The Blender – a Kitchen-must for the Health Conscious

 

In this age of thick steaks, greasy burgers, and salty fries, it’s so easy to give in to temptation. Fast food is called that because it’s a quick fix for those hunger pangs while you’re on the go. But when you start feeling signs of constipation, bloating or a plethora of other sickly symptoms, you know that you’ve had one too many sloppy Joes, and it’s time begin the journey to eating healthy

Going on a healthy diet doesn’t necessarily mean being like a goat and munching on raw green leaves the whole day. It may surprise you to know that there are a lot of healthy concoctions you can make using this trusted kitchen appliance- the blender.

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Using a blender, you can easily whip up green smoothies. If you know which vegetables and fruits to combine, you’ll end up gulping down a drink which doesn’t taste leafy at all. Get a handful of green leafy veggies (kale, spinach, etc.), add a banana and then any fruit your palate desires (mango, papaya, etc.). To make it taste even better, you can add a cup of coconut water as you blend them all in.

How about making your own yummy almond milk? It’s so simple you’d whack yourself in the head for not knowing about this before. First, get a cup of almonds, and soak them in water overnight. Then, drain and blend the soaked almonds in your blender with 2 cups of water. After blending, strain the mushy almonds, and you’re left with all the white, milky goodness of homemade almond milk.

Something the entire family will enjoy is peanut butter. Make it yourself by tossing shelled peanuts and a bit of vegetable oil into your blender. You can then add some salt or some honey or brown sugar to sweeten your peanut butter.

So if your kitchen blender has been sitting in the darkest recesses of your cupboard for the longest time take it out to see some daylight and use it. This nifty kitchen tool can open up your eyes to a whole new world of healthy eating.

 

Dietary Supplements For Optimum Health

 

Eating a healthy and balanced diet can be a tough challenge for many individuals. Most people simply cannot eat the right type of food to maintain proper health and fitness. Modern life makes it nearly impossible to obtain all essential nutrients that are needed for the human body to function normally. The fast paced lifestyle often leads to poor decision making involving the consumption of food and drinks. Fast food restaurants are loaded with unhealthy food such as burgers, french fries and soda drinks. Such items are high in calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium and carbohydrates. Such nutrients should be minimized and regulated and not maximized on a daily basis. Additionally, fast food provides a lot of empty calories that are full of sugars and lack any real nutrients.

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To make up for poor eating habits, many people take dietary supplements. Such tablets or capsules are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. Before taking any supplements, it’s a good idea to know the results of a comprehensive blood test. Such a test can actually reveal the content of all the vitamins in the bloodstream. Therefore, a physician can make recommendations regarding the types of nutrients that should be taken in supplement form. Vitamins A, C and E are relatively abundant in common food such as fruits and vegetables. However, the water soluble vitamins such as D, E and K are not as easily absorbed from a common diet. Similarly, people may need to take dietary supplements for minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.

There are also herbal supplements available to help people receive additional benefits that some vitamins and minerals don’t provide in large concentrations. Herbal remedies have been used in ancient medicine throughout various civilizations worldwide. Taking herbal supplements for immune support is an example of using all natural ingredients for health benefits. Ginseng root and Gingko Balboa are some common herbal based supplements. Fucoidan is another common herbal extract that’s used in supplements.

Fish oil supplements also tend to be very popular for people that lack a proper source of essential fatty acids. Such supplement bottles often advertise the content of DHA and omega fatty acids that play important roles for heart health as well as the immune system. All dietary supplements need to be taken in moderation according to instructions on the label. Not all dietary supplements that are sold are actually FDA approved.