Chia seeds are the tiny black seeds from the Salvia hispanica plant, a member of the mint family which comes from Central and South America. Back in the past, the ancient Aztecs and Mayans used chia seeds as a source of energy. Despite its size, chia seeds contain some important nutrients! Continue reading to find out on its benefits!
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
Promote Better Bone Health
Chia seeds contain calcium content and other trace minerals known for their role in bone health. A 25g portion of chia contains 157mg of calcium, which is a significant source of calcium, more than that in 100ml of milk.
Increased fiber intake has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Recent studies have shown that dietary fiber may play a role in regulating the immune system and inflammation. In this way, it may decrease the risk of inflammation-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
Defence Against Diabetes
High-fiber diets are associated with a lower risk of developing diabetes. Eating high-fiber meals helps to keep blood sugar stable.
A diet with adequate fiber prevents constipation and promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract.
Chia Seeds Recipes
Looking for a healthy homemade spread? Want it to be simple and fast to prepare? Why not try out this strawberry chia jam for your breakfast and tea time spread!
A maple syrup-kissed, velvety pudding, adorned with a luxuriously sweet cherry compote touched with star anise and topped with toasted almonds is an easy, healthy, and beyond awesome breakfast to begin your mornings!
Walnuts come from the walnut tree, which is also one of the oldest tree dating back to history. In the past, the Romans called walnuts Juglans regia, "Jupiter's royal acorn." Walnuts were traded along the Silk Road route between Asia and the Middle East, eventually through sea trade, spreading the popularity of the walnuts around the world. Walnuts not only taste great but are a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of those hard to find omega-3 fatty acids. Continue reading to find out on its benefits!
Health Benefits of Walnuts
They are full of nutrients that are particularly beneficial by improving the way your cardiovascular system functions and potentially reducing the risk of heart disease. High levels of omega-3 alpha linolenic acid linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Vitamin E to prevent cholesterol oxidation within arteries, and good levels of the amino acid arginine that has been shown to help improve blood circulation in the body.
The rich array of antioxidants and other nutrition found in walnuts, such as gamma tocopherol, omega-3 fatty acids and phenolic compounds like ellagic and gallic acid, as well as minerals like selenium, attest to their cancer prevention potential and melatonin, which reduces oxidative stress that can lead to cancer.
Dieting, counting calories and avoiding fat rarely helps you lose weight. However, despite walnut’s high fat content, the fat in walnuts is the healthy natural versions of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids that our bodies need to operate effectively. There are also high levels of anti-inflammatory omega-3 alpha linolenic acid, protein and dietary fiber! Eating a handful of walnuts is a great way to satisfy your hunger.
Vitamin E and other powerful antioxidant compounds in walnuts would play a protective role, the primary walnut benefits for your brain comes from their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Low omega-3 fats in the diet are also a known risk factor for depression and other forms of mental illness.
Diet high in walnuts may improve endothelial function and reduce a diabetic patient’s cardiac risk.
Irresistible spiced granola with a pack of walnut crunch to your Sunday’s breakfast!
An autumn treat to one’s lunch!
Sesame Oil, which is made from sesame seeds is a lesser known vegetable oil, but one of the healthiest option amongst the vegetable oi! Not only is sesame oil inexpensive to extract, it is also very versatile where it can be used in Asian cuisines, Japanese cuisines, Middle Eastern cuisines and many more, which explains its uprising popularity in the recent years. Continue reading for more benefits and their cooking recipes!
Health Benefits of Sesame Oil
Sesame oil is said to have hair improving benefits. It retains the natural hair colour and minimises hair loss. In addition, the anti-bacterial effects in sesame oil could eliminate the pathogens or foreign bodies that can potentially attack your scalp and hair.
Circulation and Metabolism
High levels of copper and zinc is required for the body to function at its optimal level. Copper aids in the production of red blood cells. So, having contained a significant amount of copper, sesame oil is able to get the right amount of blood flowing to the organs and tissues. Thus, this ensures a healthier lifestyle for all individuals.
Besides being rich in copper, sesame oil also contains high levels of zinc, which essentially is one of the most important minerals for our skin. Zinc increases the skin’s elasticity and smoothness, hence significantly reduces the appearance of age spots and eliminates bad skin conditions. Ever thought that sesame oil could be used as a sunscreen? By creating a protective layer on skin, sesame oil acts as a sunscreen, protecting the body from foreign substances or toxins that penetrates through our skin.
