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Dr. Juan Nunez – Chiropractic & Wellness

Fun Food Facts With – Carrots

August 6th, 2012

What’s up Doc?  Carrots!! These root vegetables are a biennial plant that are native to Europe and Southwestern Asia.  The wild carrots, smaller and less palatable than the domesticated ones, were originally grown for their leaves and seeds in Iran and Afghanistan, not the root part that we all know.  The root part of the carrot was first mentioned the in the 1st century, but was not introduced to Europe until the 8th.  These versatile roots come in an array of colors varying from white to purple, they are also known historically by different names such as Bee’s Nest, Bird’s Nest, dawke, fiddle, hill-trot and laceflower to name a few.

There are many different ways to enjoy carrots too.  You can eat them raw, cook, chop, boil, fry, steam and add to soups and stews, not to mention that they are common among baby and pet foods.  Although not commonly eaten, the greens from carrots are in fact edible as a leaf vegetable.  They are rich in vitamins from A to K, minerals and nutrients such as biotin, beta-carotenes, calcium and potassium.  Their anti-oxidants have powerful healing abilities and can be used to treat acidosis, cancer, eye health, immune systems to water retention.  To get the most nutrients out of carrots, don’t peel them as the nutrients are concentrated right under the skin, merely brush the skin and wash thoroughly.

  • Carrots can be as short as 2 inches and as long as 3 feet
  • Carrots cut lengthwise retain more nutrients than those cut into small rounds
  • Baby carrots have been popular as a ready-to-eat snack in the grocery stores since the late 1980′s
  • Carrots that are grown with tomatoes has been known to increase tomato production and when left to flower, they attract wasps that kill garden pests
  • The urban legend of eating carrots will allow you to see in the dark stems from British gunners in World War 2 who were able to shoot down German plans during the night, with pilots increasing their carrot intake
  • Holtville, California calls itself the Carrot Capital of the World
  • China produces 15.17 million tonnes of carrots annually
Source: Holtville Tribune

All About Zucchini

July 29th, 2012

The zucchini is a long, dark green fruit that measures from 8 to 10 inches. A summer squash, zucchinis have a thinner and more tender skin than winter squashes. They also feature a mild taste.

Benefits

Zucchinis make a nutritious addition to most diets. The fruit is low in calories, featuring 16 calories for each 1-cup serving of raw zucchini. Zucchinis also contain around 280 mg of potassium, 284 IU of vitamin A and 25 mcg of folate per serving.

Selection

When choosing a zucchini, pick a firm squash that’s free of blemishes and bruises. Zucchinis with hard skin and a dull appearance are likely to be overripe.

Storage

Consume zucchinis as soon as possible. They typically last up to five days when refrigerated in a plastic bag or container.

Fun Fact

Italian immigrants brought the zucchini squash to the United States in the 1920s, according to the University of Illinois Extension. The squash caught on and became popular in the 1930s.

Source: Facts on Zucchini | eHow.com

4 Good Reasons To Eat Right!

July 13th, 2012

If your body is not functioning at an optimum level, you will be unable to do the things that make you happy. In order to have a healthy body, you need to do the right things that consist of living a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly, exercising and good proper nutrition.

1. Slows Signs of Aging

Because of the less stress in your organs as well as the fewer amounts of toxins that stay in your body, your body will age well.

2. Increase Energy

The food you eat is effectively converted by your body to energy that you can use.

3. Increased Stamina

A good diet also ensures that you will not get tired as easily.

4. Physically Fit Body

All the exercise in the world will not give you an ideal body without the proper fuel.

Healthy Summer Break Tips

June 22nd, 2012

Tips For Packing Healthy Lunches In The Summer Time:

  • Some types of fruits travel easier in a lunch bag like grapes, orange slices or cherries. Choose fruits that won’t get bruised as easily as others.
  • Keep a handful of water bottles in your freezer. Throw one in the lunch bag in the morning and it will keep the food cold and be melted by lunch.
  • Have several cold packs in your freezer ready for any last minute trips to the park or pool.
  • Keep a lunch box size cooler in the car filled with high fiber healthy granola bars, nuts, water, and whole grain crackers. Just in case you make any unplanned stops and your kids are saying, “I’m starving!”
  • Pre-portion snacks that you buy at the grocery store into baggies or plastic containers immediately so that they are ready to go for the week.

Finally, create at least 3 meals that take less than 15 minutes to prepare that you can keep on hand. This will help when your child is starving and you just walked in the door. Consider a grilled cheese sandwich or scrambled eggs instead of stopping for fast food.

