Nuts and Seeds-A Handful A Day Goes A Long Way

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I’ve always been a big fan of nuts and seeds. My family always had a bowl on the dining room table or in front of the TV where we could relax and crack open a variety of nuts for a quick snack. Seeds were a favorite to add to salads and other dishes. Lately I’ve been incorporating nuts and seeds into my diet for a variety of reasons. They taste great and they have tons of healthy benefits.

Here are a few of my favorite types of nuts and seeds and reasons that you should think about adding more of these fantastic foods to your diet.

Almonds-Who doesn’t love these little gems? Almonds are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats. These healthy fats are known to lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Almonds also contain anti-oxidants which help mop up free radicals. They are known to reduce the rise in blood sugar after a meal and their low glycemic index makes it a healthy food for diabetics.

Chia Seeds-Are you looking for an energy boost for your workout? Chia seeds pack in the protein to give you energy while also stabilizing blood sugar to reduce body fat and regulate appetite. They are a perfect workout supplement. They are also are packed with omega-3 fatty acids which improves your mood and brain health. They sure have come along way from the chia pet.

Walnuts-A walnut kind of looks like a small brain doesn’t it? Well, it’s quite a coincidence since walnuts contain many health benefits for the brain. Walnuts are known to help prevent dementia, reduce stress and are helpful for anti-aging. Walnuts contain a high amount vitamin E and also flavanoids which help destroy free radicals that can effect brain health. The absence of dangerous free radicals also improves the skin and helps lower blood pressure which reduces stress.

Hemp seeds-You can’t smoke these and you won’t get high, but the health benefits are amazing! Hemp can provide you with a balanced ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamin A, E and D, and many B vitamins. It is also rich in sodium, calcium, dietary fiber and iron. Hemp seeds are known to reduce inflammation which can improve heart and brain health. They are also a healthy appetite suppressant. Try them with your eggs in the morning. They add a rich nutty flavor to your breakfast.

Cashews-When it comes to cancer prevention, cashews should be included in your diet. Cashews contain proanthocyanidins which are flavanols that actually starve tumors and stop cancer cells from dividing. Studies have also shown that cashews can reduce your risk of colon cancer. Cashews are also rich in magnesium and copper which strengthens bones and and provides substance and flexibility to bones and joints.

Pumpkin seeds-Looking for a nutritional power house? Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc which supports a healthy immune system, increases cell division and growth, improves sleep and mood, and sexual function. They are known to improve prostate health in men and to reduce symptoms of menopause and post menopause in women. I love to eat these raw or sprinkle them on my salad.

The bottom line, nuts and seeds are a healthy addition to your diet. They are delicious, nutritious, and they help you look and feel younger. A handful a day goes a long way, so why not go nuts? Or seedy? Ok, that was lame, but you get the picture.

I’m always available to talk about your health. Why not take the next step and take me up on a complimentary health strategy session? “Click Here” for your complimentary “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” Together we’ll get you on the path to looking and feeling younger.

Have Happy Memorial Day!

Namaste Y’all!

Bruce


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The Beauty of a Pomegranate

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Did you know that the pomegranate is one of the worlds oldest fruits?  It’s revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life.  It originated in Persia, but I recently saw many beautiful pomegranate trees in Sedona, Arizona.  I guess they acclimate well.

Pomegranates are nutrient dense and antioxidant rich offering protection against heart disease and cancer.  But the most recent news on the pomegranate shows amazing clinical results in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and actually cleaning out clogged arteries! Yeah, this fruit is a beauty.

Have you tried the pomegranate?  It’s a little tricky to get the seeds out but well worth the effort.  Here are simple instructions on how to seed your pomegranate along with a delicious recipe once you free these little beauties.

Seeding a Pomegranate

1. Cut the crown (protruding blossom end) off the pomegranate, removing with it some of the pale-yellow pith. Take care not to pierce the seeds within.

2. Lightly score the skin in quarters from stem to crown end.

3. Immerse the scored fruit in a large bowl of cool water and soak for 5 minutes. Holding the fruit under water, break sections apart with your fingers, separating the seeds from membrane. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl.

4. Discard skin and membranes. Drain the seeds and dry on paper towels.

Grilled Chicken Breast with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate Seeds

Ingredients:

4 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1 pomegranate

4oz. of goat cheese

Cooking Instructions:

Brush the chicken breasts with olive oil or coconut oil.

Grill until almost cooked completely through.

Put the chicken breasts in a large glass casserole pan.

Liberally apply the pomegranate seeds over the top of the chicken breasts.

Cover with shredded goat cheese.

Heat at 350 in the oven for 5 minutes.

Serve with your favorite fresh vegetable or salad.

Sounds delicious huh?  One more benefit, pomegranates have been known to relieve and prevent depression!  How can you not be happy eating this beautiful fruit?  I encourage you to incorporate pomegranate into your diet.  There are hundreds of ways to prepare them.  Sprinkle on you salad, eat ’em by the handful and my favorite, juice ’em!  Whatever your method, enjoy these beauties today.

If you’re looking for other health tips or perhaps some nutrition advice for your health challenges why not visit me for a free health consultation at www.kriyaliving.com.  Maybe I’ll send you home with a pomegranate.

Enjoy your day and namaste,

Bruce