar or can. Processed fruits, dried fruit, and fruit juices have more concentrated sugar and those with type 2 diabetes should be careful consuming these kinds of fruit products or avoid them altogether.

Those who have type 2 diabetes need to understand about the glycemic index.  This index rates foods from 1 to 100 and it’s better for diabetics to consume foods that are low on the glycemic level to help control their blood sugar levels.  There are many fruits that are low on the index and these are the best choices for diabetics.

The following fruits are low on the GI list and are rated at 55 of less:

apples

bananas

berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)

peaches

pears

avocados

oranges

plums

grapes

grapefruit

kiwi

nectarines

Eating fruit that is low on the glycemic scale is super healthy for diabetics.  Fruit is also high in soluble fiber and helps slow down the absorption of sugar into the blood.  Fruits that have pulp and have skin are especially good.  Fruit helps keep you feeling full due to the high water content.

In conclusion, eating fruit is great for people who have type 2 diabetes!  Eating fruits that are low on the glycemic index can help with healthy weight management and help satisfy a sweet tooth!  Fruits are naturally high in vitamins and minerals and low in sodium and fat.

Having fruit delivered to the workplace is a great idea to keep all employees healthier and happier!  Bananas contain potassium which is good for the brain and helps memory and focus!  Oranges are loaded with vitamin C and A which are powerful antioxidants.  Fruit delivery is a smart choice for everyone!

 

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What is the Keto Diet?

There are so many diets out there all claiming they will make you healthier and skinnier.  There is the Paleo Diet, South Beach Diet and the Atkins Diet which are low carb and high protein diets.  Now there is the Keto Diet which is completely different.  Unlike the other diets I just mentioned which are all about eating lots of lean protein, the ketogenic diet is all about eating fat.  In fact, in the keto diet, fat makes up as much as 90% of the calories eaten each day.

 

The keto diet has been used by physicians to reduce the number of epileptic seizures in children.  Now it is being touted as a wonder diet that helps people shed pounds fast.  Unfortunately, this diet may help you lose weight in the short term but there have been no long term studies on how this diet will affect your health.

The keto diet forces your body to use fat as fuel instead of sugar which is glucose that comes from carbs such as veggies, grains, fruits, and legumes.  The keto diet is all about the ketone bodies which is a type of fuel the liver makes from stored fat.  It might sound like a great idea to lose weight but it might not be so good for your body.

When following a ketone diet, you must eat lots of fat at each meal.  The breakdown in a 2,000 calorie diet would be about 165 g of fat, 40 g of carbs and 75 g of protein.  While some healthy unsaturated fats are ok to eat like nuts or avocados, saturated fats such as lard and butter are encouraged in high amounts.

Protein is part of the keto diet but there is no differentiation between a healthy lean protein such as fish and highly saturated proteins like pork and bacon.

When it comes to fruits and veggies, you can eat a small number of berries and only leafy greens such as kale, brussels, and broccoli.

There are potentially serious risks associated with this diet.

  1.   The number one risk is eating high amounts of saturated fat.  There is a definite link between saturated fat and heart disease.  In fact, it is recommended to not get more than 7% of your calories from saturated fat.  Due to the saturated fat intake, the keto diet is causing higher levels of bad cholesterol which causes heart disease!
  2.  Liver problems can result due to liver’s inability to properly metabolize the huge amounts of fat.
  3.  Kidney problems can result due to high amounts of protein to be metabolized.
  4.  There can also be nutrient deficiencies due to the limited diet of fruits, veggies and legumes.
  5.  Your mood and brain can be affected as the brain needs sugar from healthy carbs to work properly.  Confusion and being moody can result from this keto diet.

Before you jump into the Keto Diet, make sure you check with your physician.  Remember, when you stop following any of these diets, you will gain the weight back.  It is always a lifestyle change that works in the long run.  Healthy, whole foods, lean proteins combined with exercise is the answer.  Try ordering fruit at work to keep everyone healthier and in a good mood!  Brains need fruit!

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Why You Should STOP Drinking Soda Now

 

There’s a lot of reasons why drinking diet soda is a bad idea.  Just because it has no calories and caffeine, it does not help you lose weight.  In fact, diet soda is linked to weight gain!  This is just one reason you should not drink diet soda.  Let’s take a look at other, very unhealthy reasons you should quit right now.

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Soda kills your body!

New studies show that drinking diet soda can cause depression.  In fact, diet soda drinkers were 30% more likely to be depressed than those who do not drink soda.

Diet soda drinkers have significantly lower bone density than those who do not drink soda.  Low bone mineral density can lead to osteoporosis as you age.

The artificial sweeteners in diet soda interfere with healthy gut bacteria.  Healthy gut bacteria is essential for your energy levels, mental health and your immune system.