Read more healthy food tips and tricks for you and your kids at www. nourishinteractive.com

Gardening with Your Kids

June 14th, 2012

If you’re making plans to plant a garden this year, be sure to include the kids. Numerous studies have shown that participation in garden programs can have a positive impact on children’s attitudes toward fruits and vegetables. As part of a healthy eating pattern, fruits and vegetables can help lower risk factors for heart disease and stroke – the number one and four killers, according to the American Heart Association.

According to the American Heart Association’s 2012 Statistical Update, less than 1% of the population, and almost no children in the United States ages 5-19, have “ideal health” as it relates to the Healthy Diet Score and more than 90% of children had poor eating habits. Poor eating habits in childhood can contribute to childhood obesity and chronic diseases usually not seen in childhood, such as type 2 diabetes, and can contribute to the beginnings of cardiovascular disease.

There is significant research showing the health benefits of gardening and educational programs. One study showed that children may be more willing to try vegetables if they grow them. Other studies have demonstrated that after participating in gardening programs, children had a more positive attitude toward vegetables and fruit. Students who initially said they did not prefer vegetables showed an improvement in preferring vegetables after the gardening program.

Children who participate in gardening programs may be more likely to eat vegetables and participation in gardening programs can increase students’ preference for vegetables.

The American Heart Association Teaching Garden Program is part of the organization’s effort to dramatically change the way Americans eat and think about food. Through the program, children create gardens that become real-life learning laboratories for students to learn what it means to be healthy. Aimed at first graders through fifth, children are taught how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits. Garden-themed lessons teach nutrition, math, science and other subjects all while having fun in the fresh air and working with your hands.

Whether you plant a garden at home, in pots on the patio or through a school-based program, getting kids involved is a great way to help them learn about healthier foods. Home or school-based gardening programs can plant the seeds for healthy habits in children.

Source and for more information on healthier kids, including recipes, activities and facts, please visit www.heart.org/healthierkids. To learn more about AHA Teaching Gardens, please visit www.heart.org/teachinggardens .

Watermelon: The Coolest Summer Snack!

May 21st, 2012

Stay Cool and LovelyWatermelon is an amazing fruit, which can work wonders for your skin. It acts as a natural moisturizer as well as a toner and keeps the skin cool, glowing and fresh.

The Smartest Pick for Losing WeightPacked with vitamins and minerals the watermelon is labeled as one of the healthiest fruit. Low in calories and fat free, watermelon is prescribed as an ideal diet food.


Fight Fatigue and Keep Your Metabolism in High Gear with Water Melons

On a typical summer day watermelons are extremely refreshing as they have very high water content, 92% water and 8% sugar.

Rich in electrolytes (sodium and potassium) this wonder fruit amazingly nourishes your body. It not only replaces the electrolytes lost through sweat but also hydrates your cells and maintains the water balance in the cells. Metabolism is boosted as the functionality of the cells is increased, ultimately energizing your body.

The 4 great fatigue fighters – Potassium, Vitamin C, lycopene and iron found in watermelon drives away any feeling of fatigue you may experience.

Naturally, watermelons are ‘The Pick Of The Season’.

Are You Stressed Out? Relax And Chill Out With Water Melon Juice Or Cubes

Watermelon is a ‘sensational’ stress buster says a research. Watermelon is high in vitamin B6- and is used by the body to produce brain chemicals, which may relieve stress, anxiety and panic attacks. It naturally relaxes the blood vessels without any drug side effects.

courtesy of www. MedIndia.net

Tart-tastic Health Tips!

March 19th, 2012

Water is good for you. Lemon juice is good for you. Put them together, and you’ve got a beverage that will help you to lose weight and stay full — and it packs a nice punch of vitamin C, too. To get the health benefit, mix the pulp and juice of half a lemon with an 8-ounce glass of water. If it’s too bitter, add a teaspoon of honey to warm water before adding the lemon juice. Use only a fresh lemon, and consume the beverage as soon as you make it to get the most health benefits.

Diuretic

Lemon juice and water is a common home-remedy diuretic. Drinking water alone helps to flush toxins from the body, and lemon juice enhances the effect by stimulating the bladder and urination. An added benefit, according to the Mayo Clinic, is that the citric acid in the lemon juice may also keep your kidneys free of stones by reducing the amount of calcium in your urine.

Weight-Loss Aid

Lemon can make a pre-meal glass of water more palatable, and add to weight loss. Participants who drank a two glasses of water prior to each meal lost about 4.5 pounds more during a 12-week study than those who drank no water. The study, conducted by the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech University, also found that the water-drinkers lost two points on the body mass index scale.

