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Quinoa - the Super Food!

Category: Food & Your Health
Posted: 2009-11-23 14:37

You are probably saying: "KEE who!?"

Quinoa, pronounced KEE-NWAH, is truly a super food. I discovered this mighty little grain about a year ago. Recently I have had to adopt a glutten-free diet. Although short term, the diet has added to my kitchen creativity!

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Here's the scoop:

Compared to other cereals such as rice and wheat, quinoa has less fat and much more protein.

In fact it is considered a "complete protein" as it contains all 8 essential amino acids necessary for our bodies growth and repair, including lysine.

Most grains do not contain any lysine (a protein normally only found in meat, fish and eggs).

Lysine helps the body to produce carnitine, a substance that lowers the bad cholesterol (or LDL) in your blood. This means that eating quinoa is beneficial to those suffering from high blood pressure, anyone with cardivascular (heart) problems and postmenopausal women.

Lysine also helps in the production of collagen, the protein needed for strong bones and cartilage.

Quinoa also has high levels of calcium, again beneficial to our bones, nails and teeth.

Also, quinoa is a high-fibre source of phosphorus, iron, magnesium, vitamin E and several B vitamins.

Easy to digest, quinoa truly is a superfood!
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Dry Skin Fixes

Category: Recipes
Posted: 2009-11-11 21:30

Here are a few simple yet good fixes for dry skin. With the heat being turned up and the cooler air blowing in, your skin will thank you for the extra pampering!

Idea 1
Add ½ tsp of rose water to 1 tsp of honey and apply gently apply to your face. Leave it on your skin for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse your face with running warm water. Honey moisturizes and soothes dry skin, and is gentle enough for daily use.

Idea 2
Massaging your face before bedtime with cold pressed organic castor oil (Palma Christi Gold is not sticky/gummy) or extra virgin olive oil works wonders for hydrating dry skin.

Idea 3
Take one fourth of an apple. Peel it and grate it. Cool the grated pulp in the refrigerator. Apply it on the skin and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid running water. Apple helps soothe dry skin and gives it a pleasant glow.
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