PARSLEY VS KALE

ParsleyPARSLEY VS KALE

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Yes, Kale is a super food! But did you know Parsley can be equally good for you?

Let’s compare nutrients first, then read about the Health Benefits and more!

One cup chopped Parsley vs one cup raw Kale

 22 calories vs 33 calories, both very low calorie

2 grams Protein vs 3 gram, no biggie!

2 grams Fiber vs 1 gram, every little bit helps

Calcium, 80 mg vs 100 mg, no big difference

Iron, 4 mg versus 1, Yay for Parsley!  Continue reading

30 WAYS TO USE PESTO

30 WAYS TO USE PESTO

Parselly pesto

  1. Add to soups
  2. Brush on veggies and roast them
  3. Use as a sandwich spread
  4. Thin it out with vinegar to make a salad dressing
  5. Add to your egg salad
  6. Add to your tuna salad
  7. Add to your chicken salad
  8. Add some milk or dairy free milk for a creamy sauce
  9. Toss it with your favorite pasta
  10. Use it as a pizza sauce
  11. Use it as a dip for veggies
  12. Spread some on chicken before baking or grilling
  13. Add some to your rice
  14. Add to potato salad
  15. Mix into your meatloaf before baking
  16. Mix into your meatball mixture before cooking
  17. Use as a condiment on your burger
  18. Thin it out with some lemon juice & vinegar and use as a marinade
  19. Mix into your favorite beans as a salad dressing
  20. Spread some on cooked salmon
  21. Add some to your tomato sauce
  22. Spread some on crusty bread, toast and cut into crouton size pieces
  23. Spread on a tortilla, add your favorite veggie, roll it up, cut 1 inch slices, aka pinwheel sandwiches
  24. Mix some into your hummus
  25. Brush on your corn on the cob
  26. Use as a spread for delicious garlic bread
  27. Add some to your omelet
  28. Add a little bit to your tomato/marinara sauce
  29. Brush some on your whole chicken before roasting
  30. Serve as a dip for oven baked fries

I’ve tried using Pesto all these ways, all delicious!

How do you use pesto?

Let me know! Leave a comment or send me an email. It would be great to share it on my Facebook Page www.facebook.com/GoodForYouNutrition

I would love to hear from you! anna@goodforyounutrition.com

Health Benefits of Raw Cacao

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW CACAO

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Do you feel guilty eating chocolate? Most of us do but we don’t have to!

Chocolate’s reputation of being a junk food is well-deserved when it comes to eating commercially processed chocolate bars, cakes, brownies, hot chocolate and chocolate syrups. They’re usually full of preservatives, additives, hydrogenated oils, artificial ingredients and unhealthy sweeteners.

Cocoa powder starts off as raw cacao beans and then the beans are roasted at high temperatures. This changes the molecular structure of the bean, reduces the amount of enzymes and the nutritional value.

Raw Cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. This keeps the living enzymes intact, which means none of the health benefits are lost.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF RAW CACAO

–       It’s a powerful antioxidant!

It contains more antioxidants per 100 grams than blueberries, acai and goji berries. Antioxidants repair free radical damage and may help reduce risk of certain cancers. Continue reading

SOS for Stress! Food to the rescue!

STRESSED OUT?

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Certain foods have a calming effect!
While eating those foods won`t change the stressors in your life, you`ll be able to cope better.
Stress, especially chronic stress, depletes your body of certain vitamins and minerals.
Being deficient in those nutrients contributes to feelings of anxiety and nervousness.
This sets up a cycle of feeling more stressed out.
When you eat foods rich in certain nutrients you break the vicious cycle.
Being properly nourished makes a big difference in how you feel and handle stress! Continue reading

Pain Pain Go Away! (Don’t come back another day!)

Another headache? desperate for relief?

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The most effective headache treatment requires a holistic approach, relief of current pain and prevention of future episodes.
While there are different types of headache, the most common is tension headache.
One popular theory suggests that prolonged stress can produce muscle contractions in the tender area around the skull, constricting blood vessels. Blood flow is reduced, oxygen is blocked and waste matter builds up. This in turn irritates sensitive nerve endings and results in pain.
The brain itself is insensitive to pain. Pain originates in the tissues covering the brain, the attaching structures at the base of the head and the muscles and blood vessels around the scalp, face and neck.
FIRST THINGS FIRST!
If you’re in the middle of a headache, pain relief is a priority.
What to do?  Continue reading

Top 13 tips to fit into your party dress (or pants) on New Years Eve!

I know it’s only a few days away, but there’s things you can do to make sure you fit into your party clothes, looking and feeling great!
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1. Get rid of all tempting foods leftover from the holidays. This includes chocolates and candy you got in your stocking and homemade cookies and sweets. Give them away or stash them in the freezer.
2. Try to eat more meals at home so you can control the portion sizes. Eating out is fun, but it’s easy to get carried away.
3. Eat some protein and a big serving of veggies at each meal. Snack smart with fruits, nuts and seeds.
4. Don’t skip meals, this slows down your metabolism and you might end up overeating at the next meal.
5. For a quick fix avoid carbs like rice, pasta, bread and potatoes.
6. On the day of your party, avoid foods that tend to bloat you up, including broccoli, cauliflower, beans and onions.
7. Drink a lot of water. It helps flush out toxins and is great to counteract bloating.
8. Avoid dairy products, they cause excess gas and bloating for most people, so just in case…
9. Avoid or limit alcoholic drinks….not easy to do during the holidays, but it’s worth it to rock your party outfit l!
10. Don’t drink carbonated drinks of any kind, they cause bloating.
11. Don’t chew gum, it can also cause bloating.
12. Drink green tea or dandelion tea, they work as a diuretic flushing out excess water.
13. My TOP TIP…. Avoid ALL processed foods because of the sodium and don’t add salt to your food. Sodium retains water and is one of the biggest reasons for bloating. You can lose up to 1 or 2 pounds of water weight in a few days just by limiting sodium.

Have a great celebration!!!

Are you afraid to eat white potatoes?

LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT WHITE POTATOES and why you CAN FEEL GOOD about eating them!White potatoes

Do you….

–          think eating white potatoes will  make you gain weight?

–          believe they’re not very nutritious?

–          feel their high glycemic index is bad for blood sugar control?

This poor humble vegetable has gotten a bad reputation in recent years, most of it unwarranted!

A lot of people I know avoid white potatoes like the plague! And the truth is that most people don’t have to. (1) Eaten in moderation, they can be part of a healthy eating plan.

Potato chips, French fries or potatoes topped with bacon, cheese, mayonnaise and/or sour cream don’t count!  These processed foods are full of fat, sodium and extra calories.

Baking, roasting, grilling or boiling potatoes and then adding a little bit of healthy fat along with some herbs is tasty and healthier.

 POTATOES DON’T CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN Continue reading