Herbs And Teas, Superfood

how to make peppermint tea from fresh leavesWhen we talk about mint leaves, we’d all agree that the first thing that comes to mind is that, it’s an effective breath and mouth freshener. Though, aside from that, these leaves that smell heavenly have a wide range of uses!

Mint doesn’t only have a great flavor, but it’s good for your health as well. In fact, during my research, I have discovered that mint can improve your digestion, relieve heartburn, get rid of headaches, and best of all, it’s one of the great sources of vitamins and minerals.

Aside from all these benefits, the good thing about mint leaves is that they’re very easy to cultivate– you don’t have to buy these leaves, every now and then. A sprouted herb plant isn’t that expensive at all. For just $3, you can get an organic one, and you’ll have a good supply of mint for several months– even years if well taken care of.

Here is where I buy my mint leaves: http://www.currypages.com/where-to-buy-mint-leaves/

That said, here are some of the ways on how you can use fresh mint:
– If you haven’t tried combining mint leaves and berry, then it’s now time that you should. Mix a cup of unsweetened yogurt with strawberries and top it off with chopped mint. You’ll be surprised at how good it tastes!
– Fresh mint is also known for elevating even the most simple vegetable dish into gourmet status. For example, you can try adding some fresh mint leaves in your peas and fava beans.
– For salads, mint adds a zest of freshness that could make a healthy dish very delightful.
– If you fancy something exotic, then incorporate mint leaves in your Asian Chicken Noodle Salad. This would give an exciting twist to your regular salad.

Choosing Fresh Mint Leaves

Based on my observation, fresh mint leaves are usually bright green and crisp. Stay away from leaves that have browning and wilting.

How You Should Store Fresh Mint Leaves

Fresh mint leaves should be stored properly to prolong its freshness. In order to do that, the freshly cut stems of mint should be placed in a vase for a couple of days. If it’s grocery bought and without a stem already, then you should just put it in a plastic bag ad store it in the vegetable bin.

Overall, I can say that mint leaves are definitely packed with fragrance and flavor. It’s very versatile that you can experiment and add it in any kind of dish that you desire. You will be glad that you did.

 

Superfood

how healthy are pumpkin seedsIf you want to support your family’s overall health and wellness, the first thing you can do is to always include healthy snacks in your kid’s lunch box. One of the best snacks that you can consider would be the pumpkin seeds. They’re a good source of vitamins and minerals– which are very important for your family’s short term and long term health.

Why Include Pumpkin Seeds in Your Diet

– Boosts the Immune System

Since pumpkin seeds have plenty of zinc– you could have the assurance that it would boost your immune system. Lack of it could leave the body vulnerable and more prone to infections.

– Antioxidant Support

Despite the fact that antioxidant nutrients are commonly present in WHFoods, the diversity of antioxidants present in pumpkin seeds makes them unique when it comes to providing antioxidant support. Pumpkin seeds contain vitamins, such as Vitamin E, but aside from that, they also contain gamma-tocopherol, alpha-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, and the like.

– Good for the Eyes

Vitamin E, vitamin A, lutein, beta-carotene, and zeaxanthin are just some of the most important compounds that promote better eye health. Pumpkin seeds have these nutrients and so much more.

– Promotes Healthy Sleep

L-tryptophan and Tryptophan are important, because they encourage healthy sleep, which is essential for supporting overall mental health. The body converts typtophan into serotonin, and this hormone is vital for supporting healthy sleep periods, as well as improving the mood.

Also, considering the fact that pumpkin seeds have a delicious nutty crunch, this makes them a perfect topping for a healthy dessert, such as fruit salad.

Now that you know the benefits you can enjoy from consuming pumpkin seeds, here’s one of the best pumpkin seed recipes for you to try. No other than pumpkin seed pesto.

