Posted in Antioxidants, Disease, eye diseases, eye health, good food, healthy food, Nutrition, seniors

Boost carotenoids

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Carotenoids have long been known for their nutritional value and capacity to boost the body against nasty diseases. They ought to be top of your eating list for the good they do but maybe, from time to time, we just need to remind ourselves how valuable and easily sourced these  foods are. The top 10 are:

  1. Baked sweet potato
  2. Cooked carrots
  3. Cooked dark green leafy greens
  4. Cos/romaine lettuce
  5. Cantaloupe melon
  6. Sweet red capsicums
  7. Dried apricots
  8. Cooked peas
  9. Cooked broccoli
  10. Cooked peas

There is a really well explained piece on How Stuff Works about the current research into carotenoids and how they impact positively on health. it’s a bit of a long read but well worth it because it is so enlightening. The very latest research is on older adults and how carotenoids appear to improve brain function and thinking. Well worth investigating and pursuing further. Nutrition for any age group is essential but if it impacts on how well you thing then it’s to be highly encouraged.

 

 

 

Posted in Asian food, healthy food, positive attitude, Vietnamese cold rolls

Vietnamese Cold Rolls

I love Vietnamese cold rolls and always wanted to make them myself. I wasn’t confident I’d be able to roll the rice paper. I was right! I tried making them today and my first one was spectacularly wrecked. It fell apart, the snow pea sprouts dug holes in the rice paper and it looked horrible. So hopeless! I persevered and worked out you hardly dip the rice paper for any length of time. Into the water, shake off and onto the preparation surface. Vietnamese cold rolls are so healthy and perfect for our summers. I used snow pea sprouts, chopped prawns, avocado, 2 minute noodles and some peas and sweet corn. I made a nice dipping sauce with the  flavour pouches from the noodles and added a bit of balsamic and fried onion. By the time I had wrapped my fourth roll I could do it quite well. Obviously , practice is what I need! So looking forward to being able to make them now. The recipe on this clip is nice and the process is explained very clearly. Happy now! Another fear conquered. 
Posted in fat traps, healthy food, healthy options, obesity

Fat Traps

I have been pretty good at working out where the fat traps are. I know not to drink soft drinks and to look for low fat ice cream. There are some suggestions on this well being site about other fat traps you may fall foul of and I have learnt a thing or two. Hadn’t thought about the coffee or anything else like that which might have a similar impact. This article is worth a look.