Another benefit of sesame oil is that it contains an organic compound called phytate, which aids in reducing the development of cancer. Also, sesame oil contains an exceptionally high magnesium level and calcium content, in which these minerals are linked to lowered chances of contracting colorectal cancer (colon cancer).
Sesame oil owns a wide range of polyunsaturated fatty acids which keeps the cardiovascular system strong and cholesterol levels low that reduces risk of contracting atherosclerosis (disease that plagues up your arteries). Hence, by consuming sesame oil, the risk of suffering from heart attack and other heart related diseases will be significantly reduced!
Minerals such as copper, zinc and calcium are crucial to a body’s bone growth. That is, by maintaining an appropriate level of sesame oil in your diet, it helps to increase the rate of bone growth and development as well as speed up healing! For older folks, sesame oil aids in the slowing down risk of suffering from osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.
Having contained high levels of copper, a natural anti-inflammatory substance, sesame oil can reduce any inflammation and discomfort for conditions such as gout. Besides reducing swelling of joints and strengthens bones and blood vessels, sesame oil aids in keeping your body frame sturdy for many years, without any inflammation!
Not only have studies proven the benefits of sesame oil, dental professionals also highly recommend them! Because of a process known as oil pulling, whereby it involves putting oil in your mouth and then swishing it around before spitting it out. Result of it would be whiter teeth, lower levels of dental plague and protection against streptococcus mutants (significant contributor to tooth decay) that make us very ill. Being anti-bacterial in nature, sesame oil certainly boosts one’s dental health!
Sesame Oil Recipes
Five-Spice Nuts with Soy Sauce and Sesame
Spice things up with this amazing recipe! With the fragrance from the sesame oil and spices, it would add a taste to your conventional nuts! Feel free to try it out with a variety of nuts and treat your guests to this amazing appetizer.
Check out the recipe here: Five-Spice Nuts with Soy Sauce and Sesame
Thai Steak and Noodle Salad
Thinking of preparing a different salad, instead of the usual ones? This dish is right for you. Though the preparation steps can be a little tedious, but the end will be worthwhile. Filled with an array of flavours, the combination of Western style steak mix with Thai sauce will be amazing!
Check out the recipe here: Thai Steak and Noodle Salad
In the recent trend, many people are switching towards using healthier oil. An example of this would be avocado oil. Unlike many cooking oils, avocado oil is not derived from a seed. Instead, it is pressed from the fleshy pulp that surrounds the avocado pit. Having originated from Mexico and Central America, avocado oil has been used by their natives for over 10,000 years and we import ours from Dipasa International, Mexico. Continue reading to find out on its benefits!
5 Fun facts about Avocados
1. Avocados are fruits that can technically be considered as berries.
2. Did you know that Avocados are the Aztec symbol of love and fertility simply because they cannot self-pollinate and they grow in pairs!
3. In the past, avocados were a luxury and only royals could have access to it.
4. A surprise to many, there are a total of 1062 varieties of avocado and a single tree of avocado produces as many as 500 avocados per year.
5. Bananas are known for being rich in potassium. But, did you know that avocados contain more potassium than a banana? An entire avocado supply about 700mg of potassium! Wow, that’s a whole load of nutrients!
Benefits of Avocado Oil
Rich in Oleic Acid (Healthy Fat)
Almost 70% of avocado contains heart-healthy oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. This fatty acid is what makes it responsible for its health benefits such as reducing of blood pressure and increases fat burning that aids in weight loss.
Lowers Cholesterol, Improves Heart Health
Studies have shown that the avocado oil were found the most effective in increasing HDL, essentially being the “good” cholesterol. At the same time, it reduces the blood cholesterol levels in the human body.
High in Lutein
Avocados do contain lutein in them! Not only does Lutein functions as an antioxidant that improves your eye health, it also helps to protect one against atherosclerosis (build-up of fatty deposits in arteries), the disease that leads to most heart attacks.
Reduces Symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritis happen due to the painful inflammation of joint areas which is a common disease that many people face. Multiple studies have shown that avocado oil extracts can reduce pain and stiffness at the joints!
Prevents Gum Disease
The combination of avocado and soybean extracts can essentially help in preventing of gum disease. Individuals suffering from gum disease may experience gum bleeding, bad breath and many more. Hence, avocado oil unsaponifiables can block a protein that is known to promote inflammation and the driver of tissue and bone loss.
Improves Skin Condition
Fatty acids present in avocado oil benefits the skin. Studies have shown that cream made from avocado oil is said to improve symptoms of psoriasis!