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

best way to cook pumpkin seedsThis thick, aromatic pumpkin seed pesto that has roasted pumpkin seeds as one of its main ingredients, combined with garlic, olive oil, and cilantro is definitely a must try recipe. You could use this pesto sauce as a sandwich spread, or toss with hot pasta, or you could also consider serving it over steamed or roasted vegetables.

Ingredients:

– 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
– ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
– 2 cups of unsalted pumpkin seeds
– 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
– 1 cup of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
– 3 cloves of garlic

Directions

1. Toss pumpkin seeds with 2 tablespoons of salt and oil, then combine these in a single layer baking sheet. Roast in a preheated 375 F oven until the seeds eventually get fragrant and puffed. Set it aside and allow it to cool for 10-15 minutes.

2. In a food processor, combine lemon juice, ¼ cup of water, cilantro, and 4 tablespoons of oil. Pulse until it turns into a coarse paste and season with salt and pepper. Cover until ready to use.

The Best Way to Consume Pumpkin Seeds

Ideally, pumpkin seeds should be eaten raw if you want to preserve the healthy fats. During purchase, make sure that these seeds are smelling fresh, and as much as possible, opt for the organic variation to ensure that they’re free from pesticides.

Superfood

fresh wheatgrass juiceWheatgrass juice is nature’s finest medicine for centuries and the benefits of wheatgrass are many! It’s the signature elixir of most health enthusiasts. Wherein, two ounces of wheatgrass have a nutritional equivalent of five pounds of the best organic vegetables. For example, wheatgrass has higher vitamin C than oranges, and twice the amount of vitamin A present in carrots. It’s also packed with B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, sodium, potassium, and phosphorous.

Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy from consuming wheatgrass

– Wheatgrass is one of the best sources of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is rich with enzymes, as well as super-oxide dismutase. This compound effectively slows down the aging process naturally.
– Aside from that, it’s also an effective healer because it’s packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Likewise, it’s also rich in protein and contains 17 amino acids– the building blocks of protein.
– Wheatgrass has already been regarded as a complete food capable of promoting growth and development for both humans and animals.
– It could treat all kinds of blood disorders, high blood pressure, and it improves the capillaries at the same time.
– Those who are following a gluten-free diet would have the confidence that wheatgrass is one of the foods they can consume, because it has been classified as gluten-free by health experts.
– It’s an excellent skin cleanser that can easily be absorbed by the skin.
– A small amount of wheatgrass in one’s diet could help in preventing tooth decay.
– It’s an effect detoxification agent as compared to other fruits and vegetables that also have detoxification properties.

Wheagrass Wraps With Guacamole

If you want to enjoy the cleaning effect of wheatgrass as superfood, then you should give this yummy recipe a try. It’s packed with essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs.

wheatgrass foodIngredients

Guacamole
– 3 avocados
–  red bell pepper
– 6 ripe cherry tomatoes
– Fresh coriander
– Lime juice
– 1 tablespoon of Wheatgrass powder
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
– Salt and pepper to taste

Omelet
– 4 lettuce leaves
– 4 large eggs
– Tomato slices

Directions

Guacamole Preparation

1. Mince the onions.
2. Cut the avocado in half, and scoop out the avocado flesh out. Don’t forget to mash it up after– using a fork works best for this purpose.
3. Chop the coriander leaves and tomatoes.
4. Add the lime juice, olive oil, wheatgrass powder and season with salt and pepper to taste. You could add more lime juice depending on your taste.

Making the Omelet

1. In a small pan, heat a teaspoon of oil.
2. In a large bowl, whisk 2 eggs and carefully pour it into the preheated pan. Move the pan a little so that the mixture would coat the whole pan.
3. Once it seems like the omelet cooked, transfer it to a serving plate.
4. Put some lettuce leaves and a tablespoon of guacamole and tomato slices on top of the omelet
5. Roll the omelet wraps gently and cut it in half.

Note: The leftover guacamole can be used as a form of topping or delicious dip. It can be kept inside the refrigerator for a day or two, as long as you’ll squeeze extra lime juice over the surface to preserve it.

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