Super Food #2
Prevention magazine has names Old Fashioned Oats (Rolled or Steel Cut) as super food #2. Prevention notes that it is rich in a soluble fiber that helps to catch cholesterol as they are exiting your body. I believe that week-beingsecrets.com as they note 30 science backed health benefits including helping with Constipation. Additionally, it is an excellent low-cost source of protein and may aid in fighting anemia. Hmmm, thinking I maybe need to be eating more oatmeal. Keep in mind this has to be the "Old Fashioned Oats" like rolled or steel cut. The individual packets of oats have been further processed and do not provide the same benefits.
Here are a few fun facts about Oatmeal. Originally, Oatmeal was not viewed as good for humans and was only approved for live stock as it was considered a weed. The top 3 producing countries are Russia, Canada and Poland. However, the top producing company is Quaker Oats located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Greeks were the 1st to use Oatmeal as a hot cereal. Fun facts provided by well-beingsecrets.com.
I would say over all I would have to agree that Oats "Old Fashioned" are a super food from my view point. The latest craze on how to fix them is the overnight refrigerator method. Here is a sight with some recipes that actually sound pretty good. Additionally, they give you the base recipe that you can add to for your pallet.
Have you tried the overnight jar method? If yes, I would love to hear whether or not you like them and your favorite recipes.
Artichokes is an absolutely amazing vegetable and made Preventions 30 Superfoods for a Healthier Life as #1. According to Prevention, WebMD and FoodFacts.Mercola.com it truly is a super food.
Did you know that Artichokes are a member of the Sunflower family and originate from the Mediterranean? However, now days, the Artichokes consumed today in the U.S. are mainly from California.
Artichokes have a lot of benefits that I was not aware of. They are a good source of folate, dietary fiber, and Vitamins C & K along with being packed with antioxidants. All of these help with maintaining blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Additionally, the Vitamins they are high in help fight free radicals and are plentiful in minerals such as Potassium and Magnesium. Which most adults in the U.S. are deficient in Magnesium.
This is definitely a superfood that I need to work on getting into my diet on a more regular basis. If you are like me and needing to find some healthy Artichoke foods / recipes you might check out CookingLight.com as they have several that look good to me.
Probably will not get my husband to eat these with me but that is because he does not like Artichoke anyways... That is another blog for another day as we just had a huge debate over our 4 year old granddaughter not eating her little bit of Broccoli at supper tonight :).
I would love to see your favorite recipes utilizing Artichoke. Post them in the comments so I can give them a try as well.
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