Neutralizes Free Radicals
Antioxidants are known to fight cellular damage caused by free radicals, which are waste products of metabolism. The ability to reduce the production of harmful free radicals reduces oxidative stress. This prevents type 2 diabetes and heart disease from occurring as well.
Avocado Oil Recipe
Avocado Oil Vinaigrette
Try out this 5min quick salad dressing. All you need are 4 ingredients, honey mustard, apple cider vinegar, avocado oil and salt and pepper. Mix well together before serving!
Check out the recipe over here: Avocado Oil Vinaigrette
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Acai (pronounced as ah-SAH-ee), are dark purple berries found in the rainforests of Amazon. These amazing berries have also been named the number one superfood in the world today! Recently in Singapore, there has been many food places offering Acai Bowls (an Acai puree topped with fruits, granola and more). But, do you really know the health benefits of Acai berries? Or are you keen to find out how you can make them on your own? Continue reading on!
Health Benefits of Acai Berries
Promotes heart health
Superfoods contain loads of antioxidants, and Acai is not an exception. Acai contain high amounts of anthocyanins, an antioxidant that supports balanced cholesterol levels. Being rich in plant sterols, consuming of Acai ensures overall cardio-protective benefits such as improved circulation and relaxing of blood vessels!
Aids weight loss
Being nutritious in nature, Acai not only help individuals lose weight but also maintains the weight at a healthy range. An interesting study even found out that the pulp from the acai berry had the ability to reduce fat deposits!
Promotes skin health
Fun fact: Due to its high antioxidant content, Acai oil has been used as a great alternative to many chemicals-based skincare and makeup products! When consuming of Acai, the nutrients present in Acai will give off a healthy glow on your skin, causing improved skin condition.
These amazing superfood berries contain powerful detoxification capacities and are an excellent source of dietary fiber. Berries in general assist in improved digestive system.
Boosts immune system
Study has shown that polyphenolic compounds extracted from Acai reduces the proliferation of malfunctioning cells by up to 86%. Before the affected cells multiply, these phytochemicals then disrupt the cell mutation at a molecular level!
Having contained many forms of phytochemicals, Acai berries may slow down aging processes as they relate to oxidative damage. But should you know, berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants. A single berry has 10x as many antioxidants as grapes and 2x as many as blueberries!
Being an overall healthy and nutritious superfood, consuming Acai may lead to an increased overall level of energy and stamina, and aid in combating fatigue and exhaustion. Need an energy boost? Try Acai the next time round!
DIY Acai Recipes from Acai Powder
Fruit Mix Acai Bowl
Why order from your neighbourhood when you can BYOB (Bring your own bowl). This superfood bowl can be easily prepared under 15 mins. After blending the organic acai powder to a smoothie texture, feel free to add the toppings of your choice! Great as a breakfast bowl or simply as a diet snack.
Check out the recipe here: Mixed Fruits Acai Bowl
Chocolate Acai Raw Cake
Heard of an Acai cake? This after meal dessert consists of a rich chocolate base with creamy Acai filling, full of nutritious ingredients that you won’t feel guilty eating!
Check out the recipe here: Chocolate Acai Cake
Polenta, an Italian staple, is made from corn. By grinding corn into flour or meal, it creates a grainy texture. It has a rich yellow colour and a slightly sweet flavour. Uncooked polenta makes an excellent alternative to wheat-based dishes, try cooking them till creamy and thick, then set to sliced. Instead of your usual rice or noodles, use this amazing polenta and discover its goodness! Continue reading to find out on how to cook polenta.
How to make a perfect creamy Polenta
1. Bring the water to a boil.
Bring the water to a brisk boil over medium-high heat. Add salt.
2. Pour the polenta into boiling water.
While whisking gently, pour the polenta into the boiling water in a steady stream.
3. Continue whisking until polenta is thickened.
Turn to low heat and continue the whisking action until the polenta has thickened enough that it doesn’t settle back to the bottom of the pan when you stop stirring it.
4. Cook the polenta 30 – 40 minutes.
Cover the polenta pot and continue letting it simmer. Stir vigorously every 10 mins or so, be sure to scrap the sides, bottom and the corners of the pan. Cook 30 mins for softer porridge-like texture, and longer till 40mins for a polenta of a thicker consistency.
Power Polenta Recipes
Baked Polenta with Classic Chicken Parmesan
Do try out this classic Italian dish with a twist. After the polenta is being cooked to a creamy perfection, it is then baked briefly in the oven. Where the breaded parmesan chicken sits upon the bed of baked polenta, it is then sprinkled with the perfect cheese blend! With the melted cheese, crispy chicken and creamy polenta, this amazing dish is a dinner must-have!
