Monthly Archives: March 2015

Article: Sprouts! Nutritional guide and evidence on health

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Link to article:  sprouts nutritional attributes reading

So this is a great little guide to different sprouts and their nutritional attributes, as well as, contributions to health.  If you haven’t ever sprouted, then I suggest trying!  Its really easy to do in-doors and in any climate.  Check out some YouTube videos on sprouting to get the hang of what to do.  I personally like to sprout alfalfa sprouts.  I put 1 tbsp of seeds into a jar (big enough for the seeds to expand about 10 times their size), add water, and let stand without a lid overnight.  In the morning, take a piece of porous cloth and cover the jar top, adding an elastic-band to keep the cloth on.  Pour the excess water out.  Now its very important to rinse and drain the sprouts 2 times per day, minimum.  When they get about 1.5 inches in length (about 5-7 days), then they are ready to eat!  Add to salads or sandwiches.  They make for a nutritious and tasty crunch to lunchtime meals.

Storage tip: Keep the sprouts wrapped in dry paper towel, in a closed container in the fridge.  If they start to smell or go brown and gooey, then they are no good anymore, and sprout again!

Thanks for reading, happy sprouting!!  Be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref: Crop & Food Research Confidential Report No. 1795
Nutritional attributes of legumes (2)
Sprouted beans and seeds
L J Hedges & C E Lister
December 2006

2 Articles: Antioxidants in dietary plants reading AND Apples as super foods + Handout: Sweeteners to avoid and caffeine content

Link to article: Antioxidants in dietary plants reading

Link to article:  apples as super foods article reading

Ever wonder why they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”?  Its because of antioxidants!!!  Well that’s just one reason.  Read the article above about apples and why they have been a nutritious staple super-food in many diets, and a key success in a healthy regime. Also, take a look at why its not just a crock to focus on eating a diet full of healthy fruits and veggies, with the article Antioxidants in dietary plants.  

I also wanted to give a handout as a little reference guide for sweeteners to avoid and caffeine content in food-stuffs.  Enjoy!  Thanks as always, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Handout: Sweetners to avoid and caffeine content

Refs:

A Systematic Screening of Total Antioxidants in Dietary Plants1 Bente L. Halvorsen,* Kari Holte,* Mari C. W. Myhrstad,* Ingrid Barikmo,** Erlend Hvattum,†Siv Fagertun Remberg,†Anne-Brit Wold,†Karin Haffner,†Halvard Baugerød,†Lene Frost Andersen,* Jan Ø. Moskaug,* David R. Jacobs, Jr.‡and Rune Blomhoff*2*Institute for Nutrition Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway;**Akershus University College, Bekkestua, Norway;†Agricultural University of Norway, Ås, Norway; and the‡Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Apple phytochemicals and their health benefits
Jeanelle Boyer and Rui Hai Liu*
Address: Department of Food Science and Institute of Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853-7201 USA

Handout from lecture notes endeavourcollegeofnaturalhealth: melbourne viewed March21/2015

Handout: Herbs for the mom-to-be: Sound advice for using medicinal plants to treat common pregnancy ailments

Link to guide: Mothering Mag Herbs and Pregnancy

So I have been learning all about herbs and their actions, finally, in my Materia Medica 1 class and I randomly found this little gem just on Google, all about herbs and pregnancy.  Its a handy guide and great to give to someone who is interested in natural health and how to incorporate herbs into one’s pregnancy.  Here’s the first little blip from the guide to give you a taste:

“The past decades have vastly improved outcomes in high-risk pregnancies and births, yet with these improvements has come the omnipresence of technology in nearly all aspects of normal childbearing. The desire
to avoid unnecessary interventions and a trend toward what is natural have led
many pregnant women to seek alternatives—for example, the use of herbs—for
the treatment of common pregnancy complaints. Studies and surveys estimate
that up to 45 percent of women have used herbs during pregnancy.”

If you or anyone you know is pregnant and wants a handy guide to herbal medicines, then print this off and enjoy!  Thanks, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref: B y  A v i v A  R o m m, mothering | j a n u a ry • 56 f e b r u a ry 2 0 0 8