Diet soda drinkers are at a 30% increased risk for metabolic syndrome.  This is a metabolism disorder that can cause diabetes, weight changes, heart problems and death.

Regular consumption of diet soda is linked to increased blood pressure.

Your kidney function declines when you drink a few diet sodas a day.  Kidneys are responsible for cleaning your blood and they remove all the toxins from your body.  Keeping your kidneys healthy is key to good health and energy!

Drinking diet soda is addictive!  The caffeine and aspartame in diet soda cause your brain to release dopamine and glutamate which cause you to crave more soda.

A study from UMiami has shown that drinking diet soda on a regular basis significantly increases your risk of a heart attack.  Interestingly enough, drinking regular sugary soda does not increase your risk.

For people who like to workout and have toned muscles, drinking diet soda is not helping your skin or your muscles.  There is phosphoric acid in dark-colored diet sodas and if you drink too much of it, you can disrupt the absorption of the nutrients in your body.  The result is wrinkled skin and weaker muscles as they will not get enough nutrients.

Forget about a pearly white smile and healthy teeth!  Those who drink diet soda on a regular basis had the same amount of erosion and bad teeth as a meth or crack addict.

Boston University discovered that those who drink diet soda are up to three times more likely to get dementia or Alzheimer’s than those who don’t.  Drinking diet soda also increases your risk of stroke.

The artificial sweetener aspartame breaks down into aspartic acid, methanol and phenylalanine.  The methanol then changes into formaldehyde and then formic acid.  These chemicals are toxic to your body.

As you can see, drinking diet soda is bad for your brain, gut, heart, muscles, mood and your looks!  Diet soda has no place in the diet of a person who cares about being healthy.   There are many healthy drinks to choose from such as sparkling water with a splash of juice, iced tea, fresh lemonade, maple water and fruit infused water.

 

 

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Flaxseed Oil, Omega-3s and their Many Health Benefits

Flaxseed oil is a healthy fat due to its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids.  These polyunsaturated fatty acids play an important role in many different body functions including immune, pulmonary, cardiovascular and endocrine systems.

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Flaxseed oil benefits Mind and Body

Flaxseed oil has a certain type of omega-3 fatty acid called ALA which is alpha-linolenic acid.  This is a plant-based source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid that must come from food or a supplement as the body cannot make this kind of fat.  When ALA is taken, the body then changes it to EPA and DHA which are other healthy fats which are found in fish oil.  Since flaxseed oil is plant-based, it is great for vegetarians and vegans.  The ALA in flaxseed oil has many health benefits from improving brain health to fighting cancer.  Let’s take a closer look at omega-3s and what they can do for you.

  1.  The omega-3’s in flaxseed oil can reduce the risk of depression by 17%.  Flaxseed oil can also improve cognitive performance in young people and improve memory in adults who suffer from minor memory problems.
  2.  Consuming omega-3s (from food or supplement) can lower your risk of breast and colorectal cancer.
  3.  Omega-3s can improve your blood pressure.
  4.  Omega-3s can reduce inflammation and fight against autoimmune diseases.
  5.  Omega-3s can improve your eye health.
  6.  Decrease menstrual cramps.

Now let’s look closer at Flaxseed oil and what it can do to improve your health!

  1.  Flaxseed powder can fight chronic inflammation.  It has shown to reduce inflammatory markers, specifically the C-reactive protein which tests for chronic inflammation in the body.
  2.  Flaxseed oil has antitumor and cancer reducing effects.
  3.  Flaxseed oil can lower cholesterol levels.
  4.  Flaxseed oil is an effective treatment for constipation.
  5.  Helps balance blood sugar levels.  It can reduce fasting blood glucose by more than 19% in type 2 diabetes patients when taken every day for a month.
  6.  Improves skin hydration and decreases scaling and skin roughness.

In order to enjoy the health benefits from flaxseed oil, 1-2 tablespoons a day or 1,000 mg capsule twice a day is recommended.  If you want to get your omega-3s from natural flaxseeds, ensure that they are ripe as unripe seeds can be toxic.  There are a couple contraindications for flaxseed oil to keep in mind.  If you are taking a blood thinner or take blood pressure medication, you need to consult your physician as it has properties that could interfere with these medications.  Also, flaxseed oil can cause GI problems so make sure you drink lots of water as they are very high in fiber.

Don’t forget to order fruit for your office to keep everyone healthy and feeling happy!  www.fruitfreshdelivery.com

 

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The Booming Business of Cannabis Infused Food and Drinks

Cannabis infused food and drinks are two of the top dining trends in 2019!  Let’s be clear, we are talking about CBD which does not cause you to get “high”, we are not talking about cannabis-infused foods that contain psychoactive ingredients (THC) from the cannabis plant.  CBD offers lots of health benefits and it is being infused into everything you eat and drink from doughnuts to coffee and health drinks.

