A Look at Superfoods: Tomatoes

Superfoods: Tomatoes A 16 week look at Superfoods This Week’s Featured Superfood: Tomatoes Tomatoes have quite the history from being considered poisonous to being caught in the great fruit or vegetable debate, but no matter the drama tomatoes are packed full of healthful nutrients making it one of our 16 superfoods. What makes Tomatoes so super? Vitamin C  – Good for eye health, cardiovascular health,  repairs and regenerates tissue, decreases LDL, decrease triglycerides, is an antioxidant working against free radicals and may protect against certain types of cancer.  Vitamin C also may help reduce the effects of nitrates in food and aids in the absorption of Iron Vitamin A – Vital in the g

A Look at Superfoods: Berries

Superfoods: Berries A 16 week look at Superfoods What is a Superfood?  A superfood is defined as a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being – Mcmillian Dictionary. Dr. William Sears, in his book Prime Time Health, describes Superfoods as: Nutrient Dense Nutrients that have proven benefits Made by nature, not a factory Taste good & satisfying May be able to be prepared in a variety of ways Contains no ingredients harmful to health While we receive vitamins, minerals, proteins, and essential fats from our foods, some foods have been proven to provide extra health benefits, these foods are the superfoods. They have properties that  may be anti-inflamma

Chickpea, Avocado Spread

I have seen several recipes floating around the internet blending chickpea and avocado to make a sandwich spread and decided to play around with it and see what I thought.   I found it to be good for a sandwich spread, but not all by itself.  I recommend lettuce, tomato, red onion, and sprouts and then use the spread like a thick condiment. This spread also works well as a hummus type dip with chips.  It is a great way to add more legumes into your diet and utilize the healthy fats found in avocado.   Check out some nutrition info below. Chickpea (Garbanzo bean) and Avocado Spread 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed.  Reserve liquid in case it is needed to thin down the spread 1 avocado 2-3

Need Potassium? Eat your Veg!

Roasted Vegetables Recipe below According to http://www.nutritionfacts.org less than 2% of Americans meet their recommended  minimum adequate intake of potassium.   This is in large part to our avoidance of veggies!  So, what’s the big deal you ask?  I thought potassium was just for cramps.  I don’t have cramps; so, I’m good right?  Wrong.  Let’s have a crash course in potassium. Potassium – “It is also an electrolyte, a substance that conducts electricity in the body, along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. Potassium is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function”. – Uni

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