Check out the recipe here: Baked Polenta with Classic Chicken Parmesan
Roasted Polenta Fries with Balsamic Tomato Sauce
Looking for a side dish instead of a main? Want it to be simple and fast to prepare? Why not try out this baked polenta fries with a balsamic dip! Why choose chips when you have these crispy fries, a healthier option and a great stay-home snack!
Orange & Polenta Cake
Ever heard of a dessert made of polenta? This delicious fruity cake is full of zingy flavour, topped off with the sweet maple syrup that adds whole new flavour to it. Do try this out today and treat your guests to an after-meal dessert!
Check out the recipe here: Orange Polenta Cake
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A well-known contributor to good health -- prunes, contains a large amount of nutrients and is a great source of energy. Do continue reading to find out more on the health benefits prunes provide!
Health Benefits of Prunes/Plums
Prone to night blindness? Suffering discomfort from dry eyes? Or experiencing poor vision? Prunes will enable the replenishment of Vitamin A required. Because prunes are an excellent source of Vitamin A, individuals who suffer from these symptoms will receive an improved and healthier vision if they consume prunes. One prune delivers 3% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A for any persons.
Powerhouse for antioxidants
To the surprise of many, prunes have an extraordinary high level of antioxidants present in them. Study research conducted by University of Boston ranked dried plums/prunes as the number 1 food in its antioxidants volume. Manganese, iron and plant compound that function as antioxidants, helps to protect the cell membranes to be free from radical damage.
As prunes contain potassium, by consuming them, it aids in lowering one’s blood pressure and reduces the risk of problems such as faint dizziness, heart diseases or even in more serious cases, heart attack and stroke. Maintaining a healthy heart enables individuals to reduce the risk of short life.
Prunes are very effective when it comes to laxatives, it helps the body to digest the food properly, relieves constipation and aid in regular bowel movement. Prunes are high in fiber content and sorbitol, a natural sugar alcohol present that allows the human body to metabolize slowly. However, excess consumption of prunes can result in gastrointestinal diseases due to the overwhelming contents of fiber and sorbitol.
Promotes Hair Health
Poor hair health is largely contributed to the lack of iron, leading to frequent hair loss, dryness and discolouration of hair. Prunes, being a great source of iron will enable the improved condition of one’s hair health.
Great for skin complexion
Being rich in vitamins and minerals, consumption of prunes can enable a healthy glow on your skin and prevent early age wrinkles.
Protection against Osteoporosis
A single serving of prunes fulfils the daily requirement of boron and potassium present as mentioned earlier on supports bone health. From an experimental study conducted on postmenopausal women in USA, it was proven that consuming prunes can help reverse osteoporosis. This result was derived when these women were compared against each other from those who ate 100g of prunes per day as compared to those who ate dried apples. Individuals suffering from arthritis are highly encouraged to take prunes as they have anti-inflammatory properties.
Whip up a meal: Sweet Potato Gratin with Prunes
A twist to the French-inspired gratin. Sweetness combined with the pitted prunes and glazed sweet potato will entice your taste buds as you treat yourself and your loved ones to an amazing meal!
Check out the recipe here: Sweet Potato Gratin with Prunes
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Health Benefits of Pistachios
Often referred to as heart-friendly nuts, research suggests that frequent consumption of pistachios can significantly reduce the level of bad LDL cholesterol level in the body. The antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids present in this “smiling nut” are great for promoting a healthy heart.
What to hit for when you’re on a diet? Pistachios! These nuts contain lower calories, high protein levels, low saturated fats and high in unsaturated fats. These benefits make them ideal for individuals who are seeking for weight loss.
Eliminates Skin Dryness
Pistachios are great in eliminating dryness from the skin. Saturated fats act as a good bearer or base oil as it is commonly used as an ingredient in traditional therapies such as aromatherapy.
Another health benefit of pistachios not to be missed would be its excellent source of dietary fiber which enables smooth digestion of food. For instance, 30g of pistachios contain 3g or dietary fiber, sufficient to get your digestive tracks working at its optimum capacity.
Do you believe that even the shells of pistachios are found to have a substantial amount of antioxidants? Free radicals that form in the body after cellular metabolism are neutralised by these antioxidants. If the neutralising effect doesn’t take place, conditions such as cancer and heart disease will suffice.