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In fact, the National Restaurant Association took a poll of 650 professional chefs regarding food and drink trends for 2019.  The results showed that 77% of them said CBD drinks are the Number 1 trend for 2019 and CBD foods is Number 2!

CBD which comes from the hemp plant is legal throughout the United States.  Taking CBD can help with insomnia, pain, seizures, and anxiety.  Another benefit of taking CBD is that it can make you feel relaxed.  CBD also comes from the marijuana plant and is still illegal at the federal level, no matter whether marijuana is legal in certain states or not.  CBD is short for cannabinoidol which is one of the many compounds in both hemp and marijuana plants.

It is predicted that by the year 2021, the CBD industry could reach $3 billion and could eventually grow to more than $200 billion a year in the United States.  A farm bill that legalized U.S. grown hemp could skyrocket the CBD industry in the coming years.

Some of the huge companies that are banking on the CBD drink business includes Coke and Molson Coors.   They are looking to create non-alcoholic CBD infused health drinks which can be sold to anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle.

CBD is big business and it is taking the food and beverage industry by storm.  You can find CBD infused beverages such as coffee, tea, and wines in health food stores and online.  You can also buy CBD infused foods such as candy, nuts, and baked goods online.  The list of Restaurants across the country now offering CBD infused menu items is growing every day.  Next big trend will be THC infused drinks and foods!  Stay tuned!

p.s. Invest in the next HOT POT STOCK:  GCGX (otc markets)

 

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No Stress Bone Broth Recipe

I know that Bone Broth has so many healing properties but it sounds like it takes a lot of time and energy to make it yourself.  The store bought bone broths are not recommended, so what does someone who is interested in the benefits but doesn’t have the time to spend on complicated recipes do?

After much research, I found a simple, no stress recipe that I can live with.  This stress-free bone broth recipe can be prepared in a slow cooker!  What could be easier?  The result is a delicious, healthy bone broth ready in 6-8 hours if you like chicken or turkey, and 12-24 hours if you want to use grass-fed beef.

Here is the simple to follow, foolproof recipe to make you a Bone Broth Aficionado!

Ingredients:

2 unpeeled carrots washed and chopped

2 celery stocks with the leaves chopped

1 medium onion chopped

3 peeled and smashed garlic cloves

2 pounds of raw chicken with bones, carcasses, wings, thighs or 3 1/2 pounds of grass-fed beef bones (joints and knuckles)

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp Himalayan pink salt

2 bay leaves

Directions for Slow Cooker:

  1.  Put veggies, bones, garlic and bay leaves into slow cooker.  Add salt, vinegar and add water to cover ingredients by 1 inch.
  2.  Cook on low 6-8 hours for chicken bone broth or 12-24 hours for beef bone broth.  Skim the broth once in a while.
  3.  Pour broth through a strainer and throw away the solids.
  4.  Put broth in the refrigerator.  The broth should be jiggly.  Bone broth stays fresh for 3 days or you can freeze it up to 3 months.

Additional Tips:

  1.  If you don’t like veggies, you don’t need them!
  2.  If you don’t have and ACV, use lemon juice!
  3.  Choose bones that have the most cartilage.  Ask for help at meat counter.
  4.  If you don’t like chicken or beef, use a whole fish!

Benefits of Bone Broth:

Helps reduce inflammation

Great for gut health

Supports a healthy night sleep

Helps with weight loss

Protects Joints

Helps fight osteoarthritis

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Bone Broth Benefits

Drinking Bone Broth is one of the latest trends so I decided to look into why it has become so popular.  Because I don’t eat meat, I thought I would not be able to enjoy the health benefits associated with drinking bone broth.  The first thing I learned was you can make bone broth out of fish, chicken or beef.  There is also a bone broth powder if you don’t have time to make your own bone broth.

 

Bone Broth has been around for centuries as our ancestors used every part of the animal for something.  The bones and marrow, tendons and ligaments, skin and feet were boiled and cooked for days so that it could be consumed.  The simmering process causes the release of healing compounds like glutamine, collagen, proline, and glycine.  These bone broths contain easily absorbable minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, sulfur and silicon.  They also contain glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate which today can be found in every health food store to help keep joints healthy and reduce inflammation.

Chicken soup broth was studied by the University of Nebraska Medical Center to determine why eating chicken soup makes people feel better when they have a cold or flu.  Interestingly, researchers found that the amino acids that were produced when making chicken stock reduced inflammation in the respiratory system and also improved digestion.  It was also determined that chicken broth boosts the immune system and helps heal arthritis, asthma, and allergies.  However, the health benefits of chicken soup broth are not found in store-bought broths or bouillon.  To reap the benefits of the bone broth, you have to make it from scratch or purchase a protein powder made with bone broth.  This powder can be added to your smoothie or any baked snack.