Laxative

Warm water mixed with lemon juice can act as a laxative, according to Julia F. Morton of Purdue University’s Horticulture Department. She warns, however, that daily use may erode the enamel from teeth, but if you drink the mixture quickly, then rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth, damage is unlikely. The combination of the warm water and lemon juice stimulates the bowels into action.

Other Benefits

Although largely unstudied, lemon water has also been used to diminish the symptoms of the common cold, to quell heartburn, and to treat acne and other blemishes, irritable bowel syndrome, and urinary tract infections.

Read more: www.livestrong .com

Holiday Cookie Fun Facts!

December 28th, 2011

Here is a little cookie quiz for you during your Christmas holiday weeks! Are you a cookie genius, or just a good taste tester? FIND OUT! Write down your answers and see how you did! (answers are at the end of the quiz)

 

1) What is the most popular type of home-baked cookie?

Sugar

Chocolate Chip

Oatmeal Raisin

 

2) When baking at home, which of these is NOT an explanation for tough, hard cookies?

Too much butter

Too much flour

Overmixing

 

3) Which cookie was invented first?

Animal Cracker

Oreo

Fig Newton

 

4) Which cookie is traditionally used to make the layered dessert, “Tirimisu”?

Shortbread

Lady Fingers

Nilla Wafers

 

5) What does the word “Biscotti” mean?

Cream Dough

Cooked Twice

Sweet Cookie

 

6) What type of cookie is traditionally made with egg whites and ground almonds or coconut?

Snickerdoodles

Fortune Cookies

Macaroons

 

7) What brand uses animated elves in its advertising campaigns?

Keebler

Pepperidge farm

Nabisco

 

8) Where were fortune cookies invented?

Mexico

Japan

China

 

9) Why is gingerbread dough perfect for constructing houses?

The cookies stick together right out of the oven

The cookies hold their shape when baked

The dough contains a small amount of cement mix

 

10) Mexican wedding cookies, aka Russian tea cakes, and Pecan Butterballs, are sprinkled with what before serving?

Cocoa Powder

Confectioner’s Sugar

Cinnamon

 

 


ANSWERS:

1) Chocolate Chip

More than 50% of cookies baked at home are of the chocolate chip variety. Chocolate chip cookies were invented at the Toll House Inn in Massachusetts by proprietor Ruth Wakefield around 1930.

 

2) Too Much Butter

If you add too much flour to the dough or overmix the batter before baking, the result will likely be a hard, tough cookie. Adding too much butter to the dough will result in a greasy cookie.

 

3)Animal Cracker

The first animal crackers were produced in the United States by Stauffer’s Biscuit Company in 1871. Nabisco’s Barnum’s circus version hit the market in 1902. The modern version of the Fig Newton was created in 1891 and is named for the city of Newton, Massachusetts. And lastly, the Oreo cookie was invented in 1912. All three of these cookies are currently produced by Nabisco.

 

4)Lady Fingers

Ladyfingers are used in tiramisu because the cookies so readily absorb the sweet syrup and liqueur used to make the traditional Italian dessert. These delicate cookies are made from sponge cake batter that’s been piped into long, finger-shaped cookies and dusted with sugar before baking.

 

5) Cooked Twice

While Italians use the word “biscotti” to refer to all types of cookies, Americans think of “biscotti” as the long, dry cookies that are served with hot drinks for dunking. The name is derived from “bis,” meaning twice, and “cotto,” meaning cooked. Baking the cookies twice results in their hard, crumbly texture.

 

6) Macaroons

These dense, moist cookies were traditionally made with egg whites, sugar, and almond paste, but in North America, they are often made with shredded coconut instead of almond paste. Italian Jews adopted this cookie for Passover, because the chewy sweets have no flour or leavening.

 

7) Keebler

The Keebler elves, led by Ernie the Elf, became the mascots of the Keebler Company in 1968. The elves worked in the Hollow Tree Bakery, creating “uncommonly good” products in their “magical oven.”

 

8) Japan

The Japanese have been making their original version of fortune cookies since the late 1800s. Some speculate that Japanese immigrants who owned Chinese-American chop suey restaurants in California in the 1950s introduced these folded cookies to the American dining public.

 

9) They keep their shape when baked

Gingerbread cookies contain a fragrant mix of molasses, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The cookies hold their shape when baked, making them ideal for gingerbread houses. You can measure and cut the dough, and be assured the pieces will be the same size and shape when they come out of the oven.

 

10) Confectioner’s (powdered) Sugar

These buttery shortbread cookies incorporate ground nuts in the dough and are always sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar, giving them a festive, snowy appearance.

Quiz by Delish’s Sara Schwartz