Defence against Diabetes
Besides the benefits mentioned above, these heart-friendly nuts can control diabetes. For individuals who suffer from diabetes experience glycation, a process where sugars in their body form inappropriate bonds with proteins which make them not fit to be used. However, the antioxidants present in pistachios helps in reducing the process of glycation and thus successfully aids in controlling of diabetes.
Absorption of Iron
Pistachios are high in copper content, which enables higher rate of iron absorption into one’s body from various food sources. Benefits such as this will help fight conditions like anaemia.
Cooking with Pistachios
Apple Salad Pistachios
Add a different combination of crunchiness into your salad today! Yoghurt topped up with apple slices and pistachios, your perfect breakfast bowl for the morning!
Check out the recipe here: Apple Salad with Pistachios
Pistachio Crusted Salmon
Looking for a quick dinner idea? This is a light and healthy meal option you can have on the table in under 30 min. Fresh buttery, rich tasting salmon is topped with a sweet and spicy honey mustard sauce and finished off with a crunchy topping of chopped pistachios. It just may become your new “go-to” favorite salmon recipe.
Check out the recipe here: Pistachio Crusted Salmon
Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios and Sea Salt
Making this bark couldn’t be any easier, preparation time under 5 mins using only 3 ingredients! Enjoy it as a late-night snack or present them as a great holiday gift to your loved ones!
Check out the recipe here: Pistachio-Chocolate Bark
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Maple syrups are in fact unrefined natural sweeteners. Don’t just think of them as sugar foods, when used in appropriate amounts, its nutrition benefits can be amazing!
Benefits of Maple Syrup
Contains Numerous Antioxidants
There is a significant total amount of antioxidant content present in the natural sweetener as compared to refined sugar products like white sugar or corn syrup. Maple syrup nutrition is impressive when it comes to supplying protective antioxidants. These antioxidants such as benzoic and gallic acid are beneficial in reducing free radical damage that may cause inflammation and a range of chronic diseases.
Fights Inflammatory Diseases
Antioxidants present in maple syrup, such as those mentioned earlier on, aid in reducing inflammation. Hence, this healthy diet is helpful in preventing certain diseases such as arthritis or inflammatory bowel diseases. Likewise, maple syrup’s plant-based compounds reduce oxidative stress, allowing us to age at a slower rate and increase the strength of our immune system.
Helps prevent Cancer
While research has shown that consuming a high amount of sugar content can cause cancer, maple syrup seems to appear as a less harmful sweetener. Surprising, isn’t it? Because of the presence of antioxidants in it, cells are protected from DNA damage and mutation. Maple syrup alone will not necessarily reduce the likelihood of developing cancer, but certainly so in comparison with refined sugar.
Protects Skin Health
Ever thought that maple syrup could be used as a face mask? Similar to raw honey, maple syrup can aid in lowering one’s skin inflammation, blemishes, dryness and redness. When combined with Aloe Vera or raw milk, the natural mixture hydrates the skin while reducing spread of bacteria and signs of irritation.
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Supplies Important Vitamins and Minerals
Besides being high in antioxidants, maple syrup contains fairly large amounts of zinc, manganese, potassium and calcium. Zinc fights illness and improves immunity due to increase count of white blood cells, while manganese is critical in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, blood sugar regulation, brain and nerve function.
Healthier Alternative to Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners, while they may be calorie-fee, are tied to several health problems which includes weight-gain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, short-term memory and many more. Over time, too much consumption of such artificial sugars will make it almost impossible to achieve weight loss. Addiction to these artificial sweeteners may surface as a person satisfies his/her cravings, thus affecting the body’s ability to manage signs of hunger and fullness. Maple syrup’s not linked to any of those health problems mentioned, but instead triggers more satisfaction due to its sweet taste!
Unconventional Recipes of Maple Syrup!
Roasted Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
Spice your sweet potatoes up with a tinge of cinnamon and toss it in a glaze of olive oil and maple syrup. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Even if you’re a sweet potato hater, these will be guaranteed amazing!
Check out the recipe here: Roasted Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
Sesame Maple Roasted Tofu
Soft tofu paired with snap peas tossed with maple syrup, sesame oil and sesame seed. Complete this quick and healthy dinner dish with udon or any of your all-time favourite noodles!
Check out the recipe here: Sesame Maple Roasted Tofu
Maple Peanut Butter Fudge
All you require is 4 ingredients, mix them together, boil for 2 mins, then freeze for 2-3 hours and you’re good to indulge in these little cups of goodness! Naturally Vegan and Gluten-free. Try them out today!
Check out the recipe here: Maple Peanut Butter Fudge
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