Bone broth stock whether from fish, chicken or beef can provide amino acids, collagen, gelatin, and other trace minerals.  Bone broth contains dozens of nutrients that would otherwise be hard to get from other foods.  Now let’s look at some of the amazing health benefits of bone broth:

  1. Bone Broth is great for gut health and helps with the growth of good bacteria in the gut.  It supports healthy inflammation levels in the digestive system.
  2. Bone Broth has collagen which makes elastin which keeps your skin looking young.  It helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles and decreases puffiness.  It can also help reduce cellulite!
  3. Bone Broth helps metabolism.  Glutathione, Glutamine, and Glycine all help muscle and tissue health
  4.  Bone Broth helps detoxify the body by helping the digestive system expel waste and supports the liver’s ability to get rid of toxins.

It also helps your joints, muscles and your metabolism.  It’s low in calories and is packed with minerals that can improve your overall health!  I’m sold on bone broth and I’m going to keep a supply of chicken soup broth in my refrigerator!

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Why A Whole Food Plant Based Diet is A Great Idea

It is well known that eating a diet consisting of processed foods and animal products cause many health problems and it also has adverse effects on our environment.   Switching to a plant-based diet is a great way to improve your health and save the planet!  This diet or lifestyle is different from becoming a vegetarian or vegan.

A whole-foods, plant-based diet is based on:

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Health Benefits Plant-Based Diet

Eating minimally processed foods.

Limits or avoids animal products.

Focuses on veggies, fruits, legumes, seeds and nuts, and whole grains.

Eliminates white flour, added sugars, and processed oils.

Recommends eating organic, locally sourced foods.

Let’s take a look at the huge health benefits of this whole-foods, plant-based diet.

Lower Cancer Rates.  Eating a diet which is low in fat and plant-based is the best way to lower your cancer risk.   Animal foods are linked to colon and breast cancer.

Weight Loss.  You will lose weight when you eat a whole food, plant-based diet.  This diet is low in fat, processed foods, and sugars.  Since the diet is higher in fiber, vitamins, and minerals than a diet of animal products, it is easy to lose 5 pounds in a matter of a couple weeks!

Lower Blood Pressure.  Since the plant-based diet has more potassium and Vitamin B-6, this has a positive effect on blood pressure.  Lower blood pressure also means less anxiety and stress!

Lower Cholesterol.  Plant-based foods have zero cholesterol!  Veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds can lower both your cholesterol level and risk of heart disease.

Blood Sugar Stabilizer.  Eating more fiber slows down the entrance of sugar into the bloodstream.  When your blood sugar is stable, you feel less hungry and less stressed because your cortisol level is more balanced.

Fights Inflammation.  Plant-based foods are alkaline which do not cause inflammation.

Lower risk of Diabetes.  Avoiding meat and trans fats have a positive impact on your cardiovascular health and reduce insulin sensitivity which leads to diabetes.

There are so many reasons to switch to a whole food, plant-based diet for the best health and for a more sustainable environment!  It’s easy and less expensive and you will feel the results immediately!

 

 

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Fruit and Veggies SLASH Anxiety, Stress and Depression

Fruit and Veggies SLASH Stress and Anxiety

Did you know that a diet high in fruit and veggies can lower stress levels by 25%??  There is growing evidence suggesting a link between diet and a person’s mental health.  The more fruit and veggies consumed, the lower the rates of psychological stress. Australian researchers have determined that people who eat 5-7 portions of fruit and veggies per day receive the biggest benefit.  It is women’s stress and anxiety levels that plummet the most (23% ) from eating 5-7 portions of fruit and veggies each day.

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How fruit and veggies can help stress

It is well known that eating a diet rich in fruits and veggies contributes to good health, whereas eating processed foods contributes to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.  It is interesting that new research shows both fruit and veggies must be eaten for stress and anxiety levels to be slashed, not just one or the other.

When people are under stress, they tend to want to eat comfort food that is normally not healthy.  Comfort food or snacking on junk food leads to weight gain. Snacking on fruit and veggies produces the opposite effect.

Research shows that eating up to 14 oz. of fruit and veggies a day was associated with 24% reduced risk of heart disease, 33% reduced risk of stroke, 28% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and a 13% reduced risk of total cancer.  As an example, a 2.8 oz portion of fruit is equal to a small banana, apple pear or orange.

Bottom line, having fruit and veggies available at work to snack on will help keep your stress levels down, make you feel better and be more productive!

So while everyone else clears cobwebs, makes new year resolutions and scours floors, why not take a look at your diet and spring-clean an even more important home your body?