Nutrition

What is a Spiralizer and What are the Benefits of Spiralizing?

What is a Spiralizer and What are the Benefits of Spiralizing?The spiralizer might sound like something from a child’s playroom, but this culinary gadget has quickly become a must have in kitchens all around the world. Put simply, the spiralizer is a tool that allows users to turn vegetables into noodles. With a razor sharp blade mechanism, the spiralizer allows you to feed any kind of vegetable through a rotary blade system that leaves your vegetables sliced up into long thin noodle shapes.

So how exactly does it work? The mechanism is simple. Take your vegetable or fruit of choice (long, solid veggies like carrots or courgettes work particularly well) and stick it to the holding disc. Then, using nothing more than gentle pressure, turn the handle and gently slide the vegetable through the spiralizing blades. What you are left with is perfectly formed vegetable noodles ready for instant use! It really is that simple – there’s no chopping or Continue reading

Steps to Start a Healthy and Nutritious Diet

Steps to Start a Healthy and Nutritious DietFor those who have never learned to eat in a healthy manner and do not understand proper nutrition, starting to live a healthier lifestyle can seem difficult, but it need not be.With a little knowledge anyone can start on the road to good health.

Healthy eating is essential for maintaining proper body functions, having energy and vitality, and for living a disease-free life. For those who have trouble with healthy eating, breaking unhealthy habits could possibly be the most difficult aspect of the process. But, for those who really want to live the best lifestyle possible, it is essential to adhere to a proper diet and stick with it for the long term.

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How to Go Gluten Free without Losing Out On Flavor

How to Go Gluten Free without Losing Out On FlavorMany families these days are choosing to go gluten free. It can be daunting, however, to think about giving up all those wheat-based cereals, crackers, cookies, and breads we so love. But gluten-free cooking can be very flavorful, and there are entire aisles in some natural food stores and grocery stores dedicated to gluten-free foods. Here are some tips on going gluten free without sacrificing flavor.

Flour

If you are going to be making your own gluten-free foods, you will need to work without wheat flour. Once again, this does not mean bland and flavorless. Beans and nuts can be ground into flour, as can alternative grains such as rice. You can also purchase pre-ground, gluten-free flours. Continue reading

The Science behind the Love of Chocolate

Love of ChocolateThere are many things that a large number of people share; one of those is a desire to eat chocolate. What many don’t realize is the science behind the love of chocolate. Besides being smooth, sweet, and fun to eat, there’s a chemical reason why people enjoy eating it so much.

Food is absolutely necessary for life. Many people don’t realize how sharing certain foods such as chocolate can draw us together. Not only does it nourish the body, but it nourishes the soul and is often associated with feeling good about ourselves.

Chocolate is made from the beans of the cacao plant. And, in the past chocolate was used as an herbal medicine. It was used to treat poor sex drive, depression, and fatigue as well as helping reduce weight gain. Continue reading

Alternative Healthy Gluten-Free Grains

Alternative Healthy Gluten-Free GrainsMaintaining a gluten-free diet can be difficult without doing any kind of research. There are many alternatives to gluten, in the form of gluten-free grains. When choosing a gluten-free grain, be sure to do your research on the manufacturer. Sometimes grains are labeled gluten free, but may come into contact with items that have been exposed to or contain gluten. In this case, you will want to avoid the product as it can trigger a reaction if you suffer from celiac disease.

  • Amaranth is a grain that was popular among the Aztecs. Amaranth has a higher level of protein and fiber than any other grains including corn. It is commonly used in recipes that call for flour as a flour substitute.
  • Buckwheat is not a grain, but rather seeds from a fruit plant that is related to rhubarb. It is used by bees to make dark honey. Buckwheat is a healthy alternative to rice and is known for its many health benefits such as lowered cholesterol and protecting against heart disease.

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