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This is such a great idea for a super quick and healthy dessert option!
Slice a banana into about 5 pieces. Dip just the flat end of each piece into a little chocolate syrup and then some sprinkles. Put them onto a plate covered in plastic wrap and freeze them. Take them out of the freezer about 10 minutes before you are ready to serve.
Everyone loves blackberries for their delicious taste, but they also have many medicinal benefits. Their leaves contain health benefits too. So, next time you find a blackberry tree, do pick a handful of leaves as well. Blackberry is high in vitamins B, vitamin C and a variety of minerals, especially potassium, iron and calcium. They contain a lot of water. It is the only berry to contain ellagic acid.
Let us quickly see the most well known benefits of this wonderful gift of nature:
1. Mouth: Chewing leaves of blackberry is an ancient practice to get rid of bleeding gums.
2. Menstrual: Blackberry leaf also gives relief from excessive bleeding. Also blackberry fruit is used to regulate menses and considered a uterine tonic.
3. Acne: Blackberries have antioxidants which clear acne. Since blackberries are source of ellagic acid, it also protects from UV rays. Vitamin C in it helps to lessen the appearance of wrinkles.
4. Diabetes: Blackberries are high in potassium, that helps reduce insulin. Consume blackberries daily with one teaspoon of honey to control diabetes. Continue this for a week for good results.
Leaves are also consumed for anti-diabetic properties.
5. Healthy Bones: Calcium in blackberry helps to strengthen bones.
6. Eczema: Eczema can be treated with strong tea of the leaves. (Apply externally)
7. Red Blood Cells: Blackberries contain minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. These help in production of white and red blood cells.
8. Cancer: Blackberries have ellagic acid. Scientific research has found that ellagic acid can help in the prevention of certain cancer cells.
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Everyone’s enjoyed a pesto made with basil, but there’s no reason to limit your knowledge of the condiment: you actually can make it with a variety of greens like spinach, arugula, and mint or other herbs such as cilantro or parsley. Works great on pasta, pizza, and as a spread for sandwiches.
- 2 1/2 cups lightly packed baby spinach leaves
- 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Experiment with different varieties of nuts like walnut, pistachio, etc and even seeds like sunflower seeds are a great substitute.
- In a food processor, combine the spinach, pine nuts, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Lightly pulse until well mixed.
- With the machine running on low, slowly add the olive oil until the mixture is creamy.
- Gently stir the Parmesan into the mixture, and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
Makes about 2 cups.
Cheat meals help you stick to your diet! People often fail to reach their fitness goals because they stop eating everything they love all at once. Feeling deprived leads to cravings, which can get you irritated and frustrated. Allowing yourself set times to have a meal you want will keep you motivated in the long run.
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via Kalyn’s Kitchen
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced in 1/2 inch slices (I used brown crimini mushrooms, but any mushrooms will work)
1 lb. fresh green beans, preferably thin French style beans
1 1/2 T olive oil
1 T balsamic vinegar
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
2 T finely grated parmesan cheese