Healthy Pomegranate Seeds

Both the seeds and the juice of pomegranates contain potassium, vitamins and three times the antioxidants of green tea.  I crave their sweet intense taste. Pomegranates have numerous health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.  They are the only fruit rich in all three major antioxidants: tannins, anthocyanin, and ellagic acid. Antioxidants are thought to reduce low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol and have a good effect on heart health.

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The seeds are edible and are found inside this large red fruit. The pomegranate fruit is low in calories, high in fiber, high in vitamins and high in phytochemicals that may promote heart health and help to prevent cancer.

Pomegranate seeds are low in calories and rich in fiber, providing only 83 calories and 4 g of dietary fiber per 100 g serving.  Pomegranate seeds and other fiber-rich foods, such as whole grains, may reduce your risk of developing chronic disease and aid in weight management.  Pomegranate seeds are a good source of two essential vitamins, C and K which may offer both heart health and anti-cancer benefits.

Enjoy Vegetables Raw or Cooked

Long-term vegetarian diets have been linked to low body weight, a higher quality of life, with lower stress.

A raw tomato has more vitamin C than cooked.

Avoid overcooking broccoli and other veggies like asparagus, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale and others, because overcooking causing the loss of nutrients.

Blanching veggies by steaming two minutes, draining quickly, then rinsing with ice-cold water, ignites a cancer-fighting potential found in most veggies.

Heating mushrooms brings out more muscle-building potassium.

Spinach cooked helps the body absorb more calcium, iron, magnesium. Magnesium helps muscle and nerve function, keeping heart rhythm steady, and keeping bones strong.

Try my easy Healthy Recipeshttps://www.pinterest.com/pamelaprentice/pam-prentice-2020-food/

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How to Cut Down On Sugar

Exercise more, dance or go for a walk. Whatever movement you enjoy will help reduce tension, boost your energy and decrease your need for a sugar lift.

Get enough sleep. When we are tired we often use sugar for energy to counteract the exhaustion.

Keep all sugary snacks out of your house and office.

Learn to read labels, choose products with the least sugar per serving. Recognize that all of these are sweeteners: agave, corn syrup, corn sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, honey, cane sugar, cane crystals, fruit juice concentrates, molasses and brown sugar.

Sweeten your foods and reduce cravings naturally. By adding citrus zests you add sweetness to foods without having to use sugar. Also add vanilla extract and spices; coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom.

Nutrient deficiencies can make sugar cravings worse. You will have fewer cravings by taking a multivitamin and vitamin D3.

Always drink lots of water. Drinking water can help with the sugar cravings. Sometimes we are really just thirsty.

The next time a sugar craving creeps up on you, find a distraction. Take a walk, talk to a friend, work on a hobby.

The sooner you cut out and avoid sugar the easier it is.  Really!

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Just Follow My Plan, It Works!

My basic diet:

-Lots of water throughout the day

-Unlimited veggies, dark green and red preferred, raw and steamed

-Protein; quinoa, lentils, black beans, chickpeas, fat free yogurt

-Seafood; steamed shrimp, crab, grilled fish, I prefer salmon

-No starches; no bread, no rice, no pasta, no white potatoes

-Excellent yummy fruit for sugar craving; grapes, mangos, watermelon, pomegranates

-Dates, prunes, dried fruit, nuts for dessert

-No sugar, except on special occasions when it is super yummy

-Small portions, use fun small dishes

-Eat slow, savor each bite

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